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By Linnea Covington

Photo: Virginia Rollison

10am

Once the site of a Revolutionary War base (which later became Fort Washington Park), Washington Heights is home to Bennett Park (183 St and Fort Washington Ave, nyc.gov/parks), the highest point in Manhattan (it’s more than 260 feet above sea level). On your way there, grab an egg sandwich ($2.95) and a cup of coffee ($1.45) from Hudson View Restaurant (770 W 181st St between Fort Washington Ave and Colonel Robert Magraw Pl, 212-781-0303), and savor your breakfast on one of the park’s benches.

11am

One of Manhattan’s prettiest expanses is Fort Tryon Park, a nearly 67-acre green space that was built on land owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1917. The park is also home to The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Dr; 212-923-3700, metmuseum.org), which was built in the 1930s using pieces of five Medieval buildings. The museum features a vast collection of ninth- to 15th-century art, including the famous Unicorn Tapestries: The artwork includes seven textiles that depict a group of hunters trying to capture the mythical creature. (You can thank Rockefeller for their placement in the museum—the tapestries were in his personal collection from 1922 to 1937 when he donated the work to the Cloisters.)

1pm

For lunch, follow Margaret Corbin Drive to New Leaf Restaurant and Bar (1 Margaret Corbin Dr; 212-568-5323, newleafrestaurant.com). The restaurant opened in 2001 as part of the New York Restoration Project’s efforts to revitalize and maintain Fort Tryon Park. If the weather is nice, snag a table on the tree-covered outdoor patio, and nosh on dishes like ricotta ravioli with fresh basil and garlic tomato sauce ($12) or onion soup topped with Gruyère cheese ($9).

Read more: Best things to do in Washington Heights – New York Neighborhoods – Time Out New York.

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BY Michael J. Feeney

Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

Sleek modern furniture and light fixtures. Free Wi-Fi. Comfy colorful, upholstered chairs. Upbeat music in the background.

You call this a McDonald’s?

Washington Heights has become the city’s second neighborhood to get a new look, European-style McDonald’s and residents are thrilled.

“It’s comfortable. It feels like home. You feel good. You feel like a family here,” said Frank Reynoso, 70, while enjoying his morning coffee and reading the Daily News at the new W. 159th St. and Broadway location, which opened last week and had an official ribbon-cutting yesterday.

“It’s something new in town. The ambience is different – very modern; the decor is very nice. This is more up-to-date,” said Reynoso, recalling wobbly and noisy metal chairs from the McDonald’s that used to be across the street.

“I think the people are going to love it. The feeling is different, even the music,” he said, sitting under a modern light fixture in a comfy upholstered chair while LMFAO’s upbeat song “Party Rock Anthem” played.

The popular fast food chain opened a similar McDonald’s in Chelsea nearly two years ago, and decided to bring the new look to upper Manhattan.

via Washington Heights is ‘lovin’ it’: McDonald’s wins over upper Manhatta neighborhood with new decor.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

MANGU! The very word makes me and countless other Quisqueyanos salivate. For those that don’t know, mangu is the Dominican breakfast par excellence. Mangu is basically boiled, mashed green plantains with olive oil and a few others ingredients but that description doesn’t properly convey the magic of this staple of Dominican cuisine. Pair the mangu with fried cheese, eggs and Dominican Salami (AKA Los Tres Golpes) and you have a meal that is simple yet sublime. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the vinegar soaked cooked onions that elevate the mangu to a work of gastronomic art.

I find it hilarious that Mangu Y Los Tres Golpes sounds like an awesome name for a band. By the way, there is a forth, less respected member of that group which is longaniza (Dominican sausage). I would also like to mention that some folks enjoy a mangu made from ripe yellow plantains but I do not count myself as part of that contingent. I like my mangu from green plantains strictly. I guess you can call me a traditionalist.

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It is our pleasure to announce Corcho Wine Room’s Seminar/Wine Tasting & Pairing with one of Napa Valley’s leading winemakers and proud Latino, Alex Sotelo of Alex Sotelo Cellars.

The Alex Sotelo Cellars is a winery in Napa Valley still committed to producing small super premium Napa Valley wines. Each lot is carefully selected by Alex Sotelo himself. To reflect the unique micro climate of the Napa valley vineyards he sources from and the personality of each Vintage.

Wine Seminar + Food Pairing

Date: Thursday September 8, 2011 @: 7:30pm

RSVP: 212.300.5700/212.203.3371

Email: Info@corchowineroom.com

Advanced $35.00 per person (+Tax & Gratuity)

Very limited seating

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

If you know where to go uptown, you can get totally shit-faced for a mere $10. I’m not talking about happy hour at any of the many excellent bars, pubs and lounges of the neighborhood. No, I am talking about the elusive and enigmatic elixir known to the locals as the NUTCRACKER. This is the story of this storied concoction. Many fights have started, many babies have been made and plenty of people have gotten completely and utterly twisted – all because of this mysterious libation. This column will not only reveal the ingredients of the drink but also tell the tale of the person who first brought this potent potion to the streets of Washington Heights and beyond.

Photo Credit: Rafael Jimenez | R2 Studios

The first time I tried a Nutcracker was back in the year 2000 when my barber, who will be referred to as Fatyul (pronounced fa tuile) to avoid any legal ramifications, offered me one as she cut my hair. Ever the entrepreneur, Fatyul decided to sell the mixed drinks on the side after noticing how well they sold at the Flor de Mayo restaurant on 83rd street and Amsterdam. After obtaining the recipe she began to sell them out of a cooler she kept next to her barber chair. For a paltry 10 bucks you received a heaping 32 ounces of alcohol laced goodness in a large plastic soup container. My haircut that day took longer than usual because almost every other minute someone was stopping in to buy more of her modern day moonshine. I couldn’t care less though as I was mid way through my Nutcracker and I was feeling euphoric. I ended up having 2 more Nutcrackers and needless to say I wound up whispering sweet nothings to the toilet bowl later on that night.

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BY Patty Lee

Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner | NY Daily News

Eliana Ramosowns 117 cookbooks.The colorful titles, piled atop tables and stuffed into shelves, are a testament to the Brooklyn blogger’s love of baking.

Ramos, 30, started A Chica Bakes as a way to chronicle her progress as a home baker, but since its inception in 2009, the blog has led to interviews with celebrity chefs, trips to blogging conferences and over 1,300 followers on Twitter.

“I started baking casually and sharing it with my audience to show people that it’s not too difficult,” she says. “I would have never imagined that people from different countries would leave comments. I’ve gained a whole network of foodie friends.”

Originally from Washington Heights, Ramos, whose day job is in finance, grew up in a household surrounded by good food. Her mother was a spectacular cook and as a kid, Ramos spent summer break in the Dominican Republic, where her uncles are farmers.

“Traveling to the Dominican Republic every summer, I got to see where food came from. I got to see the raw elements. Surrounding my grandparents’ house was a mango tree, an orange tree and a cherry tree,” she recalls.

Read more: Eliana Ramos Brings Joy With Baking & Blogging | NY Daily News

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Monday, July 18
9am: I roll out of bed finally. I observe Monday as Sabbath – a day of rest, thanks, and realignment. A holy day. So I don’t have any work on the agenda. I do, however, have plenty planned for the day!
10am: Breakfast. Raisin bagel with peanut butter and jelly.
10:30am: I prepare a veggie stock with portobello, cucumber, broccoli stalk, parsnip, garlic. I head over to the credit union while the stock simmers to deposit my earnings from busking the past couple weeks. I love banking at my credit union in Washington Heights, as they are especially concerned about community development in my neighborhood.
1pm: Corn, tomato, potato are added to the stock for a soup that will last me at least 4 or 5 meals. I rescued all the aforementioned veggies last week on a trash tour near Columbia University.

Read more: Food Informants: A Week In The Life Of Gio Andollo, Freegan | HuffPost

Check out Gio’s blog: http://gandollo.weebly.com/

Follow Gio on Twitter: @giosafari

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