Hello and welcome to Improv Night. In this absolutely unscripted version of In which to Take in, I spontaneously create an entire publication centered on prompts that readers have emailed to [email protected]. (I did invite email messages from folks who will be checking out New York City in the course of the holiday break period, so maybe the questions are not thoroughly spontaneous. But the answers are 100% unscripted.)

If all goes nicely, I could be undertaking this again. And if it goes actually effectively, you can glance for me at the corner of 9th and University, greeting passers-by with a cheery “Hey, do you men like comedy?”

I stay in California but go to New York at the time a year for a prolonged weekend to go to the theater. Are there any places to eat you’d advise fairly close to the theater district for lunch or for evening meal? — Sue W.

My new crush in Hell’s Kitchen area is Hyderabadi Zaiqa, a relaxed, 3-table location a few measures under West 52nd Road. The kitchen have to be even scaled-down than the dining area, which makes the food coming out of there — a whole assortment of stuff, such as much more than a dozen biryanis, all spiced with actual nuance — form of unbelievable. Pure Thai Cookhouse around the corner is quite great, too. Farther south, I’m generally pleased to get calf’s liver at Joe Allen. While a large amount of destinations in the neighborhood have been closing up early since the pandemic, Joe Allen stays open till 11:30 except Sundays as usually, it’s closed Mondays, when theaters are darkish. There are under no circumstances any surprises at Joe Allen, and that is the whole stage.

I’ll be checking out New York in mid-December. Do you have a preferred spot to have afternoon tea? — Marita F.

I like consuming Taiwanese tea brewed in a clay pot or a glazed porcelain gaiwan at Té Company, in Greenwich Village. Té Organization is popular for its pineapple linzer cookies, but I’m fascinated by a new product, a variation of the Taiwanese pineapple cake that originally influenced the linzer cookies. You can try to eat these even though you consume your tea, or obtain them to consider residence alongside with a complete selection of free teas. The tearoom and the shop share an extremely tight space, but no person at any time hurries me. Soon after I’ve drunk the initial cup, I’ll brew a second from the similar leaves. And then a different. When the tea receives much too weak, or I get far too wired, it’s time to depart.

We’re headed to Midtown and want to consider Russian, Moldovan or Ukrainian meals? We are remaining on East 45th. We really like Ess-a-bagel off Lexington, and the Next Avenue Deli! — Mike M.

You will be close to the United Nations, so I believe you intend to attempt the foodstuff of all a few countries in the spirit of worldwide diplomacy. For stuffed cabbage, vareniki and other Ukrainian foodstuff, the most handy choice is the prolonged-working Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, which is open up nightly. But if you’re below on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon, see if you can make it to Streecha for lunch. The entire operation is extra like a church supper than a cafe, and the meals generally has a handmade feel. For Molodovan cuisine, you are hunting at a journey to Moldova, in Midwood, Brooklyn. If there’s one more cafe in the city serving mamaliga, a cornmeal porridge the mere mention of which will convey tears to the eyes of homesick Moldovans, I never know it. And I have a tender location for the Russian Samovar, a venerable Broadway saloon taken over by Russian émigrés a lengthy time ago. They introduced in tasseled lamps and the type of home furniture that would make you think of large, sleepy Persian cats. They held the piano, and I attempt to go when a pianist is in the home. I often get pirozhki and a succession of photographs of vodka, which they infuse with tarragon, dill, garlic and other flavors you will not uncover at the liquor store.

I lived in the town from 2005 to 2011, but have been absent for a lot more than 12 several years. Now that I have youthful small children, I check out incredibly infrequently. But! I’ll be in the city for 24 hrs for a moms’ night time out, sans young children. We’re staying in the East Village to relive our N.Y.U. times. What enjoyment, energetic, intriguing, not-much too-high priced restaurant must we go to for meal? (Of observe — 1 of us is a vegetarian.) — Danielle S.

This one’s evident, Danielle. Evident to me, at least. Go to Superiority Burger. You can all be vegetarians for the night time, and I doubt any individual will regret it. Relying on when you display up, you could have to place your title on a record to get in, but what could be more reminiscent of attending N.Y.U. than standing in the chilly on the sidewalk in Alphabet Town with a team of hungry friends? Essentially, if they ask you to wait around, do it at the bar in the back. Provide quarters for the snack blend. A person warning, although: Superiority Burger is enjoyment, for guaranteed, and energetic, surely, but it’s also a previous Greek-slash-Ukrainian coffee shop, and feels like it, you know? To get the entire girls-night-out working experience, you may possibly strategy on a wine or cocktail bar right after supper. For that, I forbid you to hold out on the sidewalk. Go to Martiny’s, PDT, the Wayland or an additional bar that requires reservations. (If you are curious about my East Village recollections, I wrote about them in a the latest The place to Try to eat.)