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May 18, 201709:32 AM
Haute Plates

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Home is Where the Hearth Is


One of my favorite things about New York City is the diversity of food available. There are more than 20 million people in the greater New York area, and a lot of them were born in other countries. There are restaurants representing just about every country on earth in NYC, and often restaurants that focus on specific regions. There are probably more restaurants serving the cuisine of Guangdong in NYC than Chinese restaurants of any kind in New Orleans.

If you know me, you know I’m a proponent of New Orleans food and restaurants. For every great place in New York serving northern Thai food, there are a dozen that aren’t worth visiting. We have our share of bad restaurants too, but I believe that overall, we’re one of the best cities for dining in the country.

I was in New York briefly this week. One of my clients hosted a meeting in midtown Manhattan, and I was asked to speak. I was there for one night, and that night we had a dinner arranged.

I’d planned on eating lightly at that dinner, then going out afterwards to find something I can’t find here. But the dinner, at a place called Carmine’s,  turned out to be pretty damn good, as was the company, and I ate a lot. By the time I got back to my hotel, I was in no mood to eat anything else. The conference continued the next day, and when it was over, I had no time to do anything but catch a cab to the airport. Alas.

When I got home this evening around 9:00 p.m., I microwaved some frozen shumai dumplings I’d bought at Hong Kong Market. They were ok. But my daughters had drawn me welcome home pictures, and my wife kissed me and I am probably sacrificing my foodie credentials, but I’m so glad to be home.

New York is big and vibrant and crowded and fun. There are a lot of very interesting people walking around, and I would love to be fabulously wealthy and have a pied a terre to visit once very month or two, just to eat. I will look forward to returning to the city when I have more time to graze through all of the food-options, but tomorrow I’m looking forward to a fried oyster po-boy, dressed, with extra pickles.

And that’s something you can’t get in New York, or Chicago, or L.A., or anywhere else but here. 



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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived in New Orleans his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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