Welcome to ChowHound.com!

My name is JIM LEFF and I am neither a foodie nor a gourmet. I am a chowhound.

I write about restaurants for a living [click here for my background], and I spend every waking second trying to discover slightly better muffins, which pizzerias use real cheese, and where I can find authentic Morcoccan grandma food. I especially love restaurants of different nationalities; New York's so amazing; you can save plane fare by simply getting on the subway and eating a meal as authentic and soulful as you'd have Over There. I'll guide you so you know where to go, what to order, and how to act.

If you, too, spend considerable amounts of energy trying to make every bite count, if you'd grow weak from hunger rather than eat something less than delicious, this place is for you. Let's talk. Let's swap tips. Check out all the good info on the following pages (click below to get to the meat & potatoes).

And if you're less food-obsessed than the rest of us, but have a yen for egg creams, gazpacho, or Quisp Cereal, come on in and let the resident chowhounds guide you to the best stuff. If I don't know the answer, someone else will.

This site focuses on the New York area, but we're a well-traveled bunch, and love to discuss great eats the world over.



Ethics Statement

I guard my anonymity and I cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain food advertising. May I eat nothing but Wendy's for the rest of my life if I ever offer less than purely objective chow advice.

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