1. Tulsi, 211 E. 46th, between 1st and 2nd. The most authentic Indian food I’ve had in the U.S., ever, get the vegetables. Not a cheap mom and pop, but by Manhattan standards this is reasonably priced for its quality. Jones Wood Foundry is an excellent gastropub.
2. Incendies joins Of Gods and Men and Even the Rain as one of my favorite films of the year. It is French-Canadian, set in Lebanon, and involves a journey of family discovery; I read it as an explicitly Christian movie.
3. Flushing, Queens, Golden Mall, go eat the Chinese food in the basement food court. For visitors, convenient from LaGuardia airport by taxi.
If you live in New York, or visit frequently, this is my best blog post ever.