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Marvelous Manhattan

Stories of the Restaurants, Bars, and Shops That Make This City Special

By Reggie Nadelson

In this diverse and richly informative collection, author (and lifelong New Yorker) Reggie Nadelson introduces readers to 40 New York institutions that have defined cool for decades, from time-honored restaurants to unsung dives. Entries span the length of Manhattan, from the beloved appetizing shop Russ & Daughters and dim sum parlor Jing Fong downtown to the Three Lives bookstore and Julius’ bar in the West Village, German food shop Schaller & Weber on the Upper East Side to the Minton’s Playhouse jazz club in Harlem.

The essays weave together Reggie’s own experiences of these beloved shops—from her childhood in the West Village to her present-day Soho haunts—and the histories of these storied institutions and their owners. The book is at once dripping in nostalgia and celebratory of the modern-day incarnations of these locations, many of them family-run, that continue to mean so much to the residents of this city.

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“A wonderfully lively, knowledgeable journey through the past and present of places that help make New York City what it is, and which we must cherish and (hopefully) preserve.” 
—Salman Rushdie  
“Reggie Nadelson is synonymous with New York, and her book will make the most ardent anti-urbanist fall in love with both the thrumming city and her evocative prose.” 
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Lake Success
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April 13, 2021