Thanks to JetBlue, Epicurious Travelers from Portland, Maine, can be in New York City in less than an hour. I take advantage of this crazy phenomenon to meet my oldest friend for a sunrise breakfast in Morningside Heights.
We meet at at Community Food and Juice on Broadway. I graze on whole-wheat breakfast biscuit with chicken-apple-rosemary sausage. There are carrot hash browns and tomato jam. Stevie’s omelet features local feta and free-range eggs. Delicious. This place caramelizes everything, from bananas to applesauce. You cannot possibly argue with any of this.
Best of all are the endless Italian films. I sip a glass of Gavi under La Dolce Vita and watch the beautiful “Marcello” being abusive and wretched. In the last scene, he shrugs – che bello! and forgives himself.
Like Cinderella, I am home at midnight, dreaming in Italian. •