Every Person in New York
|The Chilean Legend
In the beginning of time, God created the wonders of the world. When he was finished, however, he saw that he had many leftover pieces. He had parts of rivers and valleys, of oceans and lakes, of glaciers and deserts, of mountains and forests, and of meadows and hills. Rather than let such beauty go to waste, He put them all together and cast them to the most remote corner of the earth. This is how Chile was born.
Without a doubt, Chile central in New York is Puro Chile, 221 Centre [Grand/Hester] 212.925.7876. You'll find handiwork from that country: jewelry, clothing, home accessories, china, pottery and books. Fill up the larder, too with Chilean foods — olive oils, merquén (smoked mapuche peppers with coriander, cumin, and salt), honey and caricas — preserved golden papaya. And a few steps away is Puro Wines, which sells, of course, Chilean wines.
Arts and Design
This Thursday, you can help celebrate Chilean design at Puro Chile from 6-9pm, where they'll show 50 award-winning designs for clothing, art, jewelry, textiles, and housewares. Chilean-born, NY-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz talks with seven of the winners. Wine and hors d'oeuvres, too. Free, but RSVP. MUG readers who attend the event or visit the store between 11/18 and 11/25 get a 10% discount on everything except designer clothing and consignment items. And the discount applies to cases of wine, not bottles. Bring in a copy of the MUG or you can just show it to them on your phone.
Chilean options are few and far between in NYC — Pomaire, 371 W. 46th [8th/9th] 212.956.3055, has done a good job of holding down the fort for many years. You can have everything from empanadas to pastel de choclo, the beef and corn casserole that will warm up the coldest night.
Barros Luco, 300 E. 52nd [1st/2nd] 212.371.0100, prepares authentic, homemade empanadas, Chilean-style hotdogs, and chacareros — sandwiches with sliced steak or chicken, string beans, tomatoes, and peppers. High deliciousness-to-cost ratio.
Also: San Antonio Bakery #2, 3620 Astoria Blvd. [37th St.] Qns 718.777.8733… Horcon Bistro, 62-16 Woodhaven Blvd. [62nd Rd.] Qns 718.205.0020.
Wines from Chile represent among the best wine deals in the world, meaning it's easy to drink well for under $20. Below, though, is a cheat sheet of some of the more esteemed wineries and their star wines (which won't be under $20):
Casa Lapostolle (Clos Apalta)
Concha y Toro (Don Melchor)
Domus Aurea (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Errazuriz (Don Maximiano)
Santa Rita (Casa Real)
Isabel Allende's latest work, the historical novel Island Beneath the City, is set in Haiti and New Orleans.
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Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.