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August 8, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Eat Cheap

Our yearly guide to eating well for less.

Cheap Eats

The Cheap List

The best cheap restaurants in towm.

The Great NYC Barbecue Battle

A taste test to settle the score.

Steak 'Em

Rating the city’s Philly cheesesteaks.

Lobster Is on a Roll

Adam Platt judges contenders in the lobster-roll craze.

Four-Star Fast Food

Top chefs invent their own fast food.

Get it For Less

Cheap(er) alternatives to the big-name restaurants.

Cheap Streets

Three great streets to traverse for low-cost cuisine .

Where to Eat If You’re a:
Theater Geek
Cheap Date
Night Crawler
Late Sleeper


Cocaine’s Kid

His father tumbled into drug addiction before he was born, turning his adolesence and early adulthood into a painful observance of recoveries, relapses, unkept promises, and near-death experiences. Thirty years later, is reconciliation imaginable?

George Soros’s Right-Wing Twin

Bruce Kovner is a commodities-trading genius, the proud owner of a palace on Fifth Avenue, a major donor at Lincoln Center, and a neocon-funding cohort of Dick Cheney's. So how come no one knows who he is? Demystifying New York's most influential, inconspicuous billionaire.


Intelligencer Gossip

Drawing Center questions war, again. Plus, Rocco DiSpirito's "boyfriend," Bio-Daryl Hannah makes a splash, and more.

It Happened Last Week

As the city sank into estival torpor, Con Ed reported that electricity consumption had hit an all-time peak. People sought relief however they could.

Power-Plant Hungry

The power-hungry mogul who hates high-rises in Williamsburg (not to mention Dan Doctoroff).

What’s the Polish Word for Baywatch?

Each year since 2002, about twenty Polish lifeguards have come to beef up the Parks Department’s thin reserves.

How Craigslist Has Changed New York

“Erotic services” providers, reality-TV casting agents, Eames lovers—all have plenty of reasons to celebrate the site’s fifth anniversary.


Best Bets

A maple table fresh from the forest, vintage-car rental, and more.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Michelle Jean-Pierre of Roberto Cavalli.

Sales & Bargains
This week's hottest sales & bargains.

The Look Book

A Swedish newscaster explains her socialist fashion ideals.

Everything Guide to Two Wheels

From scenic day trips to urban BMX stunts, how to enjoy New York on your bicycle.


Since the last time you were in Tokyo.

Real Estate

Hell’s Kitchen brokers use the neighborhood’s tough rep as a draw.

The Culture Pages

Dorothy Snarker

Kathy Griffin embraces the D-list.

Movie Review

A new documentary makes something almost uplifting out of vulgarity from Gilbert Gottfried and others.

Debut Director: Phil Morrison

Q&A with the Junebug director.

Theater Review

Theater A stunningly staged play about refugees that’s compelling—even at six hours.

La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco Reviewed

All manner of fantastic creatures pop up: a chorus of frogs, airborne fairies, a fluttering nightingale, a juggling jester, a sleepy cat, a giant spider—even the poisonous spindle has a distinctive personality all its own.


What the audience really thought about 'The Pillowman.'

Art Review

The new Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit eschews sensationalism—and complexity, too.

Long Story Short

How Dick Van Dyke and Paris Hilton co-opted our most famous painting.

Pop Music Review

A welcome revival from several avatars of eighties college rock.

TV Review

Steven Bochco’s Iraq series is gripping but shies away from tough moral dilemmas.

In Defense of ‘The Comeback’

When it comes to savoring a series that’s really reaching—in the best sense—'The Comeback' is far more ambitious than it’s getting credit for.

Holy Mole

A Mexican-restaurant boomlet spices things up.

Recent Vintage

Like grapes, new wine bars tend to come in clusters.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The Imperial City

C’mon, cut the Schadenfreude. HBO deserves PBS-style viewer support during its current ratings shortfall.


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