Message Megan: February 26th, 2018

Dear Megan,

What are the top spots for food in New York City?

-Starving Student

Artwork by Taylor Bender

Dear Starving Student,

I am someone who enjoys the delicacy of Top Ramen weekly, but living in New York City means that I’ve built up a personal glossary of great places to eat. Here are some places below:

  • Madame Vo: If you want some great Vietnamese food with a comforting feel, this is a great place to stop in the East Village. The pho is a bit pricey (isn’t everything?), but the eponymous dish is one of the best bowls of pho I have ever had.
  • The Butcher’s Daughter: Every other time I open Instagram, somebody I follow has posted a picture here. Brunch is a rite of passage in NYC and The Butcher’s Daughter is one of the most popular venues to deflower your tastebuds. They feature locations in both the West Village and Nolita.
  • Artichoke Basille’s Pizza: New York style pizza is something that must be included on any list of food in the area. This is one of the first slices I had when I moved here and I always go back! My personal favorite is the Crab Slice since I’m a fan of seafood, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. There are spots all over Manhattan,  Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Billy’s Bakery: I could not have this list without indulging in a place worthy of any sweet tooth. For classic cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes and pies, Billy’s is a great place to stop by. The decor is adorable and it is much more comfy to sit and enjoy than most bustling bakeries. There are also locations in Chelsea (a short walk from FIT!), Tribeca, and inside the Plaza Food Hall.

For further recommendations, check out One Hungry Jew, Grubstreet, and the omnipresent Yelp!

Dear Megan,
So, I have this problem with my boyfriend. He tells me he loves me, but with the stigma around the LGBTQ community and loyalty– I worry that he’s cheating on me. I know I shouldn’t think this, but sometimes he’ll do some shady things. I also slept with his best friend. What should I do?

-Backstabbing Brian

Artwork by Taylor Bender

Dear Backstabbing Brian,

I understand your concern, but let’s look at the whole situation. What you are assuming he did, you actually did. You need to be honest with yourself before handling this situation. You should never feel insecure in a relationship, especially one that is mutually defined as monogamous. Obviously, you did not feel that way and maybe that justified your actions. That doesn’t make them right, though. In all honesty, I think there is no trust in this relationship, which means that it’s not a real relationship. I think you should own up to your boyfriend and ask him to do the same. Then I think this relationship should end. It doesn’t seem for you personally that it is a constructive part of your life, and I can only imagine how your boyfriend feels in this situation. Good luck and I hope you find love that feels right.

P.S. Just because you are part of the LGBTQ community does not mean all of your relationships have to be perfect. You’re young, don’t let a stigma stop you from doing typical messy things that are your decision.

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