Rose Michel fled an abusive relationship and found joy in food. Now she brings her pumpkin soup, griot and black mushroom rice to the masses.
It’s rare for New York restaurants to escape the fate that gentrification can bring, but Kopitiam has done just that.
Not every restaurant caters to kids well while still feeling mature, but here’s one that nails it.
“This place isn’t exclusive. From the beginning, we always said that we wanted to be the neighborhood cocktail bar.”
We talked to artists and the writer Junot Díaz about the significance of this iconic coffee to the Latinx community.
“There are a lot of lonely New Yorkers and sometimes they just come to their local bodega to have conversations or get things off their chest.”