Cumin Rules the Menu at Jiang Diner in the East Village

The large, white caps-lock words on the door at Jiang Diner serve as an easy shorthand for the menu that waits inside: Cumin Flavor. The decals are at a convenient eye level for curious diners peering in from the street. The restaurant opened in March in the East Village, and serves food from the Xinjiang…

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A Place for Lamb and Spice

At Jiang Diner in the East Village, lamb abounds, but chicken still gets a few opportunities to stand out. In the sautéed spicy chicken with bone, bits of sesame-spackled fried chicken are outnumbered by blistered dried chiles, the chunks of meat peeking through a thick canopy of red. The heat is subtle, more a smoky…

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Are Cold Workouts the New Hot Yoga?

On a Friday afternoon in July, the temperature was in the high 90s. But inside Brrrn, the cool fitness studio in the Flatiron district where the temperature is kept cool, it felt like a brisk November morning. “Fifty minutes, 50 degrees, 100 percent,” is one of its mottos, and, indeed, the thermostat in the workout…

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Gwyneth Goes Back to Her Day Job

Summer Fun 15 Photos View Slide Show › Image Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times A select group of “Hamptons influencers,” meaning people who Instagram their Aperol spritzes, gathered at a rented McMansion in East Hampton Friday evening for a screening of “The Politician,” a forthcoming Netflix series starring Gwyneth Paltrow and created by,…

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This Bread Recipe Starts With 4,000-Year-Old Yeast

In a modern oven in Pasadena, Calif., this week, yeast that could be as old as ancient Egypt was used to bake an especially aromatic loaf of sourdough bread. The baker, Seamus Blackley, was experimenting with yeast he had extracted from a 4,000-year-old Egyptian loaf. He was trying to make his own bread using the…

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Do Older People Have a Different Smell?

During an extended period of travel last year, my husband and I lent our house in the Ozarks to an older couple who were having work done on their own house. We returned after a month away to a spotless house and two hostess gifts. But there was also a distinctive smell in the air:…

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Another Baseball Mystery: Why Do Players Seem to Live Longer?

Major League Baseball has its problems. Attendance has slipped, fans complain the pace of play has slowed, players are convinced the baseballs are juiced and even the people running it admit its fusty rules could use an upgrade. Yet its players might take comfort in one promising bit of news: they appear to have longer…

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What to know about 3D mammograms

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Novartis C.E.O. Defends Company’s Decision to Withhold False Data From the F.D.A.

The chief executive of Novartis on Wednesday defended the company’s decision to delay telling the Food and Drug Administration about manipulated data involving its $2.1 million gene therapy treatment, saying that it “thoroughly, aggressively” investigated the issue and that patient safety was never threatened. Vas Narasimhan, the chief executive, also indicated in a call with…

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5 Cheap(ish) Things to Maximize a Small Bedroom

Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Every week we email readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. A small bedroom is a delicate ecosystem, often teetering on the edge of total chaos. After Ping-Ponging from coast to coast, and from one…

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