Author: Oscar Schafer

An American in Paris

We saw the show in previews last Friday night. It’s a creative, imaginative production with brilliant sets and lighting, and it features Gershwin music from various shows. The dancing/singing are equally appealing and attractive, and the costumes take your breath …Read More

Tanzania Safari

  In December we took another amazing trip to Africa, this time to Tanzania, with our daughter Filippa and her husband Mark. And this trip topped them all. We stayed in three camps, starting with the most rugged and ending …Read More

Letter from Jerusalem and Venice

Jerusalem: A city that constantly amazes with its positive changes and progress. We went with local friends to the old train station where Hachatzer Restaurant is. The atmosphere, the food, the service, the people — all authentic and enjoyable. Very …Read More

Dinner with Friends

A most enjoyable two-hour simple, but real, play with excellent acting. Despite some parts that don’t fit (the sex in the second act), it often hits home. For those in second marriages, “Dinner with Friends” has much to recommend it. …Read More

Quality Meats

Although we live around the corner from Quality Meats, and as Didi is a vegetarian and I rarely eat steak, we had not yet eaten at Quality Meats. But since it was a snowy night, we thought it would be …Read More

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

A real sleeper. Takes place over the course of an afternoon in Pakistan with a young Pakistani man (Changez) being profiled by an American CIA agent. The movie flashes back in time as Changez recounts the past several years of his …Read More

The 100-Year-Old Man That Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Three million copies sold worldwide. It recounts the past 100 years of a man’s life and is historically accurate. Wildly entertaining with many laugh-out-loud moments. An unusual and wonderful read.  –oscar and didi schafer  

Da Marcella

An intimate, unpretentious restaurant with great food and great prices for both food and wine. It has a very casual atmosphere with high communal tables.  140 W. Houston St.  –oscar and didi schafer

Deadline Artists

A “celebration of America;s greatest newspaper columns.”  Edited by three men (one of whom, Jesse Angelo, is the son of friends who told us about it), it’s a brilliant collection of columns written by such greats as Ernie Pyle, Grantland …Read More


Nestled in a townhouse on 81st between Fifth and Madison, (formerly Parioli Romanissimo), Crown is an inviting restaurant with an elegant bar in the front room and two dining rooms beyond, the latter under a glass ceiling (where you can …Read More

Boulud Sud

Since we would love for Boulud Sud to become one of our favorite restaurants to go to after performances at Lincoln Center, the management will have to listen to some of our criticism: The “du jardin” dishes are mediocre at …Read More


We’ve just returned from a ten-day trip to Myanmar, a country well known for its thousands of temples, the most gentle and friendly people, magnificent rivers such as the Yangon and Irrawaddy, as well as the magical Inle Lake, the highlight of …Read More

Notes from Hong Kong

Every time we have been in Hong Kong over the last 15 years, it is more exciting and interesting.  Pick one area for the morning, have lunch, then off to another section of town for the afternoon. After visiting some …Read More


Milos in South Beach opened last May. Similar decor to New York, with cool, contemporary design and impeccable service.  We ordered a branzino for three — the best way to eat their delicious fish. They try to only use fish caught …Read More