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My travels: Anthony Bourdain’s favourite New York restaurants

New York’s best food ‘institutions’ survive because their owners know what they do – and do it well, says the chef and writer

I love old-school, hometown places. When it comes to Manhattan, this means places such as Katz’s Deli, and Keen’s, and Russ & Daughters, uniquely New York institutions that have survived the brutal caprices of style and changing tastes – and are still worth going out of your way to patronise.

Let me make this clear: “old” does not necessarily mean “good”. Just because it’s a “New York institution” doesn’t mean you want to eat there. If it did, New Yorkers might have actually eaten at Tavern on the Green – and Luchow’s would still be open.

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Outside art: great sculpture parks and trails

From life-sized elephants to figures hanging from the trees above you, England’s sculpture parks and trails make for an enlightening winter walk. Here are 10 of the best

The vast number of sculpture parks and trails around England seems to be one of the nation’s best-kept secrets. Scattered across the country, they offer a wide variety of artworks to be enjoyed outdoors and the general ambience and landscape of each is uniquely different. They are also a great way to encourage the enjoyment of art for children who might otherwise rebel at being taken to a gallery. Best of all, many are free. The ones selected here remain open all year so you can enjoy them with the end of the autumn colours, and even in the snow.

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