Claire Messud on New York City

Claire Messud (Derek Shapton)
Claire Messud (Derek Shapton)

"In my new novel, which is set in New York City, two characters embark upon an ill-advised affair after dinner in an unnamed restaurant on Cornelia Street. The place I had in mind is Home, and the scene for romance lies in its tiny back garden. The restaurant's desserts, especially the chocolate pudding, are particularly delicious, and they do a great chicken-and-sausage thing with fabulous onion rings. (I'm an onion ring fan.) Their quirky American food is enough to make anyone fall in love." --Claire Messud

Messud's new novel, The Emperor's Children, is in bookstores now. Home: 20 Cornelia St., 212/243-9579, chicken $18, pudding $7.

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