Meet your Google Places Neighbor: Philip Turner

Friday, April 20, 2012 | 8:55 AM

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Editor’s Note: Now and then we'll spotlight one of our amazing Google Places reviewers. Both so you guys can start to get to know one another and so we can pull together and share our favorite local places. This week we introduce you to Philip Turner of Manhattan.

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Philip has made New York City his home since 1985. When not working in publishing, he’s traveling all over the five boroughs in search of great baklava or a good book.  Philip took a few minutes to let us in on his favorite places and insider tips for the city.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Ride my bicycle, read noir-ish mystery novels and hang out with my wife and teenage son.

What’s your favorite thing about sharing reviews on Places?
Letting other people know about the fabulous merchants, foodies, musicians, etc. that I enjoy.

Share an ultimate insider tip for your city.
If you're in a cab trying to get somewhere quickly, stay away from the avenues in the center of the city, hang on the margins (like West End Avenue).


What’s your favorite Google event you’ve been to and why?
The Mao Marathon, a reading Google co-sponsored last December. I first met Esther there and wrote about the memorable occasion on my blog, The Great Gray Bridge, where I talk about music, culture, events, and odd moments in the city.

If you could see any celebrity’s reviews on Places, who would you choose and why?
I'd like to know where Al Pacino eats Sunday breakfast, when he's in the city.

What would your superpower be?
Speed reading.

Have any embarrassing moments you’d like to share?
Occasionally thinking I recognize someone, saying hello, and then finding out I'm mistaken.

If you were going to draw a Google Doodle, what would it look like?
It'd be a doodle with a book, a binding and words tumbling off the page and streaming out of the books. Maybe there would also be some readers looking on in amazement.  

After 27 years in New York City, what are some of your current favorite places?

Broadway Restaurant - Friendliest diner I've been to in NYC. Tony at the counter makes you feel right at home. It's my regular weekend breakfast place.

The Greek Restaurant - Best Greek food in Manhattan and fair prices. Avgolemo soup is superb, as is the gyro, Greek fries, grilled fish, and their fresh, fresh salads.

The Living Room - Excellent vibe to this mostly acoustic room, though they also know how to rock out here. No heavy hand about drink minimum, though one is expected to order a drink per set. I love this mellow listening room.

Bluestockings - A really good politically-minded bookstore. Terrific stock and well laid out with good lighting.

Posted by Topher Ziobro, New York City community coordinator