Credit: Jessica Antola

New York State of Mind

According to Kate Betts [“New York Now,” September], Harlem is now one of the city’s most dynamic districts. Love that I’m part of an up-and-coming neighborhood. —@asvossen

I had to wonder which city Kate Betts was talking about after reading “New York Now.” Today’s “semi-suburbanized” Upper East Side still has the same turn-of-the-century brownstones and even more high-rise apartments. And that so-called wasteland of restaurants includes Arabelle, David Burke Townhouse, and the great Daniel, just to name a few. —Patricia Gugliucci New York, N.Y.

Fork in the Road

The food at Knife & Fork [“Up on the Ridge,” July], in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, is superb. Worth a drive from Asheville any night! — member Pennell

Slovenia Revisited

Reading “Secret Slovenia” [July] aloud over a glass of wine, my husband and I laughed, cried, and dreamed of the time when Slovene culture will again be ours. We used to live in Primorska, so it was joyful to read an article that captured the country we love and long for. —Kay Raplenovich via e-mail

Bird’s-Eye View

Thank you for the delightful map of recommended sites near Paris’s Arc de Triomphe [“Tagged,” September]. The spot’s most amazing feature, to me, is the pair of peregrine falcons that nest in the arch. Visitors have even logged their sightings of “les faucons pèlerins de Paris” at various places in the city on blogs such as FaucOnline. —Kathleen Braden, Seattle, Wash.

Food for Thought

The Tulum article add ["Next Stop: Tulum," September] was great! Don’t forget El Camello Jr. for a feast of local seafood and ambience. — member rlhopital

Reader’s Find: Budapest Discovery

On a trip to Budapest this past summer, my wife and I visited the fascinating Hospital in the Rock Museum. Built on the city’s Buda side, the secret underground hospital protected patients and personnel during World War II, and eventually became a fallout shelter in the Cold War. The interconnected tunnels still house original medical supplies. —Terry Schwartz Topeka, Kans.

Sounding Off: Tastes of Italy

When it comes to layering that perfect pan of cheesy lasagna or shaping the heartiest meatballs, competition is fierce among America’s Italian kitchens. Readers of’s “Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.” [September] weighed in. Did we miss anyone? One user lamented the omission of Camille’s, in Providence, Rhode Island. “I once had a tiramisu there that seemed to float off the plate, it was so light.” Others questioned whether Roberta’s, in Brooklyn, New York, deserved to make the cut. Said one local, “While it has fantastic pizza—I’ve had it many times—I have to say the best is at Eataly. Their Napoletana is off the charts.” And food wasn’t the only factor. Restaurants were readily disqualified for service that was “amateurish,” “pretentious,” and “embarrassingly uniformed.”