Lonely Planet Writer

World Cup opener in NYC

Today New York City watched South Africa and Mexico kick off the first World Cup held in Africa. I spent the first half at Madiba, a great South African restaurant in Brooklyn's Fort Greene, and the second at the Haab Mexican Cafe in Queens' Sunnyside to see how locals were celebrating (the chilaquile with green sauce was truly fantastic). Things were a notably tenser in Queens before Mexico got the late goal to tie 1-1.