One of the fun things about Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper books is that many of the eateries in the stories are real places. In fact, true fans could make a culinary tour of Coop's favorite NYC eating haunts.
Primola, a delicious Italian restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side is decorated with a wall of book jackets featuring Fairstein's bestselling mysteries.
Rao's, a club-like Italian joint in East Harlem that's so good it's hard to get a reservation (we're guessing that Fairstein has no problem there). But if you can't get in, there's always the cookbook.
Swifty's on Third Avenue is another fave Coop spot that's great for people watching.
Forlini's is the place to go if you're on jury duty in lower Manhattan. We're guessing that Fairstein knows it well from her days as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's office. Just cross the street behind the courthouse and you're in for a delicious meal.
Another of Coop's (and Fairstein's) favorite haunts is Martha's Vineyard. Coop's favorite clam shack there is The Bite, well worth the lines that form during high season. Another option is The Galley, where you can sit at the edge of the water and enjoy your lobster roll and soft ice cream for dessert.