BITE will keep you in touch with what I’m eating and what I love and what I left on my plate. I’ll share dialogues I have with heroes and divas, princes and barracudas and what I overhear from the next table. Not every day will I have a meal worth writing about, I suspect, not good enough, not bad enough. Dear friends have asked me if I could try to be meaner so I fit in better on the net. I intend to try. As any man who has lived with me will tell you, I was born to be a critic. Of course, isn’t it the critic who has the thinnest skin of all? I must admit to a certain anxiety. It’s been a long time since I wrote without an editor, a fact checker and a copy-reader to catch my errors, misspellings and typos. I apologize in advance. I’m left-handed and that can sometimes be confusing. I might have stopped reviewing restaurants twenty-five years ago when my first novel, Blue Skies, No Candy lingered on the best seller list. But I am addicted to instant gratification. So I’m still here. On my death bed, I am sure my last words will echo those of the sister of Brillat Savarin:
“Bring on dessert.”
February 19, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Farewell Andre Surmain
Andre Surmain. André Soltner. Lutece. Rosebuds. James Beard. Fiftieth Street. Jerry de la Femina.
February 12, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Opry City Stage
I've certainly had better fried green tomatoes…
February 5, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Bouley at Home
A small collection of young men in newsboy caps stands duty…
January 22, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
We’ll take what’s left home in a doggy bag,
January 15, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Henry at Life Hotel
This is his first hotel and restaurant venture since he sold off his huge hospitality…
January 8, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
I put myself in Jim’s hands, ready to try
whatever he suggests...
December 18, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
We’re deep into fried chicken, indelicate
battered wedges, and giant biscuits...
December 11, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The Lobster Club
There was no landmark claim in force at the old Brasserie on the uptown hip of the Seagram Building…
December 4, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
What’s a neighborhood place you’ve been going to forever...
November 27, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Big Eats Time
It’s the season of Big Eats and I’ve signed on…
November 20, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Ten Madison Park
Rich and complex and lingering on the tongue, the cake doesn't seem that small after all.
November 13, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Bond 45 on 46th Street
Get fired up by the familiar show of antipasto bravura as you step inside…
November 6, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Miraculously I find myself in one of the precious counter seats between this plucky couple…
October 30, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Exploring the Pan-Middle Eastern creativity of Meir Adoni…
October 23, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
It seems there is a lot of esoteric super service thought electrifying the gorgeous back room…
October 16, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The bar is already besieged and the music pounds…
October 9, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
By nine on Thursday evening, the place is...
October 2, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
I’ve been eating around on the West Side these recent evenings…
September 25, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Union Square Café
I’m a Danny Meyer admirer and an irrepressible David Rockwell enthusiast…
September 18, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The siren call of grease and salt. I imagine I can already taste it.