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December 14, 2015
It Isn’t Easy to Name the Best Dishes of 2015
After a longish mea culpa, I am now going to try to...
July 13, 2015
Where are you sending friends now?
Where do I eat when I’m not hustling to find something...
December 16, 2013
Feeding the Folks: Where to Go
May 14, 2012
Where can I take my 13-year-old to sample New York’s best food without breaking the bank?
Like his mother, my son loves to eat. I am trying to...
February 16, 2012
A place to celebrate “just married” for two wine professionals who’ve eaten everywhere.
My fiancé and I are in the wine business so we get

Bite: My Journal

    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.”

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February 8, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
"A love affair between street food and street art” is the mantra.

February 1, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Baccarat Tea
I’m not a tea drinker. I don’t like tea at all…

January 25, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Momofuku Nishi
It’s impossible not to be affected by the deification of David Chang if you hang out on the Internet. exposed to the daily chanting of food world monks. as I do.

January 18, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Playa Betty's
It seems we’re a haven for fertile millennials and would-be hot surfer chicks.

January 11, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Pardon My Caviar
Unless you’re into dancing on the edge of the abyss, this is probably not the best time to consider caviar.

January 5, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Chicago Eats
My holiday wasn’t meant for work, but we did have to eat.

December 14, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
There is chef Ryan Skeen to start with. He comes with a curse: he never stays long…

December 7, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Quality Eats!
Yet another steak house, I thought. Ho hum...

November 30, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
La Chine
I had expected to see little Mao-like creatures here and there, martial arts champions, possibly some scattered chinoiserie on walls and tables, a store selling jade souvenirs…but no.

November 23, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
When chef Einat Admony announced she would move into the glass-wrapped Soho space that had been Taka Taka, a hapless canteen dispensing Japanese tacos, I couldn’t wait to taste…

November 16, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Best Dishes 2015
After a longish mea culpa, I am now going to try to choose the other best dishes I’ve eaten this year…

November 9, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
I’ve had coq au vin three times this week in a trio of zip codes…

November 2, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Yunnan BBQ
Neither of them had ever been to Yunnan, but then not many New Yorkers have been either, so they probably won’t be sued for strict accountability…

October 26, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Defiant Vaucluse
I’m guessing that Michael White, or Chef Bianco...

October 19, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
It is scarcely a surprise that Epicure might be dazzlingly good. The trick is to live up to three star expectations…

October 12, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Paris Discoveries
Certainly I was totally opposed to a fancy…

September 28, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Kat and Theo
There is the chef himself up front under the...

September 21, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
I nod wisely and sip my “Negronish.” The house license only allows wine and beer-fortified cocktails…

September 14, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Tourondel has wanted to do an Italian restaurant for years, even though his very snobby French father complained when the family was obliged to eat at his Italian mother-in-law’s table…

August 30, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Heyward
Be careful what you ask for…you might get...

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