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January 11, 2017
11 Favorites I Discovered in 2016
I’ve been going out for dinner six nights a week. On...
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...

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December 11, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Lansky’s Deli
I never doubted Chef-partner David Ruggiero could pull this off… the Brooklyn-born ex-boxer has boundless imagination…

December 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
John Dory/BarBao
With just fifty seats and not much aisle, and given its elite gastropub provenance, born out of Spotted Pig with April Bloomberg at the stove and Ken Friedman wheeling about out front…

November 30, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Picking Up Pieces/Irving Mill
Not everyone gets to read their obituary in the New York Times…There are pig people and no-pig people. Personally, I don’t encounter many who are neutral…

November 24, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Cracked Eggshells
To be officially declared redundant by New York magazine, long the oracle and chronicler of what’s hot and what’s not…is painful…

November 16, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
$1500 Dinner/Ali Baba
And yes, the demitasse of Thomas Keller’s sea urchin soup, ambrosial indeed with its lick of Meyer lemon, was not as hot as it might have been…

November 10, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Deals Deals Deals
It doesn’t look to me like New Yorkers...

November 3, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Center Cut/Easy Korean
Jeffrey Chodorow’s stylish and expensive Center Cut at the Empire Hotel might be diagnosed as the same irrational exuberance that is offering a Chanel tote for $3,995 in the New York Times this morning…

October 27, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
BarBao/Chocolate Fog
The Vietnamese Don Juan of bun and pho, Chef Michael Huynh, has the grace to look a little discombobulated at his new perch on the Upper West Side where Rain once reigned…

October 20, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
De Santos/Bussaco
In the evolution of Italian food in New York over more than forty years, we've nearly drowned in a roiling ocean of red sauce, discovered pesto and overdosed on tiramisu, learned to worship the white truffle....

October 13, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
It’s one of those magical balmy nights last week and our friends wait beyond the kitchen in the backyard “garden”…a stage set far from the financial battering of the day…

October 6, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Uncorking Corton/Cutting Back
It’s the first night Corton is open to walk-ins and the room is not yet finished, but the friendly open square has an easy club-house feel, very see-and-be-seen…

September 29, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Double Crown/Pearl Oyster Bar
It’s scary enough watching the world of strut-and-brag Manhattan shrink. Now it’s the quail too. Half a quail…half a very small quail…

September 22, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Proud Libertine/Solace
Not that I necessarily expected to see debauchery at the low lit bar, or find Wall Streeters on the next banquette declaiming Byron, dressed like the Marquis de Sade, chanting Rimbaud….

September 15, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Bloomingdale Road/Daniel Makeover
This is not just another lineup of comfort food. It’s playpen time. It’s the homey and weirdo hour. We have chicken lollipops-Buffalo with blue cheese fondue…

September 8, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Apiary Buzz
Like a privileged first child in an ambitious family with excellent connections, Apiary has a top of the line nursery – slick modern design by partner Ligne Rosset starring…

September 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Cup o’Ippudo
We’re forced to cut through a gaggle of young Japanese possessively pacing the sidewalk, the vestibule crowded with defiant dawdlers, and the entire student population of Japan...

August 25, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Encores: Morandi, Harrison
Anxious clotlettes of people are waiting outside as taxis drop off titled, untitled and entitled women chirping Italian, kiss-kissing the animated god at the maitre d’ stand…

August 18, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Allegretti Tempo
Alain Allegretti may have opened his doors Monday short a chef or three in the kitchen, but he's a pro after all… ready Thursday for Hillary and Bill with Chelsea and her boyfriend…

August 11, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eighty One Uptick
I’ve been hearing a lot of raves for Eighty One recently -- three times last week alone. “Amazing meal.” “Michelin three star food.” “It’s my new favorite restaurant...”

August 4, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Sweet and Tart/Almoncello
The sweet little goody-two-shoes snack shop is back in Flushing with a stunning new menu…I miss Almondito, but its Italy-inspired changeling Almoncello is my kind of Hamptons, too…

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