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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
HE'S KOSHER. SHE'S VEGETARIAN. WHERE CAN I MAKE BOTH...
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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August 24, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
On the Amazon in Peru
It started with a longing to see Machu Picchu as do most excursions to Peru. I had a dark Mel Gibson Inca warrior vision. Then came buzz from trusted food world mouths about Lima as a world-class restaurant city…

August 10, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Caravaggio Deconstructed
Sistina regulars who think of Giuseppe Bruno as their own uptown Sirio were also eager to see what he had created in the space where Pino Luongo coddled music world and political nabobs in another era.

August 3, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Hotel Griffou Check-in
What can you possibly do in boxy little subterranean rooms to draw nightlife eaters? Marylou’s had a famously louche clan loitering in this cellar for years. Now, invoking ghosts of an earlier incarnation…

July 27, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Sho Shaun Hergatt
I was warned that the block in front of the new Setai Condominium looked like downtown Baghdad. So we swing into a parking spot on Beaver Street, navigate the scaffolding and take the elevator to a muted world of dark wood, black and red Thai silk and mother of pearl...

July 20, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Gus and Gabriel
It’s the hookup of a pop-food heaven with a cleverly wicked ice cream parlor and neighborhood bar. No credit cards, no reservations, mostly modest prices.

July 13, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Aureole Redo/Compass
I see scaffolding, green neon, a brigand selling fake bags across the street and the passing mélange of scruff and innocent citizenry drawn to and ejected from Times Square...

July 6, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Recipe/Quinto Quarto
I am instantly charmed by the romance of bare brick and filament light bulbs, the water bottle-labeled tap water, the little flower pots, the checked fabric napkins and the salmon rillette on toast sent out as an amuse…

June 29, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
The Not-at-All Standard Grill
Already heat-seeking nomads are three-deep at the bar and I am looking right at Anna Wintour. I know for sure this is the place to be tonight…

June 22, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Marea Battens Down
Sea creatures here are wild, line-caught, deep...

June 15, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
DBGB Daniel’s Burger Joint
It’s already standing room only with the usual foodie first nighters in full swarm, the industry and media and uptowners who define themselves by the tables they can snag.

June 8, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Marea Braves the Tides
Marea is definitely swimming against the undertow of financial woe and frugality chic. It’s not as if chef Michael White and his partner Chris Cannon…

June 1, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Locanda Verde
It’s possible that the management team here is more celebrated than tonight’s VIPs and visiting foodies. Clearly Robert DeNiro and his partners at the Greenwich Hotel mean business…

May 26, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Pho Sure Pho Bulus
If shoestring has charm, this is it...

May 18, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Table 8 Transplant
I want this place to be good. Not just for the...

May 11, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Artisanal/Armani
How quickly downtown’s nomadic grazers swooped in. It’s Saturday night. Leggy girlfriends perch at lounge tables, sipping cocktails, eyeing a milling crowd….

May 4, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Bouleymania
Bouley was on a jag, drunk with the dream of it. So sue me. I’m a fool for vulnerability in a man. After his fiasco at Secession…

April 27, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Monkey Bar/Telepan
Oh no, here we are again, outcasts at Hogwarts, I’m thinking as we walk up to the locked door of Graydon Carter’s new Monkey Bar…

April 20, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Slash and Trim
Roberta's: Is this bombed out Bushwick street the newest...

April 13, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Anthos Upstairs/Keste Pizza
I mostly love this chef's lively riffs on Greek cooking at Anthos...

April 6, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Italy/Eating Up Italy
Now we’re in Italy, tagging along on a gastronomical discovery tour with chef Cesare Casella, and All-Bran topped with fruit…

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