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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...

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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August 20, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Manhatta High
You’ll find binoculars on the window sill and the chef with tattooed arms bared calling the plays outside the open kitchen…

August 13, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Avena Again
I’m meeting fussy friends I want to impress…

August 6, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Bistro Pierre Lapin
I’m especially taken by the menu choices, so all over the place…

July 30, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Olmsted: Brooklyn Wizardry
I have nothing against Brooklyn. I just rarely go there unless someone offers to drive…

July 23, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Tudor City Steakhouse
They’re willing to save me a table with a river view in that historic district…

July 16, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Charc One Up for Danny Brown
The door, swollen by the heat, keeps popping...

July 9, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Infamous Chicken
I had supposed that “Infamous” was an attempt at…

July 2, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Hamptons: Pie for Breakfast
Last week I was back, sharing a wedge salad...

June 25, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Bocce USQ
Our server rushes, overwhelmed and elusive…

June 18, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
The Grand Affair
It’s a rally of chefs from the grand hotels of...

June 11, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Suicide Regrets
Suicide, the headlines not the inclination, distract me..

June 4, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Woodpecker At Play
Years pass and chefs mature, but there’s no need to fret that David Burke might grow stodgy…

May 21, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Little Frog
The old-fashioned need for an old-fashioned…

May 14, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Eat well and you will live 100 years… Mangia Bene che vivi 100 anni…

May 7, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Boqueria West 40th
There’s no longer a need to explain tapas to innocents from the western slope, the glaciers or small Texas towns…

April 30, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Two of us must have the brouillade, soft…

April 23, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Coco Pazzo Reboot
We’re packed into the modest Tribeca canteen and sandwich shop alongside clutches of youngsters from the neighborhood who probably never heard of The Dark Prince of Italian Dining…

April 16, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Simon & the Whale
We ask why it’s Simon, not Gabriel & the Whale...

April 8, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Zuma Encore
The space is even more stunning then I recall...

April 2, 2018 | About Gael
Don Angie
I’m haunted by memories of the chrysanthemum…

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