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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...

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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May 13, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Fairway 74th Street Café
That left room for an innocent crush on Fairway’s David Sneddon…

May 6, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Avena Downtown
Finally I spot it behind a formidable barricade…

April 29, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Il Divo
Sweeping through the velvet curtain is like entering another world…

April 15, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Standard Grill
Rocco is in the kitchen. Can Anna Wintour be far behind?

April 8, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Mercado Little Spain
Andrés had not yet grown into the feeding hero of catastrophes...

April 1, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Feroce
Devotedly Italian with pastas graded DOP, made locally in Italy…

March 25, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Happy Birthday Gotham Bar and Grill
It looked the same only lighter – a gorgeous platinum blonde…

March 18, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Lights On: Hudson Yards
I got to explore, get lost and taste a free steak last Tuesday…

March 11, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
First Born Wayan
No way to miss the Rockwell Group’s tropical...

March 7, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Foreign Intrigue: Uskudar
I should have remembered the fiasco we had in 2014 when the irrepressible flack insisted again and again…

February 25, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Empty Icebox Blues
My friends do dinner parties and invite each other ...

February 18, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Atoboy
Potato chips flutter on fat chunks of fried chicken lying in spicy peanut butter...

February 11, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Leonti
I’m excited to see puntarelle comes with the chicken in pastella…

February 4, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Intersect by Lexus
The last time I drove my own car, decades ago, it was a silver BMW…

January 28, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Jones Wood Foundry
The 1860s building was once a foundry that made manhole covers…

January 21, 2019 | About Gael
Pomona
Time for too much of the seductive house-baked bread served with apple butter…

January 7, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Insults on the Menu
Perhaps you were still in your high chair dribbling mashed banana…

December 17, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Best Bites 2018
I tried to recall the last time I’d bitten into a noodle so perfectly al dente…

December 10, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Christmas Vibrations
I wanted a real tree, tall and dripping needles, smelling green…

December 3, 2018 | BITE: My Journal
Unfinished Tastings
I’m shocked how many restaurants I loved…have closed....

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