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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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March 7, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Socarrat’s New Crunch
I imagine I am already hearing the tat-a-tat of spoons scraping iron paella pans. But there is a defined prologue here. I need to catch up with our friends...

February 28, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Embers Is Smokin’
I could almost taste the sticky torrid combustion to come from the fusion of Todd English and Ian Kittichai...

February 21, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
What Happens When & Why
It’s a chance to revisit Chef John Fraser’s very personal style of cooking at $58 for three courses, a discount from the pricey entrees at his three-star Dovetail…

February 14, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Bowlmor: Stadium Grill
It’s a chef’s dream: a mouthy blond scarfing your nachos with unabashed joy on the front page of the Times Dining…

February 7, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Patricia’s: The Son Also Rises
We have been spirited away to somewhere in the Bronx. This zuppa di funghi is thrilling…

January 31, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Holy Basil: Tulsi
Sheer white curtains wrap three sides of our table in a veil of serenity, a luminous stage set to showcase the solo turn of chef-partner Hemant Mathur...

January 17, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
The National Pastime
Half full, the place has a gentle buzz and light from paper shaded bulbs above is calculated to illuminate food and menu...

January 10, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Ai Yi Yi Fiori
The best laid plans of mice and chefs are easily knocked awry. With his raucous, casual late night Morini jammed tight but the kitchen still half-baked, chef-owner Michael White…

January 3, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Beauty & Essex
It burst to life on the cusp of Christmas, not... yet... claimed by nocturnal tall women and the pride of cats who attend them...

December 27, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Vareli/Lyon
Vareli is madly loved by the neighborhood the Village is just discovering Lyon…

December 20, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Hooked by Fish Tag
He’s back on the radar with the wandering Ryan Skeen as his second and a dizzyingly complex concept…

December 13, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Diary of a Donatella
Before there was Donatella the Brand, there was Donatella the Woman, obedient old world Italian daughter and serious restaurateur…

December 6, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Warming Up to Ciano (CLOSED)
We could be in some Tuscan town between Florence and Siena…

November 29, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Rouge et Blanc / Devi
And it’s light enough to actually see the food without flashlight, most of it inventive but not belligerently provocative…

November 22, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Lincoln / Mia Dona Meatballs
Not in years, possibly not since Windows-on-the-World has a restaurant arrived with such high expectations as Lincoln…

November 15, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Brooklyn Bowl
Yes, it’s true I experienced the thrill of this decade I was carded by the doorman at…

November 8, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Mesa Grill Throwdown
Considering how much time this matinée idol... spends on camera and on the road, I was impressed that he still finds time to tweak the tamales...

November 1, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Hurricane Club
White dinner jackets transform the waiters: a few Cesar Romeros, a Humphrey Bogart or two, and hapless Woody Allens…

October 25, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Basque Glows Red
Bar Basque has serious ambition with a hot... young vibe... It’s as high-stepping in attention to detail as Daniel and Jean Georges, but for the Momofuku crowd...

October 18, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Bill’s Bar & Burger/Dinosaur
What happened to the cultural disdain for... midtown? Is the Lower East Side so old hat, Rockefeller Center suddenly amusingly fly? “They look like tourists,” one of our companions whispers…

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