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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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July 7, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Palo Santo
I would not have predicted a cornflake fried chicken triumph or even the marvelous rare duck with mole poblano….

June 30, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
NoMad Madness
It’s vibrating. Instinctively, I recoil as if struck. Ahead I see the golden glow of 1,000 illuminated bottles. The ceiling soars making a hurricane of noise.

June 23, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Take Root
I may be a little slow to hit the Brooklyn restaurant heat trail. But like other serious and determined New York eaters – I’m a professional after all -- I eventually get there…

June 16, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Cherche Midi
The first thing I notice walking in is the astonishing, golden glow. And next, standing just inside the door, brother Brian. Well, it is “Friends and Family” night…

June 8, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Arco Cafe/Villagio (Closed)
The truth is I know nothing about Sardinian food…

June 2, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
North River Lobster Co.
I like the idea of boarding a ship and going nowhere. I don’t mind bobbing, swaying, lurching sideways for an hour or so...

May 26, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Tavern on the Green
I’ll want to claim my table under an umbrella in the garden for a romantic dinner on some not-too-humid evening this summer...

May 12, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Narcissa
My skeptical dining companion, an unabashed carnivore, is surprised to find himself bypassing slow-roasted bone-in ribeye in favor of Chef John Fraser’s carrot whimsy.

May 5, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Decoy
It begins with an amuse of “Decoy Chips” and pickles from the half dozen or so at the bar. Decoy chips? Fish skin, crispy and instantly addictive…

April 28, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Best Chicken Dishes
These are my favorite birds right now, not exactly in pecking order, with a collision of greats at the top…

April 20, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Bolonat
“I want to explain our concept,” the waitress begins cheerfully. I brace myself. I’m losing my sense of humor. At least the hostess seated me without an argument when I arrived ahead of my party.

April 13, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Blue Hill @Stone Barns
I think I knew something messianic was afoot, but it didn’t sink in that my friends and I were signing on for a three and a half hour immersion in nature…

April 7, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Bustan
The usual display of discipline vanishes with the landing of olives and the house’s fabulous blowsy flat bread like a stretched-out pita…

March 31, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
The Cecil (CLOSED)
But just say Harlem and they’re in...

March 24, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Gato
Indeed, it’s only a few weeks into its quiet opening, but not too soon to be excited by what I’ve tasted…

March 17, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
The River Café
I‘ve never lost the shiver of thrill I get from the diamond-filigree of bridge and skyline across the East River, or the rush over floral exuberance, of roses in every color and forsythia exploding in winter from concrete floors as the tide churns below…

March 10, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Telepan Local/Tiny’s
Never mind, barn or playschool...

March 3, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Mountain Bird
Yes, the lace curtains are charming…

February 24, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
The Shrine of Masa
The mingle of sweet and salt and fat is powerful. You lick it slowly from the small black wooden spoon…

February 17, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Rafele: Neapolitan First
“Well, of course I am Italian,” the good-looking young chef begins. “But like Sophia Loren said: First I am Neapolitan“...

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