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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...

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January 2, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Eating Around
Given the tantrums of Congress, we can’t know what 2013 will bring. But we do know there will be pig at inflated prices, kale on every menu, and cocktails yet to be invented, some scrumptious, some floppy and lacking

December 17, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
My Highs of 2012
We gather to worship spit-roasted short ribs – a giant slab of blackened ends, fatty fissures and juicy tendrils of meat, gift wrapped with green olives, onion petals, walnuts and horseradish, a tangle of bitter and sharp and sweet…

December 10, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Eating It All @Talde
A caboodle of movers and shakers and appreciators organized by a new friend, converging for dinner at Talde in Brooklyn…

December 3, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Morso Gets Moreso
Pino is cooking? How the flighty have fallen…

November 26, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
He chose Carroll Gardens, an established restaurant scramble, because of its long history with Italian-American immigrants…

November 19, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Toot Sweet: Sugar & Plumm CLOSED
Forty-three hundred square feet of sugar and fat. I couldn’t wait to try the something-for-everyone menu of the sprawling…

November 11, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
What do New Yorkers need in a crisis? A stiff drink, something crusty and savory from the wood-fired oven…

November 5, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Inn at Little Washington
I expected sybaritic, nothing quite prepared me for the theatrical ebullience…

October 29, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Il Mulino
Of course I was curious to taste how Il Mulino would translate to midtown. The battering-of-war stories had kept me away from the famously sadistic den...

October 22, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
The Library at the Public
Keep looking. It’s hidden away inconveniently above the lobby, so you have to know it’s there. That’s always a trend.

October 15, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Ducks Eatery
I’m dazzled and bemused by the are-you-kidding inventions of chef Will Horowitz.

October 9, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Neta Ingredients
I watch my friend absorb the kitchen’s whirling quadrille in front of us energized by the funky cries of James Brown…

October 1, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Crave Fishbar
I can almost guarantee that no chef has ever put together a bluefish salad with quite the same tangle of greenery as the smoked fish “bouquet”…

September 23, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Guy’s American Kitchen (CLOSED)
Surely I’m not here not because I expect to love Unyans Cajun Chicken Ciabatta or Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders…

September 17, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
In the Nick of Swine
The new Hudson Street bestiary serves up the requisite salumi, toasts and pickles, familiar and uncommon parts of pig and bacon ice cream sundae…

September 10, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Lights Down at Jean Georges
By daylight, even with its constant muted flow of pilgrims, the back room at Jean Georges is a cloister for worshiping the senses. It’s been my neighborhood lunch spot since I first discovered its surreal magnetism – the cosmetic light, the cocoon of isolation from urban assault, the promise of sensory astonishment.

September 4, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Foraging at Foragers Table
“Choose a snack,” I urge my companions. I can’t wait to order. “Let’s have a snack with our drinks while we decide what to eat,” I say…

August 27, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Print That Governor
You won’t find me mingling with the new reverse bridge and tunnel crowd swarming to Brooklyn…

August 20, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Steven: Letting Go
What really got me excited about Steven Richter the summer of 1985 when we met in Aspen was how unrushed he was that first morning after…

August 13, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Raymi, High on Pisco
It’s a pisco world here with a wall of piscos at the bar and on the menu, classics like the Pisco Sour, more than a dozen house-made pisco infusions, and riffs on cocktail familiars…

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