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.”
October 17, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Samui Is Thai
I stand mesmerized by the giant circus façade, flashing red, then royal blue, then purple, then green…
October 10, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
The young staff is serious and elegant...
October 3, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Wall Street tycoons rising and falling...
September 26, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
What lures me now is a duo of chefs from the...
September 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Foodies were few and not yet identified in the Oxford Dictionary…
September 12, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
“Crust is a new thing for me,” he confides…
August 29, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
I love bread, so does Floyd Cardoz. And bread loves the Goan-born chef...
August 22, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Burger & Lobster
Some New Yorkers, possibly millennials...
August 15, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
“Papa Tony’s Collard Greens,” may be the unparalleled best either of us has ever tasted…
August 8, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
But the Gods of Pie were on my side…
August 1, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Where I’m Eating Now
If you follow my BITES every week, you might worry that I’m on a rash spending spree...
July 18, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
My Four Seasons
Daddy wasn’t eager to try the fresh-hatched Four Seasons in 1959.
July 11, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Now he’s cooking for the first time...
June 27, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Günter Seeger NY
I’ve come with doubts and a chip on my shoulder. Expensive tasting. Pay in advance. Still, I can’t complain that dinner’s opening shot takes forever to arrive.
June 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
But there is something about the menu at this ridiculously -- I assume, deliberately -- noisy space that makes tapas seem new or newsworthy or perhaps newly authentic.
June 13, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
The evolving menu is witty, grandiloquent, and comforting by design -- partly Italian and assuredly French, with Mexican detours and a bow to how Americans picnic...
May 30, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
It’s spring. Of course, there will be pea soup...
May 23, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
No one murmurs a sigh of complaint, but all three of my companions, summoned to share my third dinner at Indian Accent, are apparently wary...