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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...
February 16, 2012
A place to celebrate “just married” for two wine professionals who’ve eaten everywhere.
My fiancé and I are in the wine business so we get
August 31, 2011
Where should we eat before or after the theater?
Before I started working out at 8 AM, we used to eat...
June 16, 2011
Where can my artist friend take his new gallery director for breakfast in the West 50s?
He wants to avoid greasy spoons and the stuffily c

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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February 23, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Momofuku Ko
I was not exactly happy being summoned at 6:45...

February 16, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
BLVD Bistro
Would you rush to Harlem for an ethereal biscuit? Would you hop on a train or pile into a cab for a feather light biscuit, salty, crumbling in your fingers and maybe some shrimp and grits…

February 9, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Polo Bar
If you’re not a Ralph Lauren person you probably aren’t going to get in just by looking good and hanging out in the bar trying to make an impression by sipping 23 year old Speyside single malt scotch for $86...

February 2, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Marta
I’m not going to claim I’ve loved pizza longer than any other restaurant critic still forking around...

January 26, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Bowery Meat Company
We’re here for the meat. If we were panting for sushi or craving chicken or trying to impress a vegan pal, we wouldn’t be here…

January 19, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Trattoria Bianca
It’s not pretending to be chic. It’s not sizzling…

January 12, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
La Savane
Early dispatches suggested it wasn’t easy to access the exotic charms if you didn’t speak French...

January 5, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Florian Café.Trattoria.Bar
Don't let that naked woman stop...

December 30, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Via Carota
I found it a charming, romantic notion that chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, partners in life, declared their intention to join in holy Tuscan restaurantism…

December 22, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
2014 Also-Rans
Any one of these ten favorites might have become the 11th best or the 12th…

December 15, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Best Restaurants 2014
Unlike most chefs who can sometimes be found in the kitchen, standing up front calling the orders, he was visible in the back in his navy blue chef’s coat, cooking on the line…

December 8, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
La Mangeoire: Au Revoir Christian
It’s Chef Christian Delouvrier’s last hurrah on Second Avenue. That’s not to say it’s the end of glory for La Mangeoire...

December 1, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Upland
Named for the west coast town Smillie grew up in, the place would feature twists on California food, the chef said, homage to his idols – Alice Waters, Jonathan Waxman, Jeremiah Tower…

November 23, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Cosme: First Bites
The chef worries most New Yorkers have never...

November 17, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Chaating About Tulsi
I can’t imagine a meal here without the sweet and fiery Manchurian cauliflower in its sticky garlic-tomato glaze or the crisp tendrils of okra with onion, cooked and raw…

November 10, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Rainbow Room Brunch
It’s a Tiffany of eats, a Brooklyn Smorgasbord on steroids arranged like an octopus with dozens of chefs in white coats and captains in tunics…

November 3, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Kappo Masa
My Upper East Side pals are buzzing and jockeying to be first for a caviar’d toro canapé…

October 27, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Botequim
There's a bossa nova beat on the sound system...

October 20, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Aldea Chef Tasting
I find myself loving unexpectedly subtle bacalao on creamy white girts with fried potato strings and a flurry of black olive…

October 13, 2014 | BITE: My Journal
Shun Lee West
Somehow, I knew it'd be red...

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