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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...

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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April 17, 2017 | About Gael
It feels very welcoming, well-mannered, actually quite rich…

April 3, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Kings of Kobe
None of my usual dinner cronies is willing to...

March 27, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Satsuki at Suzuki
We have the master himself focused only on us at the near-deserted sushi bar.

March 20, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
4 Charles Prime Rib
It isn’t easy getting past the front door into this crowded 19th-century doll’s house…

March 13, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Lilia: Brooklyn Bait
Thrillingly delicate, yeasty little donuts are sprinkled with a blizzard of grated sheep’s milk cheese…

March 6, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Café Village
There’s a certain sweet innocence: the fake fireplace, the collection of samovars and little china animals. The waiters, too…

February 27, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
I’m reminded why Noah made certain to get a...

February 20, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
It’s the Manhattan institution you might not know on the corner of Madison and 92nd…

February 13, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Give Me Shelter
Being snowed in justified everything...

February 6, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
A Taste of Havana
Casa Nostra, our private hostel, is a Tennessee Williams stage set…

January 30, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Chef’s Table Manhattan
I wonder if I should shop now or later, before or after dinner…

January 23, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Defiance: The March
The clot scarcely moved in the wave of shouts...

January 16, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Bouley Blinks
The bread passer lets us choose from a dozen options to start and sets a duo of butters on the table…

January 9, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Settling Into Loring Place
Kluger and his two chefs de cuisine launched at full speed.

January 3, 2017 | About Gael
Chicago Eats
In his Chicago crowd, my brother Jim...

December 26, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
11 Favorites 2016
I’ve been going out for dinner six nights a week. On the seventh evening, I sloth out at home with tuna fish…

December 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Havana Lyrics
It’s a long detour to the House of Gelato across from the Copacabana.

December 5, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
You could say it's Italianish...

November 28, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Chaan Teng
It’s very “Tea House of the August Moon,” with pierced screens separating tables, blue and white vases on shelves, a porcelain Buddha, old teapots, and other vintage and flea market Chinoiserie,

November 21, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
White Gold Butchers
Named for the prized ribbons of fat fancied by serious carnivores, it’s a place to buy meat and rotisserie chickens, ultimately planning to serve three meals a day.

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