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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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March 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Best of New York
Bar Boulud was my first thought... I tortured myself for a week trying to decide. I almost forgot Anthos...

February 25, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Yucatan for Gringos
The roof garden is a near-paradise of palms and bamboo overlooking the cathedral, cool breezes, a moon above, our waiter prettier than Brad…

February 18, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eating Yucatan
We arrive in Merida, capital of the Yucatan, midway through carnaval…each day there’s a different group on parade…On Sunday it’s sleek beauty queens…

February 11, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Happy 40th
New York magazine is forty years old and this is my fortieth year as a restaurant critic. I seem to be the only survivor still on the staff from that year of launch, still reviewing restaurants after four decades. Am I stubborn or just hungry…

February 4, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Tasting Adour
Surprised by how moved I am by the traumas of Alain Ducasse...I desperately hoped to love Adour…

January 28, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
wd~50: She Says, He Says
Ever since I gagged over wd~50’s quixotic foie gras with anchovies and cocoa nibs, I have been citing that nastiness…but Jason is totally besotted with Wylie…Sandro does it his way…

January 23, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Boulud
Daniel Boulud…has tied up a lot of emotion in bringing great charcuterie to New York in this soaring tunnel across from Lincoln Center…

January 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Tapas Crawl
“Want to come on a tapas crawl?” It’s wine merchant Gerry Dawes…monomaniacally crazed champion of everything Spanish. No way I can resist…

January 8, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Insieme Revisited
Just thinking about returning to Insieme made me happy. I could practically taste the dishes I’d loved in two early visits. And the evening began on a pleasant déjà vu…

January 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Solex/Sushi Seduction
This is where you want to go before you activate your New Year’s vow to shed a few pounds…Seduction at the sushi bar…

December 31, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
2008 Predictions/Ilili
Bobby Flay and Mario Batali will go toe to toe with new burger chains. Bobby’s will feature chili fries, guava shakes, jalapeno ketchup and life-size cutouts of Bobby…

December 17, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Blanc/Bocca di Bacco
But ghostly images of the good boy/bad boy chef Bouley vanish as I am instantly captured by that anticipated salad, tenderest rabbit – actually a bit pink – tossed with sweetbreads…

December 9, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Park Avenue Winter/Inspired Gifts
Summer was fun; autumn cozy. But winter is a bit of a joke….Gift ideas for passionate cookbook collectors. Noshing with Murray.

December 3, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
More Seduction / Devin Tavern
Last week's dining scenarios for seduction by the Gourmand Don Juan, stirred quite a stew of email…tonight we want to commune with the spirit of Prague, so we're ordering starters like crispy pork belly and short rib goulash…

November 26, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Sex, Seduction, Chocolate
“Strip House is the sexiest restaurant in New York,” our pal Francesco announces…when I take a date there I know I’m going to make out.”…Fancy Chocolates on Amsterdam…

November 19, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Smith’s / Belcourt
Let me count the ways I love Smith’s…Belcourt has certain highly positive Balthazarian aspirations…

November 13, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Grayz Domain/Compass Supper
I’m not going to start by dissecting Gray Kunz in hopes of somehow divining his motivations. I’m going to start with Thursday’s rare and magical lunch. We are a trio of consenting gourmands...

November 5, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Bun Drama/Waldy Smokes
I see drama from crowds fighting to get in to the narrow little cubby to eat this fabulous food Can the marriage survive the noodle shop? Yes, you can almost feel that tension.

November 1, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Brasserie 44 / Auberge Ravoux
I tried not to see ghosts when I walked into the Royalton Hotel Monday. It doesn’t seem fair to mope just because a new generation has swept up your old stamping ground. Especially since…

October 23, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Deep Dish/Shorty's
He wanted to call it 32 seats till he walked around the corner and saw a restaurant called 12 Chairs. So chef-partner Josh Eden gave this small spot his own nickname…

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