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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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July 21, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Paris Splurge/Mouths of the Times
My guy and I vowed we would avoid the Euro-zone this year. As a chronic penny pincher – regular readers will have noticed – I’m undone by the wobbling dollar…

July 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Merci Bocuse
Given the speed and reliability of France’s TGV train – getting to Lyon for lunch with Paul Bocuse is a cinch compared to inching your way to Easthampton on Friday in time for dinner…

July 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
5 Napkins/Paris
Now that 5 Napkin Burger has moved into the space that was Jezebel's...Simon Oren and chef partner Andy D'Amico have their own little Monopoly game going on Ninth Avenue...

June 30, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eating Istanbul
How Istanbul has changed, grown, swallowed up its suburbs, planted luxury malls, precious shopping enclaves and hotels (a second Four Seasons, the first W in Europe)…

June 23, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Brasserie Cognac
It’s no cinch to grow up the offspring of charismatic parents. Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon is a bit gangly in its Balthazar overcoat and britches…

June 16, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Sheridan Square Gentrifies
Can Gary Robins calibrating the fireworks add a little class to the hullabaloo on Seventh Avenue South?...Talay hits Harlem…

June 9, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Chicago Grazing
I’m in Chicago, the city that outlawed foie gras – invited to taste “green” veal – surrounded by foie gras…

June 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Centolire in the Groove
Instantly the house’s welcoming lagniappe arrives - a mosaic of prosciutto-wrapped bread sticks, olives, mortadella and cappocolla chunks, pebbles of parmigiano and a small bowl of fresh ricotta whipped with crushed pepper and “a bit” of olive oil, crying out “Eat me, eat me!”

May 27, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Scarpetta Wipes the Plate
Why shouldn’t star chef Scott Conant come back to town doing his top all time hits? have hungered for his mushroom fricassee to spoon over voluptuously rich polenta, his crispy fritto misto and juicy short ribs…

May 19, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
A Taste for Tears
At Jean Georges Friday, I’m feeling that flush you get when strangers love what you’ve raved about…then comes the sensuous omakase at Sushi Zen…

May 12, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Cacio e Vino
…Word that a new chef had stepped up to the range finally brought us downtown…like so many Sicilians before him, Salvatore Fraterrigo has found a new island…

May 5, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Momofuku: Ko Sorry
I have never lusted after David Chang's soulful butt so I wasn’t tempted to join the daily morning rat's scrum for an online reservation at Momofuku Ko. I felt a friend would turn up eventually with an extra seat and I'd find myself on one of his dozen fiercely contested stools...

April 28, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Le Bernardin in its Prime
There are masses of cherry blossoms everywhere. There is Maguy offering champagne, in Parisienne chic as always…It’s a room where you can talk, where you can see your food…

April 21, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Milano/ParkAvSpring
Bar Milano with its $22 pinci pasta and luminiscent rainbow marble walls is a far cry from $3 panini at ‘ino where the Denton brothers, Jason and Joe, first dipped into the feeding game. But we all have to grow up, I guess

April 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eli’s Passover/Fig and Olive
Where a feather and a candle are essential, and Eli sells the store... Fig & Olive flower across from La Grenouille...

April 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Guests have unseemly habits too…Elettaria’s chef is as handsome as any Bollywood hero…Addicted to Commerce…

March 31, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Rao’s Famiglia
“There’s almost no point in writing about Rao’s,” as I conceded in April 1985, when I first critiqued that quaint little joint that seemed always to be booked months ahead…

March 24, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Zero Otto Nove / More Peeves
I read about Arthur Schwartz’ favorite New York pizza in his newsletter and I just had to taste it, yes, even if that instant craving meant a trek to the Bronx. I have nothing against the Bronx…

March 17, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Olana Homage
What a delightful shock. I went to Olana with no expectations because I couldn’t score a table at the first five new restaurants I called...

March 10, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eighty One in the Nabe
For the unbridled rich, Ed Brown’s sensational black truffled rigatoni with its foie gras emulsion…(may be) the best perker-upper you can buy without a prescription…

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