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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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October 10, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Tacombi UWS
“Born on the balmy beaches of the Yucatan..."

September 23, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Autumn Break
Some of my best times in the Hamptons have come after the high season ends…

September 16, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Redeye Grill
It reopened in July after a year-long rehab...

September 9, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Turkish Gambit
Chef Oktay delivers rousing flavors to the Turkish classics...

September 2, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Hanging Out at the Harbor
I envision cozy bed and breakfast spots, abundant lobster rolls…

August 25, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Hampton Feasting
Silver Lining’s bow-tie pasta in a melt of many cheeses – is a standout of delicious excess…

August 19, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Ed’s Lobster Bar East
As usual, we ordered too much of so good…

August 14, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Seaside Escape
It’s Nice to Have Someone Along with the Same Accent in a Foreign Country...

August 5, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
The lush summer taste of my chilled corn veloute comes rushing back...

July 29, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
River Café
Occasionally dinner is a rare and delicious indulgence...

July 22, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Unforgettable Chanterelle
A stylish Sally Bowles gets up from a handsome writing desk to greet you…

July 16, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Not so Innocent Times
I was asked to choose the ten most important restaurants of the four decades…

July 8, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Best So Far 2019
Here are places that I discovered this year where I’m sending my pals…

June 30, 2019 | About Gael
Drifting: What I Ate
It’s a taco joint that moved into the space where Sugar and Plumm used to be…

June 24, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Little Spain Diner
I fear getting lost in Nordstrom’s while trying to find dinner...

June 17, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Born-Again Pastis
Tonight’s crowd is dressed in everything from clinging gowns to rompers…

June 3, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
701 West
A cocoon of sound-muffling blue velvet, full of promise...

May 27, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Terrace Edition
Almost everything on the menu tempts us to order more than we should...

May 20, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Paladar Brazilian
"What's new uptown on the East Side?" I asked Google ...

May 13, 2019 | BITE: My Journal
Fairway 74th Street Café
That left room for an innocent crush on Fairway’s David Sneddon…

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