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Brooklyn Diner
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Wolf in High Heels
A customer service rep will deliver your meal or drink...
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My Life Eating
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A Year of Eating
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Ask Gael

    Early in 2006 the editors at New York Magazine decided to change the name of my weekly column from Ask Gael to Insatiable Critic...I have revived Ask Gael. So please email me your questions and I will try to answer them. You'll also find Ask Gael archives here from January 23, 2006 back to 2004.


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January 11, 2017 | Ask Gael
11 Favorites I Discovered in 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 14, 2015 | Ask Gael
It Isn’t Easy to Name the Best Dishes of 2015
After a longish mea culpa, I am now going to try to choose the other best dishes I’ve eaten this year…

July 13, 2015 | Ask Gael
Where are you sending friends now?
Where do I eat when I’m not hustling to find something to review? That what all my friends ask. Here’s where I’m going right now, just for fun, because it feels special, and maybe also, to impress a friend.

December 16, 2013 | Ask Gael
Feeding the Folks: Where to Go
HE'S KOSHER. SHE'S VEGETARIAN. WHERE CAN I MAKE BOTH OF THEM HAPPY? Ask for a table veiled with white curtains at Tulsi and explore the vegetarian menu of Hemant Mathur who made his name with Suvir Saran at Devi. Chickpea cake with tart tomato chutney and tangy pineapple relish. Sweet, torrid, garlicky Manchurian cauliflower...

May 14, 2012 | Ask Gael
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 get him to appreciate my love of food. Where can we go that is less pricey than WD50?

February 16, 2012 | Ask Gael
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 around the restaurant scene which makes it very challenging to decide on the One Place to go for a celebratory “just married dinner.”

August 31, 2011 | Ask Gael
Where should we eat before or after the theater?
Before I started working out at 8 AM, we used to eat after theater. Now we compete with the mob eating before...

June 16, 2011 | About Gael
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 corporate

March 25, 2010 | Ask Gael
My vegetarian niece will be in town for a week. Help!
Familial love needn’t curb our carnivorean ways

September 10, 2009 | Ask Gael
Tell me some good, not too expensive restaurants for after Broadway theater.
My friends are coming to NYC next month for a theater binge and want to know where to eat. Their hotel is in the Village near NYU.

June 22, 2009 | Ask Gael
My brother and sister-in-law are using my East Hampton cottage for a week. Where should they eat?
It’s their 20th anniversary and they are omnivores.

June 11, 2009 | Ask Gael
Best Italian New York Has to Offer
A client has a friend in from abroad who wants to eat at the best Italian New York has to offer. As I have not been to every Italian, I was hoping to get some suggestions.

May 28, 2009 | Ask Gael
Lunch between 5th and Park
Oceana has closed to relocate and I need a new spot for lunch.

May 4, 2009 | Ask Gael
Brunch near the 77th Street Greenmarket
Where shall we go for brunch – with good eggs benedict?!

April 20, 2009 | Ask Gael
Chinese Moderne
Is there such a thing as “healthy” Chinese food that tastes great?...

April 1, 2009 | Ask Gael
We want somewhere special and Italian
Dear Gael, We will be coming to NYC with a very dear friend... We would love to take her somewhere special that is Italian.

January 26, 2009 | Ask Gael
I'm new in town, find me some spots to mingle and meet people
Dear Gael, I am moving from Los Angeles to New York for a few months starting in February. Even though the 60-degree temperature difference is already giving me the chills, I am very ready for the energy of The City.

December 30, 2008 | Ask Gael
My out-of-town friends seek lunchtime perfection.
Dear Gael, A longtime friend has asked me for lunch recommendations for herself and three of her friends who refer to their group as “The Theatre Ladies.”

December 19, 2008 | Ask Gael
Flirting with Englishmen...
Dear Gael, I recently became involved in a long distance relationship with an Englishman who is now coming to NY for the holidays...

December 18, 2008 | Ask Gael
Give me some good French restaurants...
Dear Gael, I'm meeting a friend from out-of-town for dinner. He is asking about good French restaurants in the city. Thought I should ask the expert...

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