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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?
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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...
February 16, 2012
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

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 24, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Gramercy Farmer & the Fish Goes Urban
Aren’t we all longing to grow lean and mean on scarlet turnips and fall raab and aggressive sungold tomatoes?

October 17, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Samui Is Thai
I stand mesmerized by the giant circus façade, flashing red, then royal blue, then purple, then green…

October 10, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Nakazawa Blossoms
The young staff is serious and elegant...

October 3, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Avra Madison
Wall Street tycoons rising and falling...

September 26, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
What lures me now is a duo of chefs from the...

September 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Vintage Insatiable
Foodies were few and not yet identified in the Oxford Dictionary…

September 12, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Pie Bliss
“Crust is a new thing for me,” he confides…

August 29, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
I love bread, so does Floyd Cardoz. And bread loves the Goan-born chef...

August 22, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Burger & Lobster
Some New Yorkers, possibly millennials...

August 15, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Zora’s Café
“Papa Tony’s Collard Greens,” may be the unparalleled best either of us has ever tasted…

August 8, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Hampton Eats
But the Gods of Pie were on my side…

August 1, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Where I’m Eating Now
If you follow my BITES every week, you might worry that I’m on a rash spending spree...

July 25, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen
Did I ever frost a Ritz with pimento cheese?

July 18, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
My Four Seasons
Daddy wasn’t eager to try the fresh-hatched Four Seasons in 1959.

July 11, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Le Coucou
Now he’s cooking for the first time...

June 27, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Günter Seeger NY
I’ve come with doubts and a chip on my shoulder. Expensive tasting. Pay in advance. Still, I can’t complain that dinner’s opening shot takes forever to arrive.

June 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
But there is something about the menu at this ridiculously -- I assume, deliberately -- noisy space that makes tapas seem new or newsworthy or perhaps newly authentic.

June 13, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
The evolving menu is witty, grandiloquent, and comforting by design -- partly Italian and assuredly French, with Mexican detours and a bow to how Americans picnic...

May 30, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
It’s spring. Of course, there will be pea soup...

May 23, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Indian Accent
No one murmurs a sigh of complaint, but all three of my companions, summoned to share my third dinner at Indian Accent, are apparently wary...

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