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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...
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
August 31, 2011
Where should we eat before or after the theater?
Before I started working out at 8 AM, we used to eat...

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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September 28, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Kat and Theo
There is the chef himself up front under the...

September 21, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
I nod wisely and sip my “Negronish.” The house license only allows wine and beer-fortified cocktails…

September 14, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Tourondel has wanted to do an Italian restaurant for years, even though his very snobby French father complained when the family was obliged to eat at his Italian mother-in-law’s table…

August 30, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Heyward
Be careful what you ask for…you might get...

August 26, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
La Pecora Bianca
I liked the Little Bo Peep theme – the clean...

August 17, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Chomp Chomp
I always meant to explore the street food of...

August 10, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Ribbon
It was a dream come true – a menu with something for everyone -- just what the neighborhood needed...

August 3, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Matsui O Tempura
I persist, neophiliac that I am, drawn to a privileged new indulgence -- tempura omakase punctuated by exquisite little kaiseki bites…

July 27, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Hampton Forks
I debated a fishwich versus a burger but I’d...

July 13, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Vine
How could Laurent Tourondel open a restaurant without me knowing?

July 6, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Where I’m Eating Now
Here’s where I’m eating right now, just for fun, because it feels special, and maybe also, to impress a friend...

June 29, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Four Seasons Farewell
Quite suddenly, it’s become one of the hottest restaurants in town…

June 15, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Class Reunion: Upland, Cecil
Now and then I want to go off-duty to a...

June 8, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
“I thought we’d stay open to see if anyone comes when the museum is closed,” he says a bit anxiously, gazing at the spottily inhabited room...

June 1, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
The Clocktower
Recently I received a sculpture in dark chocolate of the Clocktower Building, site of Ian Shrager’s New York Edition hotel...

May 26, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Hamptons In the Lull
I like the feeling of escape I get the moment I descend the bus. I like to pretend calories don’t count when you’re out of town. This time I abandoned my usual half-hearted discipline slowly…

May 18, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
A trio of Upper East Side sylphs sips white wine at a small marble round just inside the primitive raw wood planter with its oval bushes, ivy and pansies...

May 11, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Maison Kayser
With sunset, waiters in French Navy striped tees and navy suspenders set out votive candles for dinner traffic…

May 4, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Intense is not an exaggeration for George Mendes these first few nights of Lupulo, his new tavern and small-plates joint in Chelsea…

April 27, 2015 | BITE: My Journal
Meijin/Mountainbird Popup
Don’t Think! Slurrrrrp!!!...Head-to-Toe Bird…

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