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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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September 30, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Buttering Up: Lavagna, Oda
Sometimes I get to a new hot place too early...

September 23, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Charlie Bird
It’s the shiver of triumph you sense landing...

September 16, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Sip Sak At Last
By the time I found the charming green metal-guarded storefront, our posse had assembled. They were frowning and muttering…

September 9, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Nakazawa Dreams
The chef has a manic laugh. It’s making me smile as I watch him put a pinch of I know not what into a clutch of rice and massage it with his palm....

September 3, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
The Juni Challenge (CLOSED)
Michelin-starred Shaun Hergatt didn’t come from Australia to gild a zillion duck breasts in the kitchens of Ritz Carltons without his own Faberge dream…

August 25, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
sweetgreen, sweetsmart
The dreaded kale, it’s my fault. I was too quick to get in line, I didn’t study the “signature salad” ingredients posted on the wall…

August 19, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Quality Italian Steakhouse
First you need Ritalin to navigate dozens of starters you want, need, crave. And then your waiter hogs the stage…

August 12, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
I’m already defanged by the menu note that says: “Sticky rice tastes better when you eat it with your hands.” I think everything tastes better when you use your fingers…

August 5, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Flat Top/Jin Ramen
There’s a blast of revelry as millennials gather up front, sipping wine or beer or an iced Blue Bottle latte at tall tables….

July 29, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
The Elm Grows in Brooklyn
There have always been two schools of minnows differing on Paul Liebrandt and food as art. So I was eager to see what the star-bedecked auteur chef considers simple and accessible food…

July 22, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Where Do I Eat?
I can only take so many indifferent meals...

July 15, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Butterfly Pinned
What we’ve got here in a narrow pocket on West Broadway, between a couple of eateries you and I never heard of, is a homesick diner serving retro American pop food with 55 seats and cocktail ambition…

July 8, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
SakaMai Spirits
These days I don’t rush off to invest $60...

July 1, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Distilled and Dissembled
Molecular cooking is rarely for me, but...

June 24, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Family Ways at Uncle Boons
Eyes widen at the brilliant concerto of flavors: toasted coconut, salty dried shrimp, peanuts and the chile heat dancing against the intense, peppery essence of green...

June 17, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Blanca: Counter Indicated
I was in a major sulk all day. Who eats dinner at 6 pm? I don’t care if it’s the supposedly brilliant $180 counter experience in Bushwick. What is this 6 pm seating? Have we been bad?

June 10, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Costata: Any Way You Slice It CLOSED
It did occur to me that maybe Michael White’s new showcase for his obsessive take on meat, might not be the best choice for a “girls night out"…

June 3, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Melibea Cruising
“A Study in Tomato.” A smart-ass dish...

May 27, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
Cherry Fizz (CLOSED)
There’s nothing subtle about Cherry, the newish subterranean hideaway adjacent to the Dream Hotel. Cherry is cool. Cherry is hot. Cherry is sexy. I wasn’t prepared for that. A friend said, “Meet me in Chelsea.” I didn’t take time to scan the reviews.

May 20, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
In the Nabes
I think I’m properly sensitive to the lament of friends who insist there’s almost nowhere to eat on the Upper East Side

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