September 23, 2013 | BITE: My Journal
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
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
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
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
These days I don’t rush off to invest $60...
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
“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