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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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December 28, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Square Meal
I imagine I see the ghosts of ladies who lunch in hats and men in seersucker suits. I recall long gone spots like the Women’s Exchange…

December 21, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Eleven Madison Park
This is not just the fabled Meyers service. It’s the theater of four stars…

December 14, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Tuesday? It Must Be Obao
Landlords are just begging Michael Huynh to take their abandoned restaurant spaces, and he must leap in now before the economy turns…

December 7, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Café Boulud Reentry  
How benign it feels tonight in the discreet buzz...

November 23, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Le Caprice
It’s jazz age sexy, shiny black with beveled mirrors, art deco sconces and photographs from the Sixties by David Bailey…buzzing all the way to the kitchen…

November 16, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Gastropub: Tanuki Tavern
It’s the new venture of the week for endlessly optimistic feeding mogul Jeffrey Chodorow, downsizing what was once Ono in the Gansevoort Hotel, into a fantasy of an izakaya…

November 9, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Starting Over: SD26
A wall of wines and a fancy do-it-yourself wine dispenser is getting a lot of action from a cluster of young people. The crowd is three deep at the long bar and all the small round tables in the lounge are populated…

November 2, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Casa Lever
Sant Ambroeus, the espresso, insalata and pastry crib for gossip girls of all ages, hardly seems like the smartest fit for Lever House in the tug of war for midtown power lunchers…

October 26, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Gospel Uptown
I didn’t need a Renaissance or even the chance of a Bill sighting to bring me to Harlem. And I could use a little “Healthful Soul Fusion Cuisine…”

October 19, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Abe & Arthur’s Restaurant...
It may sound like a delicatessen but on this rainy Thursday night it’s a hive of hipsters and heel-totterers…

October 12, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Sfoglia Stretches Out...
The late-summer shutdown to rejigger the entrance, stake a claim to a small carryout shop next door, Tutto Sfoglia, and double its tables has not quite absorbed the crowd’s demands… date

October 5, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
A Voce West
Now chef Missy Robbins stakes her claim to this turf with a bold prelude: fat slices of focaccia slicked with oil…

September 28, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
TwoE@The Pierre/Gansevoort Cafe
I feel rich and vaguely upper crust just sitting here as waiters bustle around, pouring, discreetly setting down overflowing chip bowls to replace ravished ones unasked…

September 21, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Ed's Chowder House
Recruited as consultant here, Ed Brown has distilled New Jersey sea shore and Montauk getaway tradition into tonight’s quartet of chowders…

September 14, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Peru is Hot
I came back from Peru with flavors of chef hi-jinks dancing in my memory, finding portents here at home that gave me courage to predict last week that Peruvian might be our next hot cuisine…

September 8, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
True Compass: Oceana Sails On
Marvelous Manhattan chowder with tenderest clams, sausage stuffed calamari are definitely ready for prime time…

August 31, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Luna/Co. Pizzeria
Even our French guests are impressed with tonight’s special headcheese at Bar Luna. Co.’s pizzas seem far away…

August 24, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
On the Amazon in Peru
It started with a longing to see Machu Picchu as do most excursions to Peru. I had a dark Mel Gibson Inca warrior vision. Then came buzz from trusted food world mouths about Lima as a world-class restaurant city…

August 10, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Caravaggio Deconstructed
Sistina regulars who think of Giuseppe Bruno as their own uptown Sirio were also eager to see what he had created in the space where Pino Luongo coddled music world and political nabobs in another era.

August 3, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Hotel Griffou Check-in
What can you possibly do in boxy little subterranean rooms to draw nightlife eaters? Marylou’s had a famously louche clan loitering in this cellar for years. Now, invoking ghosts of an earlier incarnation…

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