July 6, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
I am instantly charmed by the romance of bare brick and filament light bulbs, the water bottle-labeled tap water, the little flower pots, the checked fabric napkins and the salmon rillette on toast sent out as an amuse…
June 29, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
The Not-at-All Standard Grill
Already heat-seeking nomads are three-deep at the bar and I am looking right at Anna Wintour. I know for sure this is the place to be tonight…
June 22, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Marea Battens Down
Sea creatures here are wild, line-caught, deep...
June 15, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
DBGB Daniel’s Burger Joint
It’s already standing room only with the usual foodie first nighters in full swarm, the industry and media and uptowners who define themselves by the tables they can snag.
June 8, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Marea Braves the Tides
Marea is definitely swimming against the undertow of financial woe and frugality chic. It’s not as if chef Michael White and his partner Chris Cannon…
June 1, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
It’s possible that the management team here is more celebrated than tonight’s VIPs and visiting foodies. Clearly Robert DeNiro and his partners at the Greenwich Hotel mean business…
May 18, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Table 8 Transplant
I want this place to be good. Not just for the...
May 11, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
How quickly downtown’s nomadic grazers swooped in. It’s Saturday night. Leggy girlfriends perch at lounge tables, sipping cocktails, eyeing a milling crowd….
May 4, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Bouley was on a jag, drunk with the dream of it. So sue me. I’m a fool for vulnerability in a man. After his fiasco at Secession…
April 27, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Oh no, here we are again, outcasts at Hogwarts, I’m thinking as we walk up to the locked door of Graydon Carter’s new Monkey Bar…
April 20, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Slash and Trim
Roberta's: Is this bombed out Bushwick street the newest...
April 6, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Italy/Eating Up Italy
Now we’re in Italy, tagging along on a gastronomical discovery tour with chef Cesare Casella, and All-Bran topped with fruit…
March 23, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Fatty Crab Uptown
The rumored cloning of Fat and Crabby on Broadway seemed yet another gift in the great gastronomic greening of my own Upper West Side haunt...
March 16, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Old News/Minetta Tavern
Forks clashed, egos were mashed. A committee mulled the list of reservation hopefuls that afternoon and by seven the chosen began to claim their tables at the new old…
March 9, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Eating LA: Animal. Mozza. Bazaar. Rivera.
I twitter and shiver at the word “pig” on a menu – constant vibration in these porky times - so how can I resist a restaurant called Animal
March 2, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
Oak Bar/Meat Cute in LA
Maybe in another time the Oak Room would have had a chance. I can’t exactly imagine when exactly for this once upon a time “Men Only” retreat…
February 23, 2009 | BITE: My Journal
The doctors Denton – Jason and brother Joe – have found a sure-fire cure for their ailing Bar Milano on Third Avenue, just right for the times… Delete it. Paste in its place ‘Inoteca, a familiar joint with devoted fans…