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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
HE'S KOSHER. SHE'S VEGETARIAN. WHERE CAN I MAKE BOTH...
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...

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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January 9, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Settling Into Loring Place
Kluger and his two chefs de cuisine launched at full speed.

January 3, 2017 | About Gael
Chicago Eats
In his Chicago crowd, my brother Jim...

December 26, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
11 Favorites 2016
I’ve been going out for dinner six nights a week. On the seventh evening, I sloth out at home with tuna fish…

December 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Havana Lyrics
It’s a long detour to the House of Gelato across from the Copacabana.

December 5, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Massoni
You could say it's Italianish...

November 28, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Chaan Teng
It’s very “Tea House of the August Moon,” with pierced screens separating tables, blue and white vases on shelves, a porcelain Buddha, old teapots, and other vintage and flea market Chinoiserie,

November 21, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
White Gold Butchers
Named for the prized ribbons of fat fancied by serious carnivores, it’s a place to buy meat and rotisserie chickens, ultimately planning to serve three meals a day.

November 14, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Harold’s Meat+Three: I’ll See You in My Dreams
We’re three tonight, so that means I’ll get to taste nine sides. I didn’t mean to arrive so early, but now I have time to study the list and mark my must-haves.

November 7, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Déjà vu
It was just coincidence that I stepped into the past for dinner twice this week.

October 31, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Chumley's
"I know how to get things built," Borgognone said...

October 24, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Gramercy Farmer & the Fish Goes Urban
Aren’t we all longing to grow lean and mean on scarlet turnips and fall raab and aggressive sungold tomatoes?

October 17, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Samui Is Thai
I stand mesmerized by the giant circus façade, flashing red, then royal blue, then purple, then green…

October 10, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Nakazawa Blossoms
The young staff is serious and elegant...

October 3, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Avra Madison
Wall Street tycoons rising and falling...

September 26, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
King
What lures me now is a duo of chefs from the...

September 19, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Vintage Insatiable
Foodies were few and not yet identified in the Oxford Dictionary…

September 12, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Pie Bliss
“Crust is a new thing for me,” he confides…

August 29, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Paowalla
I love bread, so does Floyd Cardoz. And bread loves the Goan-born chef...

August 22, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Burger & Lobster
Some New Yorkers, possibly millennials...

August 15, 2016 | BITE: My Journal
Zora’s Café
“Papa Tony’s Collard Greens,” may be the unparalleled best either of us has ever tasted…

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