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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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April 16, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Café China
I'm here because I couldn’t resist the seductive email that arrived from first time restaurateurs Yiming Wang and her husband Xian Zhang…

April 9, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Benoit Comes of Age
I was hungry for French. Not modernist French. I was thinking classic, but not tricked-up classic...

April 2, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Brasserie Pushkin
Small misunderstandings are more amusing then apocalyptic at this Moscow transplant, recently settled with astonishing verve and style, steps from the Russian Tea Room…

March 26, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
It’s Good to Be King
It’s on King Street where the West Village spills into Soho. So call it King, even though royalty is mostly in decline these days. Hang a baronial chandelier and iron gates for country manor airs…

March 19, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
La Quenelle: Beyond Classic
Cyril Renaud whips off the mask of making do, revealing the ambitious chef who won three stars at the late La Caravelle, cheerleading an economic recovery.

March 12, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
A Chef’s Curriculum Vitae
It is too soon to write, I know. But I’m excited to discover Edwin Bellanco, a chef I’ve never noticed who’s been around forever…

March 5, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Empellón Cocina
Maybe it was the remarkable guacamole, studded with bits of pistachio, under a flutter of cilantro leaves. Already I’m wired.

February 27, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Jeanne and Gaston
It looks cute, with mullioned windows, small string lights, sidewalk board advertising the $40 prix fixe, but inside it’s almost empty…

February 21, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Alison Eighteen
At last, a restaurant for grownups, casual but proper, respectful of threatened values, like enough light to read the menu and a noise-muffling ambiance…

February 13, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Southern Promise: North End Grill
I love the snappy black and white fixtures like umbrellas overhead. I’m smiling already…

February 6, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Caffé Storico Does Cicchetti
It’s a stunner, with a casual, dazzling sunniness that might make you feel you’ve stepped into a time warp…

January 30, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Bowery Diner Ambition
I like the vintage diner airs with retro metal chairs in pastel hues. I like the pretty crowd. I like the waiter’s modish haircut. I’m nuts about this Reuben…

January 23, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
La Mangeoire Redux
Such longevity in this cruelly fickle town might be reason enough to check in…

January 16, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Prima on First
It's Saturday night live and neighbors with a car have signed on for adventure…

January 9, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
El Cheapo Does Lunch
The economy needs me to lunch, for these three places I'm happy to oblige...

January 3, 2012 | BITE: My Journal
Insatiable Highs, 2011
Of all Bites this year, these are my favorites…

December 27, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Slightly Oliver, Slightly Elizabeth
They could be ill-fated lovebirds in a novel...

December 19, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
The Smith Midtown
I count it as a favorite spot to eat everything I love that isn’t good for me on a shoestring, most hauntingly, my favorite mac’n'cheese…

December 12, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Kutsher’s Tribeca (CLOSED)
Sixties Borscht Belt is rarely listed among the top ten cuisines. I worried that Jeffrey Chodorow might be riding into a wall…

December 5, 2011 | BITE: My Journal
Todd Plays The Plaza
Everything you ever wanted to eat but were too...

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