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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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May 24, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
My Secret Garden: Lugo Caffè
I couldn’t get any of my usual reviewing dinner pals to go. As soon as I said “Penn Plaza near Madison Square Garden,” they would ask…

May 17, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
The Lion Purrs (CLOSED)
It’s feeding time at The Lion and a surge of modish narcissi swarm in...

May 3, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
DOB 111/Bao the Scorpion
As he cuts his deadly swath through Manhattan restaurants, expanding his own empire in shabby little holes, one tricked out after another…

April 26, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Wall & Water
Ideally, if the fates conspire, eating in the dimmed dining room could feel rich and sexy, a smart setting for seduction, romantic or financial

April 19, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
5 & Diamond
I’m on a psychedelic high from tasting the best thing done to a sea urchin since Jean-Georges’s uni on dark bread with jalapeño, possibly even since the urchin in a Nantucket scallop shell that had foodies storming Union Pacific in the days when Rocco DiSpirito was still cheffing.

April 12, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Mark by Jean-Georges
We’re eating the Alsatian-born chef’s idea of comfort food, rustic and classic everyday dishes from his childhood and ours, pizza, a Frenchman’s take on pasta, fish and birds and chops…

April 5, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Pulino’s: Keith Does The Bowery
“See those big red neon letters?” I alerted our slow cabbie. Too big. Too red. What could Keith McNally have been thinking? This isn’t the Keith of Balthazar’s cracked mirror romance…

March 29, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Mamma Mia Dona
It’s one of those glorious New York evenings when unexpected pleasures converge. Mamma Maria’s tomato braised meatballs are flavorful and almost fluffy but not effetely ethereal.

March 22, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Brooklyn! Come Hungry
Bloggers love bleating about hipster-ish Pies ‘n’ Thighs ... two of my favorite things. Piquant sashays Southwest.

March 15, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
ABC Kitchen with Jean-Georges
Now Jean-Georges was going “green,” proclaiming vows to be organic, local and biodynamic…

March 8, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Print at Ink48
You cannot go much farther west in Manhattan without getting wet or being washed up on the shores of New Jersey. But that did not discourage Californian Adam Block from creating his first restaurant…

March 1, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
No Mere Bagatelle
This oddly charming little bistro in the meatpacking district is a hive for noisy Euros and the voyeurs who like to breathe the same air and pretend they belong…

February 22, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Picholine Reconsidered
Like a fabulous older woman Picholine has weeded out the closet, tried cosmetic surgery, survived romantic breakups and deepened over the years

February 15, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
PopUp Faustina
Faster than a flying mortadella. Like a rerun of his Food Network show, “24 hour Restaurant Battle” where two contestants must whip up a restaurant from concept to tablecloths in 24 hours…

February 8, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
5Napkin Burger/Szechuan Chalet
I’m as much into denial as anyone so I allow myself a burger once a week, usually by-passing the potatoes for a double order of cole slaw and a handful of frites I snitch from my mate’s plate...

February 1, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Colicchio & Sons, est. 2010
Here’s a preview of a new reality for Bravo’s Top Chef warrior, Tom Colicchio. Chopped, chewed up and simmering in just three weeks…

January 25, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Imperial Palace Crab Love
We’re going to Flushing with friends to eat crab....

January 18, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Parky Pig
I brace for the roar of the bar, but quickly a host leads us past the melée into the comparative calm of the trattoria dining room...

January 10, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
Cascabel Taqueria
First sight through the window makes me anxious: it’s tiny, crowded, a little queue of people waiting. Second glance makes me laugh…

January 4, 2010 | BITE: My Journal
The Breslin
The six of us are cruising out of control. It's all that piggy stuff. I'd like to hope we're just caught up in an end of the decade seizure…

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