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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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November 20, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Ten Madison Park
Rich and complex and lingering on the tongue, the cake doesn't seem that small after all.

November 13, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Bond 45 on 46th Street
Get fired up by the familiar show of antipasto bravura as you step inside…

November 6, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Miraculously I find myself in one of the precious counter seats between this plucky couple…

October 30, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Nur
Exploring the Pan-Middle Eastern creativity of Meir Adoni…

October 23, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The Modern
It seems there is a lot of esoteric super service thought electrifying the gorgeous back room…

October 16, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The Loyal
The bar is already besieged and the music pounds…

October 9, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Old Rose
By nine on Thursday evening, the place is...

October 2, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Westerly Eats
I’ve been eating around on the West Side these recent evenings…

September 25, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Union Square Café
I’m a Danny Meyer admirer and an irrepressible David Rockwell enthusiast…

September 18, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Popeyes
The siren call of grease and salt. I imagine I can already taste it.

September 11, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Quality Eats UES
After the thick grilled Nueske’s bacon on peanut butter chunky peanut butter of childhood reveries…

September 4, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Burger & Lobster Times Square
Shelley decides the way to celebrate a birthday…

August 28, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Emily on Downing/Marta
Reading about Detroit pizza in Brooklyn makes me hunger to once again taste crusty pan pies…

August 21, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Public Kitchen
I follow Jean-Georges anywhere…

August 14, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
NoMad Lobster Fest
Hampton days used to mean oversized crustaceans, grilled on the back porch…

August 7, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
The Pool
Rose rare lamb fills my mouth, a carnal bite scented with cumin.

July 31, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Tavern62 by David Burke
No need to fret that David Burke might grow …

July 24, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
aRoqa
Somehow I’d missed the drum roll when it opened...

July 17, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Hell or High Watermelon: Pinch Chinese
Here’s my take: Modest. Clean. Whimsical…

July 10, 2017 | BITE: My Journal
Masseria dei Vini
In minutes the white of the tablecloth has almost disappeared under the offerings…

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