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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 19, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
A Taste for Tears
At Jean Georges Friday, I’m feeling that flush you get when strangers love what you’ve raved about…then comes the sensuous omakase at Sushi Zen…

May 12, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Cacio e Vino
…Word that a new chef had stepped up to the range finally brought us downtown…like so many Sicilians before him, Salvatore Fraterrigo has found a new island…

May 5, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Momofuku: Ko Sorry
I have never lusted after David Chang's soulful butt so I wasn’t tempted to join the daily morning rat's scrum for an online reservation at Momofuku Ko. I felt a friend would turn up eventually with an extra seat and I'd find myself on one of his dozen fiercely contested stools...

April 28, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Le Bernardin in its Prime
There are masses of cherry blossoms everywhere. There is Maguy offering champagne, in Parisienne chic as always…It’s a room where you can talk, where you can see your food…

April 21, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Milano/ParkAvSpring
Bar Milano with its $22 pinci pasta and luminiscent rainbow marble walls is a far cry from $3 panini at ‘ino where the Denton brothers, Jason and Joe, first dipped into the feeding game. But we all have to grow up, I guess

April 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eli’s Passover/Fig and Olive
Where a feather and a candle are essential, and Eli sells the store... Fig & Olive flower across from La Grenouille...

April 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Guests have unseemly habits too…Elettaria’s chef is as handsome as any Bollywood hero…Addicted to Commerce…

March 31, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Rao’s Famiglia
“There’s almost no point in writing about Rao’s,” as I conceded in April 1985, when I first critiqued that quaint little joint that seemed always to be booked months ahead…

March 24, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Zero Otto Nove / More Peeves
I read about Arthur Schwartz’ favorite New York pizza in his newsletter and I just had to taste it, yes, even if that instant craving meant a trek to the Bronx. I have nothing against the Bronx…

March 17, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Olana Homage
What a delightful shock. I went to Olana with no expectations because I couldn’t score a table at the first five new restaurants I called...

March 10, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eighty One in the Nabe
For the unbridled rich, Ed Brown’s sensational black truffled rigatoni with its foie gras emulsion…(may be) the best perker-upper you can buy without a prescription…

March 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Best of New York
Bar Boulud was my first thought... I tortured myself for a week trying to decide. I almost forgot Anthos...

February 25, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Yucatan for Gringos
The roof garden is a near-paradise of palms and bamboo overlooking the cathedral, cool breezes, a moon above, our waiter prettier than Brad…

February 18, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eating Yucatan
We arrive in Merida, capital of the Yucatan, midway through carnaval…each day there’s a different group on parade…On Sunday it’s sleek beauty queens…

February 11, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Happy 40th
New York magazine is forty years old and this is my fortieth year as a restaurant critic. I seem to be the only survivor still on the staff from that year of launch, still reviewing restaurants after four decades. Am I stubborn or just hungry…

February 4, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Tasting Adour
Surprised by how moved I am by the traumas of Alain Ducasse...I desperately hoped to love Adour…

January 28, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
wd~50: She Says, He Says
Ever since I gagged over wd~50’s quixotic foie gras with anchovies and cocoa nibs, I have been citing that nastiness…but Jason is totally besotted with Wylie…Sandro does it his way…

January 23, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Bar Boulud
Daniel Boulud…has tied up a lot of emotion in bringing great charcuterie to New York in this soaring tunnel across from Lincoln Center…

January 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Tapas Crawl
“Want to come on a tapas crawl?” It’s wine merchant Gerry Dawes…monomaniacally crazed champion of everything Spanish. No way I can resist…

January 8, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Insieme Revisited
Just thinking about returning to Insieme made me happy. I could practically taste the dishes I’d loved in two early visits. And the evening began on a pleasant déjà vu…

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