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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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September 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Cup o’Ippudo
We’re forced to cut through a gaggle of young Japanese possessively pacing the sidewalk, the vestibule crowded with defiant dawdlers, and the entire student population of Japan...

August 25, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Encores: Morandi, Harrison
Anxious clotlettes of people are waiting outside as taxis drop off titled, untitled and entitled women chirping Italian, kiss-kissing the animated god at the maitre d’ stand…

August 18, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Allegretti Tempo
Alain Allegretti may have opened his doors Monday short a chef or three in the kitchen, but he's a pro after all… ready Thursday for Hillary and Bill with Chelsea and her boyfriend…

August 11, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eighty One Uptick
I’ve been hearing a lot of raves for Eighty One recently -- three times last week alone. “Amazing meal.” “Michelin three star food.” “It’s my new favorite restaurant...”

August 4, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Sweet and Tart/Almoncello
The sweet little goody-two-shoes snack shop is back in Flushing with a stunning new menu…I miss Almondito, but its Italy-inspired changeling Almoncello is my kind of Hamptons, too…

July 28, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Forge On
All in black Marc Forgione stands feet wide apart rather Ninja-like, but maybe trying to look a tad taller, in his own shoes, at last. "I know your dad, of course..."

July 21, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Paris Splurge/Mouths of the Times
My guy and I vowed we would avoid the Euro-zone this year. As a chronic penny pincher – regular readers will have noticed – I’m undone by the wobbling dollar…

July 14, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Merci Bocuse
Given the speed and reliability of France’s TGV train – getting to Lyon for lunch with Paul Bocuse is a cinch compared to inching your way to Easthampton on Friday in time for dinner…

July 7, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
5 Napkins/Paris
Now that 5 Napkin Burger has moved into the space that was Jezebel's...Simon Oren and chef partner Andy D'Amico have their own little Monopoly game going on Ninth Avenue...

June 30, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Eating Istanbul
How Istanbul has changed, grown, swallowed up its suburbs, planted luxury malls, precious shopping enclaves and hotels (a second Four Seasons, the first W in Europe)…

June 23, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Brasserie Cognac
It’s no cinch to grow up the offspring of charismatic parents. Brasserie Cognac de Monsieur Ballon is a bit gangly in its Balthazar overcoat and britches…

June 16, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Sheridan Square Gentrifies
Can Gary Robins calibrating the fireworks add a little class to the hullabaloo on Seventh Avenue South?...Talay hits Harlem…

June 9, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Chicago Grazing
I’m in Chicago, the city that outlawed foie gras – invited to taste “green” veal – surrounded by foie gras…

June 2, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Centolire in the Groove
Instantly the house’s welcoming lagniappe arrives - a mosaic of prosciutto-wrapped bread sticks, olives, mortadella and cappocolla chunks, pebbles of parmigiano and a small bowl of fresh ricotta whipped with crushed pepper and “a bit” of olive oil, crying out “Eat me, eat me!”

May 27, 2008 | BITE: My Journal
Scarpetta Wipes the Plate
Why shouldn’t star chef Scott Conant come back to town doing his top all time hits? have hungered for his mushroom fricassee to spoon over voluptuously rich polenta, his crispy fritto misto and juicy short ribs…

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

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