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Semilla – Reviewed

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Ever had reservation regret? You know… when you reserve a Saturday night, prime time table for some hip, new Italian and your date (or you yourself) suddenly declares they’re craving sushi? It’s a lose-lose situation. Stick with what you’ve got and your date’s likely already made up their mind they hate it…

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Blenheim – First Bite

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Blenheim is not a place you want to be on a cold winter’s night. (At least not until they fix the heat!) On the night I dined there, it was nearly as cold inside as it was outside. (A frigid 16 degrees to be exact.) So dress accordingly and throw back a few cocktails to stay warm. Named after an 150-acre farm called Blenheim Hill in the Catskills, Blenheim makes its own dairy and grows its own pigs, lamb, and beef right upstate…

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Little Park – Reviewed

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Flawless is how I would sum up my first dinner at Little Park, with the exception of a semi dry Chocolate Rye Cake. But everything else was dreamy. Especially the Black Kale Ravioli – utterly autumnal and perfectly al dente pillows of pasta tucked with kale and anointed with a Squash Sauce of sorts – the kind of dish that makes you admit that cold weather has its benefits. The finishing touch is cipollini onions and a crunchy hailstorm of toasted pine Nuts for textural benefit…

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A Tasty Waterside Escape in Manhattan

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As confined as we usually are by skyscrapers and subways, it can be hard to remember that Manhattan is actually an island. Which means we’re surrounded on multiple sides by cool, glistening water, and any parcel of land overlooking that beautiful, peaceful idyll immediately becomes a hot commodity…

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Hyper-Seasonal Fare at Galen Zamarra’s Almanac

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Galen Zamarra’s Mas (farmhouse) is basically everything you could want in a neighborhood restaurant. But Zamarra’s sophomore effort, Mas (la grillade), proved a tougher sell for patrons, who never quite got the gimmick of every last menu item being charred, fire roasted or grilled (literally every last one). So three years later, Zamarra wisely elected to go back to the drawing board, transforming Mas (la grillade) into Almanac, serving…

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Upland – First Bite

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Do you remember the super short-lived restaurant that was Manzanilla? I’d eaten at Dani Garcia’s Michelin-starred eatery in Marbella, but Manzanilla wasn’t all that. In fact, the food was pretty awful, which is always depressing when a talented chef is in the mix. But let’s not dwell on the past. Especially when Stephen Starr opened such a breath of fresh air in its wake. While Manzanilla was dark and void of personality, Upland has a gorgeous glow to it…

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Season’s Eatings at Park Avenue Autumn

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Most legitimate restaurants regularly change their menus with the seasons, to reflect the ever-changing bounty of local farms and greenmarkets. But restaurauter Michael Stillman? He remakes his entire establishment. That would be the inventive, 22-year-old stalwart, Park Avenue, which he recently moved to a new downtown location, just in time for a fall relaunch. And (until just after Thanksgiving, at least), the spot will be known as Park Avenue Autumn…

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The Back Room – Reviewed

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Hello gorgeous… Talk about a looker: The newly installed, 90-story Park Hyatt is a knockout; the kind of ultra-glamorous hotel New York has needed (I’m tempted to splurge on a staycation in one of their hotel rooms for a night!). The ceilings soar in this sexy spot, bedecked with beige marble walls and large picture and floor to ceiling windows at every turn…

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Q & A with The Fourth’s Marco Moreira and Jason Hall

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What could be better than having one, wonderfully talented chef in the kitchen? How about having two? The Fourth’s Marco Moreira, also the driving force behind the terrific Tocqueville, and sushi mecca, 15 East, recently took on Jason Hall as his second in command. But Hall is hardly your run-of-the-mill assistant. Alfred Portale made him his own chef de cuisine at Gotham Bar and Grill all the way back in 2009…

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Raising the Bar (Food) at The NoMad

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French Fries. Hot Dogs. Burgers. While these are standard issue dishes when it comes to bar food or pub grub, you wouldn’t expect to find them in the utterly opulent The NoMad Hotel. Especially considering that the culinary programs offered in a series of rooms are overseen by EMP greats, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. This is killer pub grub with a high end twist. Case in point: Chicken pot pie, laced with foie gras & truffes…

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Q & A with Mas (farmhouse) & Almanac’s Galen Zamarra

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Although highly respected in the industry, Galen Zamarra doesn’t make the news often. Ever since winning the James Beard Award for “Rising Star” at Bouley early on in his career, he’s essentially kept his nose to the grindstone. Until now that is, with the opening of his super seasonal, new eatery, Almanac…

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Q & A with The Gander’s Jesse Schenker

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It ain’t easy to reinvent the wheel, but Jesse Schenker has done just that with his inventive, American fare at West Village sleeper hit, Recette. Well, he’s at it again with a new venture, The Gander, with the likes of Buffalo Sweetbreads and Fries with Beef Aioli…

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Q & A with Beautique’s Chef Craig Hopson

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When you work for a place as legendary as Le Cirque, it can be hard to find ways to convey your own culinary point of view. “There is obviously so much history with that restaurant, and a lot of standards that Sirio Maccioni keeps in place,” admits Craig Hopson, who served as executive chef for the seminal, Midtown spot for five years. But now that Hopson has just opened his own, modern American eatery, Beautique…

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Zuni Cafe

Neighborhood: | Featured in City Guides

I have to admit that I didn’t have high hopes for Judy Rodger’s New American, Zuni Cafe.  For starters, they had an attitude...

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Q & A with Rosette’s Executive Chef Nick Curtin

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At the recently opened Rosette on the Lower East Side, Nick Curtin is fully committed to making approachable, craveable fare at a truly accessible price point. “There are a few basic ideals that we’re trying to adhere to at Rosette, like ‘flavor is king,’ Curtin says. “Our other mantra is technique over technology. We’re not about water baths and gels and things like that. We want to make food perfect the old fashioned way.”

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Roman’s

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Telepan Local: First Bite

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Ever been to Telepan on the Upper West Side? If you have, you remember those pea green walls. Now, I’m a food girl (not a looks girl), but it was hard to get pass those oddly colored, downright distracting walls and focus on the terrific Greenmarket cooking. While it’s practically obligatory now, Bill Telepan actually was one of New York’s first chefs to isolate and extol the virtues of ingredients and seasons. His upmarket menu uptown bragged of Farm Eggs, Hen-Of-The-Woods Mushrooms, and Heritage Pork when everyone else was serving plain old pork and tomatoes all year round…

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Rich Table

Neighborhood: | Featured in City Guides

This cozy corner spot in the Hayes Valley part of town looks more like your local neighborhood bistro than a destination restaurant, but...

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Rosette – Reviewed

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Why aren’t more people talking about Rosette? New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough restaurant gossip, especially when it comes to openings (though we love a good chef shuffle, too). Yet, Rosette has barely scratched the surface of our collective radar. Which is good for the rest of us until word gets out to the foodie set. And I’m pretty sure it will…

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Dover – Reviewed

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In a city like New York, it’s easy to get lazy about dining out. That’s why neighborhood joints exist; so you can roll out of your apartment and have something you love to eat on a regular basis. To me, that’s the definition of a neighborhood restaurant – a place with food you want to eat often. I can think of plenty of restaurants I loved where I ate something unforgettable, but that doesn’t mean I want to eat it all the time. Those are more like destination restaurants, the kind of spots you’d go out of your way for. Dover is both…

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