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New York Fall 2014 Restaurant Preview

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

This year promises to be just as exciting as anticipated, with an upcoming collabo between Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie, and a Danny Meyer-less venture for Floyd Cardoz, not to mention a spate of spots from our Summer Preview, that should (finally!) open their doors come September, like Enrique Olveras’ Cosme, Geoffrey Zakarian’s redux of “The Palm Court” at The Plaza, and Dirty French from the Torrisi team…

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elan – Review


Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

This is what many are calling Waltuck’s comeback, his official return to the New York dining scene. At Chanterelle, David Waltuck leaned very French, with decadent dishes, like Shrimp Risotto and Duck & Foie Gras Dumplings. At élan, he seems to have loosened up…

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A Rhapsody in White: Obica Pizza e Cucina

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in First Bite, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

When one of your nearest neighbors is the Italian megastore, Eataly, it takes a lot to stand out with regionally-sourced products and refined yet rustic cooking. But Roman export Obica has flourished for the last 10 years with an especially well-defined mission statement (The World’s First Mozzarella Bar). That’s why, when it comes to their new, sleekly stylish, 120-seat restaurant in Flatiron, they’ve smartly retained a distinct dairy through-line, with their prized and inarguably spectacular DOB mozzarella, flown in from Campania twice a week…

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Racines NY – Reviewed


Posted on Jul 29, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

The cool thing about living in New York is that chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world want to open up right here in Manhattan. Now you don’t have to go all the way to Paris to try the popular, market-driven wine bar & bistro, Racines, because they just opened a stateside outpost…

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Tessa – Review


Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in First Bite, Reviews

Tessa had the unfortunate luck of opening with scaffolding over the entrance. I hate that for them. I mean, how do you have a fighting chance if no one even knows you’re there? That’s what I was thinking, anyway, as I headed toward the door on a recent summer night. Guess I was wrong (this time) because Tessa and its whopping, 75-seat dining room was packed, not a seat left in the house, except at the bar. So that’s where my husband and I ended up eating on a recent Tuesday night…

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Duck, Duck, Good at Decoy

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

RedFarm has been a fancified Chinese food fixture in the West Village for years now, beloved for owner Ed Schoenfeld, his famous charm & chef Joe Ng, maker of supremely delicate PacMan Dumplings. But over the last months, the restaurant’s undergone a flurry of change, including a swanky cocktail lounge and modern Peking Duck house called Decoy…

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More than Just Noodles at Ivan Ramen

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Dish Spotting, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

There may be more ramen restaurants than you can shake a chopstick at in New York nowadays, but that didn’t keep residents from eagerly anticipating the heralded debut of Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side, which finally opened in May. Owned by native New Yorker, who catapulted to fame in Tokyo after opening two wildly successful and respected ramen-yas (an unprecedented accomplishment for a foreigner), Ivan Ramen launched his first stand-alone venture back in the States…

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Barchetta – Reviewed


Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

These days a chef isn’t just, well, a chef. Some are TV chefs who have a token restaurant or don’t have a restaurant at all. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Ina Garten is a killer cook and she doesn’t own an eatery.) Some have lines of cookware and shelves of their own cookbooks. Others are pure kitchen guys who rarely make an appearance in the dining room, while some manage to be businessmen who build dining empires. But it’s really hard to pin down Dave Pasternack…

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Cherche Midi – Reviewed

Cherche Midi

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s amazing how a few tweaks can transform a space into a whole new restaurant. What was once a chichi pizza joint named Pulino’s has been triumphantly reinvented as a French bistro called Cherche Midi. Cherche Midi is a total looker. The checkered floors have been replaced with classic bistro, hexagon tile floors, the brick walls are no more, and the glaring fluorescent lighting has made way for soft globes…

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Luxe Greasy Spoon Fare at Empire Diner

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

The Empire Diner’s reputation tends to precede it. After all, there aren’t too many 1940’s-era dining cars left in New York with glossy, Art Moderne exteriors, which has made it a sought-after city symbol in television shows like “Law & Order,” and seminal movies such as Woody Allen’s “Manhattan.” So it only makes sense that the landmark eatery’s newest executive chef, Amanda Freitag, brings her own star power to bear as a food celebrity on Iron Chef & Chopped…

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Batard – Reviewed


Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s always sad when a restaurant doesn’t work out. Restaurateurs put a lot of money into building out a restaurant in hopes that people will come and return often. But let’s be honest: Corton didn’t really work even when Paul Liebrandt was in the kitchen, so there was no love lost when he left for Brooklyn to launch The Elm. Which is exactly why Drew Nieporent smartly teamed up with John Winterman and chef Markus Glocker (Gordon Ramsay at The London) to transform what was refined, but a tad too serious into a warm, friendly neighborhood spot with good food and wine…

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Inside Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

Hudson Eats

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers

Granted, New York is not your average city. And Hudson Eats, a 30,000 square foot complex on the second floor of Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) is definitely not your average food court. What’s that you say? Sprinkles, Black Seed Bagel, Umami Burger all under one roof?

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Telepan Local: First Bite

Telepan Local

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in First Bite, Reviews

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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Rosette – Reviewed


Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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


Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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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Narcissa – Reviewed


Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for John Fraser to open another restaurant for six years now. Fraser first solo debut, Dovetail, opened at the tail end of 2007 to pretty sparkling reviews (aside from some pokes at the dull decor, myself included). In fact, many called Fraser a pioneer, one of the first pedigreed, young toques to trailblaze his way to the once sleepy Upper West Side, where so many have followed suit over the years. But he’s finally and smartly taken his talents downtown to the funky East Village to take a stab at a somewhat haunted space in André Balazs’ Standard Hotel…

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The Clam – Reviewed

The Clam

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

There’s nothing worse than a great, new neighborhood restaurant that opens in someone else’s neighborhood. That always happens to me. And it happened again just two weeks ago when The Clam quietly flung open its doors in the West Village (right near another great newcomer, Piora). They had me at a Parker House roll, individually baked for every diner, warm, pillowy & fresh from the oven welcome. If you had any doubts about what’s on the menu exactly, chowder’s muse is indeed the inspiration…

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New York Sushi Ko – Reviewed

New York Sushi Ko

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

By now, you’ve probably heard about New York Sushi Ko. (Or not.) It’s part of the new order of sushi joints popping up around New York City (hurray!). And by new order, I mean hip, laidback, and excellent. Let’s face it: Most sushi temples (the great ones anyway) evoke solemn dining experiences, like eating in church, speaking in hushed whispers, careful not to disturb or annoy the chef behind the sushi counter. And I won’t even get into it that Los Angeles has always trumped New York in the sushi department…

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Manhattan Restaurants To Try in 2014

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

It’s always a daunting task to pinpoint our favorite restaurants at the end of each year. But 2013 brought in such an unprecedented slew of truly notable openings that we couldn’t even contain our borough-wide picks in one single list… so we didn’t. Did you not get the memo about surprise success, Piora and its Korean-Italian mashup menu (we swear it’s delicious), or Richard Kuo’s new hip Bowery spot, Pearl & Ash and its killer drinks? How about New York Sushi Ko and its blow your mind omakase? No problem. Here’s our top ten to put on your must-try list for 2014…

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Best New Brooklyn & Queens Restaurants for 2013

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

2013 was an absolute banner year for Manhattan restaurants… it seemed like practically every week there was yet another place that we absolutely had to try. But that doesn’t mean that things weren’t every bit as exciting outside of the island. So without further ado, here’s a roundup of our favorite new outer-borough eateries, from The Elm, Luksus, and Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn to Bun-ker, MP Taverna and M. Wells Steakhouse in Queens…

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