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Posted on Feb 12, 2015 in First Bite, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

The East Village is arguably New York’s top dining destination right now, with more than its share of noteworthy newcomers (Tuome, Huertas, King Bee, GG’s, Bowery Meat Company, Root and Bone, & Empellon al Pastor), and just as many seminal institutions, like Russ & Daughters, Prune, & Momofuku Noodle Bar. But the restaurant we’re most excited about hasn’t made anyone’s “hot” list yet, which means you can actually still snag a prime time table…

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Masseria Dei Vini – First Bite

Masseria Dei Vini

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

Come winter, I start craving pasta. (Not that I don’t in the spring, summer, and fall, too. It’s just that my cravings get more serious.) When the wind is whipping frigid air, slush is everywhere ,and cabs are few and far between, a warm bowl of pasta is a magical thing. If you’ve ever had one of Michael White’s renditions, like spaghetti with sea urchin and crab, or fusilli with octopus and bone marrow, you know exactly what I’m talking about…

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Semilla – Reviewed


Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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


Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

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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Hot Restaurant Openings to Watch for in 2015

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

While we feel like we’ve hardly even made headway in the list of restaurants we wanted to try last year, New York’s ever-expanding dining industry stops for no man. And 2015 looks like it’s going to offer another serious onslaught of eateries! From a new & improved outpost of Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy to the surprising resurrection of Jonathan Waxman’s ‘80’s-era favorite, Jams…

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Little Park – Reviewed

Little Park

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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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The Most Influential Chefs of 2014

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

There are a number of restaurants that managed to rise above the considerable pack, to emerge as our favorite new eateries of 2014. But whether or not their establishments ultimately nabbed a spot on our “Best Of” list, it’s hard to ignore the impact the following chefs made on New York’s dining scene last year, from relative newbie, Thomas Chen, who came out of left field to open the utterly fabulous modern Chinese spot, Tuome to…

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The Best Manhattan Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

It’s pretty astounding how many new restaurants open in New York each year, though to be sure, some are a lot more noteworthy than others. So as 2014 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the establishments that really made an impact on Manhattan’s dining scene, from Enrique Olvera’s Mexican juggernaut, Cosme, to an unexpected sleeper hit — the modern Chinese eatery, Tuome.

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Best Brooklyn & Queens Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Best Of, Brooklyn, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

The outer boroughs might never be able to compete with Manhattan when it comes to their sheer number of annual restaurant openings. But that doesn’t mean there was a lack of dining excitement in Brooklyn and Queens this year. Which is why we’re showcasing some of our favorite, far-flung spots of 2014, from Semilla, a fantastic, vegetable-focused tasting room in Williamsburg, to…

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Bowery Meat Company – Reviewed

Bowery Meat Company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s hard not to love Josh Capon. He’s one of those effusive, larger than life chefs who wears his passion for cooking on his sleeve. In the case of the Bowery Meat Company, it’s his unconditional love of meat that drives the menu. He won the popular Burger Bash many times, and opened a bustling joint called Burger & Barrel just a few years ago. But Bowery Meat Company is his first “steakhouse” of sorts, a joint effort…

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Cosme – First Bite


Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

Cosme is an impossible reservation; the kind that can drive a foodie crazy because it feels too important not to eat there, and yet, it’s nearly impossible to snag a table. I guess word that one of the world’s best chefs just opened up shop in town travels fast, nevermind a Mexican joint, which we New Yorkers don’t have enough of…

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Upland – First Bite


Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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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Tuome – Review


Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I wasn’t expecting to stumble on such a buzzy vibe at East Village newcomer, Tuome, on such a rainy night. Chinese fusion — oh how I hate the F word — isn’t exactly in fashion. In fact, most people are wary of any fusion at all. (The mere mention often makes people cringe!) And yet, there I was filing into a packed dining room, filled with the energy of eager eaters, nibbling away on a hybrid of Chinese and New American cooking…

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A Seafood-Lovers Brunch at Barchetta

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in First Bite

Given our self-proclaimed obsession with shellfish, brunch often feels like a missed opportunity. After all, there are generally precious few seafood dishes available during the breakfast-meets-lunch meal, save for smoked salmon. But if anyone understands our penchant for under-the-sea eats, it’s Dave Pasternack, whose claim to fame was opening one of New York’s top seafood destinations, Esca, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich back in 2000. That’s why it was especially exciting for us fish-o-philes when Pasternack finally launched Barchetta with a weekend seafood feast…

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The Back Room – Reviewed

The Back Room

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

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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Floyd Cardoz’s White Street – First Bite

White Street

Posted on Oct 12, 2014 in First Bite, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I’ve been a fan of Floyd Cardoz since the early Tabla days way back in 1998. And like many other foodies, I’m still mourning its closing. But that’s all history: Cardoz has recently resurfaced at White Street and it’s worth going out of your way for…

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Charlie Palmer Does Cocktails at Crimson & Rye

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 in Drink Spotting, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers

Charlie Palmer is one of the restaurant world’s most recognizable names, with a career that spans over 25 years, a hospitality empire on both coasts, and a host of honorifics and awards, including stars from Michelin and medals from James Beard. But his newest venture, Crimson & Rye (located in Midtown’s iconic Lipstick building) is somewhat of a curveball for Palmer…

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Raising the Bar (Food) at The NoMad

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Dish Spotting, First Bite

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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Unique Indian Fare at Awadh

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

For all of the cuisines represented by New York’s uniquely multicultural dining scene, there’s never been an especially strong showing of Indian restaurants. Especially really regional ones. Sure, there’s a sizable concentration of standard, tikka masala spots in Murray (Curry) Hill as well as a more recent handful of scattered, casual eateries representing the Southern, largely vegetarian side of the country. But there have been precious few places that have examined the more nuanced, hyper-regional dishes from very specific areas of India, making the newly opened Awadh a notable addition to the Upper West Side…

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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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