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John Fraser 86’s Meat at His Newest Restaurant, Nix

Nix

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Spring 2016 NYC Restaurant Preview

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

With splashy openings like La Sirena & Pasquale Jones, New York’s winter restaurant season was a lot more fruitful than most. But there are even more debuts to look forward to this spring, such as a New Nordic eatery in Grand Central Station, from Noma co-founder, Claus Meyer, an out-of-Philly establishment from celeb chef, Jose Garces…

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Restaurant Spotting: Bottle & Bine

Bottle & Bine

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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David’s Cafe is Ready for Its Close-Up

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

It seems you gotta have a gimmick if you wanna get ahead in the East Village nowadays. David Chang & Brooks Headley face off with their cheffy takes on greasy fast food favorites. There are even media perennials, such as Harry & Ida’s, and its well-Instagrammed pastrami sandwich. And if the newly opened David’s Café has anything to say about it, it will soon become the poster child of over-the-top poutine…

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Inside Acme’s Unexpected Culinary Revamp

Acme

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Our Winter Restaurant Preview – 2016

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

Currently contending with those post-holiday blahs? Rest assured that there’s plenty of light on the horizon, in the form of seriously exciting, in-the-works restaurants — from an off-the-wall burger joint from the acclaimed April Bloomfield, to a fast-casual spot (believe it or not!) from the distinguished EMP team…

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Wildair – Review

Wildair

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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A Look Back at the Best Restaurants of 2015

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Sadelle’s – Review

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

Smoked fish with a schmear on bagels and babka. Doesn’t exactly sound sexy, right? That’s what I was thinking when I contemplated venturing to Sadelle’s on a recent Saturday night. But the lure of dinnertime caviar service at a cool, new downtown spot was just too strong a pull to turn down. Because while it may sound surprising, caviar options are few and far between. Afterall, caviar’s not exactly lowbrow…

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Gabriel Kreuther – Review

Gabriel Kreuther

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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L’Amico – Review

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

What’s a Frenchman doing cooking Italian food in Chelsea? That’s what I wondered the first time I ventured to Laurent Tourondel’s newly minted and already mobbed eatery, L’Amico. Yes, Tourondel has proved himself a talent where American cooking is concerned, particularly in the steakhouse genre, adding a distinctly French touch to American classics at…

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Spotlight on New York’s 2016 Bib Gourmand’s

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Restaurant Spotting: Dirt Candy (2.0) is Dandy

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Dirt Candy’s tagline is, “Leave The Vegetables to the Professionals.” And to be sure, chef/owner Amanda Cohen has done wonders to change the way the restaurant industry looks at meat — seriously, how many “vegetable-focused” concepts have you seen debut over the last few years?

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Truly Innovative Thai Food at Ngam

Ngam

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Restaurant Spotting: Superiority Complex

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 in First Bite, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

If you thought the mayhem surrounding Fuku was insane — in the form of up-to-the-minute reports on lines wrapping around 1st Ave. — it can’t hold a candle to the commotion surrounding Superiority Burger and its killer veggie burgers…

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Beyond Goya: Miscelanea Brings Artisanal Mexican Groceries to the East Village

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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Inside Oleanders: Brooklyn’s Addition to the Hotel Restaurant Renaissance

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Brooklyn, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Hotel restaurants used to have a really bad rap, but nowadays, that couldn’t be further from the case; eateries situated in hotels are frequently counted amongst Manhattan’s finest, from Jean-Georges in the Trump Tower and Café Boulud in The Surrey, to The Breslin in the Ace, Marta in the Martha Washington, and The NoMad in, well, The NoMad…

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A New Start for Neta

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau helped make Neta a star in the city’s already stacked sushi circuit, bringing their staggeringly high-end restaurant experience (at Masa and Bar Masa, respectively) to bear. But when the pair departed last year, to open their own, equally elite kaiseki spot, Shuko, it left Neta in a potentially awkward position — should they stay the course with $50 morsels of caviar-dotted toro, without the firepower of their two sushi celebrities, or find a way to set themselves apart?

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O-Ya – Review

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

I’ll be honest: I thought I would hate O-Ya. It gave me anxiety right from the start. I mean, it’s not everyday that you have to put a credit card down for a mere two-top reservation. (Not to mention the $100 per person fee if you cancel within 24 hours.) In fact, the cheapest ticket to entry at O-Ya is $185 for an 18-piece “sushi” omakase. And if you’re really hungry or a glutton, you can splurge on a 23-course meal for a whopping $245 per person…

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Oiji Proves Upscale Korean Fare is More Than Just a Passing Fad

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Ethnic Eats, First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Korean food has definitely been on in exciting upswing in New York in the last few years, from the totally modern tapas at Hooni Kim’s Danji, to the fast-casual Kimchi Ramen at Esther Choi’s Mokbar. And with the newest entrant, Oiji in the East Village, it’s clear that interest in elevating the sweet and spicy cuisine is more than just a passing fad…

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