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Wildair – Review

Wildair

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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A Look Back at the Best Restaurants of 2015

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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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 Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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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 Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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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 Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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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 Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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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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Inside Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in Dessert, Hottest Newcomers

Ever since opening his very first bakery, Dominique Ansel has been a food news fixture. After all, it’s of utmost importance to stay abreast of the latest flavor of Cronut — or even more noteworthy — the pastry master’s newest, groundbreaking creations, from Magic Soufflés to Frozen S’mores to Milk and Cookie Shots. But the sugar wizard’s latest venture is his most exciting yet; a second, West Village outpost, called Dominique Ansel Kitchen…

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MAMO – First Bite

MAMO

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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British Invasion: Jason Atherton Debuts The Clocktower

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

Ding-dong, London calling! The highly anticipated Clocktower is officially open for business on Madison Avenue, headed by Michelin-starred British chef, Jason Atherton. Located in Ian Schrager’s brand new, super-swanky Edition Hotel, and in partnership with Philadelphia bigwig, Stephen Starr…

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Meet Virginia’s : An East Village Winner from a Chicago-Based Crew

Posted on May 20, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting, Reviews

Chicago may be considered one of the next great food cities, but it recently lost a bunch of talent to New York. The co-owners of Virginia’s, which recently opened in the East Village, first met while working at Charlie Trotter’s (chef Christian Ramos went on to become sous chef at Per Se, and Reed Adelson moved to Locanda Verde)…

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The Polo Bar – Review

The Polo Bar

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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Asia De Cuba

Asia De Cuba

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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