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'Cesca
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  Night Out Italian Upper West Side Moderate Great

Tom Valenti is like Santa Claus for the Upper West Side—bringing culinary treats for all the good neighbors pushing their baby-bugees and strolling along Columbus Avenue totting lattes and H&H Bagels. I rarely leave my downtown abode and t ...
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'Cesca
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  Night Out Italian Upper West Side Moderate Good

‘CESCAMention the word ‘Cesca to anyone with a passing knowledge of NYC food and you’ll most probably hear the something like the following sentence: “Tom Valenti’s the chef of that plac ...
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10 Downing
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

A few months ago I was asked by a food website, I think it was Foodbuzz.com, to answer a few questions. One of the questions was to provide a quote that would reflect how I feel about food. I thought a lot about it, and I had a few ideas. I liked ...
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15 East
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  Night Out Asian Gramercy Moderate Great

 A funny thing happens when your friends have babies. They disappear. You don’t see them for a while. As much as you want to, and as much as you talk about how ...
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360
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  Night Out French Brooklyn Moderate Good

There are times in life when you need to leave your comfort zone, to force yourself to step outside your self-imposed womb and dip a toe in unfamiliar waters: take a risk on a new relationship, try a fresh start in a diffe ...
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5 Napkin Burger
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  Night Out New American Hell's Kitchen Moderate Good

There’s a certain level of expectation created when naming a restaurant “5 Napkin Burger.” You’ve gotta be really confident in your burger ‘cause there’s no room for a wimpy patty here. Would you name a lingerie ...
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5 Ninth
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Moderate Great

The black town cars are three deep on Ninth Avenue. The velvet ropes are up outside of Spice Market. Smokers litter the sidewalk outside Pastis. Pencil-thin women in mini-skirts (more a gesture of clothing than any sort of true apparel) are piling in ...
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5 Ninth
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Moderate Great

I know many of you may be scratching your head at this review, thinking, “What’s she doing writing about 5 Ninth? Doesn’t she know that this restaurant opened three years ago? Is she getting soft in the head?” Well, I can appr ...
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66: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Break the Bank Great

Of the things New York City is in need of—a subway fare reduction—another Chinese restaurant is not one of them. But from the throngs of urban hipsters squeezing their way into 66 for dim sum, Sichuan Tan Tan noodles, Cold Sesame Noodles, ...
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71 Clinton Fresh Food-- Closed
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Off the Charts

There are certain people in this world that are quite difficult to replace. Think Nathan Lane in the Producers, Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, Manolo Blahnik on the feet, and Wylie Dufresne in the kitchen. Attempts can be made, but comparisons are ...
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7Square-- CLOSED
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

I've always loved the theater. I got the bug at a young age. I was about six when my parents plopped me in a seat to watch a little red head girl named Annie sing her heart out. I'll never forget that night. M ...
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A Voce
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  Night Out Italian Murray Hill Moderate Great

One sentence was uttered frequently at my table last week while dining at A Voce, chef Andrew Carmellini’s flawless post-Café Boulud debut: “I want to eat here every day.” It was a sentence that first greeted our conversation ...
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ABC Kitchen
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Moderate Great

Fried calamari? I love it. There, I’ve said it. Look, it’s not something I am proud of, but I’m being honest. It’s one of my guilty pleasure foods—one you know you shouldn’t really eat, for health reasons first, ...
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Accademia di Vino
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  Night Out Italian Upper East Side Moderate Good

The other day, I was having lunch with some girlfriends on the roof at Soho House (a friend is a member ...
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Acme
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

I had no idea I liked porridge. In fact, other than eating imaginary bowls of the cold, hot, and just-right stuff with my daughter Emily (who plays a charming Goldilocks to my Mama Bear), I'm not sure that I have given porridge all that much t ...
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Aix Brasserie
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  Night Out French Upper West Side Moderate Great

The Upper West Side has always been the Bermuda triangle when it comes to culinary invention. Anything that even remotely echoes ambition is ...
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Aldea
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  Night Out Mediterranean Flatiron Moderate Great

A few weeks ago I decided it was time for me to have dinner out with the girls. It had been six weeks since I’d actually ventured out into the city from my baby-cocoon in Brooklyn and I missed my girlfriends. Quite frankly, I missed the life ...
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Allegretti
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  Night Out French Flatiron Break the Bank Great

Let me ask you a question. Are there any circumstances under which you’d be willing to pay $19 for an heirloom tomato salad? What about $38 for a piece of halibut? If you’re thinking “No thanks, buddy,” let me add a few mor ...
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Alphabet Kitchen
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican East Village Cheap Eats Good

Located on a now bustling block of Avenue A, the Alphabet Kitchen is a warm, cozy respite from the grind of life in the city. This intimate restaurant is all aglow with candles and gets its rustic, warmth from wooden tables, a long dark-wood bar, ...
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Alta
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  Night Out Spanish West Village Cheap Eats Great

The rain was ridiculous. It was pouring out of the sky at river speed—coming at me sideways, straight on, upside down. It was everywhere. Standing on the corner of Third Avenue, trying to get a cab, I almost turned back. But then, like ...
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Alto
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  Night Out Italian Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

Italian food has never really been one for frilly garnishes or the fussy preciousness of haute cuisine. Rather, it is food that speaks to your gut, to your innermost hunger, to deep hollow pangs that can only be sated by ...
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Ama
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  Night Out Italian Soho Moderate Don't Bother

There are several kinds of restaurant in New York City. There are those that serve great food, but miss the mark on service. Then there are those places that overflow with hospitality but that offer food that stumbles alon ...
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Amalia
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

 I was introduced to Sigmund Freud, or at least his Upper West Side disciples, at an early age. My parents divorced when I was six. The years that preceded their final separation were, well, not so pleasan ...
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Amma
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  Night Out Indian Midtown Moderate Great

At Amma, an elegant, petite, pumpkin-colored Midtown spot serving excellent Indian fare, you’ll find tables jammed with eager curry lovers kvelling over dishes of Goan shrimp, piles of toothsome bhel puri, and plates of frizzled okra with t ...
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Amuse-- Closed
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Cheap Eats Great

In Hollywood, reinvention it is attempted (and failed) with alarming regularity. Madonna is perhaps the Queen, while Michael Jackson is the nose-less Court Jester. In the world of restaurants, Amuse takes the prize. Formerly The Tonic—a bifurca ...
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An Ode to New Orleans in Williamsburg: Maison Premiere, By Dara Pollak
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

 There are many places in New York that strive for the old-world, southern charm that Maison Premiere so effortlessly delivers to Williamsburg, yet a lot of the time it ends up feel ...
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Anthos
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  Night Out Greek Midtown Break the Bank Good

In life, we are constantly bombarded by opportunities for comparison. You think, your last girlfriend was not was as funny as this girlfriend; your hair doesn’t look as good as it did yesterday, your new job is no ...
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AOC Bedford
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican West Village Moderate Great

Located on a quiet, tree-lined street in the West Village, AOC Bedford is a stylish yet rustic retreat that welcomes you in with its exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. The restaurant derives its name from the term appellation d’origi ...
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Apiary
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

Bobby Flay must be one heck of a boss. Chef Neil Mancale worked for him for a record 16 years. When you translate that to kitchen years (it’s kind of like calculations in dog years) that translates to, oh, a lifetime. But Manacle, a former N ...
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Apiary by guest reviewer Kiri Tannenbaum
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

Five years ago I was set up on my most successful "blind date." The place? Casa Mono. My date? Andrea Strong. Andrea and I were introduced by our mutual friend and editor, Pat Cobe who thought the two of us would hit it off—she was ...
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Aqualis Grill
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  Night Out Greek Brooklyn Moderate Good

A few years ago I sat on a food writer’s panel with Florence Fabricant of the NY Times. I was moving to Brooklyn at the time and we got to talking about all the great restaurants in Cobble Hill and Park Slope. But when it came to Fort Greene ...
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Aquavit
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

Chef-partner (and culinary heartthrob) Marcus Samuelsson introduced New York to his splashy brand of modern Scandinavian cuisine a decade ago at Aquavit, an elegant two-story restaurant housed in an historic Midtown townhouse, just a stone’s ...
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Aroma Kitchen and Winebar
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  Night Out Italian East Village Moderate Good

Sometimes I come upon a restaurant and one thing or another about it says to me, "Andrea. You should check this place out." Has that ever happened to you? You walk by a place and you just get ...
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Arthur on Smith
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

Butter is an ingredient I have some affection for. I love to cook with it, to spread it on thick cut slices of toast, to watch it melt over summer's white corn. But at restaurants it can be tricky. It's often overlooked, served thoughtlessly cold ...
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Artisanal
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

Say Cheese. Artisanal is chef-owner Terrance Brennan’s (who is also chef-owner of Picholine) ode to the smelly stuff and it is a glorious tribute at that. Aside from one of the best cheese selections this side of the Atlantic, you’ll also ...
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Asellina
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  Night Out Italian Gramercy Moderate Great

The Meatpacking District has its draws: The Highline, Jeffrey, DVF, and the Standard Grill come to mind -the neighborhood does tend to exude a certain aura of pretension. It's definitely not where you want to go out if you're looking to sa ...
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Asiate
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  Night Out Asian Upper West Side Break the Bank Great

I lunched at Asiate this week…wait, I just want to interject here and say that I love using nouns as verbs…as in “I summered in Bora Bora,” “Darling, yesterday I lunched in Milan,” or “Of course I would only winter in Aspen.” You kn ...
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At Vermilion by guest reviewer Elaine Weiner
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  Night Out Indian Midtown Moderate Good

Do you ever wonder what goes through people’s minds in naming their restaurants? I do. The question popped into my mind when Amanda Cohen opened Dirt Candy, and again when I heard about a restaurant called At Vermilion. Maybe “Ah, Verm ...
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August
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

The block of Bleecker Street between Bank and West 10th Street is booming. Formerly the home of trinket shops and random stores like Condomania (still there in case you are looking to bring some variety to your collection), this s ...
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Aurora
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  Night Out Italian Soho Moderate Great

There’s something about sitting at a bar at the end of the day with a glass of wine that I find immensely appealing. It’s very relaxing. You can be anonymous and just sort of unwind and tune o ...
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Azul Bistro
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  Night Out Spanish Lower East Side Moderate Good

Located on a sleepy corner of Stanton Street in the now hip ‘hood known as the Lower East Side, Azul Bistro is a seductive corner spot with raw wood accents, and low lighting. Serving South American fare to the soft rhythm of tango music, Az ...
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Babbo
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  Night Out Italian West Village Break the Bank Off the Charts

Dressed in his signature orange clogs and culot shorts, Mario Batali is the king of rustic authentic Italian cuisine on the TV Food Network. But before he was a star of the small living room screen, he was a cook, and he is one celebrity chef who ...
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Bacaro/Smith & Mills
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  Night Out Italian Tribeca Moderate Good

Dining comes in many forms. There's the formal feed-you know, a lavish several course meal meticulously prepared, delicately served, paired with exquisite wines, and always slowly and luxuriously savored. Then there's the more common weekly d ...
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Back Forty
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

I want you to close your eyes for a minute. Really, go ahead. No one’s looking. And even if they are, they’ll just walk past your cubicle and report you to your boss for napping early Monday morning. No ...
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Balthazar
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  Night Out French Soho Moderate Great

Balthazar If you don’t know what all the hype surrounding Balthazar is about, you most certainly should. Keith McNally’s super fabulous, NYC replica of a Parisian brasserie, Balthazar, is one of those rare spots that actually de ...
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Bao 111
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Great

This sleek little spot on Avenue C gets major snaps for its contemporary brand of Vietnamese fare. Drawing an eclectic crowd of stiletto-ed babes and overly coiffed men, as well as those without a care about fashion, Bao 111 is an alluring space, ...
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Bar Americain
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

The Location: 6:30pm on a Tuesday night at the three-deep zinc bar at Bobby Flay’s newly opened Bar Americain. The Scene: A couple—a man and women, in their late forties, early fifties—are seated next to (practically on top of) ...
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Bar Blanc
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a slave to fashion. While I wouldn’t mind shopping at Scoop, Intermix and Kirna Zabete, and stocking my shoe rack with Loubutains, Choos and Blahniks, my passion is food, not clothes. To be perfectly h ...
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Bar Blanc Bistro by Guest Reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

It had been a beautiful day in the neighborhood when we set out to Bar Blanc Bistro, with an afternoon of neighborly moments, exchanging waves with the ex-cop bar owner on the corner and catching up with our favorite French framing guy on Bleecker ...
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Bar Boulud
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  Night Out French Upper West Side Moderate Great

The day started off like most others. I woke up, made some coffee, went to the gym, and did some writing. But by 2 o’clock things had changed drastically—and dramatically. There were roller skates. There was disco dancing. There were G ...
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Bar Breton
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  Night Out French Flatiron Moderate Good

Fleur de Sel is one of those under the radar gems that I’ve never felt has gotten the props it deserves. Run by chef/owner Cyril Renaud, it’s a precious little Michelin-starred jewel box on a rather sleepy block of 20th Street that&rsq ...
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Bar Henry, by Guest Reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

“I know this great little place in the Village…” Once upon a time, it’ wasn’t unusual to overhear that phrase. It would be spoken by someone with a tip on a cool, clandestine joint. Somewhere that Don Draper’s ...
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Bar Luna
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  Night Out Italian Upper West Side Moderate Good

It occurred to me the other night while walking to dinner on the Upper West Side that every neighborhood in this city is like a little hamlet or town. And as such, each one comes with its own Main Street and its own set of required retail offering ...
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Bar Masa
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Moderate Good

I went over to see what Stephan Trummer, the fabulous bar chef formerly of Citarella, was up to over at Bar Masa. Well, lots of good stuff. Sure, the sushi menu here is reason enough to visit, but Trummer’s artisan cocktails ma ...
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Bar Milano
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  Night Out Italian Gramercy Moderate Good

When having dinner at an Italian restaurant it’s possible that you might be lucky enough to get a whiff of the wonderful aromas coming out of the kitchen—garlic and onions frying in a pan, sweet tomatoes simmering on a stove, and fragr ...
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Bar Q
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

Trends are a curious phenomenon. I always marvel at how in the course of one month, four new high-end burger shacks, or a half-dozen new ramen joints can open. Or how suddenly everyone is living in Ditmas Park, or wearing skinny jeans and ballet f ...
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BarBao
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  Night Out Asian Upper West Side Moderate Good

Though I’d love to go, I’ve never been to Vietnam. Friends who have been come home raving about the countryside, the architecture and the food (both street and restaurant food, too.) When I do make it over there, I know this much. I pl ...
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Barbounia
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  Night Out Turkish/Middle Flatiron Moderate Good

At Barbounia, the new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant named for a red mullet, the chandelier is what you'll notice first. I am not sure if it is a chandelier as much as a g ...
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Barbuto
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

I had dinner at Barbuto, Jonathan Waxman’s ode to simple Italian fare, over the weekend and was very pleased. The space, on the ground floor of Industria Studios on Washington Street (at West 12th), is industrial meets rustic f ...
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Barca 18-- CLOSED
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  Night Out Spanish Flatiron Moderate Good

Steve Hanson is one of those restaurateurs that people either seem to love or hate. Some industry wags can’t stand his formulaic approach, and his robotic, overly studied service style. Others admire his success, his shameless mass-market appea ...
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Barfry
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Good

The writing was on the walls. Literally. In dusty white chalk scratched on the slate gray blackboard: “I love this place!” “Josh rocks!” “Call me at 917-349-XXXX” ...
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Barmarche
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

Chris Eddy and Clark Clark, the hip owners of the newly opened barmarché, met while working at Bungalow 8 where Clark (who moved to New York from Momo’s in London) was the Bar Manager, and Chris worked the crowds as GM. Their first p ...
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Barrio Chino
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Lower East Side Cheap Eats Great

Barrio Chino Barrio Chino is one of those places that seduces you with its simple, hip, and understated charms. Located in Chinatown, this modest taco and tequila hang opened this past August on a quiet stretch of Broome Street. Accented with mapl ...
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Belcourt
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

The other day I was having lunch at City Bakery. I had been running around and realized it was nearing 2 o’clock and I was famished. (I am like an infant; I need to be fed every few hours.) I stopped in for a cup of tortilla soup and grabbed ...
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Bellavitae
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Good

Based on aesthetics alone—the warmth of the wood-burning oven, the saffron-colored walls, the rustic country tables, the pine floors, the long and inviting bar, and the French doors flung open to Minetta Lane—I would dine at B ...
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Beppe
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  Night Out Italian Flatiron Moderate Great

My Dinner at Beppe Being thankful is a state of being we sometimes have to remind ourselves to experience. We rush around, work, eat, work, eat, run, play, sleep. Repeat. Taking stock in what we have can sometimes (read: often) get lost ...
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Bill's Bar & Burger
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Cheap Eats Good

It was a cold, rainy night in the Meatpacking, but no matter. Outside, the streets were as full as you’d find them on a warm summer night in June. Flocks of ankle boots carefully navigated cobblestones ...
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Bin on Bleecker, by Dara Pollak
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

On a cold, wintery New York night, sometimes you just need to warm up with a glass of red wine and some hearty food. Stepping into Bin on Bleecker in the West Village (which was previously Bar’rique), you can smell the aromas wafting out of ...
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Bistro du Vent-- Closed
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  Night Out French Midtown Moderate Great

When I left Bistro du Vent—David Pasternack and Mario Batali’s new French bistro around the corner from their crudo-shrine Esca—I decided to go on a diet. A cabbage diet. Well, actually a Cabbage Simmered with Chestnuts and Cider di ...
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Bivio
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  Night Out Italian MeatPacking Moderate Great

Owned by Danny Emerman and Alessandro Prosperi, the smart and Italian-savvy pair who own Barocco, Bot and Bottino (apparently these men have a fetish with the letter “B”), Bivio is a swanky joint located on the corner of Hudson and Hor ...
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Black Mountain Wine House
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

Black Mountain Wine House is an apt name for this transporting little wine bar in Carroll Gardens. It feels like it was air lifted from the Black Mountains; it is literally a house, and they do serve quite a bit of wine. You’ll find it neste ...
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BLT Fish
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  Night Out Seafood Flatiron Moderate Great

Don’t you just hate people with a lot of talent? People, for instance, like Laurent Tourondel. I mean, first he wowed me at Cello (serious serenity and amazing waves of fish), then he opens BLT Steak and has me considering slabs of beef, on ...
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BLT Market
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Great

Much is made these days of local cuisine. Every chef worth his or her weight in heirloom green beans has a Greenmarket-driven menu, or sources produce within the locavore’s 100-mile radius. Manny Howard, in this wee ...
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BLT Prime
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Off the Charts

Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” filled the room as I entered BLT Prime the other night. The bar was about five deep, stocked with handsome men in suits throwing back vodkas on the rocks and assorted micro-brewed bee ...
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BLT Steak
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Great

BLT Steak is a place to relax, tuck a napkin into your collar, raise a glass (the wine list is 700 bottles long), and quite simply, feast. Owned by Jimmy Haber (Pazo, AZ), its name stands not for Bacon Lettuce and Tomato, but for Bistro Laurent ...
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Blue Hill Stone Barns
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Break the Bank Good

While most stories start at the very beginning, I’d like to start our story—the tale of my dinner at Blue Hill Stone Barns—with the way it ends—and that would be with a $400 check and with my friend Steven wearing chef Da ...
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Blue Mill Tavern-- Closed
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

Blue Mill Tavern opened a few weeks ago in the space that was Grange Hall, the charming retro spot nestled among the twisty tree-lined cobblestone streets of the West Village (50 Commerce Street, at Barrow Street, 212-352-0009). I hear the rent is a ...
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Blue Ribbon
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

Blue Ribbon Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg opened Blue Ribbon on a quiet block in Soho some ten years ago and today it is as packed as it was on day one. The tiny, low-lit bistro oozes fabulousness (models, moguls, musicians are regulars ...
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Bocca Lupo
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  Night Out Italian Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

Two or three times a year, a group of ten or so hopeful food writers sign up for a class at Mediabistro.com called Basic Training for Food Writers. It is a class that I started about three years ago to help people t ...
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Bohemian Beer Hall
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  Night Out German/Austrian Queens Cheap Eats Good

It was an Indian summer sort of day last week when we set off to see the Mets play the Marlins. We didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the night the Mets would clinch the NL East, the first time since 1988. But Shea Stadium would come l ...
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Bolo -- CLosed
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Flatiron Moderate Great

Chef, restaurateur, Food Network star, and author Bobby Flay is one busy celebrity-chef, and lucky for us fame hasn’t gone to his head. Indeed, the food at Bolo, the Spanish restaurant he opened ten years ago, keeps getting better (with the ...
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Bombay Talkie
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  Night Out Indian Chelsea Moderate Good

With the recent opening of Devi, and the continued greatness of places like Tamarind and Tabla, the high end of the Indian fare spectrum in New York City continues to impress (and to cause me to eat way too much rice and naan). Bombay Talkie, a co ...
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Bond Street
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Great

High-art sushi and sashimi are the calling cards of Bond St, a hot spot and hipster hang out disguised as a modern Japanese restaurant. Bold-faced named celebs and super models are the typical guests at this white-washed, airy restaurant and down ...
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Bondi Road
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  Night Out Seafood Lower East Side Moderate Great

I learned recently that there are 16,000 Australians living in New York City. It is my guess that all 16,000 of them, at some point, will eat at Bondi Road, a restaurant created in the image of one of their homeland&rs ...
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Boqueria
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  Night Out Spanish Flatiron Moderate Great

About two years ago now, I spent a few weeks in Barcelona. I was there for the wedding of my freshman roommate from college, Caroline, whom I ...
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Bouley
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  Romantic French Tribeca Break the Bank Off the Charts

After a hiatus following 9/11 (and a settled lawsuit for insurance fraud), acclaimed chef David Bouley is back behind the stoves at his temple of haute French gastronomy, Bouley. Housed in the newly renovated and impeccably decorated space that wa ...
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Braeburn
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

There are days when I feel like the restaurant version of Dear Abby. Not that people are writing to me about their issues with their mothers or husbands. Emails flood my inbox from a different sort of advice seeker. This week alone, a random sampl ...
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Breads, by guest reviewer Tracy Weiss
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Gramercy Moderate Great

I’d really love to make some silly reference about Breads Bakery making beautiful music in the space formally occupied by Sound by Singer, a high-end audio joint. But I won’t. Simply because (despite the easy comparison), the baked goo ...
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Breakfast at The Cafe at Country
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  Brunch New American Murray Hill Moderate Great

 Breakfast is that meal of the day I rarely eat. Which is a good thing considering the amount of food I consume at other mealtimes. I know, I know I should still have some sort of cereal, or fruit and yogurt, or vegan smoothie energy shak ...
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Broken English
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  Night Out Italian Brooklyn Moderate Don't Bother

I remember during my days of online dating, looking forward to meeting someone who appeared to be ideal on paper (or on screen). A profile might describe a successful, interesting, handsome guy, who in person was indeed handsome, but lacked substa ...
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Brooklyn Wok Shop by Dara Pollak
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  Night Out Asian Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

If there is one thing the area of Williamsburg is lacking in, it’s Chinese food. Good Chinese food. No one knows this better than Husband and wife team Edric and Melissa Har, who have opened up Brooklyn Wok Shop in hopes of bringing the trad ...
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Brushstroke
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Break the Bank Off the Charts

Many years ago, when I was a high school student in the cosmopolitan borough of Queens, I ate my first piece of sushi. Granted, it contained no raw fish. It was a cucumber roll, but it was wrapped in seaweed and I used chopsticks to transport it f ...
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Buddakan
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  Night Out Asian Chelsea Moderate Great

When I first walked into Buddakan, I was ready to hate it. It was hot on the heels of a fairly disappointing experience at Stephen Starr& ...
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Bun (boone)
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  Night Out Asian Lower East Side Moderate Good

What Momofuku did for ramen (turn it into a cult favorite capable of inciting frequent foodie riots), Bun (say BOONE!) clearly hopes to do for vermicelli rice noodles. This sleek new Vietnamese restaurant—a lean wood-paneled space decorated ...
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Buttermilk Channel
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

When I think about Brooklyn restaurants that have opened lately, not many come to mind that I haven’t heartily enjoyed. Most of these restaurants are reasonably priced and offer some form of innovative and approachable American fare, package ...
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Buttermilk Channel
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

When I think about Brooklyn restaurants that have opened lately, not many come to mind that I haven’t heartily enjoyed. Most of these restaurants are reasonably priced and offer some form of innovative and approachable American fare, package ...
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Cabrito
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican West Village Moderate Good

Conversation might be something you enjoy doing, and I’ll go out on a limb here and posit that it might be something you enjoy doing over a meal. Sometimes the conversation can be light—just small talk, this and that, what movies have ...
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Cafe Cluny
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

I will return to Café Cluny. I will return because I liked the food. It’s solid bistro fare— simple and approachable, but articulate and refined. I will also return because I liked the vibe—effortlessly, elegantly hip. Non ...
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Cafe Condesa
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  Night Out New American West Village Cheap Eats Good

I’m going to venture a guess here that many of you live in small New York City apartments with tiny kitchens. I am one of those people too. I love my little studio, but it is on the, shall we say, tiny side of small. Anyway, if you have such a ...
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Cafe Gray
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

It started off as just another Saturday night at the Mall. I pushed through the revolving doors, and rode the sky-high escalator to the 3rd floor, and in an instant, I was back in high school, shopping at Roosevelt Field with my girlfriends and g ...
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Cafe Sabarsky
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  Romantic French Midtown Moderate Good

Located in the Neue Galerie, facing the magnificent Central Park on Fifth Avenue, Café Sabarsky offers a taste of Austria in a spectacular New York City setting. With sky-high ceilings, marble pillars, crystal chandeliers and elegant broca ...
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Calliope
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

I had no idea that the word Calliope referred to so many different things. It's a breed of sweet little Humming Bird indigenous to Fort Tryon Park, a World War II tank equipped with missile launcher, a song by Tom Waits, and now a terrific new res ...
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Casa Mono/Bar Jamon
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  Night Out Spanish Gramercy Moderate Great

With Casa Mono, a snug little restaurant on the corner of 17th and Irving Place, Mario Batali has stepped off of familar Italian earth and onto virgin territory--the land of Spain, specifically of the culinary and fashion hotbed known as Barcelona ...
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Centrico
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Tribeca Moderate Good

There are some restaurants that just breed fun. They have a laid back vibe, an easiness that invites laughter, an energy that strips off the heaviness of your day. These places aren’t meant to be taken seriously—they want to make you ...
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Centro Vinoteca
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

We all have our escape mechanisms, things we do to get away from it all. For some it’s a yoga class, a run along the river, or a lazy stroll in the park under a canopy of trees. For others it’s a cold beer, a glass of wine (or something s ...
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Cercle Rouge
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  Night Out French Tribeca Moderate Good

I think it’s safe to say that the French bistro model has pretty much been done. From Balthazar to Bistro du Vent, New Yorkers are not unfamiliar with frisee salads, steak frites, and faux distressed vintage mirrors. So really, a new bistro is ...
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Char No. 4
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you all that I eat out a lot. Sometimes it’s four nights a week, sometimes more. A night at home is a rare luxury. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a great gig, but it does have its drawb ...
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Cherrywood, by Guest Reviewer Dara Pollak
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

Cherrywood Kitchen should be busier. It’s a relatively new spot in Soho with a pleasant vibe, an incredibly friendly staff, an inviting marble bar serving strong drinks, and a terrific (if eclectic) menu heavy on smoked meat dishes courtesy ...
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Chestnut
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

Located on the Clinton Street of Brooklyn (that would be Smith Street), Chestnut is already stealing cult business from The Grocery located across the street. With its wide French doors, high blond chestnut-beamed ceilings, raw ...
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Chestnut
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

Many moons ago I was just starting out as a freelance food writer and trying desperately to get into the New York Times Dining Section. But as a relative neophyte (I was an associate food editor at Restaurant Business Magazine), getting into the Time ...
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Chickenbone Cafe-- Closed
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Great

Wondering about the next hot cuisine? We’ve been through Asian, Italian, Indian, Thai, and a blend of all four, but we haven’t yet had the pleasure of Brooklyn Global. Until now. And discovering it is sort of like finally having a great l ...
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Chikalicious
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  Brunch Dessert East Village Cheap Eats Great

Children are always fantasizing about skipping supper and just having dessert for dinner, and secretly, adults crave the same indulgence. With Chikalicious, the dream of an all-dessert-all-the-time meal has come true. At this quaint and sweetly d ...
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Chinatown Brasserie
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Great

With the humidity pressing down on the city like a hot wet sponge, I thought I’d bring you back a few months to that most wonderful ...
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Christos Steakhouse
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  Night Out Greek Queens Moderate Good

The last time I had dinner in Astoria was about six years ago. (I know—inexcusable.) I was dating a guy who is second generation Egyptian. We had been talking about visiting Little Egypt on Steinway Street for ages. So one year, on his birt ...
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Ciano
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  Night Out Italian Flatiron Moderate Great

It’s always sad to see a good restaurant go, but it happens. Time goes by, the chef may move on, the management may lose focus, the public may tire of the concept, whatever the case may be. The doors close. It may take ten years, it may take ...
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City Bakery
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  Brunch New American Flatiron Moderate Great

Maury Rubin, the owner and creator of City Bakery, would probably have a warrant taken out on him if he ever closed City Bakery. Literally, New Yorkers would revolt and hunt him down. This hall of out-of-this-world baked goods is perpetually jammed w ...
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Co. (Company)
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  Night Out Italian Chelsea Moderate Good

The other night, Craig and I were craving a good pizza and rather than deal with the grumpy service at Sam’s or the eternal waits at Lucali’s, we walked down to South Brooklyn Pizza, a nice new neighborhood addition for bubbly hand-tos ...
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Cole's Greenwich Village by Guest Reviewer Claire Jaffe
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

“American Cuisine” sounds, frankly, pretty boring. Where’s the exoticism? The mystery? The je-ne-sais-quoi? Well, stifle that yawn. Stifle it right now. Because Cole’s Greenwich Village, Penny Bradley’s ne ...
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Colors
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

It occurred to me the other night while having dinner at Colors, that often times we make judgments based on the surface of things. We look at someone, or something, make quick conclusions, and move on. But if we take the tim ...
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Commerce
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

There are ghosts on the streets of New York. They live in crooked sidewalk cracks, in wobbly cobblestones, and in the brick and mortar of our city’s aging buildings. You may not see them, you may not hear them, and you certainly may not beli ...
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Convivio
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  Night Out Italian Midtown Moderate Great

“We’ve noticed a change in you,” they told her, speaking slowly and deliberately. “You eat with too much gusto.” This pronouncement, what she realized was an intervention of sorts, came from her mother and broth ...
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Cookshop
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  Night Out New American Chelsea Moderate Great

Saturday night was a reunion of sorts for me—it was the first night in almost two months that I had dinner with Susie, one of my closest and most treasured friends who had just spent seven weeks at Harvard for their Management MBA program f ...
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Corkbuzz Wine Studio
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  Night Out New American Gramercy Moderate Good

There’s been much talk over the past five years about the artisan cocktail revolution, an important and seismic shift that marked the demise of ice chips and syrupy sweet Rose’s lime juice, and the birth of the Kold Draft cube, fresh-s ...
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Country (Upstairs)
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  Night Out New American Murray Hill Break the Bank Great

MY DINNER (UPSTAIRS) AT COUNTRY“How long do you think that bone is?” my dinner companion asked me as we took our seats in the upsta ...
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Crema
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Chelsea Moderate Good

Crema is the newest incarnation of the narrow 17th Street space that has been Snack, an American small plates restaurant, and then Sandia, a Mexican spot with a juicy watermelon theme. One has to wonder about troubled locations like these—wheth ...
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Cru
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  Night Out New American West Village Break the Bank Off the Charts

I love meals that start with little snacks—amuse bouche, canapés, hors d’ouerves—whatever you call them—you get the idea. I call them little snacks, and to me, they are just pure silliness and joy—lots of lively contrasting flavors, tucked into ...
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D'Or Ahn: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED
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  Night Out Asian Chelsea Moderate Great

When a new restaurant opens next to one of your current favorites, there is a protective mechanism that gets triggered. You worry. You don't want the favorite restaurant to get hurt. You don't want the new place to change the vibe of the neig ...
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Daisy May's
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

Before sitting down to dinner at Daisy May’s last week, it was important to go through my checklist: Surgical gloves? Check. Bib? Check. Stack of napkins? Check. Wet Naps? Tongs? Check. Check. Ponytail holder ...
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Dani-- Closed Now
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  Night Out Italian Tribeca Moderate Great

A new Italian restaurant in New York City is about as exciting as the arrival of another Starbuck’s. But things get a lot more interesting when the paradigm is shifted just slightly&mdash ...
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Danji
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  Night Out Asian Hell's Kitchen Cheap Eats Off the Charts

Chef Hooni Kim may not be a household name. Given the food he's cooking at Danji, however, it's just a matter of time. In my estimation, he's the next Dave Chang. Here's why.Like Chang, he's a classically trained fine-di ...
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Darna
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  Night Out Moroccan Murray Hill Moderate Good

For as many super-sized, ultra successful restaurants as there are in this city, there are at least ten times as many underdogs—struggling under-the-radar spots that open and quickly close, mostly unnoticed, often with y ...
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David Burke and Donatella Restaurant
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Great

David Burke and Donatella Restaurant Aside from the name, which I consider an unfortunate exercise in narcissism, David Burke and Donatella Restaurant is a white-hot spot with a terrific and creative American menu. Owned by th ...
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DBGB
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  Night Out French East Village Moderate Good

Let’s get this out of the way right at the beginning: the burgers are not the thing at . Perhaps you’ve heard otherwise since there are three signature burgers at Daniel Boulud’s latest restaurant, a sprawling brewpub on the ...
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Del Posto
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  Night Out Italian MeatPacking Break the Bank Off the Charts

With all the pre-opening hype surrounding Batali's new Italian behomoth, I'll get right to the point here people. Del Posto offers three things: magnificent design, impeccable service, and ye ...
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Delicatessen, By Guest Reviewer Julie Besonen
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

Like a magnetic force, Reuben fritters drew me to Delicatessen, a sleek Nolita boîte that opened earlier this summer. When I read about these fried globes of corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, my brain repeated a mantra: must have Reu ...
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Dell'Anima
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Good

Marriage is a big step. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. It’s a lifetime commitment, none of this two-years-and-I’m-bored-so-see-ya stuff. It’s major! And since I answered yes to a particular question last week ...
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Devi
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  Night Out Indian Flatiron Moderate Great

Devi is easy to miss. I walk down that block often, and I had not noticed it until the other night when someone opened the door, letting the scent of cardamom, chiles, cumin, and cinnamon float out onto the dark cold sidewalk like a warm ray of lo ...
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Devin Tavern
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Good

A Tavern, by its dictionary definition, is a “bar serving food.” Certainly, a tavern can be that simple—a convivial pl ...
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Dinosaur Bar-be-Que
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  Night Out Barbecue Upper West Side Moderate Good

The barbecue mavens in my circle have been salivating over Dinosaur BBQ since it opened in December of 2004, when it made the move down state from its original home in Syracuse. Being rather lazy (read: travelling to 131st Street for dinner was no ...
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Ditch Plains
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  Night Out Seafood West Village Moderate Good

Last summer, I was dating a guy who was way into surfing; he was quite impressive with a wave and a board. He had just moved here from California so he was adjusting to the East Coast waves that were nothing like those out in Newport Beach and Baja. ...
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Dominic
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  Night Out Italian Tribeca Moderate Good

As most of you probably know by now, Pico, the wonderful Portuguese restaurant owned by chef (and at times Playgirl model) John Villa unfortunately closed a while back. In its place John opened Dominic, and it seems he may have final ...
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Dona-- CLOSED
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  Night Out Italian Midtown Moderate Great

There’s something I should warn you about before you go to Dona. Something you should know before you sit down, and before they are served. They are rather small, the size of homemade muffins. They are warm and soft and buttery. You can smell t ...
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Dos Caminos
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Flatiron Moderate Good

With Dos Caminos—a sexy, urban Mexican cantina—Stephen Hanson adds the regional cuisines of Mexico to a repertoire that already includes Asia (Ruby Foos), America (Blue Fin, Blue Water Grill), and most recently, Italy (Fiamma). Teemin ...
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Double Crown
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

Opening restaurants is kind of like having children. Now, to be sure, I haven’t actually had any kids yet, so perhaps I am speaking out of turn. But I have friends with kids, and I have opened restaurants and I know from that experience, the ...
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Dovetail
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Break the Bank Great

I love watching the Oscars. Well, actually, let me rephrase, I love watching the Red Carpet. I mean, the awards themselves can be okay if you get a good speech and a fun zinger from someone like Jon Stewart. (My favorite line this year was when he ...
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Dressler
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

Colin Devlin, the handsome man behind Dumont and Dumont Burger unveiled his newest Williamsburg eatery this week, Dressler’s. But this one, owned with partner Joe Foglia, is cut from a very different cloth than anything else he has done, and an ...
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DuMont Burger
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Great

When a restaurant chooses to do just one thing—in this case burgers-—the point is they better do that one thing right. Colin Devlin, the owner of DuMont Burger, a wood-paneled burger den in Williamsburg, could sell burgers ...
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Eating Citi Field
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Queens Cheap Eats Great

I grew up in Queens, and though my allegiance at a young age was to the Yankees (thanks to an aunt with a passion for Rick Cerone, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson, Goose Gossage and Reggie Jackson), over the years I developed a distaste for the showman ...
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Ed's Chowder House
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  Night Out Seafood Upper West Side Moderate Good

I conducted a little informal survey the other day with some random friends through an e-mail blast: "What food do you most associate with New York?" From a friend in California who'd never been to the Big Apple to a born-and-bred Up ...
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Ed's Lobster Bar
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  Night Out Seafood Soho Moderate Great

It must be tough to be Rebecca Charles. For those of you who don't know who I'm talking about, she's the chef and owner of Pearl Oyster Bar. Let me rewind for a moment. When she opened Pearl, she pretty much put ...
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El Bocadito-- CLOSED
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Lower East Side Cheap Eats Good

Okay people, let me ask you this: How many of you reading this review are nurturing a dream? Really. Be honest. How many of you have a dream somewhere tucked back in the dusty recesses of your heart—a little voice that occasionally gets the ...
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El Quinto Pino
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  Night Out Spanish Chelsea Cheap Eats Great

  If you are an avid foodie (which I assume you are if you're reading The Strong Buzz), I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that you're just waiting to hear what I have to say about a certain sandwich se ...
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Elettaria
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

New York is one of those cities where name-dropping is practically an Olympic sport. And it’s particularly acute in the food world, where a round of name-dropping might go something like this: “Daniel’s new place is just fabulous ...
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Eleven Madison
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Great

Restaurants can sometimes make me feel a certain way. Some places make me feel cool, or like I might at least be cool for one ...
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Employees Only
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

If you’ve ever worked for someone else—and I imagine most of us have—you are all too familiar with THE DREAM. You know—ditch it all, strike out on your own and do things your own way—better, smarter, and cooler. And so a ...
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EN Japanese Brasserie
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Moderate Great

There are those restaurants that take your breath away upon entry, where the design is so spectacular, that you really don’t care what you are fed, as long as you can stay awhile, perhaps with a glass of wine, or even a bit of water. Spice Market, ...
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European Union
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

  Drama happens a lot in the restaurant business. Witness the latest round of chef casualties—Neil Ferguson (Gordon Ramsay ...
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European Union-- NEW CHEF; SEE APRIL 2007 Review
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

Sometimes in this journey known as life, a few wrenches get tossed into the picture that threaten to derail your grand plans. The other morning, for instance, when Craig and I were attempting to make beignets for some ambitious plans we had for our b ...
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Falai
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  Night Out Italian Lower East Side Moderate Good

There are many reasons chefs open eponymous restaurants. Most of the time the self-naming is a product of extreme success, ego, or narcissism, or some justifiable combination of all the above. For Iacopo (say YA-capo) Falai, the chef and owner of the ...
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Farm on Adderley
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

Last year sometime, my friends Kiri, Court and I went to brunch at a place we’d heard great things about in Williamsburg. It was called Sweetwater, and we absolutely loved it. It had a great vibe, and the food was spot on. There were piles of f ...
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Fatty 'Cue
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  Night Out Barbecue Brooklyn Moderate Great

I don't take the M train often. The last time I did, it was over two years ago to have dinner at Peter Luger's--that old bastion of steak in that sits like some sort of proud traif pariah on the edge of the Hasidic neighborhood of Williams ...
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Fatty Crab
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  Night Out Asian MeatPacking Cheap Eats Great

Chef Zak Pelaccio and his partner from Five Ninth, Rick Camac, have opened a snug and funky wood-cloaked joint that is an ode to the food Zak learned to cook (and to love) while cooking at Seri Melayu, an authentic restaurant in the center of the Kua ...
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Feast
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

Feast is fabulous. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's why I think so.First, this new seasonal American restaurant, is the best thing to happen to the fairly horrific stretch of what might as well be called NYU Avenue (Th ...
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Fireside
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

In 1994, a restaurant opened that would change the world of food as it was once known. It would make it tastier, racier, livelier, and more often than not, smaller. This restaurant was not located in a glitzy palace in ...
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Five Points
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  Brunch New American East Village Moderate Great

If I had a dime for everytime someone asked me what my favorite restaurant was, I might be rich enough to afford an apartment with more than one room, and that was reachable by a method other than five flights of steep stairs, like for instance, b ...
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Five Points
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

I have been a fan of Five Points since the day it opened its big blond wood doors five years ago. Owned by chef Marc Meyer, his wife Vicki, and their longtime friend Maureen, this is my pick for best New York City Restaurant. Why? Beyond the deli ...
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Flatbush Farm
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

It was my first official Strong Buzz meal of the New Year and my first meal back in New York after a week of amazing eating in New Orl ...
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Fleur De Sel
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  Romantic French Flatiron Break the Bank Great

On a sleepy block of East 20th Street, Fleur De Sel sneaks up on you like a ray of sunshine through the clouds. This lovely buttercup colored cottage-like restaurant is one of the most enchanted hideaways in the city, serving Cyril Renaud's sophi ...
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Florent
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  Night Out French MeatPacking Moderate Great

Florent is a late-night reveler’s institution. Located in the now hip Meatpacking district, Florent has been there for decades. It opened way back in the day when the neighborhood was filled with transvestites, prostitutes, and var ...
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Forge
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Good

Like many restaurants to open these days—Back Forty and Hundred Acres, to name just two—the conceit at the newly opened Forge is an exploration of simpler times and simpler foods, of locally sourced seasonal ingredients cooked earnestl ...
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Gaia in Greenwich CT
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  Night Out New American Suburbs Break the Bank Off the Charts

Before you read what I have to say in the next paragraph, I must make one point very clear. I am a city rat. (I mean this in the nicest way.) I was born and raised in New York City. I was on the subway before I could walk. I was mugged by the ti ...
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Ganso
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  Night Out Asian Brooklyn Cheap Eats Great

Downtown Brooklyn, you may have read, is booming. It's now home to The Barclays Center, The Islanders, The Brooklyn Nets, a collection of new residential towers flanking Dekalb and Flatbush Avenues, an Express, a GAP outlet, a shiny new Emporio Ar ...
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Geisha
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Break the Bank Great

My first visit to Geisha, shortly after it opened in December 2003, did not go well. Quite frankly, I was horrified by the service and the nightmarish logistics of the narrow, yet beautifully decorated, second floor dining room. Coat check, bathrooms ...
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Gemma
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  Night Out Italian East Village Moderate Good

The day after my dinner at Gemma, I got an email my friend Heather, who’d joined some girlfriends and me the night before for an Italian feast. Her email was short and sweet, and ended with a request: “Dinner ...
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Goat Town
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

I walked into Goat Town and thought I must certainly be in the wrong place. Could this be the same restaurant that housed Seymour Burton? Was this the restaurant that was Butcher Bay? I’d make a plastic surgery/extreme makeover analogy here, ...
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Gotham Bar & Grill
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  Night Out New American East Village Break the Bank Good

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a summer associate at Chadbourne & Park, a law firm in Rock Center. That was the summer I discovered fine dining. Every night we were taken out for drinks and dinner at some impossible to ge ...
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Graffiti
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  Night Out Indian East Village Cheap Eats Great

Not too long ago, I lived in an itsy bitsy studio apartment with a kitchen about the size of a treadmill. My stove had four miniature burners that were too small for normal sized pots (this caused anything I was cooking on the stovetop to wobble), ...
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Gramercy Taver
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Off the Charts

Dining at Gramercy Tavern is for people who don’t have trouble being very well taken care of. Owner Danny Meyer’s perpetually bustling classic New York eatery oozes warmth and charm, without a smidge of pretension. Chef/owner Tom Colic ...
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Gramercy Tavern (Lunch)
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Gramercy Moderate Off the Charts

Let me begin by saying that I’m a big fan of the civilized lunch. By civilized I mean any lunch that is not consumed over the keys of my MacBook, with one hand on fork, one hand on phone. I don’t usually treat myself to civilized lunch ...
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Gran Electrica
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

If you haven’t heard yet, the folks at DUMBO’s Gran Electrica (the same owners as Colonie) are offering quite a lovely spot for summer drinking and eating. The restaurant’s oversized backyard deck and garden is strung with twinkl ...
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Gusto
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

I don’t know about you all, but lately I feel very overscheduled, like there are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week. I want ...
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Gusto: SEE EARLIER REVIEW; THIS CHEF HAS LEFT GUSTO
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

I was prepared to like Gusto even before I got there. I knew the chef, Jody Williams, from Tappo, a short-lived Mediterranean spot styled in the form of a Tuscan farmhouse, located in the space that is now Hearth. I had some great meals there. Se ...
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Harbour
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  Night Out Seafood Tribeca Moderate Good

Restaurants rarely surprise me anymore. You eat out in this town for long enough and you kind of know what to expect. It’s not a necessarily a bad thing. After all, it’s possible for a restaurant to be thrilling without being surprisin ...
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Hearth
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  Night Out New American East Village Break the Bank Great

Located in the space that was Tappo, Hearth is the debut venture from former Craft chef Marco Canora and Union Square Wine Director Paul Greco. The restaurant feels like a Craft spinoff, and the designers have unfortunately removed lots of the won ...
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Hedeh
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Good

Onto the shadowy darkness of Great Jones Street, Hedeh casts a cool light from its wide, lofty bar, beckoning you inside to a large lounge area decorated with slotted wooden shelves stocked with sake bottles. Here, coc ...
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Hill Country
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  Night Out Barbecue Flatiron Moderate Great

Dining at Hill Country may not be what you expect. If you expect it to be great, it will be, but if you expect it to be conventional sit down restaurant, you’ll be surprised. Instead, you’ll find a ...
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Home
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

Owned by husband and wife team David Page (he is also executive chef) and Barbara Shinn, Home is one of those rare and wonderful restaurants that wraps you up in warmth, hospitality, grace, and delicious cuisine. Tucked away on a sle ...
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Home
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

A plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies sits in the bay window of Home restaurant. Thirteen years ago, when David Page and his wife Barbara Shinn opened their snug restaurant, they would stand out on the sidewalk and use the cookies as bait t ...
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Hundred Acres
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

Recently the James Beard Foundation published a white paper titled “The State of American Cuisine” based on surveys conducted as part of the 2007 James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® ...
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Il Buco
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  Romantic Italian East Village Moderate Great

While the Italian food at Il Buco is some of the most honest and well-executed of its kind in the city, Il Buco is all about atmosphere. The place is low-lit and warm, and filled with antiques (many for sale) and sturdy farmhouse tables that give the ...
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
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  Night Out Italian East Village Moderate Off the Charts

Rachael Ray was sitting behind us. I wasn’t sure if that was a good sign or a bad one. Then someone mentioned seeing Martha Stewart. Both of them in one restaurant? Would there be a catfight? No matter. Steven, Katy and I could have cared le ...
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In Vino
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  Night Out Italian East Village Cheap Eats Great

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am officially a wine bar tramp. I was in love with ‘inotecca, fully and completely committed to its charming and super-knowledgeable bartender Jason Crume, not to mention its affordable and expansive win ...
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InTent: THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED
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  Night Out French Chelsea Moderate Don't Bother

There were four of us for dinner at InTent, Francois Payard’s new Moroccan and Mediterranean bistro in Nolita. Two prolific book authors, a wine guru and me. I arrived first. The air outside that night was hot, dark, and thick, like sticky m ...
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Irving Mill
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  Night Out New American Gramercy Moderate Great

It’s always interesting for me to experience a restaurant and then read other critics’ assessments of the same places. Sometimes we’re on the same page, other times it seems we were dining at completely different restaurants. With r ...
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Irving Mill
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  Night Out New American Gramercy Moderate Good

After enough time cooking in this city, a chef can get a reputation. I don’t mean that kind of reputation (though that is certainly possible too), I mean this more in terms of a culinary signature. Dave Chang is synonymous with his Greenmark ...
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Izakaya and the New Water Club in Atlantic City
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  Night Out Asian Suburbs Moderate Good

Historically, I’ve never been a fan of Atlantic City. I don’t gamble, so I have little interest in the casino scene, and while I don’t mind the Boardwalk, over the years it’s just never been a place that really called me. I ...
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Jack the Horse Tavern
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

Some restaurants are the darlings of buzz. They rev the blogs, flutter the twitters, and grace the glossies even before the lease is signed, heck even before the chef is on board. Others are more stealth in their approach. They open quietly, witho ...
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Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

  Jack and Grace Lamb—the picture perfect couple behind such gems as Jewel Bako and Blue Goose—seem to be taking over the East Village restaurant scene. Last week they completed their trifecta with the opening of J ...
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James
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

I’ve enjoyed many performances at BAM, most recently Endgame with John Turturo, but a recent concert—a show called Ethel’s Truck Stop—left me perplexed and let down. Truck Stop was billed as a cross between music, theater a ...
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Jefferson-- Closed
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

Being that I dine out for living, it is rare (but thrilling) for me to discover menus containing ingredients that I have never encountered before. The menu at Jefferson, a chic, modern Asian-inspired spot lined with blond wood and bathed in golden li ...
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JEPPNEY by Claire Jaffe
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Great

JEEPNEY, the traditional Filipino gastropub named and designed (by design team Warren Red) after the country’s iconic colorful WWII Jeeps-turned-tricked-out-taxi-cabs, looks unassuming from the outside. The narrow restaurant blends in with a ...
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Jerry's- Closed Now
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

It’s hard to believe it’s been eighteen years since Jerry’s, the Soho diner as icon, opened its heavy chrome doors. Back in the day, when it first opened, Soho was the final frontier, a wild world of unchartered cobblestone crowded ...
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Jewel Bako
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  Night Out Asian East Village Break the Bank Off the Charts

This is one restaurant that sounds like it’s name—it is a shoebox-sized, jewel of a place, serving precious, glorious sushi and sashimi, as well as more traditional Japanese meals. The tiny, intimate, and chic East Village sliver of a ...
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Joe Doe
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

One of my favorite things about my “job” (if you can call eating for a living a “job”) is discovering little off-beat neighborhood restaurants, places like ...
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Joseph Leonard
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

In the tiny restroom at Joseph Leonard, you reach for handtowels inside an old-fashioned medicine cabinet and find glass apothecary jars filled with the comforts of home:  Q-Tips, Altoids, baby powder. Gabriel Stulman, the owner of this small ...
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Joseph's (formerly Citarella The Restaurant)
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  Night Out Seafood Midtown Break the Bank Great

From the owner of Citarella chain of gourmet fish markets comes this upscale, modern Rockefeller Center-area restaurant. With access to the best fish in New York, Joseph;s is a seafood lover’s paradise, with a first rate sushi bar and livel ...
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Jung Sik
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Break the Bank Good

I hate to say that the reason I'd go back to Jung Sik, the white-washed Zen temple of haute Korean cuisine that's replaced Chanterelle in Tribeca, is a chicken nugget. But it's true. One in a series of delicate and delicious amuse bouc ...
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Kalustyan's Cafe
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  Night Out Indian Flatiron Moderate Great

The dim and dusty stretch of Lexington Avenue just north of 23rd Street is chock full of friendly, cabbie-crowded Indian dive joints. But it was—until now— missing a more welcoming place for the neighborhood and beyond to come and eat aut ...
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Kefi
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  Night Out Greek Upper West Side Moderate Good

The last time I ate at Kefi, Michael Psilakis and Donatella Arpaia’s inviting Greek Taverna, I had never actually been to Greece. But last summer, I traveled to Greece for my honeymoon, and I returned with a more intimate knowledge of what G ...
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Kin Shop
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

There was a fire on 11th Street in the West Village the other night. Thick clouds of dark smoke turned a bright summer sky the color of soot. As I watched the fire trucks line up on Sixth Avenue from my window booth at Kin Shop, I wondered if it w ...
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Kittichai
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  Night Out Asian Soho Moderate Great

Apparently Thai is the new black. With the opening of Highline, and now Kittichai, all things chic must end (or begin) in Thai. Kittichai is the stateside debut of Ian Chalermkitttichai, a young chef who is renowned in Thailand—he is the chef b ...
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Klee
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  Night Out New American Chelsea Moderate Good

Over the years that I’ve worked in and been writing about restaurants, I’ve come to believe that restaurants are a lot like people. Ju ...
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Knife and Fork
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

Over here at The Strong Buzz, I get all sorts of emails from readers. Some just write to say they like the site, others write to say they can’t stand it (or me). Then there are those looking for advice and help. ...
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Kuma Inn
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  Night Out Asian Lower East Side Moderate Good

I hadn’t been to Kuma Inn in about a year, and when my friends and I were searching for a place to eat last week after the Chow Magazine launch party, and found Little Giant closed (it is closed Tuesday nights) and then were not even allowed in ...
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La Bottega
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  Night Out Italian Chelsea Moderate Great

La Bottega, the bustling new Italian trattoria located in the swanky Maritime Hotel brings the latest restaurant design elements together. It is Schiller’s Liquor Bar meets Otto. Subway tiles, dark wood banquettes, ceiling fans, and a warm, ...
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La Esquina
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Soho Moderate Great

There are three parts to La Esquina, the new taqueria, café, and gothic, candle-strewn subterranean Mexican brasserie owned by a quartet of restaurant power-brokers: Serge Becker (the designer behind spots like Lure, Bowery Bar and Time Ca ...
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La Estacion (Fajardo, Puerto Rico) by special guest reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Night Out Barbecue Suburbs Moderate Great

Welcome to the Caribbean edition of the Strong Buzz. While Andrea continues on maternity leave, I’m reporting from the island of enchantment--Puerto Rico. To me, Puerto Rico is a place of family and comfort; I have been visiting the island f ...
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La Palapa Rockola
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican West Village Moderate Great

In Mexico, when the blazing afternoon sun beats down on the beach, locals flock to palapas—palm-thatched shelters, where icy cervezas wash down spicy fish tacos. Two years ago, the seaside palapa came to the East Village when Barbara Sibley and ...
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La Vara
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  Night Out Spanish Brooklyn Moderate Great

Sephardic Jewish cooking— and those who know it should not be surprised —is magical. Truly, it is. It’s an aromatic, exotic, and mesmerizing cuisine. It’s a world steeped in turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and saffron layered wi ...
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Landmarc
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Great

You will love eating at Landmarc, the debut restaurant of chef Marc Murphy and his wife Pamela Schein Murphy. Marc has been out of the spotlight for a while, having taken turns cooking (and wowing critics) at Cellar in the Sky ( ...
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Lassi
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  Lunch/Takeout Indian West Village Cheap Eats Off the Charts

There’s nothing big about Lassi—a new urban Punjabi takeaway shop on Greenwich Avenue. In fact you may miss it if you walk by and turn away to answer your cell phone, or shuffle past a song on your iPod. It is a lean space—a white-w ...
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Lavagna
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  Romantic Italian East Village Cheap Eats Great

Lavagna is a come-back-and-see-me-all-the-time sort of place. The vibe is candle-lit, Italian farmhouse chic: a modest square room with a small bar, crowded with sturdy wooden tables. Long tables of friends, and doting, hand-holding dates are scat ...
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Le Bernardin
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  Night Out Seafood Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

The other night, for our first anniversary, Craig surprised me and took me to dinner at Le Bernardin. I had never been for dinner before and the experience was exquisite. The food, the service, the peace and quiet; I wanted to curl up in my chair, ...
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Le Caprice
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  Night Out New American Upper East Side Moderate Great

Had dinner at Le Caprice the other night with Steven and Kathy, and it was terrific. If you are scratching your head thinking, (a) what is Le Caprice, or (b) isn't that the London transplant that got panned last year in The New York T ...
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Lever House
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

Designed by Mark Newsen, The Lever House is a post-modern pod-like dining room filled with whiplash worthy celebs from Charlie Rose to Pink. Chef Dan Silverman (ex-Union Square Cafe) is a wonderful chef who honors the seasons and all sorts of app ...
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Lima's Taste
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican East Village Moderate Good

Lima's Taste does terrific Peruvian home-cooking, probably because Nellie, the chef, is cooking the recipes she learned at her mother’s side in Peru. Nellie learned well. She serves gorgeous ceviches, like the tiradito, lustr ...
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Little Giant
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Good

Little Giant, owned by first time (and beautiful) restaurateurs Tasha Garcia (Gourmet, Norman’s), and Julie Taras (Blue Hill) is a sweet little nook of a restaurant on the corner of Orchard and Broome, with a ...
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Loi by Dara Pollak
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  Night Out Greek Upper West Side Moderate Great

Few things bring me back to my childhood in the same way that the scent of onions, lemons, and herbs do. Being of Greek descent by way of Sparta, I was raised by a family of great cooks and woke up to this aroma trifecta nearly every day. My Yia Y ...
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Lonesome Dove-- CLOSED
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Moderate Good

 When I first heard about a restaurant from Texas moving to New York I was skeptical. Generally speaking I am skeptical of most things that come from Texas. But I try to be open-minded and not pre-judge, though I imagined a menu I thought would ...
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Los Dados
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican MeatPacking Moderate Good

Every semester, as some of you know, I teach an introduction to food writing class at mediabistro, an eight-week course where we cover the ins and outs of feature food writing, restaurant reviewing, and the ...
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Lua
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Hoboken Moderate Good

I have a problem with Hoboken. No, it’s not the typical New Yorker snob thing about Jersey; it’s actually something else. It’s proximity to my old boyfriend—the one that shocked my heart into a state of deadly flatline, and le ...
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Lucy-- Closed
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Flatiron Moderate Good

Chef Andrew DiCataldo must be getting a complex. The man is the king of leftover restaurants. Two years ago, when Douglas Rodriguez left Patria to open Chicama, DiCataldo filled his shoes and stepped up (quite ably) to head chef position, earning thr ...
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Lunch at Peter Luger's
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Brooklyn Break the Bank Good

I have a confession to make. I have never eaten at Peter Luger’s. I know, crazy but true. There were numerous times I had made plans to go, but for one reason or another, it never happened. Last week Kathy and Julie took a stand and decided ...
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Lunchbox Food Company--Closed
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Good

It’s easy to love Lunchbox Food Company. Located in the a chic, restored diner (it was the Terminal Diner for years), with wide vintage booths and the all-important swivel-stool lunch-counter seating, this place oozes nostalgia and stylish ...
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Lunching at Inakaya, by guest reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Lunch/Takeout Asian Midtown Moderate Great

I’ve always loved a good lunchbox. As a kid, the school year started with the excitement of choosing one. Some of my greatest hits included: HR Puffinstuff, Planet of the Apes, Charlie’s Angels, and CHiPs. I carried my tin tote with pr ...
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Lupa
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  Night Out Italian Soho Moderate Off the Charts

There are several sure things about Lupa, Mario Batali’s wonderfully rustic, Roman Osteria. First, the line to get a table will wind its way down Thompson Street. Second, the heavenly spaghettini with spicy cauliflower ragout (chef-pa ...
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Lure Fishbar
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  Night Out Seafood Soho Moderate Great

Josh Pickard (Joe’s Pub, Time Café, Lever House) and John (Lever House, City Magazine) McDonald’s latest restaurant (and runway for stunning men and women who all appear to have been freshly styled for some sort of fashion shoot ...
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Macao Trading Company
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Moderate Great

I’ve never been to Macao, but my friend Kathy has, and she describes this former Portuguese colony as a sort of Asian Las Vegas, a buzzing, overly energized island supporting various levels of sin (drinking, gambling, perhaps some other thin ...
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Maialino
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  Night Out Italian Gramercy Moderate Great

Now is the time of resolutions. 2010 is fresh and (relatively) untarnished. A clean slate lies ahead. In terms of resolutions, many of us make commitments relating to food. We vow to eat healthier, to cook more at home, to buy local, to cut back o ...
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Mainland-- Closed
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Moderate Great

It has happened. Brace yourselves. Chinese food has gone and grown up (or at least grown into the New York culinary spotlight). It is no longer the realm of 100-item take out menu ordered from on rainy nights, and by Jews all over the country on ...
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Marea, by Guest Reviewer Susan Kane Walkush
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  Night Out Italian Midtown Break the Bank Great

People keep talking about the changing restaurant industry, how diners only want burgers or pizza, how they no longer want to pay top dollar for a high-end restaurant meal. Daniel Boulud opens a burger joint, and new restaurants hedge their bets b ...
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Market Table
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

Eating out in New York City is about so much more than the pursuit of nutrition and hunger management. It's become a barometer of your social status. Where you can get in, who you know, what's on yo ...
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Mas
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

Way back when, in another life, I was the opening manager of a restaurant called Isla, which is the space that is now Mas, so it was quite a trip to be there three years later, as a writer, in different skin so to speak, and to see th ...
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Matsugen, By Guest Reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Night Out Asian Tribeca Moderate Great

I lived in culinary heaven this past fall. It’s the land of delicious plenty that holds the most Michelin stars in the world. The very same nirvana that Food & Wine anointed the best restaurant city this year. Yes, I speak of Tokyo. ...
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Matsuri
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  Night Out Asian Chelsea Break the Bank Great

Located in sexy subterranean space of the Meatpacking’s hot new Maritime Hotel, Matsuri is an Asian wonderland, an ode to the exotic senses of the Far East from the bamboo and paper-lanterned movie set décor to the shimmering sushi and s ...
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Mehtaphor
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  Night Out Indian Tribeca Moderate Great

"Yes, Madam. I am so pleased to speak with you," the gentleman on the phone replied in an English accent licked with the rich sounds of India. "Madam?" I thought. He sounded as though he was brewing a pot of Assam tea. I had ne ...
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Mercadito
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican East Village Cheap Eats Good

I stopped by at Mercadito last week, and had a lovely meal with a serenade by the bartender, a very sexy guy from Cuba, who was playing the bongos in between pouring drinks. He’s got rhythm and a great smile. The place is owned by Darin Rub ...
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Mercat
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  Night Out Spanish East Village Moderate Good

Do you ever have those days (or weeks) when every little thing seems to go wrong and/or malfunction? Your cell phone craps out, you miss a train, you lose your wallet? These are not monumental events, not ...
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Merkato 55
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Moderate Great

It was a few years ago now that I went to South Africa, and while the most memorable aspect of the trip was an unfortunate mechanical malfunction of our airplane and an emergency landing (that has since resulted in a white-knuckle fear of flying), ...
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Mermaid Inn
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  Night Out Seafood East Village Moderate Great

Jimmy Bradley, the chef, owner and creative culinary force behind The Red Cat, and The Harrison has opened another easy love restaurant with The Mermaid Inn, located in the East Village. The restaurant will take you away to the bluffs of a windsw ...
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Metropol--Closed
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  Night Out French West Village Moderate Don't Bother

After dining at Metropol the other week, one fact was crystal clear. There are some people who open restaurants simply because their apartments are too small to accommodate all of their friends. Christiano Jannou, a music industry producer (who has w ...
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Mia Dona
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  Night Out Italian Midtown Moderate Great

I’m not usually one to take food home from a restaurant. Sometimes I feel a little embarrassed to ask for a Doggie Bag when it’s clear that I am the dog. Other times I know that while I may want to eat the rest for leftovers, it’ ...
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Minetta Tavern
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

There’s something in the air at Keith McNally’s restaurants. It’s something other than the heavenly salty haze that lingers as plates topped with hills of perfectly golden frites are carried over head through the dining room. It ...
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Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

It’s not every day you walk into a bar and find a room crowded with East Village hipsters throwing back beers, sipping cocktails, and snacking from, well, Seder plates. (Yes, as in Passover, that sort of Seder plate.) Indeed, it’s probabl ...
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Mojo
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Lower East Side Moderate Great

  When Lower East Side hot spot Wyanoka closed in January, fans of chef Chris Santos were bereft. Support groups formed. Lucky for us, he resurfaced at Mexican Sandwich Company in Park Slope, and has recently opened Mojo, owned by Suba pa ...
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Momofuku
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  Night Out Asian East Village Cheap Eats Great

Momofuku Noodle Bar is, thanks to Julia Moskin’s terrific article on ramen two weeks ago in The Times, well-known for its steamy bowls of killer ramen. The signature house version, the Momofuku Ramen ($13), comes stocked with silky strands of r ...
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Monument Lane
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

It’s not easy to serve a lobster roll in this town without earning (often harsh) comparisons to greats like Pearl Oyster Bar and Mary’s Fish Camp, and more recently shops like Ed’s Lobster Bar and the Red Hook Lobster Pound. It&r ...
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Morandi
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

The Scene:Craig and I, exterior of Morandi, corner of Waverly and Charles. A warm evening at the edge of winter creeping into spring.  A tall man in a suit stands outside the main doors o ...
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Morimoto
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  Night Out Asian MeatPacking Break the Bank Don't Bother

I thought it might be fitting to begin this review of Morimoto with a quote from its owner, the Phi ...
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Motorino
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  Night Out Italian Brooklyn Cheap Eats Great

There are certain career transitions that make perfect sense. A lawyer may become a judge, an athlete may transition to become a sports commentator, an actor may end up a star on a rehab reality show, a successful chef may become a Food Network st ...
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New York Central -- A Reason To Eat at the Grand Hyatt Again
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

When I was a little girl growing up in Connecticut, my glamorous Brooklyn-born grandmother would whisk me off for a weekend in Manhattan several times a year. I remember it so vividly—we’d shop on Fifth Avenue, see a show on Broadway a ...
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Nicoletta
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  Night Out Italian East Village Moderate Great

Walking up Second Avenue to meet my friend Diana for dinner at Nicoletta on 10th Street, I felt like a tourist visiting the foreign nation of NYU-istan for the first time. I had once lived in this neighborhood. I spent 10 years on the corner of 17 ...
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Nizza
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  Night Out Italian Hell's Kitchen Cheap Eats Great

Most of you who read The Strong Buzz regularly know that I'm getting married in August and that the wildly lucky guy in question is a playwright. One of the perks of being engaged to a playwright (albeit one who is as in awe of Samuel Beckett ...
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No. 7
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

It’s rare to emerge from the dark cold depths of the subway and come face to face with a welcoming oasis like No. 7, a new restaurant in Fort Greene that is perched over the C train exit at Lafayette a ...
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Nobu 57
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Break the Bank Great

Sometimes the familiar is tired, boring, old, and just over. And yet other times, it becomes classic ...
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North Fork Table and Inn
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  Night Out New American Suburbs Moderate Great

It’s funny where life takes you. Or at least where life took two of the city’s great chefs—one a pastry chef who made desserts at Gramercy Tavern as important as entrees, and one who made a name for himself at Aureole and Amuse. The ...
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Northern Spy
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

There have been many times where I’ve walked into a crowded restaurant, battled my way through the crowds to find a host and inquire about a table, only to be told I would have to wait an hour, and promptly turned on my heels and plowed my w ...
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Numero 26
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  Night Out Italian West Village Cheap Eats Good

Owned by twin brothers Mauro and Marco LaVilla, Numero 26 is a modest slip of a place, with an international wine list and a nice menu of cheeses, cured meats, salads, and panini. The place shows soccer (for schedule see www.nume ...
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Ola-- Closed
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Tribeca Moderate Good

After leaving Chicama and Pipa, I wondered where chef Douglas Rodriguez would land. I was not thrilled that it was the far east 40s, a barely breathing culinary wasteland with vital signs sustained by Scott Conant’s L’Impero, and litt ...
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Olana
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Moderate Good

A lot of happiness in life has to do with expectations. Think about it. If you’re lucky enough to have your expectations met or, hey, even exceeded, you’re golden, but if they fall short of reality, that can be a recipe for painful dis ...
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One
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Moderate Great

One, a restaurant that gets its name from its address at One Little West 12th Street, is the come-back vehicle for chef Gavin Citron, formerly of Aja and the ill-conceived Aleutia. I am glad to see Gavin back behind the stoves, as I have be ...
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Ono
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  Night Out Asian MeatPacking Moderate Great

It was about ten years ago (maybe a year or two more) that I was a regular at China Grill, one of Jefferey Chodorow’s first mega-successes. And as I walked inside the sultry, ebony-toned lobby of Ono, Chodorow’s 23rd restaurant— ...
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P*ONG
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Good

We in this business of eating are all victims of sameness to some extent. Restaurants fall into one of several categories. There’s the seasonal/local/New American genre, the regional Italians, the modern Greeks, the Indians, the seafood shacks, ...
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Pace-- Closed
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  Night Out Italian Tribeca Moderate Great

Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams build restaurants that are sort of like Banana Republic. The prices are reasonable, the look is cool (but not too trendy), their places are comfortable, and the style is right for any occasion. Laid back and effortlessl ...
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Palo Santo
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Brooklyn Moderate Good

I couldn’t take my eyes off the cat. She was patrolling the garden, rather languidly actually, delicately tip-toeing on the high stone wall, balanced perfectly on a precarious battlement of jagged mismatched roc ...
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Pampano Botaneria by Dara Pollak
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Midtown Moderate Good

Catching up with friends is a good excuse to try out a new bar or restaurant, and when the restaurant in consideration is from the Richard Sandoval empire (Zengo, Maya, Four at Yotel), you know you’re in for a good meal. Pampano Botaneria is ...
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Papatzul
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Soho Moderate Good

Mexican is a food you don’t just happen to have for dinner. It’s a food you seek out on purpose; it's inspired by a specific ...
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Paradou
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  Night Out French MeatPacking Cheap Eats Great

I know Pastis is great. But it is also ALWAYS packed. The food is terrific, the decor is left bank chic, and the scene is always on full throttle, so there is good reason for the crowds. But when you actually care to hear what your dining companion h ...
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Parea
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  Night Out Greek Gramercy Moderate Great

There are times in life when your memory gets triggered by little moments that can literally move you to another place. Sometimes it’s an old song from your past, something by Jackson Browne, Yaz, Squeeze (!), or m ...
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Park Avenue Summer
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Great

Every season on Bravo’s Top Chef, the weary remaining contenders face off in an Olympic feat known as Restaurant Wars. In a matter of 24 hours they must conceive of and decorate a restaurant, from chairs to wall hangings, to appetizers and d ...
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Park Blue
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

Midtown has no shortage of spots to go for drinks after work—but most fall into the “martini-toting suits piled in shoulder to shoulder” category. Few offer a place where conversation can occur, where wine (good wine) can be pou ...
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Parlor Steakhouse
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  Night Out New American Upper East Side Moderate Good

I don’t know many people who don’t like steakhouses. Well, actually my brother and my brother-in-law (who are vegetarian and vegan, respectively) are two people who don’t, but for anyone who does not shun beef, what’s not t ...
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Patroon
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Good

A waiter approached. He was quite tall and thin, but broad, with gray hair combed sensibly into a side part. He wore a crisp white shirt, a dark tie, and a long waist to ankle apron. He pushed a long silver-wheeled rectangular cart, topped with a ...
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Penelope
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Murray Hill Cheap Eats Good

I like to be comfortable. By this I mean that I mostly wear clothes that might in a moments notice be ready for bed, and that you won’t generally find me in shoes with pointy toes, high heels, straps, or any ...
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Per Se
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Break the Bank Off the Charts

I turned 35 this week. And as the clock struck midnight, turning Monday into Tuesday June 8th, I was feasting on chef Thomas Keller’s food at Per Se. Not a bad way to break into the declining age bracket known as 35-44. In additio ...
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Perilla
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

I have a confession to make. I didn’t watch Top Chef Season One. I know I am in the minority, but to tell you the truth, it didn’t really grab me, and while I liked Project Runway (made by the same produ ...
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Perry Street
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  Night Out New American West Village Break the Bank Off the Charts

Perry Street, Jean Georges Vongerichten’s latest restaurant is a marked departure from his lemongrass and ginger-tinged hipster playground known as Spice Market. Where Spice Market is dark, sexy, loud, fiercely ...
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Pier 116-- Closed
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  Night Out Seafood Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

I think it's fair to say that Smith Street is not exactly the Hamptons. There’s no sand, little sun, not many botoxed babes in Prada swimsuits, and hardly any surf to speak of, unless you count the waves of street cleaner slush flowing down ...
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Pok Pok Ny
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  Night Out Asian Brooklyn Moderate Don't Bother

I experienced two wonderful things on my recent trip to Pok Pok Ny, Portland-chef Andy Ricker’s adored and critically acclaimed Thai restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The first was shocking in its wonder: On a Thursday night, at 6:30pm, ...
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Porchetta-- Closed Now
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  Night Out Italian Brooklyn Moderate Great

The other night, in the cold pouring rain, Diana, Steven, Katy and I met for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Porchetta on Smith Street. We hadn’t been able to coordinate a date in eons, and I was looking forward to sitting down together for a b ...
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Porcupine-- CLOSED
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

There is nothing like dining at a restaurant and having your expectations not only met, but surpassed. It’s like going on a dreaded blind date, expecting a disaster on two legs, only to discover a charming, handsome candidate with wit and brain ...
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Prime Meats
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

The Franks (Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, that is) are slowly becoming the mayors of Brooklyn’s Court Street. First, they seduced the neighborhood with their hip and homey version of Italian fare at Frankie’s 457. Since then t ...
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Primehouse
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Good

One of my favorite meals is quite a simple one. It’s made up of two, maybe three courses. It starts with a dozen freshly-shucked oysters and is followed up with a well-seasoned steak—charred-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside—pr ...
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Provence
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  Night Out French Soho Moderate Great

  Ask most people how they’ve met their husbands, wives, or significant others these days and you’ll probably get a sheepish smile and then the inevitable admission—we met online. Way back in ...
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Public
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

Public is the new Nolita hot spot from New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon and Anna Hansen, owners of The Providores in London. The pair have brought their head chef Brad Farmerie over the pond to the US to develop the New Zealand-meets-the-globe menu, ...
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Pulino's
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  Night Out Italian Lower East Side Moderate Don't Bother

One word comes to mind when recalling my dinner at Pulino’s, Keith McNally's newest restaurant specializing in wood-fired pizzas by chef Nate Appleman of A-16 in San Francisco. That word would be, well, chaos. The experience is po ...
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Pure Food & Wine
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  Night Out New American Gramercy Moderate Good

As you probably know by now, Pure Food & Wine, Matthew Kenney’s first restaurant since he shuttered Commissary in April 2003, is a raw food restaurant—the menu features fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains ...
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Quality Meats
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

About a dozen years ago, as many of you know by now, I was a hopeful young lawyer at a law firm called Shearman and Sterling. It was a time in my life I often think back to with some wonderfully rich combination ...
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Rayuela
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Lower East Side Moderate Good

One of my favorite things about summer is that I have a lot more time to get into some great books. I love to read and somehow in the winter, I just don’t do it as much as I do in the summer when I’m out at the beach on those weekends ...
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Red Rooster, by Rachel Barbarotta
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Moderate Great

It often takes a lot to convince a New Yorker to travel very far for anything, and as a New Yorker myself, I can definitely understand why. We can have entire meals delivered to our door, can get just about any type of cuisine in any neighborhood, ...
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  Night Out Italian Tribeca Moderate Good

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Reynard
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

On Saturday night, Craig and I had dinner at Reynard—Andrew Tarlow’s popular farm-to-table restaurant at the Wythe Hotel. It had been on my list since it opened and received high marks from Pete Wells, and given that I am just about re ...
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Riingo
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Moderate Great

Riingo Let me get right to the point with this review of Riingo, Marcus Samuelsson's new Asian venture at the Alex Hotel. Call now. Make a reservation. Stay on hold for as long as it takes. Hire friends to call if you must. GO NOW. This ...
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Ristorante Rafele
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Great

Raffaele Ronca, the chef behind the newly opened Rafele on Seventh Avenue South, came to New York from Italy to become an actor. Despite his matinee looks and thespian ways, he, like the tribes would-be actors who came before him, wound up in the ...
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RM
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  Night Out Seafood Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

After ten years at the helm at Oceana, the chef, Rick Moonen, decided to set off on a ship of his own. And at , his sparkling new namesake eatery, seafood (lucky for us) remains the star attraction. Indeed, Mr. Moonen has a gift with the ocean’ ...
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Roman's
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Don't Bother

I don’t get out much these days, for dinner at least. You may find me at the playground, or at a Music Together class, or in the aisles of Trader Joe’s, and on rare occasions even in a spin class, but in terms of nighttime activity, mo ...
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Saul
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

A few weeks ago I was on a media panel with Florence Fabricant, held at the French Culinary Institute. As you all probably know, she’s a regular columnist for the New York Times’ Dining Section where she’s been working for the pa ...
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Savoy
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

Savoy Peter Hoffman, the chef and an owner of Savoy, a comfortable, urban dining spot in Soho, has been a proponent of the greenmarket cooking for over ten years. Indeed, you’ll find him with his tricycle-pulled wagon at the local farmers ...
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Saxon + Parole
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

I was sad to see Double Crown go. I loved the space - a mix of British colonialism and Asian exotic--and enjoyed several very good meals there. But the owners--the chef, Brad Farmerie, the design team at AvroKO, along with Partner Dan Rafalin ...
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Scarpetta
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  Night Out Italian MeatPacking Moderate Great

I am getting old. And it’s not just the number of years that I just celebrated (that would be 39) that’s making me feel this way. It’s that I am starting to get cranky about things that never used to bother me. For instance, the ...
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Schiller's Liquor Bar
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Great

Schiller's Liquor Bar The latest hipster haunt from Keith McNally, the king of the distressed vintage Parisian brasserie, Schiller's Liquor Bar is already bursting at its authentic subway-tiled seams with the most up to the minute stars ...
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Scuderia, by guest reviewer Kathleen Squires
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  Night Out Italian West Village Moderate Good

First and foremost, a giant MAZEL and an even bigger TOV to Andrea and Craig on the birth of their beautiful daughter Emily Juliet! Not only am I happy for them, I’m especially happy for Baby Strongbuzz, who is blessed with parents who happe ...
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SD26 by Bao Ong
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  Night Out Italian Flatiron Break the Bank Great

Maybe like me, your favo ...
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Seymour Burton
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

At one point or another, every lawyer dreams of ditching the big firm life, hanging up a shingle and trying to make it on their own. (Not me, but hey, I had other ideas.) That’s probably what Adam Cohn, an attorney here in the city, was plannin ...
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Sfoglia
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  Night Out Italian Upper East Side Moderate Great

My Dinner at SfogliaAfter dining at Sfoglia, I realized that it is possible to be picked up while eating dinner at a restaurant. I had no idea this sort of thing happened—get picked up at a bar, sure, but at your table? Rare, right? Bu ...
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Shaburi
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Break the Bank Good

I had a chance to sample Shaburi, the new shabu shabu and sukiyaki spot in Murray Hill, last week, and rather than give a full on review, I have created a list of helpful hints based on my experience there that should help you out in case you dec ...
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Shake Shack
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  Brunch New American Flatiron Cheap Eats Great

I finally got around to having lunch at Shake Shack this week—Danny Meyer’s sleek, retro concession stand in Madison Square Park. I loved it. Apparently, I am not the only one. The place is teeming with people—suits, hipsters ...
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Shorty's.32
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

"Lord I was born a ramblin' man. Tryin' to make a livin' and doin' the best I can. When it's time for leaving, I hope you'll understand that I was born a ramblin' man..." is a refrain you will hear quite often if you become a regular at ...
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Smith's
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

 Getting married is great. Planning a wedding, not so much. If you’ve done it, you know what I mean. Now, it’s not like I wasn’t warned. I’d heard that planning was very stressful from friends and I sort of laug ...
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Socarrat
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  Night Out Spanish Chelsea Moderate Good

Rice, an ancient grain rich with history, has roots in every country, and every culture. Korea has its Bibimbap, Italy its risotto, and India its biryani. In my Persian family, rice, what we call polo, is also a main ingredient in our daily life. ...
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Sorella
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  Night Out Italian Lower East Side Moderate Great

Sometimes in life, you just don’t know what you’re missing. That’s how I’ve felt every time I have dined at Sorella’s relatively empty dining room. Where was everybody? Why were they not three deep at the bar? Why wer ...
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Soto
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

My phone was ringing. It was Stacey, and she was lost. “I’m on 6th Avenue, near West 4th, and I don’t see the restaurant,” she said. “Where is it?” “It’s there,” I said. “You must be standin ...
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Spice Market
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  Night Out Asian MeatPacking Moderate Off the Charts

I have been to Spice Market three times this week. Need I say more? Well, yes. The fact that two of the most talented chefs of our time are working in the same restaurant (Jean Georges Vongerichten and Gray Kunz) and are bot ...
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Spigolo
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Moderate Great

I didn’t want to start this review of Spigolo, located on 81st and Second Avenue, with a discussion about the Upper East Side, but it seems I must. We had invited two friends to join us (me and my chef—the guy I have been dating&mdash ...
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Stand
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  Lunch/Takeout New American East Village Moderate Great

I like hamburgers. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Now, I’m not gonna write a blog about ‘em (that’s been done; see www.ahamburgertoday.com), but I think they’re swell. First, they taste good. But more than that, there&rsquo ...
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Suba
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  Night Out Spanish Lower East Side Moderate Great

It was toward the end of my dinner at Suba that the conversation took a dramatic turn. We started dinner on a normal enough note. We had been drinking glasses of rosé cava and had already moved onto Txakoli—an effe ...
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Suenos
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Flatiron Moderate Great

Walk by Suenos and you will most likely spy a crowd of people gathered around a large rectangular window, drooling. That is precisely what I found, and soon, I was one of the voyeurs. The sidewalk porthole is a bird’s eye view of the kitchen, w ...
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Sugarcane
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  Night Out Asian Flatiron Moderate Good

Lately, I feel like dining is a lot like dating. No, not in that I eat my dates. As my Grandma Esther would say—“Get your mind out of the gutter!” Allow me to explain. There are restaurants you meet and know the minute ...
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Sumile
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Good

Restaurants have taken two distinct paths of late. There are “The Gap” restaurants—one on every corner serving panini, stylish comfort food, or global small plates—variations on the theme of Paradou, ‘Cesca, and ‘i ...
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T-Bar Steak and Lounge
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  Night Out New American Upper East Side Moderate Great

This is the story of “When Shameless met Cutlets.” It’s not exactly a love story, but it’s definitely one of two meat-loving souls who I thought needed to find each other. Allow m ...
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Tailor
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

I remember the first time I interviewed Tailor’s chef and owner, Sam Mason. It was in 2003, for a piece I wrote for Time Out New York on a wacky trend of savory ingredients showing up in desserts. At the time, the ...
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Tasca
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  Night Out Spanish West Village Moderate Good

I’m gonna start this review with a fairly obvious declaration. New York is a tough town to open a restaurant. Come to think of it, it’s a pretty tough town to do anything for that matter. Just getting a cup of c ...
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Telepan
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  Night Out New American Upper West Side Moderate Great

There is a dewy summer garden vibe to Telepan, the debut restaurant of Judson Grill's Greenmarket-driven chef Bill Telepan. The room is painted a lush sage green, and larger than life photos of fruit trees and vegetabl ...
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The Bar Room at The Modern
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

I tend not to dine out in Midtown. It’s just not my ‘hood. When I was a lawyer, sure, I hit all the Midtown greats with associates and partners and assorted clients who were footing the bill. But now, in my days as a freelancer living bel ...
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The Cafe at Aquavit
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

I must confess that I am a HUGE fan of Marcus Samuelsson and his food. He is a visionary chef, wildly creative with a fanciful side and a keen perception for texture, flavor, and flash (not to mention that he is quite handsome), but I had not bee ...
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The Cafe at Aquavit
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

I must confess that I am a HUGE fan of Marcus Samuelsson and his food. He is a visionary chef, wildly creative with a fanciful side and a keen perception for texture, flavor, and flash (not to mention that he is quite handsome), but I had not been to ...
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The Dutch
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

To name a restaurant "The Dutch," is to assume the risk of explaining your concept again and again. I imagine the reservationists are plagued with questions like, "What's with the name?" "Who's the genius who thoug ...
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The Fat Hippo
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Good

You may think that what our country needs now, in light of the state of our financial markets, is a healthy dose of accountability, responsibility, and job-creating stimulus, and I’d agree with you. But what we might also need to make it thr ...
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The General Greene
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

Bread pudding is one of those things that’s hard not to love. Whether it’s a day-old baguette soaked in cream, eggs and sugar and layered with apples, or stale brioche mounted with butter, bourbon, more butter, and raisins, it’s ...
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The Good Fork
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

The hassle of taking the subway and then the bus came up only the first time we made the journey. But after the fat and crispy pot stickers plumped with pork and ginger ($5), and the tender charred slices of soy-marinated steak on a mound of spicy ...
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The Grocery
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

I am now one of the others. One who lives in Brooklyn. My 10003 has been replaced by a 11201. The F Train is now my sweet orange train ride. But I’ve been here before. I used to be a Brooklynite. Many moons ago before it was en vogue, way be ...
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The Harrison
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Great

It was the week of September 10 ...
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The Harrison
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  Night Out New American Tribeca Moderate Good

Sometimes it takes a while to find your right place in life. Whether it’s a relationship, a job, or a place to call home, it can take a while ‘til you get it right. It’s rare that the first try fits just right. I mean how many re ...
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The John Dory
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  Night Out Seafood MeatPacking Break the Bank Great

For those of you who might be under the assumption that The John Dory is just some sort of fish-centered iteration of The Spotted Pig, I’m here to tell you that you’re way off base. The John Dory may have come from the same pare ...
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The Little Owl
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

Something occurred to me while dining at Little Owl that often slips my mind while eating at Megaplex feeding huts like Nobu 57, Buddakan and ...
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The Lunch Truck at the North Fork Table and Inn
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  Lunch/Takeout New American Suburbs Cheap Eats Off the Charts

Word of a new food truck doesn’t really impress me anymore. Back in the day (about two years ago), the news would have me tracking the truck in hopes of snagging a great organic hand-churned ice cream cone, or a perfectly grilled sandwich st ...
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The Modern
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Good

Expectations are tough to manage. And when you are Danny Meyer—the beloved restaurateur behind Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Tabla—they can be a nightmare. Meyer is an exceptional restaurateur and citizen—he is smart, soci ...
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The Monday Room
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Great

The folks at AvroKo—the cutting edge design and architecture firm made up of Kristina O’Neal, Greg Bradshaw, Adam Farmerie and William Harris—have designed so ...
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The Mott
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

Back in the day, Wyanoka, a restaurant named for the Indian painted on this Chinatown tenement’s façade, had a serious following as an under the radar foodie favorite. I was one of its most ardent fans. I loved the off-the-beaten path ...
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The Neptune Room
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  Night Out Seafood Upper West Side Moderate Good

Jeff Lefcourt and Glen Harris know the right way to lure a fish—especially when the fish in question is a school of New York City diners. Like Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams (Red Cat, Harrison, and Mermaid Inn), this young restaurateur-chef team b ...
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The NoMad
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Good

Pete Wells is a great restaurant critic. First off, he has a serious depth of knowledge. He’s been a food writer for over a decade. From 2009 until January 2011, he wrote a terrific column for The New York Times Magazine called “Cookin ...
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The Oak Room by guest reviewer Julie Besonen
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Great

In 1907, the Plaza Hotel was built for $12.5 million, an astronomical price tag at the time. For decades it enjoyed a storied life -- Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald drunkenly cavorting in the fountain, the beloved Eloise at the Plaza series of book ...
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The Orchard
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Great

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the concept of “searching.” We are all, it seems, sear ...
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The Oyster Bar
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  Night Out Seafood Midtown Break the Bank Good

Chaos has never been more fun than at the Oyster Bar. Packed to the gills at lunch and dinner daily, this Grand Central icon is one of the best places to gorge on all sorts of seafood. The room feels like you have gone back ...
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The Redhead
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Great

I am a big fan of neighborhood restaurants. For me they are the backbone of the restaurant industry. Temples of haute cuisine may come and go but the neighborhood restaurant will live on long after they’ve turned their last white linen toppe ...
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The Smith
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

Most times when I review a restaurant, I visit it twice. Once is usually a early on when they’ve first opened, and the second time is usually a few weeks to a couple of months in, to see how they are doing, whether k ...
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The Spotted Pig
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

There is no way to say this without inciting a Running-of-the-Bulls style rampage over to the corner of West 11th and Greenwich Street, so I am just going to say what I have to say, and hope that you don’t all run at once ...
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The Standard Grill
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  Night Out New American MeatPacking Moderate Great

It has been about a year since I stepped foot in the Meatpacking District. I know it’s a long time, but there were circumstances. I moved to Brooklyn, was planning my wedding, then got pregnant, and somehow waddling around the cobblestone st ...
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The Stanton Social
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Great

One of my favorite things about going to weddings…well, wait, let me rephrase. One of the ONLY things I like about going to weddings (other than witnessing the joyful bliss known as wedlock) is the cocktail hour. (Especially weddings at Th ...
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The Stone Rose Lounge
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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

Located in the sprawling new highly anticipated Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, just down the hall from Per Se, The Stone Rose Lounge is sexy and expansive space that is straight out of a scene from Sex & The City, filled with hotties lounging ...
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The Tasting Room
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  Night Out New American Soho Moderate Good

I’m gonna be straight with you. It’s not the same as it was. The Tasting Room, in its new expanded location, is decidedl ...
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The Tides
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  Night Out Seafood Lower East Side Moderate Good

Last week, for my first Saturday night in the city since what seems like May (because it was May), I had a reunion of sorts with my girlfriends. We wanted a casual place, since Saturday night is Zoo night at restaurants, and so we gathered at th ...
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The Waverly Inn
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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great

At this point, you’ve probably heard all there is to hear about The Waverly Inn, Graydon Carter’s snug and cozy American restaurant in the old Ye Waverly Inn space. While the restaurant isn&rsqu ...
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Thistle Hill Tavern
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

When Emily was born almost 15 months ago now, it was a very difficult adjustment. As I have written about in a few pos ...
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Thor
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Good

This week has been a tough one for me. To make a long story short, there were a few bumps in the road with my chef and we had a hard week. This falling in love stuff is hard. Maybe it’s supposed to be easy and all butterflies and long walks ...
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Tia Pol
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  Night Out Spanish Chelsea Cheap Eats Great

Casa Mono is probably my favorite Spanish spot in New York City. In my book, Andy Nusser, the chef and a partner, can do no wrong. The service is flawless, the food is always a thrill, and the place just works, really, really w ...
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Tocqueville
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  Night Out New American Gramercy Break the Bank Off the Charts

I've always dreamed of having a house. I've got bigger dreams too-write the great American novel (I already wrote one, but I am pretty sure it's not great), travel the world, right the injustices of our time. But thi ...
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Toloache
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  Night Out Latin/Mexican Midtown Moderate Good

The other night, after having dinner at Toloache with Craig and our friends Jim and Laura, we leaned back in our seats and held our bulging bellies and started to talk about the meal we had just enjoyed. Jim, a good frie ...
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Town
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Off the Charts

Located in the swanky Chambers Hotel, Town is an oasis of hipness, featuring a white-hot, low-lit lounge and bar with some of the most inventive and well-made cocktails in the city. Move downstairs to the sexy David Rockwell-designed dining room and ...
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Trestle on Tenth
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  Night Out New American Chelsea Moderate Good

Trestle on Tenth is one of those restaurants that feels welcoming even from the sidewalk. Its windowed façade allows its soft white barlight to flutter out onto the dark cement and draw your ...
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Trix, by Dara Pollak
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Cheap Eats Good

Mixology meets bistro bar fare at Trix, a deceiving spot on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, where the walls are covered with erotic art, the windows are painted with the words “Go-Go Girls”, and the catchy cocktail names suggest a good ...
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Turks & Frogs Tribeca
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  Night Out Turkish/Middle Tribeca Moderate Good

Turks and Frogs TribceaI had a chance to check out the new Turks and Frogs Tribeca twice this week. The first time was at the opening bash where I joined crowds to rival the Barney’s Sale to feast on Turkish wine and mezze and mo ...
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Turks and Frogs
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  Night Out New American West Village Cheap Eats Good

On a dark, sleepy block of West 11th Street, just past the mile-long line to get into the Spotted Pig for April’s Gnudi, you’ll spy a glass storefront with a red sign hanging above, reading “Turks and Frogs, Wine Bar and An ...
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Txikito
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  Night Out Spanish Chelsea Moderate Great

I don’t know if they do Bar Mitzvahs in Basque country, but if they do, and the smorgasbord is anything like the marvelous pintxos and share plates served at the newly opened Txikito, I think I’d have a full-time occupation as a Bar Mi ...
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Una Pizza Napoletana
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  Night Out Italian East Village Cheap Eats Off the Charts

I discovered it last week. It was a warm night (read: above 15 degrees) and my friend Court and I were heading home from a benefit for Save the Children. After drinking way too much red wine and not getting our hands on any hors d’oeurves, ...
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Uovo-- CLOSED
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

I love restaurants with chemistry—intimate little places that give off a tactile sense of warmth, intimacy, and excitement that almost gives you butterflies in anticipation of the evening and the meal to come. And I felt that energy when I ente ...
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V, The Steakhouse-- Closed
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  Night Out New American Midtown Break the Bank Great

Do you just love meat? Do you like it really tender, moist, meaty and rich and sealed up with flavor? Do you love it when you don’t need to even dress it with steak sauce (a Niman Ranch Strip, $38)? Do you love it when your knife can sit idle o ...
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Veritas
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  Night Out New American Flatiron Break the Bank Great

Veritas If a passion for wine runs through your veins, then a visit to Veritas should be considered mandatory. At this stylish, Gramercy Park gem, you’ll find a magnificent wine list that, at last count, was 2,700 bottles long. (Lots of ...
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Vinegar Hill House
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Good

If you thought Red Hook was remote, have a walk around Vinegar Hill, the sleepy historic Brooklyn neighborhood sandwiched between the Navy Yard and DUMBO. It feels like Red Hook as it was about five years ago, before LeNell’s, The Good Fork, ...
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Vutera
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  Night Out Mediterranean Brooklyn Moderate Good

Lately, I’ve been the recipient of a lot of advice. Most of it is unsolicited, and some of it not at all helpful or welcome. The advice comes as a result of the size of my belly. I’ve just started my eighth month of pregnancy, and it i ...
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Watty & Meg
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  Night Out New American Brooklyn Moderate Great

Well, it’s official: I’m a mom. As most of you know, Emily Juliet was born on May 6th. It was an incredible experience, and one I really never thought would happen to me, but low and behold, nipping at the heels of my 40th birthday (wh ...
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WD-50
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  Night Out New American Lower East Side Moderate Great

Anticipation. A word classically used to describe the turtle-slow release of that lava-like ketchup known as Heinz, and more recently, the opening of wonder-chef Wylie Dufresne’s WD50—a spacious restaurant filled with a mix of foodie ...
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Wildwood
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  Night Out Barbecue Flatiron Moderate Good

I am marrying a man from the South. What this means, among other things like a love of the Gators, and an uncanny ability to stay cool on the most humid of days, is that I am about to be the wife of a guy who was reared on pulled pork and slaw, on ...
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Winebar
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  Night Out New American East Village Moderate Good

There’s nothing new about the concept behind Winebar. The name says it all, and as such—a wine bar, New York City, circa 2005—you can expect wine—by the glass, bottle, and possibly quartino—and small plates crafted from ...
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Wong
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

There’s something quite unusual about Wong, the latest restaurant from chef Simpson Wong, who has in the past brought us Jefferson, and Jefferson Grill (both no longer) and Café Asean (still thriving after 15 years). It has not ...
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Xing
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  Night Out Asian Midtown Moderate Great

When you get a craving for Chinese food, it is usually a ravenous need for the take-out stuff, not the fusion-laced plates of frizzle-topped fare of China Grill, Asia de Cuba, or Tao. Sure, they all do a nice job, but they dress it up too much, flour ...
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Yujin-- Closed
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  Night Out Asian East Village Moderate Good

Japonica, an old standard for decent sushi, has for years occupied the corner of 12th Street and University Place with an air of defiance to any other Japanese restaurant to survive in its immediate radius. Indeed, if Japonica is Goliath, Davey i ...
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Yumcha-- CLOSED
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  Night Out Asian West Village Moderate Great

There is just one thing I didn’t like about Yumcha. But aside from this singular issue, the rest of the dining experience—from the magnificent “Modern Chinese” cuisine, to the fine service, to the serene and elegant space desi ...
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Zoe Townhouse
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  Night Out New American Upper East Side Moderate Good

Zoë Townhouse is the new incarnation of the (sadly) short-lived Jovia, Stephen and Thalia Loffredo’s upscale and elegant Italian restaurant that opened in that space in 2006. When their concept fell flat, they had to retool and reconsid ...
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