Restaurant Reviews

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Posted on November 18, 2014 by

Review: Gato – Bobby Does Spanish & Italian His Way

NOV 17, 2014 – It’s been a while since I’ve posted (and by while, I mean six months) so I’ll just get to reviewing before I find a way to not write this. Been meaning to get to Gato, so headed over this past Friday at 10 and took a seat in what can only be described as Read More

Posted on May 25, 2014 by

Review: Russ & Daughters Cafe – In With The Old & The New

MAY 25, 2014 – Most New Yorkers love grabbing a bite at Russ & Daughters. Not everyone is a fan of the counter experience necessarily, but you can’t question the quality. Now that same commitment to ingredients is on full display in their cafe equivalent on Orchard, and it’s awesome. We walked on over and put our names down for Read More

Posted on May 25, 2014 by

Review: Ivan Ramen – Save Room for Ramen

MAY 24, 2014 – When you wait for a restaurant to open for more than a year, there is only so much you can manage expectations before the hype exceeds reasonable levels. With Ivan Orkin finally opening the doors to his Clinton St. flagship, we rushed in at our earliest convenience, and sampled all we could. Read More

Posted on April 3, 2014 by

Review: Bar Bolonat – Small Plates that Mostly Satisfy

APRIL 3, 2014 – I’ll start with this: I love Balaboosta, and the Taïm truck has long been a lunch staple around my office. It then goes without saying that I was extremely interested when I discovered Bar Bolonat would open just a few short blocks away. I hastily grabbed a reservation for this past weekend Read More

Posted on February 17, 2014 by

Review: Narcissa – You Want This Farm to Your Table

FEB 17, 2014 – Word coming from the Standard Hotel is that Narcissa is well worth going to. With a Michelin-starred chef, two beautiful dining rooms and an accessible farm-to-table theme, it’s easy to see the appeal. I dropped by last Sunday for an early dinner — here’s how that went. The menu is broken out Read More

AllOnda Review
Posted on January 22, 2014 by

Review: All’Onda – It’s Fusion in Disguise and It’s Near Perfect

JAN 21, 2014 – What makes a restaurant one of the biggest openings of 2014? A star-studded Michael White alum (Exec Chef Chris Jaeckle)? A revered restaurateur (Chris Cannon)? An awe-inspiring two-story space? Certainly those things will do it, but what about a concept that single-handedly overcomes one of the least desirable descriptors in the industry? Consider Read More

Empire Diner Outside
Posted on January 14, 2014 by

Review: Empire Diner – Delicious on Opening Weekend

JAN 13, 2014 – I don’t know much about the history of the Empire Diner other than what Wikipedia tells me, but it appears to have been a mostly-beloved Chelsea institution that’s lived, died and been reborn a few times since it opened in the 40s. This time around, Amanda Freitag is breathing new life Read More

Posted on December 14, 2013 by

Review: Mission Cantina – Come for the Tacos, Come Back for the Rest

DEC 14, 2013 – Danny Bowien’s heavily anticipated follow-up to Mission Chinese Food could not have come at a better time. With his first NY restaurant under renovation until further notice, you can literally walk half a block north to Stanton and get your Mission fill at his new tacqueria. Naturally, it’s not a traditional Read More

Posted on December 1, 2013 by

Review: Piora – Delicious But Not Yet Delivering

DEC 1,2013 – I’d finally moved into the city, got settled and built a place to talk restaurants. With all that out of the way, it was time to drop into somewhere new. The early word from Eater on Piora was relatively good, Pete Wells’ had provided his semi-endorsement and it was close to my new Read More