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Hal Rubenstein

August 17, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Babbo, It's You

You should never expect perfection right out of the gate. But Mario Batali's latest restaurant breaks all the rules: Newborn Babbo is shockingly mature for its age.

August 3, 1998 | Restaurant Review
When in Chrome

All gleaming surfaces and pale palettes, Cena's décor doesn't break new ground. Chef Normand Laprise's menu, however, is both understated and surprising.

July 27, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Reversals of Fortune

Riding its rep as the power venue of the moment, Patroon was the last place you'd go just for the food, until now; meanwhile, Luma gets an unforeseen lift.

April 20, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Size Flatters

Lot 61 looks disconcertingly like just another barn-size trendatorium. But its tasty menu, appealing space, and expert service make it a real crowd-pleaser.

April 6, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Many Happy Returns

Two places worthy of repeat visits -- JUdson Grill scores with a new chef, and Boughalem puts you in the mood for love.

March 16, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Sequel Opportunity

Steve Hanson nets the Upper East Side singles at his Atlantic Grill.

March 9, 1998 | Restaurant Review
High Standard

The chef and staff at jazzy 27 Standard are showing some real chops.

March 2, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Lo Mein Event

What's happened to Chinese food in the city over the years is nothing short of a tragedy. But dry your eyes and check out Shun Lee Palace and Chinatown's Natural.

February 9, 1998 | Restaurant Review
"21" of a Kind

Now that the power-lunching scene at the "21" Club is dead, its food can't be politely overlooked anymore. So get that kitchen a spice rack.

January 26, 1998 | Restaurant Review
In Brief: Cabana

The Caribbean fare at Cabana beats anything you’ll eat on the islands.

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