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Hal Rubenstein

October 27, 2003 | Restaurant Review
Wait Gain

Instant critics be damned. Two months after opening, Lever House has earned a spot among New York’s top power-dining palaces.

September 22, 2003 | Restaurant Review
Ol' Man River

If the over-the-top theatrics of Rocco’s reality show make you crave old-fashioned restaurant professionalism, the River Café hits the spot.

August 11, 2003 | Restaurant Review
Summer Escape

If it’s a taste of the Riviera you crave, Nice Matin serves up a sunny South of France feeling—on the Upper West Side.

June 23, 2003 | Restaurant Review
Start the Party

The food at Pampano is enough to set you cheering. So why is the atmosphere so quiet?

May 5, 2003 | Restaurant Review
The Gaul of It

Don’t take out your anti-French sentiment on the city’s chefs and restaurateurs. You aren’t making a political statement; you’re weaseling out of a true New York pleasure.

March 24, 2003 | Restaurant Review
Fast Boat to China

Traveling at the speed of light between his many culinary outposts, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has outdone himself again with the succulent new Chinese-themed 66.

February 17, 2003 | Feature
Cold Comfort

Two relaxed, thaw-out restaurants—where you don’t have to worry about your hat hair—keep diners delightfully warm (even if one of them has a fake fireplace).

December 23, 2002 | Restaurant Review
Happy Restraint

Charlie Palmer's new spot, Kitchen 22, may lack the elaborate artistry of Aureole, but with a well-crafted -- and recessionproof -- menu, consider it a holiday gift to yourself.

December 2, 2002 | Restaurant Review
A Little Aix Static

At Didier Virot's vibrant new outpost on the Upper Ouest Side, dishes are artfully conceived to challenge the senses -- even if sometimes our senses just aren't up to the task.

December 9, 2002 | Restaurant Review
Little Italys

True Italian warmth -- plus great pizzas and pastas -- is turning up in some very out-of-the-way places. Hal Rubenstein reviews Àpizz and Giorgione.

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