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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.

October 1, 2001 | Restaurant Review
Emergency Rooms

Arezzo, 46 West 22nd Street (212-206-0555).
Centolire, 1167 Madison Avenue (212-734-7711).

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.

December 5, 2005 | Restaurant Review
Star Lite

Great pasta, but Lo Scalco’s Michelin status is otherwise a mystery.

November 21, 2005 | Restaurant Review
Little Shop of Pleasures

Cookshop serves up fusion-free American favorites in a Soho- loft-kitchen atmosphere.

September 5, 2005 | Restaurant Review
No Velvet Rope

Club queen Amy Sacco’s first restaurant venture is surprisingly welcoming.

May 9, 2005 | Restaurant Review
Koi Polloi

The city’s latest Japanese joint serves delicious food, if you can stomach the crowd.

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?

September 15, 2002 | Restaurant Review
Favorite Haunt

Seviche, merengue, mojitos -- they're a combination bound to give anyone's spirits a lift. And at Noche, they even manage to exorcise a few ghosts.

June 24, 2002 | Feature
Dessert Island

It's fairly startling, and kind of disheartening, that a city with such a slurping passion for ice cream is handed so few dessert menus that actually feature a single icy delight that amounts to more than a scoop on the side of something you don't crave nearly as much. Occasionally, however, a wiser chef with a cooler tongue prevails.

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