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Hal Rubenstein

September 20, 1999 | Restaurant Review
The Boîte Pack

Way west, Fressen spiffs up the moonscape of a neighborhood with an idiosyncratic menu and a well-lit crowd of hip young things.

August 16, 1999 | Restaurant Review
The Adman Cometh

At long last, advertising legend and restaurateur Jerry Della Femina brings a version of his namesake Hamptons hangout to Manhattan.

August 2, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Points Well Taken

Every city neighborhood deserves a hangout as convivial and inviting as NoHo's Five Points -- but please don't tell everyone and ruin it, okay?

July 26, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Snap, Crackle, Pop

Roy Liebenthal's Pop has all his regular accoutrements; ample attitude, seductive lighting, plus food that's almost as tempting as its patrons.

April 19, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Bland Ambition

Belgian cooking is New York's unlikeliest new foreign fad since the work of Jacques Derrida. Will it catch on? Stranger things have happened.

April 5, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Food Bar
April 5, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Chinese Roulette

When they go out for Chinese, Upper West Siders are used to taking unnecessary culinary risks, but Ruby Foo's dramatically improves the odds.

March 1, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Truth to Tell . . .

It's the attention to detail -- in its curry nage, in its wine list, in its air-conditioning duct -- that makes Scott Bryan's Veritas such an instant success.

February 8, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Tonic Relief

There are two kinds of food magnates today: repeat offenders who recycle one idea ad nauseam, and risk-hungry imagineers who never travel the same road twice.

February 1, 1999 | Restaurant Review
The Tex-Mex-Files

The menu at L-Ray sounds old, but chef Aaron Sanchez has got some new mojo working.

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