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Hal Rubenstein

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 15, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Tabla For Two

Just when the city seems about to drown in a sea of mediocre Indian food, along comes Tabla -- with its two tiers and two complete menus -- to turn the tide.

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 15, 1999 | Restaurant Review
Happily Ever Ocho

The location is loaded with bad karma, but Calle Ocho still beats the odds -- further proof that the Upper West Side isn't the diner's nightmare it used to be.

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.

February 1, 1999 | Restaurant Review
January 18, 1999 | Restaurant Review
The Soy Next Door

If chef-owner Nobu Matsuhisa opened Next Door Nobu to relieve the crush at the neighboring Nobu, it ain't working; now both are nearly impossible to get into.

October 5, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Lord Have Mercer

It's a miracle: Though Mercer Kitchen is his fourth new restaurant in seven years, master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten still hasn't repeated himself once.

August 24, 1998 | Restaurant Review
Green Machine

Tavern on the Green is the mother of all tourist restaurants, but after two decades dazzling out-of-towners, it pines for hometown cred.

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