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Restaurant Review Archive

January 24, 2000
Let's Get Ready to Rumba

At Isla, proprietor Diane Ghioto delivers a fantasy love letter to fifties Havana; at Canteen, the mood is as casual as a sixties suburban rec room's.

January 24, 2000
December 20, 1999
Who's on First

Why certain streets breed restaurants and others don't is a mystery, but the latest to reach critical culinary mass is 1st Street in the East Village.

November 22, 1999
Deals on Meals

Thanks to some new late-afternoon menus, several pricey, hard-to-get-into restaurants are offering cheaper eats and uncharacteristically easy access.

October 18, 1999
Fireman's Ball

Shelly Fireman, of Brooklyn Diner fame, brings Sheepshead Bay to the Upper East Side.

October 11, 1999
About Fez

Ali Baba has pizza on its takeout menu, but its heart and soul is pure Turkish delight; a taste of Trinidad in the heart of Bed Stuy.

September 27, 1999
Chez Louis

At the reborn Chez Louis, Matthew Tivy triumphs.

September 27, 1999
Cooking Backward

Seeking inspiration in the past is fine, but Larry Forgione is starting to seem stuck there.

September 20, 1999
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
The Adman Cometh

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

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