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Restaurant Review Archive

April 5, 1999
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
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
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
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
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
The Tex-Mex-Files

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

February 1, 1999
January 18, 1999
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.

January 11, 1999
Let It B

Is it possible to find peace on Avenue B? Radio Perfecto provides an excellent spot for conflict resolution, plus great bistro fare.

October 5, 1998
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.

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