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December 19, 2005
And What's a Barbounia?

It’s a small, not all that remarkable Mediterranean fish, but the restaurant that has taken its name is making waves already.

February 20, 2006
Cocoa-flavored gnocchi? Do I dare?

I admit I had little hope for that gnocchi, or for fried cod over lemon marmalade, or fennel salad with licorice-spiked olive oil, bold moves on the menu at brand-new Spiga.

February 13, 2006
Is it the real or discount David Burke at Bloomie's?

Taste the mellow green-apple lobster bisque and those fabulous Asiago truffle fries and you’ll believe the real David Burke has been lurking nearby in this stainless-steel, smartly checkered canteen.

February 6, 2006
We’re hungry for comfort on the Upper East Side.

The narrow storefront that was Butterfield 81 has always catered to the neighborhood, and that’s Francesco Antonucci’s mind-set here in a room that is stripped-down and simple.

December 26, 2005
I Wouldn’t Mind a Dose of Vintage Hotel Classic

The city’s almost manic effervescence has invaded the once-staid Waldorf, unleashing a jangle of energy in the lounge of the newly reorganized Peacock Alley.

November 7, 2005
How Can You Tell It's the New Harlem?

"Born, bred, and buttered in Harlem," as Melba Wilson likes to put it.

October 17, 2005
Direct Me to a Seriously Excessive Pasta.

It’s all about food here, about quintessential excess: poached-egg raviolo with truffle essence.

October 10, 2005
Will Whimsy Curdle My Udon Noodles?

Such blatant cuteness might annoy if the food weren’t so good.

September 19, 2005
Am I Awake? I See David Bouley Cooking

Yes, the food is delicious. How could it be otherwise with David himself hustling the range?

September 5, 2005
Why Do I Feel a Sea Breeze on Delancey and Norfolk?

"I'd send you here for the touching romance of the venture, and for that aristocratic lobster roll."

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