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Ask Gael Archive

October 31, 2005
I Need an Old-World Cocoon for Grandma's Lunch

Aging debs from the nabe, capitalists in bespoke suits, even Tony Blair hosting a dinner for fourteen feel like they never left home in these handsome and expensive trappings.

October 24, 2005
Desk Drudgery Is Getting Me Down.

Nibble the life of leisure at the Garden Court Cafe.

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.

October 3, 2005
Give Me a New Reason to Go Downtown

New York-raised Sanchez has his own Mexican signature, distinct from Mom's.

September 26, 2005
I'm Bored With All Those Copycat Trattorias

It looks like just another unassuming storefront on a shabby stretch of Ninth, but you get a hint of the unabashed ambition of Roberto Passon as soon as you see his ravioli.

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."

August 22, 2005
How far wil Jean-George's empire stretch?

Hong Kong, Texas, and now the Village.

August 15, 2005
What's New in Nouvelle Chinese?

The very name, Mainland, hints of homage to the past, but chef-partner Brian Young isn't bound to tradition.

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