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March 7, 2005
I'm in the Mood for Greens and Crunch.

Chef Larry Forgione likes the idea of braving a department store. That's where we discover the stylish elegance and crunch of slaw-style salads at An American Place.

February 28, 2005
The Windows on the World Guys? At Guastavinos?

Do I detect a fatal tameness, a desire not to offend anyone’s uptight mother-in-law?

February 14, 2005
I’m Dreaming of Summer in Kennebunkport.

Latch onto the glorified lobster shack launched as phase one of BLT Fish—the latest love child of Laurent Tourondel’s crush on American cooking.

February 7, 2005
Compass Yet Again? Can I Trust You?

Chefs and pâtissiers come and go, soar and crash, at Compass, where desperate powers that be struggle to get it right.

January 24, 2005
Do We Really Need Yet Another Italian Restaurant?

If it’s good, I say, let’s mangia.

January 17, 2005
After Rocco, What? And Should We Care?

Numbing and mysterious Brazilian tricks tumbling out of the kitchen at Caviar & Banana Brasserio have swiftly exorcised the ghost of the house that used to be Rocco’s.

January 10, 2005
Why on Earth Call Your Place Porcupine?

The small armored critter you and I fear strikes chef Matthew Weingarten as wild but cuddly—“rustic, like my food.”

December 13, 2004
Should I Break Open the Piggy Bank to Celebrate Chanterelle’s 25th Year?

Chanterelle is the same unique grand drama of fine dining in the desolate blackness of unexploited Soho 25 years ago.

December 6, 2004
Is There a Dining Imperative On Your List?

Only a few weeks remain to say adieu to Le Cirque 2000 before it expires forever with a black-tie New Year’s Eve bang.

November 22, 2004
What in the World Is New York Cuisine?

What in the World Is New York Cuisine?

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