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January 7, 2002 Issue

"There's no greater comfort, these days in Fat City, than a good old-fashioned feed."
-- Adam Platt, "Where to Eat Now"

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FEATURES
Where to Eat Now
BY ADAM PLATT
So the mayor's telling you to go out to dinner. But with the delicious number of options these days -- restaurant owners all over the city are actually happy to see you -- choosing the right restaurant is a culinary challenge. With that in mind, our restaurant critic went to town: from perfectly seared steak at Strip House to the quintessential slice of Coney Island pizza to succulent shrimp dumplings at Nam. He even rubbed elbows (and sipped a green-apple martini) with the hordes at The Park -- all with the noble end of making your job that much easier. Dig in.

Forgive Me, Father
By JACK NEWFIELD
Al Sharpton's opponents in his presidential bid may be men like Tom Daschle and John Edwards, but the most charged rivalry is the one that has smoldered for the past year between Sharpton and his mentor and role model, Jesse Jackson. "It is Freudian, it is Shakespearean," says Sharpton -- before going on, as usual, to say a great many other things. A character study of two eloquent men with absent fathers, and their Oedipal struggle to lead black America.

GOTHAM

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY MARC S. MALKIN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
The Times columnists have published their e-mail addresses -- but are they prepared for the deluge?

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER
Where to put your money (yes, you should invest!) in 2002

Naked City
BY AMY SOHN
Finding a date is the easy part. But what about finding one who's not threatened by your success?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI
The perfect accessories for your New Year's resolutions
Plus: Best Bets Daily

Sales & Bargains
Discount massages to rub you (and your wallet) the right way
Plus: Daily Sales Update

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER
Black Hawk Down offers unrelenting action, with little context; A Beautiful Mind oversimplifies its subject

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON
Tony Kushner's obtuse (and exhausting) exploration of Afghanistan -- a Burka on Broadway

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD
This season's Sex and the City: As far from reality as it gets

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS
A smashing new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Met

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI
Rem Koolhaas (Prada) and Frank Gehry (Issey Miyake) reinvent the boutique in radically different ways

Jazz
BY DAVID YAFFE
Billie Holiday's legacy lives on in a new ten-CD box set

CUE
Top Five
Movies
Music & Nightlife
Theater
Art
Kids
Classical & Dance
The Mix

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