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January 5, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat Now

It’s been a great year for food lovers of every stripe, what with a slew of celebrity-chef spinoffs that were not only terrific but easier on the wallet, the rise of barbecue chic and upscale Japanese, and plenty of brilliant new ventures—from ’inoteca, with its perfect paninis, to the Biltmore Room’s sensational Asian fusion. Our annual tour of the city’s best places to eat—and be seen.

The 2004 Hot List


The Prodigals’ Return

The city’s most talented chefs-in-exile—Thomas Keller (of the French Laundry) and Gray Kunz (formerly of Lespinasse)—are about to open new restaurants in the upscale Time Warner Center. Why foodies all over town are rejoicing, and what the two legends have been doing since they’ve been gone.

Grin and Bear It

When Allan and Robin Chernoff’s twins were born with serious facial clefts, they undertook, with a team of innovative specialists, an almost unimaginable challenge: to painstakingly reshape their girls’ faces before corrective surgery. The process: traumatic for parents and babies. The results: spectacular.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on HBO's Angels in America, "Falling Stars" by Simon Dumenco, and more.

Smart City

Best of New York

At Bodyhints, a vast array of well-displayed unmentionables at very mentionable prices

Best Bets

Zodiac belts by Dolce & Gabbana, a Philippe Starck lamp, and the N.Y.C. Trivia Game

Ask New York

My girlfriend's into fancy dining. Where can I learn to keep up with her?

Deal of the Week

Missed the Ugg boat? Try these Sherpa-style substitutes.

Plus: This week's sale listings featuring sales from La Perla, Mimi Maternity, and more


A new Clarins spa, plus our beauty picks for the holidays

Shop Talk: Sweet Dreams

A model turned designer wants to remake your bed.


Intelligencer Column

Madge's artistic issues, Charlize Theron at the Monster premiere, and more.

Party Tips

What should the Democrats and the Republicans resolve to do in the New Year?

Teenage Waistland

Your inactive kid’s getting fat? No sweat: Just have ZoneChefs deliver his meals.

Vanity, Thy Name Is Donatella. And Yohji . . .

When logos simply aren’t enough, designers put themselves on clothes.

Red All Over

Move over, cranberry juice. There’s a new fruity mixer in town.

New York Minute

Is she needling us or what? Olivia Chantecaille—the cosmetologist with makeup in her genes—introduces organic Botox.


The Bottom Line

Ignore the bears (and the cubs who follow them): The market’s going nowhere but up

Strong Medicine

In the competition to keep every bed filled, hospitals are poaching each other’s superstar doctors—along with their patients

Naked City

One pre-op transsexual on sex, surgery, and the complicated joys of being a she-male



Robert Altman delivers a mash note to the ballet world with The Company; Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley go head to head in The House of Sand and Fog; documentarian Errol Morris gives Vietnam-era bogeyman Robert McNamara an open mike

TV Notes

John Leonard reviews Mars Dead or Alive, The Day I Will Never Forget, and DNA.

Pop Music

From OutKast’s inimitable beats to the lo-fi, high-energy White Stripes to Kompakt’s schaffel fever—the best albums of 2003

Top Five

Ways to Celebrate New Year's Day

Five activities worth rolling out of bed for.

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Riingo: Aquavit’s Marcus Samuelsson opens his much-anticipated restaurant and chic sushi bar in the Alex hotel.

New on DVD

Sex and the City: The Complete First Five Seasons, The War at Home, Anything Else, and more....

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