New York’s chief food critic does the ultimate taste test—a plate-by-plate assessment of the city’s best places to eat. Also: the single finest meal in New York (did you think it was going to be a bargain?) and the worst trends of the year, including speck, Wagyu beef, and some particularly egregious methods of price-gouging.
Plus, the Where to Eat Now 2005 Hot List.
New York’s Big Medicine faces a serious new threat: the passage of Proposition 71 in California, which allows doctors there to pursue human embryonic stem-cell research free of political meddling—and provides billions in public money to fund it. Many of the city’s doctors and researchers are looking westward. And if we don’t act quickly, New York could be facing a crippling biotech brain drain in a field we ought to own.
With almost every corner of the city colonized during the gentrification boom of the nineties, aspiring trend-makers are hard-pressed to anoint the next “It” neighborhood. The solution? Enclaves of cool as small as one block.
Italian dinnerware breaks out of a design rut, plus chocolate truffles and a high-tech alarm clock
Sarah Bernard on returning gifts in theory and practice
A “throwback to Gordon Gekko” and his fur-loving companion
A review of tea kettles
A Long Island City apartment
Dating for the disabled
East End Avenue looks more like Park and Fifth every day
Play like a sultan in Dubai
Japan’s coolest clothing line comes to Soho
Store openings this week
Richard Fabrizio of J. Mendel
The Empire Tub (in ivory), $7,500
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This week's hottest sales & bargains
Greet the New Year with a peaceful brunch and a hangover tonic or two.
For comfortable, spill-free snacking, La-Z-Boys can’t be beat. But these sceney places accommodate guests with honest-to-goodness beds. (Just be careful where you set your drink.)
Libeskind’s new project and more.
Having somehow endured another Christmas, New York entered the cheerful but slightly crapulous run-up to New Year’s Eve determined not to let the hard mask of amusement slip.
The agent who’s repped Dan, Diane, and Paula weighs in on the state of TV news.
Even without Mary Tyler Moore, the city can still be a welcoming place for street-smart fliers.
Tom Ford on Tom Ford
The Brooklyn-born columnist got where he was going by shoe leather and subway. And in his too-short career, every day was judgment day.
A design-a-bridge competition, judged by Richard Meier
Halliburton will rise, Wal-Mart will fall, and the airlines will all go bankrupt: a 2005 economic forecast
The Culture Pages
Even when the comedian David Cross catches a break, he still can’t catch a break.
Penn and Travolta go artsy, but their movies disappoint
Filming zombies in Bed-Stuy
An interview with Woodsman director Nicole Kassell.
Neil LaBute’s latest is sharply written and well-produced
The new golden rule for playwrights is: the less comprehensible, the better.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan was 24 when he wrote The Rivals (1775), a “safe play for young people—a Restoration comedy without sex,” as Graham Greene said.
Harvey Fierstein gets fired up.
A Franzen knockoff shows how badly we need a good social novel
Brooklyn author Dave King’s long journey to getting published.
A selective but evocative East Village retrospective
Bill Paxton on buying the work of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.
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