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January 3, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Where to Eat 2011

Adam Platt’s gastronomical map of the city as it enters the New Year, with highlights including the rebirth of the tasting menu, a return to down-home Italian, and the best in predinner tipples and postmeal indulgences.
On the Cover: Má Pêche’s Juliet cut steak. Photograph by Danny Kim/New York Magazine.

Features

Peretz in Exile

For decades, Martin Peretz taught at Harvard and presided over The New Republic—a fierce, if controversial, lion among American intellectuals and Zionists. Now, having been labeled a bigot, taunted at his alma mater, and stripped of his magazine, he has found peace in a place where there is little: Israel.

The Columbia Kid

How do you get through college these days? You and four friends, police say, deal pot, coke, Adderall, ecstasy, and LSD. Until you make a few boneheaded mistakes.

The Trouble With Liberty

Libertarians, of both left and right, haven’t been this close to power since 1776. But do we want to live in their world?

Intelligencer

Boehner’s Tears: A Typology

So incoming House speaker John Boehner, as you may have noticed, is a crier.

NASCAR for Gleeks

How Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has succeeded at creating a new kind of New York entertainment.

The Insecurity Advantage

It makes you better at dating, says new research.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Bloomberg’s Blind Spot

Technocrat mayor overstocks laboratory of ideas.

182 Minutes With Liz Phair

The smart-girl hero says she’s finally made peace with her “so blue collar” career.

Strategist

Best Bets

An urbanite's desert fantasy, where to custom-decorate your Chucks, and more.

The Look Book

"When I go out in a tux, I’m ready to make mistakes."

The Song Remains the Same. The Apartment Does Not.

A decade ago John Legend shared an East Village walk-up with two college buddies. Things have changed.

Thin Isn’t In

The slender townhouse falls out of fashion.

Culture

Daryl Hall

The lighter half of Hall & Oates was never cool, exactly. And now, once again, he’s hot.

An Architectural Plan

What to do with the Whitney’s building after its art moves downtown.

The Movie Review

It’s the dense, high-wire performances of Williams and Gosling that power Blue Valentine.

A Final Flurry From the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Here’s what happens at the end of the year.

Still Booming

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes might be 82, but he knows what emo means.

Departments

Comments: Week of January 3, 2011

Readers sound off on the many reasons to love New York, our city's pork craze, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 3, 2011

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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