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All hail Stephen Fry.By Boris Kachka
All hail Stephen Fry.By Boris Kachka
No matter where you stand on the hype (or the backlash), the tiny wild onions are a welcome sign of spring.By Sierra Tishgart
The Hyatt Union Square will have three restaurants under (and atop) one roof by next summer.By Beth Landman
Shalom Japan's "New Year's-style" duck, Mile End's kugel, and more.By Sierra Tishgart
Plus: crab boil at Ditch Plains, and more, in today's Leftovers.
It opens today.By Sierra Tishgart
Our guide to a sweet new year.By Monica Burton
Plus: Tocqueville in Union Square introduces its Hunter's Menu, 'Gossip Girl' disrupts business at Veselka, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
Plus: Mike Tyson considers a kosher restaurant chain, Rihanna returns to Di Silvano (but of course), and more, all in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.By Alex Rees
After Tocqueville's Greenmarket meal, you can take your own Greenmarket bag to the Greenmarket.
East Village: One of Gael Greene’s sexy-restaurant-picks, Strip House, made this list of New Year’s Eve dining options. [Restaurant Girl] Sakaya and its daily tastings are now just a day away. [Down by the Hipster] Fort Greene: The new trattoria Caffe e’ Vino’s menu is so standard that it’s not doing a good jobs of tempting potential diners. [Eat for Victory/VV] Union Square: The area "centered on Broadway south of Madison Square" was called Ladies Mile in the 1800s because of its concentration of retails shops. Nowadays, restaurants like Tocqueville, BLT Fish, and Bar Stuzzichini have made the locale a culinary destination. [NYT] West Village: Bar Blanc is supposed to open on Saturday, but these pics of the unfinished space might tell a different story. [Eater]
Morandi gets absolutely slaughtered by Steve Cuozzo. Keith McNally has hardly received a bad review yet. [NYP] Meanwhile, Moira Hodgson loves the place: “You’ll want to taste everything on this menu.” She seems to have liked all of it, with the possible exception of an overpriced veal chop. Did these two even go to the same restaurant? [NYO] Bruni one-stars Varietal, calling the food creative but uneven and lambasting avant-garde dessert chef Jordan Kahn, who has enjoyed a lot of critical love. The desserts “don’t so much eschew convention as pummel and shatter it — literally, and often pointlessly.” [NYT]
Bruni visits the bigger-but-not-better new locations of the Tasting Room and Tocqueville, taunting them with the same number of stars (one and two, respectively) Grimes gave their old locations. [NYT] Meehan turns his nose up at BLT Burger, agreeing with Augieland's earlier assessment that the Kobe sandwich isn't worth the extra $50 — and pointing out that you can get a better burger at BLT Fish. [NYT] Moira Hodgson eyes the beautiful people (well, beautiful bankers) at Frederick's Downtown and finds the food (including the "dish of the moment," scallops with cauliflower and white raisins) makes up for the pounding techno. [NYO]
Want a table at the Waverly Inn? Meet your new friend Fritz. [NYO] Flo chart: Tocqueville's Marco Moreira "just plans to work a little harder" now that his chef de cuisine has left; Park Ave. Cafe bites the big one. [NYT] Eighty cooks (presumably none of them from Hell's Kitchen) to work in Ramsay's kitchen. [NYT]
We've learned that George Mendes, the very visible chef de cuisine at Tocqueville, is finalizing the lease on a restaurant space. Mendes tell us that his new place will be "gastronomically serious" but "modern, casual, and hip." No other details yet, but the guy is an imaginative young chef — one to keep an eye on. Tocqueville, meanwhile, is still going strong in its new space at 1 East 15th Street; executive chef Marco Moreira will be converting the old room at 15 East 15th Street into a modern Japanese restaurant.
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