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Cherrywood, by Guest Reviewer Dara Pollak
Cherrywood Kitchen should be busier. It’s a relatively new spot in Soho with a pleasant vibe, an incredibly friendly staff, an inviting marble bar serving strong drinks, and a terrific (if eclectic) menu heavy on smoked meat dishes courtesy ...
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Reynard
On Saturday night, Craig and I had dinner at Reynard—Andrew Tarlow’s popular farm-to-table restaurant at the Wythe Hotel. It had been on my list since it opened and received high marks from Pete Wells, and given that I am just about re ...
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Feast
Feast is fabulous. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's why I think so.First, this new seasonal American restaurant, is the best thing to happen to the fairly horrific stretch of what might as well be called NYU Avenue (Th ...
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Cole's Greenwich Village by Guest Reviewer Claire Jaffe
“American Cuisine” sounds, frankly, pretty boring. Where’s the exoticism? The mystery? The je-ne-sais-quoi? Well, stifle that yawn. Stifle it right now. Because Cole’s Greenwich Village, Penny Bradley’s ne ...
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Breads, by guest reviewer Tracy Weiss
I’d really love to make some silly reference about Breads Bakery making beautiful music in the space formally occupied by Sound by Singer, a high-end audio joint. But I won’t. Simply because (despite the easy comparison), the baked goo ...
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JEPPNEY by Claire Jaffe
JEEPNEY, the traditional Filipino gastropub named and designed (by design team Warren Red) after the country’s iconic colorful WWII Jeeps-turned-tricked-out-taxi-cabs, looks unassuming from the outside. The narrow restaurant blends in with a ...
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Ganso
Downtown Brooklyn, you may have read, is booming. It's now home to The Barclays Center, The Islanders, The Brooklyn Nets, a collection of new residential towers flanking Dekalb and Flatbush Avenues, an Express, a GAP outlet, a shiny new Emporio Ar ...
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Pok Pok Ny
I experienced two wonderful things on my recent trip to Pok Pok Ny, Portland-chef Andy Ricker’s adored and critically acclaimed Thai restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The first was shocking in its wonder: On a Thursday night, at 6:30pm, ...
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Ristorante Rafele
Raffaele Ronca, the chef behind the newly opened Rafele on Seventh Avenue South, came to New York from Italy to become an actor. Despite his matinee looks and thespian ways, he, like the tribes would-be actors who came before him, wound up in the ...
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Nicoletta
Walking up Second Avenue to meet my friend Diana for dinner at Nicoletta on 10th Street, I felt like a tourist visiting the foreign nation of NYU-istan for the first time. I had once lived in this neighborhood. I spent 10 years on the corner of 17 ...
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