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Ono
It was about ten years ago (maybe a year or two more) that I was a regular at China Grill, one of Jefferey Chodorow’s first mega-successes. And as I walked inside the sultry, ebony-toned lobby of Ono, Chodorow’s 23rd restaurant— ...
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EN Japanese Brasserie
There are those restaurants that take your breath away upon entry, where the design is so spectacular, that you really donít care what you are fed, as long as you can stay awhile, perhaps with a glass of wine, or even a bit of water. Spice Market, ...
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Barmarche
Chris Eddy and Clark Clark, the hip owners of the newly opened barmarché, met while working at Bungalow 8 where Clark (who moved to New York from Momo’s in London) was the Bar Manager, and Chris worked the crowds as GM. Their first p ...
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Porcupine-- CLOSED
There is nothing like dining at a restaurant and having your expectations not only met, but surpassed. It’s like going on a dreaded blind date, expecting a disaster on two legs, only to discover a charming, handsome candidate with wit and brain ...
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Kuma Inn
I hadn’t been to Kuma Inn in about a year, and when my friends and I were searching for a place to eat last week after the Chow Magazine launch party, and found Little Giant closed (it is closed Tuesday nights) and then were not even allowed in ...
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Momofuku
Momofuku Noodle Bar is, thanks to Julia Moskin’s terrific article on ramen two weeks ago in The Times, well-known for its steamy bowls of killer ramen. The signature house version, the Momofuku Ramen ($13), comes stocked with silky strands of r ...
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Devi
Devi is easy to miss. I walk down that block often, and I had not noticed it until the other night when someone opened the door, letting the scent of cardamom, chiles, cumin, and cinnamon float out onto the dark cold sidewalk like a warm ray of lo ...
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Employees Only
If you’ve ever worked for someone else—and I imagine most of us have—you are all too familiar with THE DREAM. You know—ditch it all, strike out on your own and do things your own way—better, smarter, and cooler. And so a ...
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BLT Fish
Don’t you just hate people with a lot of talent? People, for instance, like Laurent Tourondel. I mean, first he wowed me at Cello (serious serenity and amazing waves of fish), then he opens BLT Steak and has me considering slabs of beef, on ...
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The Bar Room at The Modern
I tend not to dine out in Midtown. It’s just not my ‘hood. When I was a lawyer, sure, I hit all the Midtown greats with associates and partners and assorted clients who were footing the bill. But now, in my days as a freelancer living bel ...
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