Archive for December 31, 2015

Hungry City: At Manila Social Club in Williamsburg, Rambling Filipino Cuisine

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Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Nostalgia suffuses the finest dishes from the chef Björn DelaCruz.

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Restaurant Review: At Señor Frog’s in Times Square, It’s Spring Break Forever

Restaurant Review: At Señor Frog’s in Times Square, It’s Spring Break Forever

Source: NY Times Food

Fair | A chain restaurant popular with college students vacationing in the Caribbean comes to New York. Live a little.

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Adam Platt’s Where to Eat 2016

Adam Platt's Where to Eat 2016

Source: Grub Street New York

In the fickle, helter-skelter world of New York restaurants, food fashions and trends tend to come and go like the weather. But these days, as your dutiful critic lumbers around town on his endless gastronomic rounds, the weather feels a little different. This was the year, after all, when, led by Danny Meyer, more and more prominent New York restaurateurs and chefs began to turn their back on the ancient and byzantine custom of tipping. Thanks to ever-rising rents and the generally crushing cost of doing business in the city, this was also the year that many of the transitory restaurant fads we’ve recorded in the past — tiny gourmet tasting rooms, comfort-­food madness, bar dining, the reliance on old-school meat-and-potato dining formulas — stopped feeling like fads and began to feel like the normal way of doing business. Over the last several months, funky “natural” wines have also begun to replace more classic, old-fashioned (and, yes, often wildly overpriced) vintages as the posh drink of choice in certain cutting-edge wino circles, and centuries from now, when scholars record the history of this turbulent culinary time, they may well conclude that after decades of obsession over pork belly and giant cuts of beef, this was also the year that the Age of the Carnivore officially gave way, among big-city burger addicts, breakfast aficionados, and gourmet diners alike, to the Age of the Vegivore. …

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Restaurant Review: At Wassail on the Lower East Side, in Praise of Smashed Apples

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Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Hard cider — 12 on tap and a hundred in bottles — is the real passion on Orchard Street.

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Restaurant Review: Top New York Restaurants of 2015

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Source: NY Times Food

A strong lineup means even some star players sat it out this year.

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Hungry City: The Top 10 of 2015

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Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

Each reminded me that cooking takes time, especially when only one person is in the kitchen.

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Restaurant Review: At Sessanta in SoHo and L’Amico in Chelsea, Italy Is Merely a Diversion

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Source: NY Times Food

Two hotel restaurants attract the kind of diners for whom the meal is a prelude to the night ahead.

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Hungry City: At Kopitiam, the Art of Malaysian Snacking on the Lower East Side

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Source: New York Times Dining & Wine

A tiny coffee shop on Canal Street takes its sweets seriously.

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Restaurant Review: At Vaucluse, Michael White Takes a Step Toward France on the Upper East Side

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Source: NY Times Food

Altamarea’s first French restaurant trots out the classics, which can be superb, quietly competent or oddly off kilter.

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