Posts Tagged ‘Dining Reviews’

At El Porron, Taste of Spain Is Delivered

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Authentic dishes served with flair By Tom Steele Before I visited Spain for the first time, my friends warned me that I’d be disappointed by the cuisine there. On the contrary, I was not only completely beguiled, but the trip changed the way I cooked in several important ways. For example, as soon as I [&hellip
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An Empire Comes to Midtown

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Richard Sandoval spices things up with his newest creation By Shani R. Friedman A few years ago, I was at this exact same spot when it was Jeffrey Chodorow’s Wild Salmon, the last of his multiple attempts to make the location successful. I had a great meal in a beautiful space, but it folded. Now [&hellip
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Neapolitan Cookery Ready For Its Close-up

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Wood-burning oven provides savory flavors By Tom Steele I can’t remember ever visiting a two-week-old restaurant that had its act so completely together. Credit must be bestowed on Tiella’s co-owner Mario Coppola, whose hands-on management style results in a tightly run ship. And Peppe Castellano’s Neapolitan cookery is as authentic as it is intensely delicious
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Uptown Outback

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The Sunburnt Calf brings a bit of Australia to the Upper West Side By James Greene, Jr. According to the back of its menu, The Sunburnt Calf got its name from owner Heathe St. Clair’s beloved heifer Bessie, who filled his childhood with laughter and wonder until the day she was accidentally left outside too [&hellip
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Bird is the Word

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Fried chicken served with Southern flair By Shani R. Friedman Many fried chicken devotees believe that you have to travel south of the Mason-Dixon Line or north to Harlem to have your bird cooked as God intended. Chef Charles Gabriel, of Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken fame, brings a little of that Southern flair to [&hellip
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Like Paris in the Springtime

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As spring breaks through in little bursts of sunshine and warm days, there is no better way to welcome it than by eating fresh mussels and sipping a glass of wine on the balcony of East Side newcomer Bistro Vendôme. Here, owner and chef Pascal Petiteau (of Jubilee fame) dishes up delightful plates of French [&hellip
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Marvels of the Middle East

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For about two decades, Al Bustan dwelt on Third Avenue between East 50th and 51st streets, where executive chef/owner Elias Ghafary’s authentic Lebanese cookery attracted a large and deeply devoted following. Then, in late 2008, Ghafary closed that location in favor of a much larger, more commodious and attractive two-level space on East 53rd Street. [&hellip
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Hang Your Hat at Henry’s

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With local and organic foods bursting into our consciousness, Henry’s restaurant is moving down the right path. Owner Henry Rinehart knew that with 10 years in business, it was time to revamp the menu and start featuring regional fare. First step in the process: hiring Mark Barrett, a chef who trained with Mario Batali and [&hellip
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