Posts Tagged ‘Dining Reviews’

Stuck on Stecchino

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Stecchino is Italian for “toothpick,” and while nothing on the menu includes these little wooden sticks, you will definitely need one after your meal. Especially if the soup of the day is red onion ($6), a luscious, Italian version of French onion soup with a strong burst of oregano. Every day the homemade soup changes, [&hellip
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Patriotic Menu

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Too many celebrity chefs end up spreading themselves too thinly, opening restaurant after restaurant, often all over the country, so that the very qualities that brought them to national attention are diminished. If you’re serious about restaurant dining, you know exactly to whom I’m referring. And you also know that Bobby Flay is not among [&hellip
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Blossomed Anew

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Despite the influx of taco joints and pork-saturated dishes flooding restaurants these days, there is still a place for those seeking respite from animal proteins. Situated on the restaurant-heavy First Avenue, between East 79th and 80th streets, Café Blossom recently opened up its third location at what used to be a chicken shop (Eastside Poultry [&hellip
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Fork Meets Pork

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When you enter Accademia di Vino, it is like stepping into the coziest Italian wine cellar that, just for a moment, feels as if it’s all yours. Since the restaurant boasts an 800-bottle collection, you can never run out of options. And a book-like wine list highlights bottles from each region of Italy, broken down [&hellip
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Big Flavor at Tiny Tadka

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Tadka is the smallest restaurant I’ve ever reviewed. Seating just 12, mostly cheek-by-jowl, the dining room would easily fit in my Manhattan bedroom. But somehow, the room feels spacious, thanks in part to a floor-to-ceiling front window. There are olive-colored walls, dark wood-planked floors and even darker wood tables arranged in a row along the [&hellip
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A Multi-Layered Meal

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Don’t let the name fool you—Angelina Pizza Bar offers more then just pizza. This family-friendly restaurant near West 105th Street not only has extensive Italian fare and a decent wine list but Chef Giancarlo Delanzo cooks his crazy creations in a brick oven with a rotating floor. As pies like the Bella Angelina (with zucchini [&hellip
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Crustaceans Go Global

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Flex mussels is doing something right. This Prince Edward Island offshoot seems to have no trouble packing the small, almost subterranean, space each night with crustacean-loving locals, despite being tucked away on a dark and often construction-ridden 82nd Street, too far off Third Avenue to attract foot traffic. And what this “something” is, of course, [&hellip
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Fab French Favorites

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A cheery “bonsoir” greets everyone who strides through the front door of La Mirabelle, an Upper West Side mainstay of classic French fare. “I like to treat my customers like they are guests in my own home,” explains Annick La Douarane, owner of the quarter-century-old bistro. With daughters, nephews, cousins and in-laws on staff, the [&hellip
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Obscure Tuscan Fun

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Think Tuscany: rolling sun-kissed vineyards topped with old castles, enchanting villages trickling down the hillside, fruitful sprawling vines, clouds and blue sky for days. Think Felice, which literally means “happy.” “Happy” and “wine” are the perfect blend, a hint at what’s inside this cavernous space that imports some of its wine directly from the vineyard [&hellip
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