Posts Tagged ‘Dining Reviews’

A Meal for the Proles, Carnegie Hill Style

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My armchair-socialist father, an Englishman, taught me that real food is blue-collar, like steak and kidney pie or mashed potatoes and liver. But after living for four years with my grandmother (his mother-in-law), a German nonagenarian brought up as the daughter of prosperous steel industrialists, I’ve developed a blooming taste for gourmet. She is certainly [&hellip
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The Kefi Commotion

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Quiet Columbus Avenue was no preparation for the frenzied commotion that greeted me inside Kefi on a recent Sunday night. At a quarter to eight, a 10-minute wait just to check in for my reservation afforded time to admire the blue-tiled maritime mosaic on the back wall, an artistic punctuation to the restaurant’s fittingly azure [&hellip
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Sunday Brunch, en Français

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The Upper East Side needs another cozy French bistro like Williamsburg needs another skinny-jeaned hipster, which is to say not very much at all. But this lack of necessity did not deter owner Stephanie Laurent from replacing her Brazilian joint, Buzina Pop, on East 73rd for, you guessed it, a cozy French bistro. However, there [&hellip
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PERFECTLY PAIRED WINES

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Hot on the trail of their immensely popular yearling, Dell’Anima, Joe Campanale,  Gabriel Thompson and Bobby Werhane opened L’Artusi a few months ago, and their newcomer really hit the ground running. Campanale, who was sommelier at the venerated Babbo, and Thompson, who worked in such exalted kitchens as those at Le Bernardin and Del Posto, [&hellip
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ITALIAN, AS YOU LIKE IT

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Like so many dedicated restaurateurs, opening his first restaurant was a lifelong dream come true for Nick Nubile. In fact, there is a dreamy quality to the dining room, with its crimson accents, gigantic reproductions of paintings by Raphael and Da Vinci all along the west wall, stately clothed tables and dark cherry upholstered banquettes. [&hellip
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PASSING THE BAR: THE EMPIRE HOTEL

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This might not have been the year to launch the new rooftop lounge atop the Empire Hotel. Cocktails that exceed $13 are always a dicey proposition, and with the country in an official recession, they’re now downright terrifying. Still, there’s something to be said for singing along with the band while the Titanic is sinking. [&hellip
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PRIME RIB PARADISE

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Enthralling carnivores from the very day it opened in 1982, Ben Benson’s has continued to set quite a high standard for Manhattan steakhouses, riding the crest of the steakhouse craze that has to a remarkable extent characterized special-occasion American dining for the last two decades. Not unlike the restaurant’s eponymous friendly founder and owner, Ben [&hellip
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