Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

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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Wanna Chaat?

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“A chick pea is neither a chick, nor a pea—discuss!” said Mike Myers, doing his famed Linda Richman “Coffee Talk” schtick. The chickpea’s versatility makes it indispensable for global snacking, especially in savory Indian street snacks, sold from carts or stalls under the category of  “chaat.” No such stalls or carts line the stretch of [&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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Left Bank Bread in Broadway Garage

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People often wax lyrical about the peasant simplicity of bread. Yet, in our foodie-fetish culture, we tend to fussy up our breads—with sesame seeds, sourdough, olives, raisins and wheatberries or strange starter brews. Give me a Gourmet Garage 18” French white mini-baguette ($1.69), crafted by Long Island City’s Tom Cat Bakery, and you have given [&hellip
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Bar Bao Is a Bit Bar Blah

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Michael Bao Huynh, whose résumé includes stints at Mai House and Bun, has brought a few dishes from his previous establishments to his new venture in the former space occupied by Rain. The cinnamon-spiced lamb lollipops from Bun, the iron-pot chicken featured in the New York Times and many others are all available here, but [&hellip
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Chicken Oyster, Anyone?

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I had read about Soba Totto’s everything-from-the-chicken yakitoris (such as “chicken oysters,” taken from the “rare” part of the chicken thigh), so I was curious, but not without trepidation, as the Times Square shuttle hurtled me to my destination. Once inside this hushed mahogany-toned restaurant, I felt brave enough to nibble the juicy “soft chicken [&hellip
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GOOD THINGS COME ON SMALL PLATES

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Walking into Salumeria Rosi I thought of Brooklyn’s The Jakewalk, a low-key bar that serves wines and whiskeys by the glass, a changing menu of artisanal cheeses and quality charcuterie, as well as inventive small plates. Yet Salumeria Rosi harkens back to the neighborhood Italian venues that Jakewalk and other trendy Smith Street restaurants have [&hellip
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