Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

I’LL TASTE MANHATTAN

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Cambodian Cuisine restaurant doesn’t inspire confidence. A flat-screen TV dominates the spartan space, which was totally empty. Still, I was hopeful, because in my native Northern Virginia you can find fantastic pho or magnificent mee krob at virtual “holes in the malls.” Yet my cold spring rolls were slimy and bland, and my sweet and [&hellip
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UPTOWN DINING FOR NIGHTHAWKS

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When pondering where to find a good very-late-night meal, the Upper East Side doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But Opus, which just opened in September, serves lunch, brunch, dinner and ultra-late dinner every day from 11 a.m. until 5 a.m. The current Zagat restaurant guide lists only about a dozen places that are open that [&hellip
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MIX-AND-MATCH YAKITORI

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Perhaps more than anywhere in America, Manhattan has the skill and resources to make silk purses out of sows’ ears when it comes to reimagining interior spaces. A few weeks ago, I reviewed a dapper upscale restaurant called Apiary, which resides in a former grungy Laundromat. In yet another complete transmogrification, the oddly named but [&hellip
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FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM?

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The past woes of the space that now houses Almond are legion. It was here that NBC’s “reality show” The Restaurant, chronicling the tumultuous decline of terrifically talented chef Rocco DiSpirito, was taped. In the end, DiSpirito was locked out of his eponymous restaurant, and the place was shuttered. The ensuing restaurants, Caviar and Banana  [&hellip
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THERAPY IN A CARDBOARD CUP

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“Life’s problems are often eased by hot, milky drinks,” wrote the British novelist Barbara Pym, and I’d amend that to add, “and chicken noodle soup.” My mother called her version “happiness soup,” and indeed it was—redolent of parsnip, carrots and strips of gently simmered chicken. We slurped it up and, inexplicably, floated zwieback teething biscuits [&hellip
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A BIG PLACE FOR A BIG DINNER

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Steakhouses long ago earned a very special place in the hearts of New Yorkers, and the way new ones are appearing practically every week, that love shows no signs of waning. In July 2005, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse arrived in its enviable location just a block-and-a-half from Grand Central Station. But the restaurant feels as [&hellip
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PRIMO PAN-LATIN

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Oddly, for a city with such a large Hispanic population, there is a dearth of really good Latin restaurants. With the arrival of the vibrant and scrumptious Yerba Buena, additional Latin restaurants would seem superfluous. In a romantically lit intimate space that seats 46, Yerba Buena (which means “good herb”) showcases the robust pan-Latin cookery [&hellip
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THE NOSE KNOWS

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Inhaling the heady mix of yeast, spices, coffee and herbs in Silver Moon Bakery, it is impossible not to break into a goofy smile. On Mondays, the bakery is particularly fragrant due to the creation of its za’atar pita ($4), a specialty bread. Available only on Mondays, this sourdough pita is covered with a thick [&hellip
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VALENTI’S SECOND TAKE ON ‘UNFUSSY FRENCH’ FARE

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For nearly two months, The West Branch stood on the corner of Broadway and 77th Street all dressed up with no place to go. The new bistro, the latest offering from chef Tom Valenti, looked like a ghost restaurant with all the furnishings installed but the interior still darkened. From early September until the end [&hellip
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SLEEK AMERICAN SEASONAL

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Over the last few decades, there have been countless major changes in my neighborhood—the East Village, as it is now called—but few have startled me more than the transformation of a nearby rundown Laundromat into Apiary, a sleek and happening restaurant. Chef/partner Neil Manacle and managing partner Jenny Moon brought in the French luxury furniture [&hellip
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