Talk about moving up in the world, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants has moved from its cramped Second Ave locale of 33 years to the most elegant new setting in an old mansion at 24 East 81st St.  (Formerly the Crown …Read More

The Cecil

We ventured up to 118th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue for an exotic dinner in Harlem, and found the neighborhood improved and Cecil a lovely, wide-open restaurant run by engaging people. It’s busy and it’s noisy. The menu is “interesting” and …Read More

Fred’s at Barney’s

Whenever I walk into Fred’s, either for lunch or for dinner, I find myself singing “Ladies Who Lunch.” Surely, not because this is where “those ladies” would lunch. Fact is, Fred’s is a very good solution to lunch or dinner …Read More

Atlantic Grill

Every time we go to the Atlantic Grill with our friends, Deane and Howie Zimmerman, we say the same things. “What a terrific restaurant, we always forget to come here,” or “Every time I come here, I think of Jim …Read More

Come Prima

We were introduced to this wonderful neighborhood restaurant by friends with who we went with last night, Nancy Olnick & Georgio Spanu, who live both in New York and Rome…and it was wonderful. I had asparagus and then salmon. Dale …Read More


We tried Lincoln when it first opened. We were taken by the architecture, but then found it a hassle getting reservations so we took it off our list. A few nights ago, friends told us that they liked it so …Read More

Quality Eats

We went to Quality Eats last night as it is part of the Smith & Wolensky/Quality Meats consortium and we figured that at least the steak would be great…which it was. Quality Eats is a quirky take on a New …Read More

Fair Weather Bushwick

If Brooklyn does one thing well it is the coffee shop. The borough is rife with them. If Brooklyn is learning to do one thing well, it’s fine dining. As flocks of young professionals move out in droves, its seems …Read More

German Gymnasium

This huge freestanding building across the street from the renewed St. Pancras station and in the heart of what was the King’s Cross Red Light District, is an architectural oddity. It was London’ s first purpose-built gym and hosted many …Read More

Park Chinois

For any of you who are venturing to London this spring for the Silly Season it might be worthwhile to book now for the ultimate Chinoiserie experience in Mayfair at Park Chinois. I say Chinoiserie because our Western expectations of …Read More

Eli’s Night Shift

Who makes the best hamburger in New York? Ellen and I have long felt it was J.G. Melon on Third Ave. Also the best cottage fries, best chili, and best cheesecake. But just up Third Avenue at 79th Street, there’s …Read More


A friend recently raved about a Persian restaurant in our neighborhood, which we knew nothing about. While walking by this restaurant yesterday, I collected its menu and resolved to try it soon. That very evening, we went and thoroughly enjoyed …Read More


Tucked in the middle of the commercial block of Chambers Street in Tribeca resides, Racines, one of New York’s most accomplished bistros. Racines’ chef was imported from Paris from the restaurant of the same name. In his open kitchen he …Read More

Four Seasons

We paid a sentimental visit to this great restaurant before it relocates elsewhere than its longtime, elegant home in the Seagram Building. In my business days, I was there every week or so. Now we go less often – I …Read More

Sant Andrea Cafe

We recently went to the newly opened Sant Andrea Cafe at 40 Central Park South (between 5th and 6th). As we walked in we were greeted warmly and given a choice of seating. How pleasantly surprised were we to find …Read More

Via Carota

The food at Via Carota is sublime. This simple cozy rustic space happens to turn out food we dream of. If it was uptown, I’d toss out my recipe books and shut down my kitchen. Yes, it’s that good. It’s one …Read More


As a first-time visitor to New Orleans I was mainly preoccupied with one thing: eating. After watching the film “Chef” a few months ago, I had become a little bit obsessed with the notion that the perfect diet was beignets from …Read More

Syrena Bakery

Step into this time-warped Polish bakery on Norman Street (and Humboldt) at your own risk. There are towel sized flat pans of fresh cakes made with apples, berries, or both; and donuts, lots of fresh donuts; and wicker baskets filled …Read More


  As newly landed denizens of Long Island City, we think it’s only fair to share our favorite restaurant with you: Tournesol. It’s tiny and dear, with a charming, youthful French-speaking staff. The daily specials are delicious: Coq au vin, …Read More

Jams Restaurant

At first glance, you might hesitate — the space is large and loft-like, but settle in and prepare to be delighted. At least that was our experience this weekend. Jams is a California-style restaurant, sunny and upbeat. The staff, equally …Read More

Rotisserie Georgette

Last night when we tried the Mauer’s Mountain Guinea hen, she either had spent too much time on the mountain or on the rotisserie. She arrived toughened and dried out, and the oily tarragon sauce that accompanied her didn’t help. …Read More


This is the place to go if you want a calm, elegant, delicious dinner with some great wines. The place is classic and old world, the service impeccable and the lobster poached in butter divine. There are few places in Manhattan …Read More

La Chine

Four of us recently dined at La Chine, located in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The beautiful room was filled with beautiful people, evenly divided between Asian and Caucasian. As we’d not been there before, we decided to try the Peking Duck …Read More


This (mostly) Mediterranean seafood restaurant came as a pleasant surprise. Located in the base floor of a limestone on West 79th Street, one walks into a rather unattractive bar that belies the warm, romantic and intimate dining room behind it. …Read More

Chefs Club by Food and Wine

Going into this exciting downtown restaurant was daunting due to the loud music that greeted us, as we were with good friends and expected to have a lot of meaningful conversation. The first table we were offered, wrapped around the …Read More

Chevalier (Baccarat Hotel)

  It’s expensive, I’ll say that for it. But one would expect the restaurant in the elegant new Baccarat Hotel, replete with chandeliers and other shimmering glass treatments from floor to ceiling everywhere, to be tres cher. We tried the …Read More

Dirty French

Our whiz-kid server, Pamela, coaxed us through the menu with great enthusiasm and knowledge. My friend and I shared the delicate, million-layered mushroom millefeuille. (Thank you, spellcheck! Make that spell check.) I ordered the buttery trout meuniere; she decided on …Read More

Polo Bar

Our well-connected friend got us a reservation at 8:30. Later than we would have liked, but we were told the reservation desk gets 6,000 calls a day! Cut that by whatever you want. We arrived on time, traversing a lively …Read More


Michael White’s new French restaurant, Vaucluse, at 63rd and Park in the old Park Avenue Autumn space (or do I mean winter) has become a go-to place for us. It’s convenient and we’ve now had six excellent meals, with only …Read More

11 Madison Park

Last night, we were guests at dinner for 12 at 11 Madison Park Restaurant and it was terrific. Food was fabulous, service impeccable. We were in one of the private rooms overlooking the main dining room and spent four hours, …Read More

New Orleans Restaurants: Pêche and Tableau

Having out-of-town guests is always a good reason to try new restaurants, so when friends from the Big Apple came to the Big Easy for the recent French Quarter Festival — smaller and, some say, better than the Jazz and …Read More

The Polo Bar

Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar opened in September at corner of W.55th St (entry) and 5th Ave; it is behind yet another RL retail store, and has received great buzz in publications outside New York, which is probably due a …Read More


Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. It was definitely not “la même chose” when we returned to Bâtard for the first time since July 2014 (see earlier review below). First the wait staff: it had all the professionalism …Read More

Stanton Street Kitchen

After a wonderful performance at Dixon Place on Chrystie Street of “The Absolute Brilliance of Leonard Pelkey” (sadly now closed), a friend and I tried the Stanton Street Kitchen. I am always fearful that restaurants on a weekend night will …Read More

The Simone

  A friend of ours said, “I found a new restaurant, come for dinner.” And so we did, entering a small “bistro” uptown where courtesy and deeply satisfying food reign. The owners of The Simone, Chip Smith (chef) and Tina …Read More