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Tuesday
Apr292014

Dieci

Very exciting things are happening a few steps down off East 10th Street. They're of the sort that you just need to experience on your own. Dieci is one-of-a-kind: simultaneously refreshing and nostalgic. At eight years old, the restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine and you'd be wise to take up any of the room's couple dozen seats. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Tuesday
Apr222014

Petite Crevette

If anyone ever needs company for dinner at Petite Crevette, let me know. I'd go any night of the week and I'll even bring the wine. Neil Ganic's Carroll Gardens surfshack is a pearl. Locals of all ages fill the interior, itself decked out in nautical kitsch and remnants of the former flower shop the restaurant annexed in 2008. The rooms are small and constrained. The food is anything but. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Wednesday
Apr162014

Rouge et Blanc

Chefs Macks Collins and Bryan Kidwell are from the south. So you'll find some Low Country influences sprinkled throughout their menu of otherwise heavy-handed French and Vietnamese food. The menu at four-year-old Soho spot Rouge et Blanc is concise. Go with a few friends so you can taste your way through. But don't miss the beef cheeks. That would be a bad idea. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Wednesday
Apr092014

Box Kite

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Cora Lampert opened Box Kite on New Year's. For three weeks the tiny storefront existed solely as a coffee shop, serving Madcap and Ritual roasts from 7am to midnight. Lampert was looking to serve food to patrons in for evening espresso and when Doug Gulino heard the news he showed up to cook a few plates and was brought on build a menu. Gulino called on the help of friend Justin Slojkowski, whom he met working at Roberta's. Both chefs cooked at Acme too, and the demand for creatively worked, high quality, local, seasonally-driven food that defines those restaurants now soars at Box Kite. Check out my review this week over at Serious Eats.

Box Kite | 212-574-8201 | 115 Saint Marks Place | www | map

Tuesday
Apr012014

The Grocery

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

The first time I ever stepped foot in The Grocery was sometime back in the early aughts. I was new to the city and brought my resume and then fresh desire to work in New York City restaurants. I've been riding my bike past the small Smith Street storefront for years and made it a point to finally eat there. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

The Grocery | 718-596-3335 | 288 Smith Street | www | map

Wednesday
Mar262014

Rosette

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Rosette opened right nextdoor to 169 Bar and the Forward Building on East Broadway in January. In addition to inspiration from the Two Bridges part of Chinatown where the restaurant is, Nick Curtin's menus shows influences from his time cooking under Mads Reflund at Acme in Nolita. The flavors are big, but the plates and the prices are small. Read the full review over at Serious Eats.

Rosette | 171 East Broadway | 212-933-1176 | www | map

Friday
Oct192012

Ganso

Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn all converge at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  The borough has yet to see the full impact the new stadium will have, but many of the surrounding neighborhoods seem to be diving headfirst into New York’s recent ramen renaissance.  Park Slope got Naruto Ramen earlier this year.  In Prospect Heights, two Morimoto vets serve the dish at Chuko.  Smith Street, just out of the stadium’s reach in Carroll Gardens, recently welcomed Dassara Ramen.  While Boerum Hill and Fort Greene await their respective ramen spots, Downtown Brooklyn gets Japan’s iconic noodle dish at the hands of Harris Salat and Ryuji “Rio” Irie.

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Tuesday
May012012

Perla

You know the restaurant is Italian, but that’s only because this town can gossip. Inside, exposed brick and wooden rafters are the only hints at rustic Italian. There is not a stitch of red, white, or green in the dining room at Perla and it leaves Chef Michael Toscano’s food to do the significant talking.

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