'If someone made this for me in their toaster oven, I'd be happy," remarked one of our party, as we peered down at a plate of flabby flatbreads perfunctorily topped with mushrooms, goat cheese, and honey. "Taco Bell," mumbled another, under her breath. Alas, we were not cozied up in the kitchen at home or cruising the drive-through. We were ensconced in seats at Table 8, the restaurant in the new Cooper Square Hotel, and things were not going well. A plate of foie gras pâté unadvisedly paired with cacao and grapefruit was passed around as a curiosity, each of us trying to figure out why it tasted so much like... More >>>