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Adam Platt

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    November 14, 2012

    Tejal Rao at M. Wells, Robert Sietsema at Sabor a Mexico Taqueria

    Our own Tejal Rao welcomes the return of the Mountie-chic M.Wells Dinette at PS. 1 in Long Island City. The menu,"full of fatty odds and ends, slippery bits and bobs," includes "rustic, respectable dishes done right, like the warm tongue salad with cornichons in a creamy tarragon dressing." Also a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Back Forty West, Robert Sietsema at Mataheko

    This past week has been an important one for the food industry. As we work to rebuild Sandy's lingering devastation, many restaurants have worked tirelessly to save their establishments as well as organize food drives and drop-offs to those who need it most. Those who eat professionally seem to be ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Chao Thai Too; Tejal Rao at Sel et Gras

    Robert Sietsema is at Chao Thai Too, maybe one of the best Thai places in the city. He notes that they serve blood Jell-O "interspersed with pork meatballs, and crispy stir-fried frog legs flavored with basil (pad kra prao kob). Gnaw on these, and you might never go back to chicken wings." Tejal R ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Rural Restaurant, Tejal Rao at Comodo

    Robert Sietsema goes to Rural Restaurant, a northeast Chinese eatery in Flushing. The food shows Korean, Mongolian, and Russian influences: "Speaking of deals, pescatarians will go gaga over the flounder version of the recipe--an entire fish thickly crusted with cumin, red-pepper flakes, garlic, and ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Casa Enrique; Tejal Rao at Chop Shop

    Robert Sietsema checks into Casa Enrique in Queens, whose menu provides a window into the rarely seen cooking of Chiapas: "The chocolate-tinged mole familiar from NYC's taquerias is here called mole de Piaxtla, referring to a town in southern Puebla. You can get it with roast chicken or poured over ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Potlikker; Tejal Rao at Jezebel

    Robert Sietsema says that the food at Potlikker has an improvised quality and that the dishes come out a bit inconsistent: "My biggest complaint is that there's no actual potlikker on the menu, as the name of the place promises. Swabbed with a savory version of the Dutch pancake, and sided with plen ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Deccan Spice; Tejal Rao at The Penrose

    [See More Reviews: Masak; Governor | Tacos Cachanilla; Neta] Robert Sietsema heads over to Jersey City's Little India for Deccan Spice. The menu sports unique offerings like goat brains and intestines. There's a fair number of egg dishes too -- rare for a northern India restaurant: "My favorite is ... More >>

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    July 28, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at El Mio Cid; Tejal Rao at Arthur on Smith

    Robert Sietsema heads out to the Outer Borough and weighs in on El Mio Cid, a Spanish tapas bar with portions that are way larger than fashionable: "Three to an order, the sardines ($7.50) are some of the biggest fatties you've seen lately, sautéed head-on and sprinkled with fresh parsley." Tejal ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Sao Mai; Tejal Rao at Prima

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema thinks Sao Mai might be New York's best Vietnamese restaurant: "Situated on First Avenue in the East Village, Sao Mai ("Morning Star") was the subject of a partial review by Lauren Shockey in the Voice last February. But ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Little Pepper; Tejal Rao at La Vara

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema tries the Sichuan fare at Little Pepper: "The tiny chunks of light and dark meat lurk among bales of toasted red chiles, and for once, the peppers seem to have conferred their hotness on the poultry. Raw sesame seeds scat ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Florencia 13; One NYT Star for Alison Eighteen

    In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema tests out Cal-Mex specialties and margaritas at the Village's Florencia 13: "You should start your meal with a flaming margarita, though that flame is confined to a small slice of cucumber floating on top. It's indicative of a playful element in Mexican cuisine ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Brooklyn Wok Shop; Meat Manners Matter at The Cannibal

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In the Voice, Robert Sietsema dines at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Wok Shop and finds the food uninspiring: "My advice: Save yourself some money and 'wok' north into Greenpoint to find a real Chinese carryout." Pete Wells gives two stars to ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at John Brown Smokehouse; No Times Stars for La Mar Cebicheria

    See what the city's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In the Voice, Robert Sietsema tries some Kansas City 'cue at John Brown Smokehouse in Queens: "Like all great barbecues, John Brown tends to be quirky and uneven; you wouldn't want it any other way and will quickly zone in on the th ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Kaia; North End Grill Face-Off

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema checks out the city's newest South African spot and finds a grab bag of cuisines served there. Adam Platt bestows one measly star on North End Grill: "These dishes are professionally prepared, for ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Shanghai Asian Cuisine; Lauren Shockey at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

    Super soup dumplings​ This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema sucks up soup dumplings at Shanghai Asian Cuisine -- which might serve the city's best: "With a skin so thin, it's a challenge getting them from steamer to mouth intact. The accompanying tongs (utensils, not gang members) are useles ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Tertulia; Lauren Shockey at Hot Kitchen

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema tries Tapas at West Village newcomer Tertulia. He loves the piqueos, but advises against the main picks, as they seem "poorly executed." Lauren Shockey samples the spice of dining life with Hot Kitchen, an East Village Chinese resto. The only not-so-hot plat ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Lauren Shockey Goes 'Bowling' for Ramen

    This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey samples the Japanese noodle soups at newcomers Chuko, Tabata, and Ramen Misoya.photo by Liz BarclayMiso happy.​ Eric Asimov finds hits and misses at Saxon & Parole: "All told, one sits down to dinner at Saxon & Parole anticipating warmth, good times and ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Taiwanese Specialties; Lauren Shockey at Forcella

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples fly heads and chicken neck at Taiwainese Specialties; Lauren Shockey indulges in the deep-fried pies at Forcella.Liz BarclayTaiwanese Specialties​ Sam Sifton praises St. Anselm for the "pulsing bass line of ambition beneath its simple steakhouse ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Birreria; Lauren Shockey at Left Bank

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema ascends to the summit of Eataly, to Birreria, where "the food is superb." Lauren Shockey is not so impressed by Left Bank: "Although the food and exceptionally friendly service more than pass muster, the culinary creativity is, well, lacking." Sam Sifton, in ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at St. Anselm

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds mostly hits and a few misses at the recently reopened St. Anselm: "The appetizers were terrif... Which is not to say a steady hand always rested on the tiller of the restaurant." Sam Sifton approves of Danji: "Hooni Kim, who opened this place in Decembe ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Bhim's Café and Lali Guras; Lauren Shockey at Sa Aming Nayon

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema treks out to Queens' Little Himalayas for momos and other Nepalese stables at Bhim's Café and Lali Guras. Lauren Shockey welcomes Filipino food back to the East Village at Sa Aming Nayon.​ Sam Sifton awards a star each to Palm and Palm Too: "Palm is fo ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Banana Leaf; Lauren Shockey at The Dutch

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples Ceylonese starches at Banana Leaf in Chelsea; Lauren Shockey gets a table at the most-hyped restaurant of the year, The Dutch. Sam Sifton also weighs in on The Dutch, deeming one dish: "the culinary equivalent of Jay-Z playing cards in the kitchen of ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Empellon; Lauren Shockey at Imperial No. Nine

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema sees what famed pastry chef Alex Stupak can do at Empellon: "The tacos are magnificent... Using his gastronomic prowess, Stupak has sent the flavors soaring." Lauren Shockey finds hits and misses at Imperial No. Nine: "Some dishes fail completely... But other ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Man'ouChe; Lauren Shockey at Spasso

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers "the city's most intimate look at today's Lebanese vernacular cuisine" at Man'ouChe; Lauren Shockey finds hits and misses at Spasso.​ Sam Sifton revisits Gotham Bar and Grill, allowing it to retain its three stars: "A meal at Gotham is about y ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Papaye, Uptown African Restaurant and Accra; Lauren Shockey at Tenpenny

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema goes West African at Papaye, Uptown African Restaurant, and Accra. Lauren Shockey finds fun and value in Midtown at Tenpenny.​ Sam Sifton discovers the reason Brooklyn Heightians are staying close to home these days, awarding Colonie one star: "Long and ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Hofbräu Bierhaus; Lauren Shockey at La Silhouette

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds Munich in Midtown at Hofbräu Bierhaus; Lauren Shockey is charmed by old-fashioned La Silhouette. Sam Sifton awards three stars to the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, raving, "What [César] Ramirez is doing at the Chef's Table is entirely his own p ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Robert Sietsema, Illustrated, at V-Nam Café; Lauren Shockey at Saro Bistro

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema visits V-Nam Café... as a cartoon! Lauren Shockey is underwhelmed by Balkan cuisine at Saro Bistro. Sam Sifton raves over M. Wells: "Those who recall the thrill of eating at the Momofuku restaurants for the first time would do well to book passage on the No. ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Goat Town; Lauren Shockey on Mulberry Street

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys the French bistro fare at Goat Town; Lauren Shockey takes a tour of a revitalized Mulberry Street with stops at Rubirosa, Torrisi Italian Specialties, and Balaboosta. Sam Sifton awards one star to La Petite Maison: 'This scene is not, obviously, for ev ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Fedora; Lauren Shockey at Graffit

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gorges himself on Quebecois-accented food at Fedora in "Little Wisco"; Lauren Shockey experiments with Graffit: "While not everything is a smash success, the food is playful and visually compelling."​ Sam Sifton is unimpressed with Fishtag, deeming it " ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey at Edi & The Wolf

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys the "wacky fusion" of East African, Scandinavian, and North American at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey gets her schnitzel on at Edi & The Wolf. Sam Sifton echoes what pretty much every critic has to say about Bar Basque: "there is much to enjoy about eati ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Andre's Café; Lauren Shockey at Mary Queen of Scots

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers authentic Hungarian comfort food on the Upper East Side; Lauren Shockey is bored by oodles of tartan and whiskey at Mary Queen of Scots. San Sifton is charmed by Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan: "Those who recall when Chinese food first began to matt ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Cholulita; Lauren Shockey at Octavia's Porch

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds authentic Pueblan in Mexican grocery-turned-restaurant Cholulita in Brooklyn; Lauren Shockey discovers that "global Jewish" cuisine isn't as comforting as it sounds at Octavia's Porch. Sam Sifton awards two stars to the new incarnation of the John Dory ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Umi Nom

    Robert Sietsema samples balut (duck embryo) and other pan-Asian treats at Umi Nom. Sam Sifton awards one star to Osteria Morini, where "pastas glisten with pork fat, with butter, with cream, with oil. They are aggressively salted. They hang around on the outskirts of Too Much. ... [Chef Michael] Wh ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Donatella

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a lot of love for the pies at Donatella: "Of all the places in town making the laughable assertion that they're re-creating 'the true pie of Naples' (some even have a certificate from Verace Pizza Napoletana to prove it!), Donatella's comes closest." Sam ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Sohna Punjab Indian Restaurant & Bar; Sarah DiGregorio at Peels

    This week, in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys top-notch versions of all your Punjabi favorites at Sohna Punjab Indian Restaurant & Bar. Sarah DiGregorio samples the "gussied-up regional American food" at Peels. Sam Sifton finds that Lambs Club reminds him of "the now-shopworn if still-beautiful S ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Yee Kee H.K. Style and East Ocean Palace; Sarah DiGregorio at Honeychiles'

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds true Hong Kong cuisine at Yee Kee H.K. Style in Brooklyn and East Ocean Palace in Queens, while Sarah DiGregorio discovers Louisiana fare at Honeychiles' in the Williamsburg punk rock bar The Charleston that is "far, far better than you'd expect to get a ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    When Grown Men Call Each Other Names: Steve Cuozzo v. Keith McNally

    Sarah DiGregorioMore crusty controversy.​ Sarah may have found plenty to enjoy at Pulino's, but it's safe to say that no amount of positive sentiment will induce Steve Cuozzo to dine there anytime soon. The dependably irascible Post critic has penned a vitriolic response to the letter Keith Mc ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Casa Calamari; Sarah DiGregorio at d.o.b. 111 & Mikey's Burger

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema visits Casa Calamari, "one of Brooklyn's last great focaccerias." Sarah DiGregorio checks out Michael "Bao" Huynh's latest: d.o.b. 111 and Mikey's Burger. Sam Sifton awards Fatty 'Cue a star. Despite it being "dark and shouty inside... the food is incredibly ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Hibino; Sarah DiGregorio at El Quinto Pino

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the "heart of Japanese cuisine" at Hibino in Cobble Hill; Sarah DiGregorio finds a few missteps at El Quinto Pino, but doesn't mind because "the place is fun, and spirited." Sam Sifton awards Recette two stars, despite the restaurant earning tepid r ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Red Sea 47; Sarah DiGregorio at Recette

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds a few redeeming dishes among the blandness at Red Sea 47; Sarah DiGregorio loses her shirt trying to get full at Recette. Sam Sifton awards Motorino one star, declaring that it "serves the city's best pizza.... consistently, at both locations." [NY Time ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Under Review: Sietsema at The Breslin; DiGregorio at Highlands

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema falls in love with the lamb burger at The Breslin, while Sarah DiGregorio finds warmth, Scotch, and the best haggis this side of the Atlantic at Highlands. Sam Sifton also pays a visit to The Breslin, where "yes, the food is good. But it is monochromatically ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at The Vanderbilt; DiGregorio on a Citywide Martini Crawl

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema is Brooklyn-bound for The Vanderbilt, where "partners Saul Bolton and Ben Daitz pride themselves on their homemade sausages"; while Sarah DiGregorio bellies up to a couple different bars in search of the perfect martini. Sam Sifton offers up a two-fer this w ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Ovelia Psistaria; DiGregorio at Los Feliz & Dos Toros

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema follows the call of the best fries in town to Greek grillmaster Ovelia Psistaria, while Sarah DiGregorio delves into the different flavors of Mexicana at Los Feliz & Dos Toros. Sam Sifton approves of A Voce Columbus, despite it being "a corporate enterprise, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at KeBeer Bar & Grill; DiGregorio on 'Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal'

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers "a full Uzbek menu" at KeBeer Bar & Grill in Brighton Beach, while Sarah DiGregorio reviews the book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, which "lays bare the ways in which the developed world blithely goes about tossing food away." Sam Sifto ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at The Smith; DiGregorio at DBGB

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema drops in one what might be the city's "most perfect gastropub yet": The Smith; while Sarah DiGregorio revels in the sausages at DBGB. Former Top Chef darling Govind Armstrong gets no stars out of Bruni for the food at the New York outpost of his L.A. restaur ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Jay Rayner on Food Writing Today

    Over at Eats, they're running an extraordinarily candid interview with British critic and Top Chef Masters judge Jay Rayner, discussing the current state of food writing and the place of restaurant critics. It's worth reading in its entirety, but most interesting is Rayner's response to this questio ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema Samples Mexican-Italian-Argentinean At El Almacen; DiGregorio Goes Down the Gastropub

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds out what an Argentinean taco tastes like at El Almacen, while Sarah DiGregorio heads to the LES for some pub grub. Bruni gives Keith McNally his dues and then some, awarding the reinvented Minetta Tavern a whopping three stars and praising it for turni ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema Gets His Pozole On at Xochimilco; DiGregorio Has Fun With Fish at Desnuda

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers pambazos and pozole at Sunset Park's Xochimilco, while Sarah DiGregorio has fun with the food at Desnuda. Bruni awards no stars to snootily papered West Village eatery Charles, but amuses himself by formatting his review as an email from "Frannie V ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Under Review

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema visit 10 Downing, where the chicken for two is the perfect date dish, while Sarah DiGregorio drops in on Butcher Bay for lobster pot pie. Bruni goes to Macau Trading Co., where he is taken aback by the erotic décor in the basement. He awards it just one star ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Week in Reviews

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema drops in on Buttermilk Channel. Here's what critics are reviewing elsewhere: Time Out visits La Fonda del Sol, preferring tapas at the bar to a meal in the "buttoned-up" dining room, much like our own Sarah DiGregorio said last week. [TONY] Bruni gives Kefi ... More >>

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