Alan Richman

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    March 31, 2014

    Five Great Egotarian Restaurants in NYC

    GQ's food correspondent Alan Richman recently decried the increasingly common practice of male-helmed kitchens orchestrating what he calls "Egotarian Cuisine:" Chefs turn out ever-stranger dishes meant to showcase their inspirations, banking on culinary orgasms via mental masturbation. "What makes t ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Restaurant Critic AA Gill Finally Incites Actual Violence

    Chris PriceAA Gill, or an approximation thereof.​Here's something that should help to put M. Wells' issues with Alan Richman in perspective: over in Wales, the chef of an establishment called the Brecon Beacons actually attacked a kitchen worker after a restaurant critic called his meal "disgu ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    M. Wells' Baked Eggs in Tomato Stew Taste Better Than Controversy

    Rebecca Marx​ Although Alan Richman's account of his horrendous experience at M. Wells has left a sour taste in our mouth, we're still able to savor the memory of the baked eggs in tomato stew we ate there last week.

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    August 16, 2011

    Alan Richman Hates M. Wells, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment

    GQAlan Richman's M. Wells dinner probably didn't look as jovial as this​ "Never in my professional life has anyone in the restaurant business questioned my conduct. Not until I ate my third meal at M. Wells," is how GQ restaurant critic's fascinating article about the soon-to-shutter diner, M. ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    On Treme, New Orleans and Anthony Bourdain Get Revenge on Alan Richman

    ​Almost five years after Alan Richman took a big, steamy dump all over New Orleans and its restaurants, and three years after he left a similarly fragrant calling card at Les Halles, both the city and Anthony Bourdain have gotten their revenge on the GQ critic.

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    January 12, 2011

    Alan Richman Will Appear on Treme

    ​Four years after he wrote a post-Katrina appraisal of New Orleans restaurants that angered the city's inhabitants almost as much as than the entire Bush administration, Alan Richman is returning to the scene of his crime, sort of. In an interview with Grub Street, the GQ critic mentioned tha ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Alan Richman Names His Five Best Dishes, Loves Uni

    ​Following closely at the heels of his 10 Best New Restaurants in America list is Alan Richman's roster of the Five Best Dishes of the Year. Four hometown restaurants are represented in the GQ critic's list: the Breslin's pig's foot for two takes top honors, while ABC's diver scallops are no. ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    The Week in Food Blogs: Failed Food Trends of 2010; Holiday Kitchen Gifts

    This week in food blogs ... Eater listed its top 10 food trends that didn't quite take off in 2010. Pizza cone, anyone? Grub Street wondered just how Alan Richman managed to name Lincoln, which earned pretty blah reviews across the board, the best new restaurant of the year. Serious Eats named it ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Lincoln and the Kitchen at Brooklyn Fare Make GQ's Annual Best Restaurants List

    eatbigapple.comLincoln's at the top of the heap.​GQ's Alan Richman adds his voice to the year-end round-ups today with his annual list of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America. Representing New York: Lincoln and the Kitchen at Brooklyn Fare. In a sharp divergence from thus far otherwise restr ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Plein Sud; Sarah DiGregorio at Cienfuegos

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing, but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses at Cienfuegos, but gives a nod to the champagne punch. Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which: "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-hap ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at A-Wah

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema is "pleasantly surprised" by Hong Kongese A-Wah. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Aquavit and new chef Marcus Jernmark's approach of "quiet, seasonal intensity that is well worth investigating." [NY Times]​ Steve Cuozzo falls for Mari Vanna, which he dee ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Momokawa; Sarah DiGregorio at Má Pêche

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples the "venerable micro-cuisine" of Kyoto at Momokawa, while Sarah DiGregorio heads to Má Pêche, where chef Tien Ho "is doing some remarkable cooking," but the room kinda sucks. Sam Sifton also files on Má Pêche today: "The food is not quite as preci ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Alan Richman Weighs in on the Subject of Ethical Eating

    ​Alan Richman, who was last seen readdressing his controversial post-"Douchebag Award" review of Les Halles, has resurfaced in the GQ's July issue, where he writes about the difficulties trying to dine ethically for 30 straight days. His experiences have yielded Alan Richman's 10 Commandments ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    New York School Lunch Menus Shrinking; Chipotle Now Serving Naturally-Raised Beef

    ​This summer, Green Table, a café in Chelsea Market, will sell brown-bag lunches for customers to enjoy at the neighboring High Line park. [Wall Street Journal] Despite the oil spill threatening the seafood supply, the first New Orleans Oyster Festival, originally scheduled for the summer of ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's the end of an abbreviated week, and thus it's time to look at the best posts of these past four days. We ranked Our 10 Best Bars for Drinking Outside. The Battle of the Brooklyn Pickles pitted McClure's against Brooklyn Brine. Our Man Sietsema revealed how he finds out about new restaurants. ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at El Cantinero; Sarah DiGregorio at Tamarind Tribeca

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds an unchanging temple to Tex-Mex in El Cantinero. Sarah DiGregorio is impressed by pan-Indian Tamarind Tribeca, despite its broad range of cuisines.​ Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at ABC Kitchen, but still awards it two stars: "The food is great ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    And the Beat Goes On: Anthony Bourdain Responds to Alan Richman's Response

    As you have probably heard about five times by now, Anthony Bourdain's new book, Medium Raw, contains a chapter called ""Alan Richman Is a Douchebag." It lambastes the GQ critic for writing a scathing review of Les Halles just weeks after Bourdain publicly called him a douchebag. Rebecca Marx got i ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Alan Richman Responds to Bourdain: 'He Is a Living, Breathing Low Blow'

    GQAlan Richman​At this point in Anthony Bourdain's career, public insult is pretty much par for the course. Even so, Bourdain's loathing for Alan Richman is almost unparalleled: Not content to nominate him for a "Douchebag of the Year" award two years ago, he's dedicated an entire chapter of h ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Kenmare; Sarah DiGregorio at Pulino's

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema braves the scene at Kenmare, where "the ingredients were unimpeachable, the facile preparation of entrées was a deadly sin." Sarah DiGregorio samples everything plus the pizza at Pulino's, deeming the toppings "undeniably tasty, especially the dryish, concent ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Maima's; Sarah DiGregorio at Paulie Gee's

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has the "one of the hottest things" he's tasted all year: Liberian pepper shrimp at Maima's in Jamaica, Queens. Sarah DiGregorio samples the pie at Paulie Gee's, where the crust "burrows into your brain -- a stretchy, bubbly, char-spotted pillow of a bread, th ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Alan Richman Holds Forth on Restaurant Criticism, Penicillin, Man Bags

    GQAlan Richman​Alan Richman, GQ's longtime restaurant critic and our favorite endlessly eloquent contrarian, can typically be counted upon for comments that waver between the blunt, the frank, and the utterly dismaying (particularly if you happen to be one of his students). He remains true to ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Pies-N-Thighs; Sarah DiGregorio at The Tangled Vine

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema heralded the return of Pies-N-Thighs, where the "fabled fried chicken... remains superlative." Sarah DiGregorio gets her drink on at The Tangled Vine, where the food is "pleasurably simple, wine-friendly," and the largely organic and biodynamic wines are "fair ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Faustina; Sarah DiGregorio at Bhojan

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the menu at Faustina to be "a playful and innovative take on Italian cuisine." Sarah DiGregorio discovers down-home Indian at Bhojan, where despite the small-plates designation, "dishes are actually rather generous and the list mainly offers sharable str ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at The Meatball Shop; Sarah DiGregorio at Merit Kabob and Dumpling Palace

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the most "perfect meatball hero" at The Meatball Shop. Unfortunately, "the restaurant insists on making several more varieties, some of dubious worth." Sarah DiGregorio finds the one place in New York where "you can get Bangladeshi trotter stew and T ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Beard Awards Media and Journalism Finalists Are Announced

    The man himself.​The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Alan Richman Lists What He Believes Are the Country's Five Best Desserts

    GQBenoit's profiteroles​Precious few things can placate Alan Richman like a spoonful of sugar: GQ's famously irascible restaurant critic penned a lovely, Proustian paean to dessert in the magazine's July 2008 issue in which he extolled the virtues of sundaes with names like the Pig's Dinner an ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Under Review: Sietsema at Best Fuzhou Restaurant; DiGregorio at Bunny Chow

    ​This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema inadvertently visits Best Fuzhou Restaurant, where "fortunately... the food was spectacular," while Sarah DiGregorio fills up on the eponymous dish at Bunny Chow. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Casa Lever, noting that "the service is appealing, comic- ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Sonali Cuisine; Sifton at Purple Yam

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema heads to Queens Boulevard for a meal at Sonali Cuisine, which "may be tiny... but the flavors are big, big, big." Sam Sifton awards a one spot to Purple Yam in Ditmas Park, where the menu "looks widely across Asia for inspiration, most notably toward Korea, ... 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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    December 9, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Trattoria Cinque; DiGregorio at Tipsy Parson

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds that "it often seems as if Trattoria Cinque isn't trying hard enough to be Roman," while Sarah DiGregorio deems the tipsy parson cake at Tipsy Parson "as likeable as the restaurant." Sam Sifton heads to Madangsui in Koreatown, which "is not much to loo ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    The Bill's Burger Backlash Becomes More Deeply Entrenched: Sam Sifton Joins In

    ldanderson/flickr​ Following the lead of Our Man Sietsema and Alan Richman, Sam Sifton has passed some deeply unimpressed judgment of Bill's Burger.

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    November 11, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Abe & Arthur's; DiGregorio at Laut

    ​This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema struts on down to former discotheque Abe & Arthur's, where despite "some painfully stupid starters... you'd do well to make a meal of apps," while Sarah DiGregorio suffers the sound system at Laut, which manages to nail both iconic versions of laksa, t ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Under Review: Our Man Sietsema at Bark Hot Dogs

    Bark's pickle dog​This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema samples effete franks at Bark Hot Dogs in Park Slope, where "the boiled dogs are basted in a smoked lard-butter combo, which lends an amazing savor." Sam Sifton pays a visit to Imperial Palace, which gets one star as "the zenith of C ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Richman Calls Bullshit on Bill's Bar & Burger, Bloggers

    ​ Alan Richman's not buying into the hype that's been larded on to Bill's Bar & Burger since the press previews that preceded its opening a mere two weeks ago. Richman, writing in GQ, proclaims Bill's "an ordinary spot in the Meatpacking District, where restaurants with low expectations can en ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Golden Palace

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers the shocking flavors of the Chinese province of Shandong at Golden Palace. Pete Wells is unimpressed with Gus and Gabriel, crediting Michael Psilakis with having "perfected a new technology that magically strips out all the taste" from his burger. ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Joseph Leonard; DiGregorio at Mari Vanna

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema falls for Frenchy Joseph Leonard, while Sarah DiGregorio suffers the service at would-be private club Mari Vanna. Betsy Andrews explores the culinary offerings of Staten Island, which may not be reachable by subway but "given the inexpensive tabs, you can af ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    David Chang and Mario Batali: So Important, So Overrated

    Grub Street surveyed members of the gastronobility to assess the "state of our food union," questioning the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Alan Richman, Gael Greene, and LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold. Unsurprisingly, New York figured largely into their appraisal: David Chang and Mario Batali were named two ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Cowgirl Sea Horse; DiGregorio at Bhatti Indian Grill

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema slums it at Cowgirl Sea Horse, which "offers the type of cooking we used to call 'white trash,'" while Sarah DiGregorio gnaws on lamb bone at Bhatti Indian Grill, where the lamb kebab "dazzles." Restaurant Girl discovers a cozy nook in The Mott, where Chef B ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema At Saraghina in Bed-Stuy

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema makes a meal of apps at new Bed-Stuy pizzeria Saraghina... and the pizza's not bad, either. Bruni shocks us all by making his final review a one-star for The Redhead in the East Village, where "the fried chicken is never greasy... and a roasted pork chop is ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at a Handful of New Thais in Queens

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema checks out four new Thai restaurants in Woodside and Astoria, and will definitely be going back to two of them. Bruni's second-to-last review is a glowing ode to Eleven Madison Park, to which he awards four stars, after raising his rating from two to three s ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Liman

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema indulges in some (hopefully sustainable) ultra-fresh seafood at Liman. Bruni's third to last review is of a slipping Union Square Cafe. The beloved Danny Meyer restaurant lost one star from the three William Grimes awarded it in 1999. [NY Times] Restaurant ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Anella; DiGregorio at Table 8

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema navigates the menu at inconsistent Anella, while Sarah DiGregorio reckons that Govind Armstrong missed the boat at Table 8. Bruni found himself wishing for the "opulence" of A Voce dishes, yet still awards Locanda Verde a two-spot, surmising that, despite th ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema at Watty & Meg; DiGregorio at Pho Sure

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds shrimp in his mash at Watty & Meg, while Sarah DiGregorio samples the pun-filled menu at Pho Sure. Bruni pays a visit to Aldea, where he feels that George Mendes's "usually intelligent, intriguing and highly skilled work is undercut at times by a tende ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Under Review--Harlem's Fried Fish Church Returns; Authenticity Is the Name of Keste's Pizza Game

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema gets to fulfill his hankering for A Taste of Seafood once again, while Sarah DiGregorio channels her inner Napolitana at Keste. Fatty Crab UWS earns a deuce from Bruni, who finds a sense of fun in such specialties as the fatty dog, "a pork shoulder sausage t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema Gets Fishy at Sol-Mar; DiGregorio Goes Ramen-Crazy at ZuZu Ramen

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema gets his fish on at Sol-Mar, while Sarah DiGregorio follows the ramen craze to Brooklyn at ZuZu Ramen. Bruni enjoys some "lovely fish" at Fishtail by David Burke, but is most impressed by the cauliflower. [NY Times] Adam Platt has "expertly crisped" whole b ... 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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    March 11, 2009

    Week In Reviews

    This week in the Voice, Sarah DiGregorio reviews La Fonda del Sol, while Robert Sietsema visits Mustang Thakali Kitchen. Here's what critics are reviewing elsewhere:Bruni gives 10 Downing two stars, saying the owners were right to take a chance on the notorious chef Jason Neroni.[NY Times]Restaurant ... More >>

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