Gael Greene

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    June 24, 2013

    Woman's Day's 1964 Gallery of Cat Portraits Broke the Internet Before There Was One

    Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Woman's Day magazine Date: January, 1964 Publisher: Fawcett Publications Discovered at: Vermont Antique Mall, Queechee, Vermont The Cover Promises: The only thi ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Food Lovers Hit With Diet Tips

    ​Every treadmill is taken, the quinoa shelf is empty, and orange-juice-fast bags hang off the shoulders of legging-clad ladies. It must be January. Post-New Year's, everyone, and their mother, makes resolutions, vowing to cut out alcohol and give up white bread. And even though the food world is ... 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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    August 10, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at New World Mall Food Court

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples the goods at the New World Mall Food Court in Flushing: "After being disappointed by the Sichuan fare, we quickly switched to other Chinese regions and found ourselves more satisfied." Sam Sifton awards two stars to Boulud Sud: "To the list of terrifi ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Jones Wood Foundry; Lauren Shockey at Monument Lane

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples Brit bites -- not English tapas! -- at Jones Wood Foundry; Lauren Shockey finds Monument Lane a bit of a bore.​ Sam Sifton is enchanted by Brushstroke: "The menus are the product of thousands of hours of research and testing by Mr. Bouley and hi ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Phayul; Lauren Shockey at The Astor Room

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets a spicy surprise, namely "reconfigured Sichuan fare," at Tibetan café Phayul; Lauren Shockey discovers "totally passé eats" at The Astor Room.​ Sam Sifton approves of Empellón: "one of the more captivating restaurants to open in recent months, w ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Lauren Shockey Likes It Hot at Zabb Elee; Sifton Takes Masa Down a Peg

    This week in the Voice, Lauren Shockey orders her food "Thai hot" at the East Village offshoot of Queens restaurant Zabb Elee and is delighted to find a menu that "traverses a maze of sour, tangy, and piquant flavors, each brighter than the next." Sam Sifton shocks the New York restaurant scene by ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011
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    May 25, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Dean Street; Lauren Shockey at Bi Lokma

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a gastropub revelation at Dean Street in Prospect Heights, where chef Mike Franzetti "illustrates state-of-the-art principles in gastropub menu construction." Lauren Shockey heads to Bi Lokma for Turkish "chow just like babaanne--er, granny--used to make." ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Gael Greene Asks Us to Remember Craig Claiborne

    ​When the Barneys' holiday windows went up last November, Gael Greene took exception to the absence of Craig Claiborne from the display, which featured food innovators and "personalities" past and present. Today, she uses her Fork Play newsletter to elaborate upon her displeasure, and to make ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Lotus of Siam; Lauren Shockey at Karloff

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is happy to discover that Lotus of Siam delivers "a level of pungency rarely seen in Siamese restaurants on this coast," but advises not to "stop trekking to Queens just yet." Lauren Shockey settles into Karloff, where the food "isn't fancy but has that cooked ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Polonica; Lauren Shockey at Osteria Morini

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets drunk on gravy at Polonica; Lauren Shockey manages to not turn into a fat tortellini at Osteria Morini. Sam Sifton approves of Anella: "the food is a wonder: a tight and focused menu of simple, seasonally appropriate food from Joseph Ogrodnek, a talented ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Robert Sietsema on the New York-Montreal Food Connection

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema explores the relationship between New York and Montreal food. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Harold Dieterle's Kin Shop, even though it's not quite authentic Thai: "[It's] an American restaurant that serves food prepared using Thai flavors, a restaurant that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    A Remembrance of the Ice Cream Connection

    Ah, the ice cream and sexism of yesteryear.​Given the news of yet another mom 'n' pop closure -- this one being Williamsburg's 25-year-old Deli Mart, which was apparently the victim of a 40 percent rent hike -- we find ourselves feeling particularly appreciative of Jeremiah Moss's remembrance ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Henan Feng Wei in Flushing

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers unfussy, "amazing!" Northern Chinese at Henan Feng Wei in Flushing. Sam Sifton pokes a bit of fun at expense-account-friendly Lavo: "The menu is Italian by way of a steakhouse, and if the food isn't totally awesome, the portions are huge. You'll lov ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Hill Country Chicken

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is disappointed in the fried chicken at Hill Country Chicken: "Further imitating KFC, two types of chicken are offered at Hill Country. Unfortunately, both are severely flawed." Sam Sifton warns to be careful at Peels: "The magic is fleeting. The menu at Peel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Manzo in Eataly

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food thrilling, but the premises not so much at the beef temple that is Manzo in Eataly. Sam Sifton slums it on the Lower East Side at Xiao Ye, which he deems "an artful misfire: the sort of place that, as [chef-owner Eddie] Huang sadly appears to d ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Tu Do; Sarah DiGregorio at Guayoyo

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema recommends skipping the pho in favor of other dishes at Chinatown Vietnamese Tu Do. Sarah DiGregorio suggests you go for the pork over the beef at Venezuelan Guayoyo. Sam Sifton awards Marc Forgione two stars for food that is, "sometimes sweet. Other times, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Strong Place; Sarah DiGregorio at Gourmet Sweets & Restaurant

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema reckons that Strong Place "might be the most perfect evocation of the Brooklyn bistro to date." Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant "is a testament to all the many wonderful things one can make with humble cuts of meat, lentil ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Bab al Yemen; Sarah DiGregorio at Hawkers and Bai Cha

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys simple roasted meats, Yemeni-style, at Bab al Yemen. Sarah DiGregorio deems Hawkers and Bai Cha, "a late-night kill-a-craving joint" and "adequate lunch spot," respectively. Sam Sifton approves of Nuela: "There is good eating at Nuela, if only you can ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Lu Xiang Yuan; Sarah DiGregorio at Thistle Hill Tavern

    ​This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the cuisine of Qingdao, Shandong at Lu Xiang Yuan a/k/a Hong Shun Restaurant, while Sarah DiGregorio finds cozy New American fare with a twist at Thistle Hill Tavern. Sam Sifton awards a star to Fornino Park Slope for its tasty antipasti and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Testaccio; Sarah DiGregorio at Olio Pizza e Più & Camp de' Fiori

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers true Roman fare at Testaccio in Long Island City; Sarah DiGregorio samples the pies at two new pizzerias: Olio Pizza e Più and Campo de' Fiori. Sam Sfiton awards two stars to Il Matto: "Nothing about the restaurant is perfect... The cocktails... ar ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at I Sodi; Sarah DiGregorio at Co Ba

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema shares his appreciation for I Sodi: "one largely overlooked restaurant in town that has succeeded in reproducing an actual Tuscan bill of fare, such as you might find in roadside osterias near Cortona or Gaiole-in-Chianti." Sarah DiGregorio files on Co Ba in C ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Buka; Sarah DiGregorio at Mrs. Kim's

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema sees his goat-head stew staring back at him at Buka in Clinton Hill, while Sarah DiGregorio finds that new neighborhood Korean Mrs. Kim's hits the mark in Greenpoint. Sam Sifton finds the food at The Lion okay, but complains that it "swapped the warm exclusiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Katmandu Spice; Sarah DiGregorio on Twain's Feast

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema uncovers Brazilian-Nepalese fusion at Katmandu Spice. Sarah DiGregorio takes a break from eating to read Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens. Sam Sifton awards Kenmare no stars, proclaiming that: "the food is i ... 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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    May 26, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Mile End; Sarah DiGregorio at Bromo Satay House

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples the "deeply scarlet, slow-smoked beef brisket" at Mile End. Sarah DiGregorio checks out Bromo Satay House, where "generally, the meat and fish are delicious, while anything in a broth is not." Sam Sifton awards two stars to Prime Meats for food that " ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    Robert Sietsema at Talent Thai Kitchen; Sarah DiGregorio at Fatty 'Cue

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema satisfies his craving for Thai at Talent Thai Kitchen, where "the food on the aggressively pan-Thai menu is worth whatever wait you have to endure." Sarah DiGregorio discovers "what happens when you barbecue duck over an oak fire" at Fatty 'Cue. (Hint: good th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Northern Spy; Sarah DiGregorio at Kuai An Hand Pull Noodles

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is fond of Northern Spy, despite "a certain blandness" about the food that can probably be attributed to the Bay Area-style hands-off approach to food preparation. Sarah DiGregorio samples the latest Fujian-owned Lanzhou noodle joint : Kuai An Hand Pull Noodle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Sietsema at Roman's; DiGregorio at Izakaya Moku

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema finds that, "despite the bittersweet reflection that, if you adore a dish you've eaten, you'll never see it again, the food at Roman's can be spectacular." Sarah DiGregorio enjoys a Japanese invasion of Koreatown at Izakaya Moku. Sam Sifton discovers a relat ... 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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    November 18, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at New Flushing Quingdao M & T Restaurant

    Calvin Godfrey​This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema marvels at the German and Korean influences at M & T Restaurant, a new Quingdao in Flushing. Sam Sifton knocks a star off the reinvented Oceana, deeming the new version to be "a high-functioning luxury mill... a very good restaurant. But ... More >>

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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 7, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Quinto Quarto

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema gets transported to Rome at Quinto Quarto. Pete Wells loosens his grip on his precious stars to award two to Saul Bolton's eponymous restaurant in Brooklyn, despite his nostalgia for the original 1999 menu. [NY Times] Adam Platt finds that "the more ambitio ... 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 2, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at East Harbor Seafood Palace; DiGregorio at the Standard Grill

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema gets a hill of dim sum and then some at East Harbor Seafood Palace, while Sarah DiGregorio manages to wrangle a table at the Standard Grill. Julia Moskin samples shojin ryori, or "devotion cuisine," at Kajitsu, where "vegetables... are twisted and turned, sa ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Top Chef Masters' James Oseland: Best and Worst Dishes, Gael's Hats, and More

    ​James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur Magazine, author of Cradle of Flavor, and a judge on Top Chef Masters, which kicks off its final, champion round tonight. (Oseland was also an editor at Sassy, forever endearing himself to a certain set of youngish women.) In anticipation of the ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    The Early Word: SHO Shaun Hergatt

    ​ After an evening at SHO Shaun Hergatt, it's a long walk out--the restaurant has multiple dining rooms and encompasses 12,500 square feet. Traversing long red-lit corridors, and passing by glass walls stacked with wine bottles, you feel dubious. Not because SHO is a bad restaurant, far from i ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's that time again! Welcome to your Friday afternoon round-up of some of our favorite posts of the week. Maybe we'll see you at the BBQ party this weekend. For now, let's relive the glory, shall we? We got excited about the advent of strawberry season, and got even more excited when a commenter s ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    The 'F' Word & Its Etymological Roots

    No, not that 'F' word. We're referring to the dreaded term: foodie. While we can't stand how eager people are to slap this ubiquitous label onto themselves, we have to agree with Adam Kuban that sometimes it's just a good fit. According to etymologist Barry Popik, we can credit former New York magaz ... More >>

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