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Jay Cheshes

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    April 10, 2013

    The Good, the Bad, and the Tartare at Manzanilla; Pay to Pray at Cathedral

    Spring is (finally) in the air and the warm weather seems to be lightening our moods as well as our wardrobes. Did the rising temperatures have the same effect on our critics? Tejal Rao has mixed feelings about Manzanilla in Gramercy, while Robert Sietsema writes a rave for Cathedral in Flatbush. R ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Dine with Descartes at Le Philosophe; Lots of Tongue at Bar Corvo

    Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    A Look at New 'Cue around NYC; Pigs Ears Amidst Chaos at Salvation Taco

    Our own Robert Sietsema surveys the latest barbecue offerings from "the East Village to Gowanus," and finds worthwhile rib-stickers throughout the boroughs. His saucy list of favorites includes Daniel Delany's BrisketTown, "which obsesses on beef brisket smoked in a trailer located just off Flushing ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Experience Derby Days at Maysville; Egghead Heaven at Chennai Flavors

    Our own Tejal Rao appreciates the refined elegance amidst the southern hospitality at Maysville, the new Flatiron restaurant from chef Kyle Knall. The Gramercy Tavern alum shows his roots at his new spot. Rao writes, "Knall has [GT chef Michael] Anthony's reverence for local vegetables, always accom ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Japanese Fast Food on Madison Avenue and Dreamy Gnocchi at L'Apicio

    This week, Tejal Rao tries the pasta and polenta boards at L'Apicio, the new "glassy cathedral" on the Bowery from partners Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale, where Rao says if you added a parking lot "it could be that one restaurant in every American town where the people with money come." While she ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Rao Dines at Atera; Sietsema Revisits Union Square Cafe

    The Voice's Tejal Rao scored a coveted counter seat at Atera, Chef Matthew Lightner's avant garde Tribeca restaurant. The 25 or so courses include sweetbreads with "a barbecue-flavored coating so powerfully sticky that it slows down time, lengthening its gentle flavors, hushing conversation." The V ... More >>

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    July 1, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Reynards; Robert Sietsema at Yemen Café

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Tejal Rao goes to Reynards at the Wythe Hotel and advises patrons to look out for the specials: "A dish of whole fried sardines, layered like the petals of some awesome flower, came one afternoon with roasted potatoes, yogurt, and a gene ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Neely's Barbecue Parlor; Lauren Shockey at Do or Dine

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is shocked to find that, at Neely's Barbecue Parlor, "Much of the food is good, despite hatred of the restaurant spewed by Yelpers and others." Lauren Shockey is charmed by Do or Dine, which "embraces a youthful (but still professional) spirit of chance-taking ... 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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    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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    March 9, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Heartbreak; Lauren Shockey at Cocoron

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema revels in authentic German at Heartbreak, proclaiming that "never has there been anything quite like Heartbreak, which seeks to elevate the culinary status of peasant classics." Lauren Shockey pays a visit to Cocoron, which is "poised to change the city's nood ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Lievito; Lauren Shockey at Junoon

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers a new and delicious breed of pizza bones at Lievito; Lauren Shockey likes the food, but not the boring beige room, at Junoon.​ Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at Lyon: "Some of the food is excellent. ... Best of all are the restaurant's offer ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Eddie Huang: Cheshes a "Clown," Sifton "Felt Like My Dad Talking to Me"

    "Too little too late."​Although Eddie Huang (and his mom) already responded to his no-star Times review on both Twitter and his blog, we'd e-mailed him yesterday morning to get his thoughts on Sam Sifton's disappointed appraisal of Xiao Ye. Huang's currently on vacation in sunnier climes, but ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Grown Men Fighting: Eddie Huang v. Jay Cheshes

    Tasty ChompsHuang serves up some freshly steamed smack.​In this round of Grown Men Fighting, we present to you Eddie Huang v. Jay Cheshes. The former is the owner of Xiao Ye. The latter just

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    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 >>

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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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    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 13, 2010

    Fornino Park Slope's Carry-Out Shop Likely To Open Tomorrow

    Fornino's clam pie​ Flo Fab has a write-up of Fornino Park Slope's new carry-out shop, Fornino At Home, in this week's New York Times food section. A call to the restaurant yields the information that the shop is almost ready and is likely to open tomorrow. It will sell Fornino's pizza-centric ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Casabel Taqueria; Sarah DiGregorio at Seersucker & Peaches HotHouse

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema squeezes into Casabel Taqueria, where "the tacos are happily similar to something you might get from a truck parked on Roosevelt Avenue." Sarah DiGregorio sees Brooklyn heating up with two new Southern-accented newcomers: Seersucker and Peaches HotHouse.​ ... 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 >>

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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

    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 >>

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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 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 >>

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    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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    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 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 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 21, 2009

    Under Review: Voice's Best Of New York Issue

    This week in the Voice, check out our Best Of New York eats, from best bacon to best sustainable fish. Sam Sifton pens a three-star love letter to Marea, comparing the sea urchin and lardo crostini to "kissing an extremely attractive person for the first time." [NY Times] Adam Platt rains on Jose ... 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 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 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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    June 10, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema At Harbour; DiGregorio At Andy's Seafood & Grill

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema swims over to Harbour, although he isn't sure enough of his fellow New Yorkers will follow suit, while Sarah DiGregorio tries to stomach stinky tofu at Andy's Seafood & Grill. Jay Cheshes is less lukewarm about Harbour, with its chef Joe Isidori, who "cooks ... More >>

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