Pete Wells

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    October 24, 2014

    The Long Island Bar Outs 'Pete Wells' on Instagram

    Critics can no longer hide from tech savvy owners.A photo posted by The Long Island Bar (@longislandbar) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:26am PDT Wondering what Pete Wells looks like? Have a long hard look at this photo the Long Island Bar (110 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-625-8908) just posted in its ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Hey, Pete Wells -- There's No Such Thing as Free Bread

    Last week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells waxed nostalgic for an era when diners were treated to free bread and water as soon as they sat down at a table. You can still get tap water, Wells acknowledges, but you have to sheepishly ask for it. As for the bread, he writes: ...[T]here's no ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Share the Spreads at El Omda; Red Gravy Lays It on Thick

    This week, our professional eaters sought out plates that reminded them of home -- if not theirs, then someone else's. In Astoria, Robert Sietsema enjoyed an Egyptian feast at El Omda, while Tejal Rao sopped up the sauce at Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights. How did our critics rate their Middle Easte ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Under Review: Sietsema is in Spicy Heaven at Sweet Yummy House; Rao Devours "Fresh-Killed" Chicken at Hanjan

    For our own Robert Sietsema, hearing the name Sweet Yummy House "conjured up gingerbread dwellings deep in the woods made by witches." In reality, the Elmhurst restaurant is one of the city's newest Sichuan restaurants, specializing in "delicious peculiarities resulting from fusion with other cuisin ... 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 23, 2013

    Crisp and Chewy Pizza at Juliana's; Spectacular Japanese Food at Chez Sardine

    Tejal Rao visited pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi's new outpost, Juliana's, where the pies are made with an old-fashioned touch -- cheese first, sauce last. The method allows the "tomato sauce [to] protect the cheese like sunblock," Rao writes in her review of Juliana's." The benefits of such care are c ... 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 27, 2012

    London Calling Brooklyn at Dear Bushwick; Chinese by Way of Peru at Chifa

    This week, Tejal Rao checks in at a "spot of warmth" on the otherwise gloomy Wilson Avenue, Dear Bushwick. Having previously honed her skills at Goat Town, chef Jessica Wilson offers "English-inspired dishes with American ingredients" and assures us that "this is the sort of simple, seasonal food th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Unhatched Ducklings at Jeepney; Smoking Up Meat at BrisketTown

    Our own Tejal Rao visits the East Village's Jeepney, the latest venture from the Maharlika family, to try the unhatched duckling eggs at the "modern Filipino gastropub" in her review of Jeepney. She offers some guidelines for enjoying the small bites: "Think of the impossibly pure broth you get when ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Watch Guy Fieri Wear Studded Leather and Do Rock of Ages

    What a winter Guy Fieri has had. Pete Wells can't stand him. Drake gets to Instagram with him. SNL pressed pause on a sketch about him. But Broadway just wants more of him. Last night the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host made a guest appearance in Rock of Ages. And someone made a four-minute mini-do ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Cocoron; Robert Sietsema at Nargis Cafe

    This week, our own Tejal Rao found the beauty in buckwheat at Nolita's Cocoron. Of the restaurant's signature soba, she writes that "the noodles here have soul and bite. A massive pot of water rolls in the back of the kitchen, sending up a clean, perfumed steam." This second location for husband an ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    On Guy Fieri and "Quiet Classism" in Restaurant Reviews

    If you've been following the social media world today, you've most certainly caught some chatter about the Times' Pete Wells's review of Guy Fieri's new Times Square restaurant, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. And if not, let's catch up. See More: Searching for Guy Fieri At Guy's American Kitchen 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 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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    October 22, 2012

    Dessert Dilemma: Pete Wells Acknowledges Similarities in Dishes at Blanca and Dirt Candy

    Following up on his New York Times review of Blanca last week, Pete Wells points to a Twitter comment that calls out startling similarities between a dessert served by the restaurant's pastry chef Katy Peez, and one offered by Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy.

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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 >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2012

    Badgering the Pizza at Nicoletta

    Has Michael White made amends yet?

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    October 10, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Nicoletta, Tejal Rao at Ducks Eatery

    Robert Sietsema visits Nicoletta in hopes that chef Michael White had made amends to all of the negative press: "I took another bite of that disappointing crust, and my mind went back to college: It tasted like the Tombstone frozen pizzas once served in Wisconsin bars and warmed in lightbulb cabinet ... 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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    August 30, 2012

    Robert Sietsema At Masak; Tejal Rao At Governor

    Robert Sietsema says that Singaporean joint Masak is Asian rustic: "But instead of making diners dodge crab-shell fragments like at Fatty Crab, Masak delivers the primmer and more approachable chili crab dip." Tejal Rao heads out to DUMBO and eats at Governor, where she notes that the chef is both ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Rosemary's; Tejal Rao at Hillside

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema files a piece on Rosemary's in the West Village. He compares the restaurant's recipes to that of Italian pasta guru Alfredo Viazzi: "While one is often well-advised not to stray into secondi in Tuscan-style restaurants bec ... 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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    July 20, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Calliope; Robert Sietsema at Food Gallery 32

    Tejal Rao hits up French country-bistro fare at Calliope in the East Village. Although there were a few glitches in the service, she is overall impressed: "Pity the person who orders the roast chicken, a breast covered in a glorious, impossibly golden skin, beside a cigar of rich, confit-stuffed cab ... More >>

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    July 15, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Yunnan Kitchen; Tejal Rao at WD-50

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema pays a visit to Yunnan Kitchen and says that although the food can be quite good, some dishes are "mind-numbingly" bland: "That's the case with a small plate of scrambled eggs with dull-tasting jasmine flowers, which only ... 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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    June 15, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Pok Pok Ny; Robert Sietsema on Eldridge Street

    Tejal Rao fights the crowds and manages to snatch a seat at Pok Pok Ny: "Ricker gives traditional dishes attention and respect but doesn't fetishize them or price them unreasonably. That's why there are crowds. Go! You're likely to enjoy most every dish, unless you bring along a killjoy who insists ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Parish Hall; Tejal Rao at Per Se

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema checks out Parish Hall in Williamsburg: "The dinner menu at Parish Hall boasts several interesting preparations--including a soft-boiled egg with ham crumbs in a smoked-parsnip slurry--but the eatery really comes into its ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Tejal Rao at Perla; One Star for La Silhouette

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Tejal Rao makes her inaugural review in this week's Voice with a write-up of rustic Italian Perla on Minetta Lane: "Perla's long menu is divided traditionally--antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni--and if you're wearing your eatin' pants, ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Genting Palace; Four Stars for Atera

    See what the city's restaurant critics have been up to this week: In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema tries the dim sum over at Genting Palace: "Odd for a Chinese restaurant, there's an outdoor terrace with tables that will presumably at some future point allow you to enjoy some of the city's bes ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Super Linda's Matt Abramcyk Talks Branding, Dinner and a Show Part 1

    Super Linda is not Matt Abramcyk's first Tribeca restaurant, and it's certainly not his last (but more on that in part two tomorrow). The finance guy turned nightclub honcho now spearheads a mini-empire of restaurants in the neighborhood once dominated by Mr. DeNiro. We caught up with the laid-back ... 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 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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    March 7, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Mercado on Kent; Lauren Shockey at Talde

    See what the city's restaurant critics have been up to this week:

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    March 7, 2012

    RedFarm, Yelped!

    We've read a lot about Yelp in the news lately. The company went public on March 2, and the press was abuzz with speculation about and investigation into its financial health and sources of ad revenue. The site also popped up in Pete Wells' latest review of RedFarm, the Times critic saying that the ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Coluck; Lauren Shockey at Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop

    Robert Sietsema wanders around the Chinatown Arcade and samples some Chinese-fusion café fare at Coluck: "Well, they'll feed you cheaply and copiously with foods that seem like a merging of neighborhood Chinese and the cooking of a culinarily challenged English mom who, strapped for time, pulls a b ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Hard Apple Cider Here and Abroad

    A drink once called "English champagne," hard apple cider has had its highs and lows in popularity both here and across the pond. Last week in the Guardian, Pete Wells wrote that hard cider made by smaller producers using traditional methods and a higher juice content has recently been taking over E ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    The Amstel Light Burger Bash and a Week of Burger Competitions

    ​The Amstel Light Burger Bash competition, which took place last Saturday at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, capped off a week of animated searching for the best and worst burger nationwide and here in the city.

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    February 15, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Bowery Diner; Lauren Shockey at Brasilina

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema questions whether Bowery Diner really qualifies as a diner: "There are whelks, for God's sake -- just try requesting those in a Greek diner -- served raw or cooked with garlic butter. You'll also find periwinkles, Jonah crab claws, oysters, scallops, clams, mu ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, Yelped

    Alexia NaderCured meat is serious business ​Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria just received three stars from Times critic Pete Wells, who said that the cured meats served there are "among the finest salumi in the country." But the restaurant has gotten more mixed reviews from the carnivores on Yelp ... 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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    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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    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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    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 5, 2009

    Bruni Replacement By End of Week; Betting On In-House

    The Observer reports that Times' executive editor Bill Keller will announce Bruni's replacement by the end of the week (he hopes). A source says that the candidates were narrowed down to a short list--three from inside the Times, one from outside--and that the editors will likely go with a replaceme ... More >>

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