Ryan Sutton

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    April 17, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Interpretation of Dreams at Pearl & Ash; Outstanding Seafood at Kittery

    Spring is ripe with surprises (80 degrees, 40 degrees, you know the drill). This week, our professional eaters explored two curveball restaurants and were pleasantly delighted--though not equally--by each. Tejal Rao appreciated the food at Pearl & Ash more than the dark and noisy space on the Bowery ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Brooklyn Ramen and Parallel-Universe Mexican

    Despite the calendar's promises, New York doesn't seem to know that it's spring. Perhaps our food critics had a feeling that the winter chill would linger in the air, as they both sought out belly-warming comfort food this week. Robert Sietsema slurped up ramen at Suzume and Ganso, while Tejal Rao o ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Social Eatz Closed in Midtown; 'Ino Shutters in West Village

    Angelo Sosa's Social Eatz closed on March 1 in Midtown East. Ryan Sutton tweeted a letter he found posted on the restaurant door yesterday morning that announced its shutter. Sosa Restaurant Group will debut a new restaurant concept in the same location over the next few weeks. Sosa posted on Social ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Catch Up With Our Food Critics: Rao Enjoys "New York Nordic" and Sietsema Finds "Perfect Jerk"

    This week, our restaurant critics ventured beyond the Manhattan dining scene, with Robert Sietsema on the hunt for authentic Jamaican jerk all over Flatbush, and Tejal Rao sampling new Nordic dishes at Williamsburg's Aska. How did their Brooklyn choices stack up? Read on to find out.

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    February 28, 2013

    Catch Up with Our Food Critics: Rao Pans Tribeca Canvas; Sietsema Feasts at The Marrow

    This week, Tejal Rao and Robert Sietsema dine at two of the city's buzziest new restaurants, Tribeca Canvas and The Marrow. How did our critics rate Morimoto's "fancy fast food" concept and Harold Dieterle's family-inspired spot? Find out after the break.

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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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    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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    October 31, 2012

    Rounding Up Post-Sandy Restaurant Reviews

    Due to, well, you know, many of city's critics have not published restaurant reviews this week. However, a few of New York's professional diners were able to eat through the storm. Here's how they fared.

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    September 26, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Balkanika, Tejal Rao at 606 R&D

    Robert Sietsema dives into the pan-Balkan cuisine at Balkanika, where 18 dips are neatly displayed in tubs. Located in Hell's Kitchen, Balkanika adds a passel of Balkan hot dishes served as main courses and a cheeses and charcuterie list that emphasizes Eastern European products: "Other hard-to-find ... 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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    January 4, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Kutsher's Tribeca; Lauren Shockey at La Promenade des Anglais

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema noshes on Jewish-American gems such as pastrami and gefilte fish at Tribeca newcomer Kutsher's. He especially enjoyed the starters and stews: "The matzo-ball soup ($11) is close to perfection, with a clear, light broth and crushed-cracker orbs of the 'big ball ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Indian Clove; Lauren Shockey at Mas(la grillade)

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema takes to his bike and visits Staten Island's Indian Clove: "Despite its obscure location not far from Staten Island's Atlantic coast, this slightly upscale spot might be the great multi-regional Indian restaurant we've all been waiting for." Lauren Shockey wa ... 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 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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    October 26, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Catania; Lauren Shockey at The Cannibal

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers Sicilian in Brooklyn Heights, but not Palermo-Sicilian, at Catania. Lauren Shockey goes all carnivorous at The by Liz BarclayCatania; not Palermo!​ Eric Asimov approves of Salinas: "Classic, simple tapas like grilled bread sprea ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Frank Bruni: With Romera, Foodism Has Gone Too Far

    Bruni back in the critic's seat, sort of.​While Ryan Sutton fumes over the lack of transparency at Romera, where he has been having a very hard time getting a straight answer about the price of wine, Frank Bruni takes a critical -- if not quite a food critic's -- look at the new $245-per-perso ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at The Cardinal

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is pleasantly surprised by The Cardinal: "The menu reads well. It offers no appetizers. There's something reassuring about that, in contrast to the current practice of making you comb through a half-dozen categories to assemble your dinner with no idea what th ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Osteria Cotta; Lauren Shockey at Ellabess

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema goes pan-Italian at Osteria Cotta: "It's a type of restaurant you'd never see in Italy: There's something on the menu for everyone, from almost every region of the country." Lauren Shockey is less than thrilled with her visit to Ellabess: "The restaurant start ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Would You Pay $250 For A Free Concert By A To-Be-Confirmed Band?

    If you're not doing anything else with it... ​Back in the bubbly, heady days of 2007 the idea of rock-and-roll class wars was stoked by Social@Ross, a $15,000, five-concert series in the Hamptons that had big names like Billy Joel and Prince and that got deeply discounted before not being aske ... 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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    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 30, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Sol de Quito; Lauren Shockey at Mehtaphor

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema fills up on authentic Ecuadorian at Sol de Quito; Lauren Shockey finds hits and misses at Mehtaphor, but at least doesn't get bored. Sam Sifton files on two new Indians, Tulsi and

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    February 2, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Delmonico's; Lauren Shockey at Mono Mono

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema revisits Delmonico's and finds its oldest dishes as impressive as ever. Lauren Shockey is jazzed about Mono Mono. Sam Sifton awards one star to The Fat Radish: "The menu at the Fat Radish is British after a fashion, rustic at that, lighter than its promise, o ... 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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    January 24, 2011

    Lotus of Siam Founders Pull Out

    Robert SietsemaNorthern Larb at Lotus of Siam​After a flurry of mixed reviews, husband-and-wife team Bill and Saipin Chutima have decided to leave the New York branch of their acclaimed Las Vegas Thai restaurant, Lotus of Siam. Diner's Journal spoke to their daughter, Pennapa Chutima, who said ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Caliu; Lauren Shockey at FishTag

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema checks out the latest addition to New York's tapashere: Caliu. Lauren Shockey gets past the unfortunate name of Michael Psilakis's new restaurant, FishTag, and proceeds to have a nice meal. Sam Sifton awards two stars to Ciano, citing, "[Shea] Gallante's food ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Robert Sietsema Heads Uptown to Szechuan Chalet

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds authentic Sichuan uptown -- of all places -- at Szechuan Chalet.​ Sam Sifton awards two stars to Lincoln: "[S]uccess in the kitchen does not mean Lincoln yet works well as a restaurant. On that score, [chef Jonathan] Benno and the Patina Group sti ... 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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    June 9, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Peruvian Bodega-Turned-Resto, Coney Island Taste

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets treated to giant heaps of fried seafood at former Peruvian bodega Coney Island Taste. Sam Sifton awards Torrisi Italian Specialties two stars: "Over the course of a number of meals, over a number of months, the restaurant shows itself to be towering in i ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Skovorodka; Sarah DiGregorio at Colicchio & Sons

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema rides the Q to Brighton Beach for "regional fare from former Soviet republics" at Skovorodka. Sarah DiGregorio finds that the food at Colicchio & Sons "lacks focus and, somehow, verve." Meanwhile, Sam Sifton was impressed enough to award Colicchio & Sons thre ... 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 23, 2009

    Under Review: DiGregorio at Lan Sheng; Sietsema on Dining Trends of the Aughts

    This week in the Voice, Sarah DiGregorio discovers delicious, authentic Sichuan and a labor dispute at Lan Sheng. Our Man Sietsema rounds up the decade's best dining and drinking trends (Neapolitan pizza! Ramen! Beer!). Sam Sifton revisits La Grenouille, pronouncing it "a classic French restaurant. ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Who Will Replace Bruni?

    Frank Bruni's gig at the Times is coming to an end in about three weeks. That means that his replacement has likely already been chosen--Bruni writes in his memoir that each critic is given several weeks of preparatory time, basically to fly all over the world and eat in the best restaurants. So i ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema Hits the Only Iraqi Restaurant in Town, La Kabbr

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema delves into authentic Iraqi cuisine at La Kabbr. Frank Bruni has a hard time getting a table at Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar, but when he finally does, encounters "supple and sweet" lobster thermidor and "watery" linguine, earning the good-looking establishme ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema Loves Afghani Boiled Meats; DiGregorio Tries to Do Inakaya on the Cheap(ish)

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema is at Afghani kabab specialist Balkh Shish Kabab House where he discovers that the grilled kabobs, like keema kabab, are good, but the selection of boiled meats is the restaurant's secret specialty. DiGregorio heads to midtown's Inakaya, a spot already known ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Bruni Gives John Dory Two Stars

    The Times' Frank Bruni reviews the John Dory today, and, like New York's Adam Platt and Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton, he gives the place just two stars. While Bruni makes a point of saying he immensely admires both chef April Bloomfield and sommelier David Lynch in his review, he has less admiration for ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Critical Mass: Shang

    Last week our own Sarah DiGregorio reviewed Shang (17 Orchard Street), the first New York project from acclaimed Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee. She noted that "Shang has all the trappings of a middling hotel restaurant" with waiters always trying to upsell, overpriced cocktails, and a predictably sl ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Critical Mass: John Dory

    The reviews are beginning to come in for the John Dory (85 Tenth Avenue), the hotly anticipated fishy collaboration between April Bloomfield, she of Spotted Pig acclaim, and restauranteur Ken Friedman. Between New York, NY Daily News, and Bloomberg, the restaurant averages a disappointing two and tw ... More >>