Ryan Sutton

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Blanca Reservations, Empanadas, and Taj Tribeca in Today's Neighborhood News

    It's a beautiful Thursday, New York City. Here's a look at what's happening in restaurant news around the city.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    New Restaurant Reviews: Cafe Cluny, Nightingale 9

    Is it summer yet? Not quite. But our dining professionals found themselves in the kind of casually inviting spaces that seem to usher in the warm weather (at least, we hope they will). Robert Sietsema checked in on longtime West Village favorite Cafe Cluny, while Tejal Rao ventured to Carroll Garde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2012

    Badgering the Pizza at Nicoletta

    Has Michael White made amends yet?

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Robert Sietsema At Tacos Cachanilla; Tejal Rao At Neta

    Robert Sietsema visits Tacos Cachanilla, one of the city's most evolved taquerias: "Relatively new to New York, these 'market tacos' are fabricated from giant flatbreads too big to be called tortillas. Also within find yellow rice, fried chile strips, onions cooked to softness, and--brace yourself-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Pete Zaaz; Tejal Rao at Landbrot

    Robert Sietsema goes for pizza at Pete Zaaz and is impressed with the Mexican chorizo "with a zesty tomato sauce, queso blanco, pickled onions, nuggets of skinless sausage, and--odd man out--slivers of kiwi." Tejal Rao tries the fare at Landbrot, the German all-day café and bakery in the West Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Boukiés; Tejal Rao at Zutto

    Robert Sietsema pays a visit to Boukiés: "The most exciting part of the menu is Pitarakia, those savory phyllo pastries of which spanakopita is the most well-known. You can get pies filled with feta and drizzled with honey or ones enwrapping an herby seafood combo." Tejal Rao goes to Joshua Smookl ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Little Pepper; Tejal Rao at La Vara

    See what NYC's restaurant critics have been up to this week: Robert Sietsema tries the Sichuan fare at Little Pepper: "The tiny chunks of light and dark meat lurk among bales of toasted red chiles, and for once, the peppers seem to have conferred their hotness on the poultry. Raw sesame seeds scat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Dosas and Tacos

    This week in food blogs... Serious Eats does a round-up on seven can't-miss-dosas in New York City. In honor of Mother's Day, Gourmet Live has a post on a mom's five kitchen rules for her kids. One of them: hone your multitasking talents. Ryan Sutton at The Price Hike gives his take on why Empel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Taste of India and Thali (Food) Court; Lauren Shockey at Battersby

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema travels to New Jersey's Taste of India and Thali (Food) Court, where he finds that the Newport Centre Mall's options do not disappoint even the most refined palates: "Vegetable commonplaces such as chana masala (chickpeas bobbing in mellow gravy), palak paneer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Shanghai Asian Cuisine; Lauren Shockey at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

    Super soup dumplings​ This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema sucks up soup dumplings at Shanghai Asian Cuisine -- which might serve the city's best: "With a skin so thin, it's a challenge getting them from steamer to mouth intact. The accompanying tongs (utensils, not gang members) are useles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Tertulia; Lauren Shockey at Hot Kitchen

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema tries Tapas at West Village newcomer Tertulia. He loves the piqueos, but advises against the main picks, as they seem "poorly executed." Lauren Shockey samples the spice of dining life with Hot Kitchen, an East Village Chinese resto. The only not-so-hot plat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at La Mar; Lauren Shockey at RedFarm

    Raw power?​This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema relishes the raw selections at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, but can't fully stomach the eatery's carbophobic causas.  Lauren Shockey plays with her food at RedFarm, which boasts Pac Man-like shrimp dumplings along with other unique apps.Eric As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at He Nan Flavor; Lauren Shockey at Beecher's Handmade Cheese

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers authentic Henan on the Lower East Side at He Nan Flavor. Lauren Shockey sips a Grilled Cheese Martini at Beecher's Handmade Cheese.Liz BarclayCurd-ish pleasures at Beecher's​ Adam Platt isn't exactly charmed by the new West Village Fatty 'Cue ( ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at St. Anselm

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds mostly hits and a few misses at the recently reopened St. Anselm: "The appetizers were terrif... Which is not to say a steady hand always rested on the tiller of the restaurant." Sam Sifton approves of Danji: "Hooni Kim, who opened this place in Decembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Bhim's Café and Lali Guras; Lauren Shockey at Sa Aming Nayon

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema treks out to Queens' Little Himalayas for momos and other Nepalese stables at Bhim's Café and Lali Guras. Lauren Shockey welcomes Filipino food back to the East Village at Sa Aming Nayon.​ Sam Sifton awards a star each to Palm and Palm Too: "Palm is fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at The Trilby

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds "unexpectedly grand" food at The Trilby, the latest incarnation of The Cooper Square Hotel's restaurant. Steve Cuozzo finds hits and misses at Boulud Sud: "Its creations vary in finesse, as they do in origin. 'Sud?' my Paris-born friend sniffed of the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Sietsema Judges Plethora of Pizzas at 900 Degrees; Shockey Spends Big at Bouley's Brushstroke

    No, 900 Degrees isn't a new boyband; it's the Greenwich Village offshoot of a San Francisco pizzeria, where the Voice's Robert Sietsema was a bit overwhelmed by the six different categories of pizza, from the fantastic Naples pies to the "rib-sticking, but unremarkable" thick Sicilian pies to the gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Man'ouChe; Lauren Shockey at Spasso

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers "the city's most intimate look at today's Lebanese vernacular cuisine" at Man'ouChe; Lauren Shockey finds hits and misses at Spasso.​ Sam Sifton revisits Gotham Bar and Grill, allowing it to retain its three stars: "A meal at Gotham is about y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey at The Brooklyn Star

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds that "the food runs from inspired to terrible" at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey drinks the Kool-Aid at the Brooklyn Star. Sam Sifton awards The National Bar and Dining Rooms one star: "[The décor] is appetizing, as it happens: it is the sort of restaurant w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Papaye, Uptown African Restaurant and Accra; Lauren Shockey at Tenpenny

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema goes West African at Papaye, Uptown African Restaurant, and Accra. Lauren Shockey finds fun and value in Midtown at Tenpenny.​ Sam Sifton discovers the reason Brooklyn Heightians are staying close to home these days, awarding Colonie one star: "Long and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet; Lauren Shockey at the John Dory Oyster Bar

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema delves into authentic Taiwanese at Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet, while Lauren Shockey finds a few things fishy at the John Dory Oyster Bar.​ Sam Sifton lets Veritas keep its three stars, pronouncing it "now worth visiting again. ... [Chef Sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Fedora; Lauren Shockey at Graffit

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gorges himself on Quebecois-accented food at Fedora in "Little Wisco"; Lauren Shockey experiments with Graffit: "While not everything is a smash success, the food is playful and visually compelling."​ Sam Sifton is unimpressed with Fishtag, deeming it " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Andre's Café; Lauren Shockey at Mary Queen of Scots

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers authentic Hungarian comfort food on the Upper East Side; Lauren Shockey is bored by oodles of tartan and whiskey at Mary Queen of Scots. San Sifton is charmed by Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan: "Those who recall when Chinese food first began to matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Harold Dieterle's Kin Shop

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema approves of Kin Shop: "When [Harold Dieterle] debuted Perilla in 2007, it wasn't a marquee assignment, but a small West Village bistro that gradually attracted a fervent following. Now, after a measured period of time, he's opened a second place a few blocks d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Donatella

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a lot of love for the pies at Donatella: "Of all the places in town making the laughable assertion that they're re-creating 'the true pie of Naples' (some even have a certificate from Verace Pizza Napoletana to prove it!), Donatella's comes closest." Sam ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Sam Sifton Previews Eataly; Ryan Sutton Slams Del Posto

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema, Sarah DiGregorio, and Rebecca Marx reveal their top picks for eats and treats in the city. Elsewhere... Sam Sifton offers an early look at Eataly: "It's groceries. To be fair, though: those groceries are pretty good... Il Pesce is worth visiting... There is ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 23, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at The Commodore; Sarah DiGregorio at Takashi

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema has a stiff drink and the usual "retro-Southern-locavoric-hash-house fare" at The Commodore in Williamsburg. Sarah DiGregorio chews on some raw tripe and grills beef heart at Takashi. Sam Sifton approves of the newly reopened Annisa, where Anita Lo, "is not b ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Halikarnas and Marmaris; Sarah DiGregorio at 5 & Diamond

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema takes to Sheepshead Bay to visit Halikarnas and Marmaris, two competing Turkish seafood spots; while Sarah DiGregorio heads up to Harlem to see just how Twitter-happy chef Ryan Skeen is holding up at 5 & Diamond. Sam Sifton approves of Takashi: "a modest and ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Casa Calamari; Sarah DiGregorio at d.o.b. 111 & Mikey's Burger

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema visits Casa Calamari, "one of Brooklyn's last great focaccerias." Sarah DiGregorio checks out Michael "Bao" Huynh's latest: d.o.b. 111 and Mikey's Burger. Sam Sifton awards Fatty 'Cue a star. Despite it being "dark and shouty inside... the food is incredibly ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Hibino; Sarah DiGregorio at El Quinto Pino

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the "heart of Japanese cuisine" at Hibino in Cobble Hill; Sarah DiGregorio finds a few missteps at El Quinto Pino, but doesn't mind because "the place is fun, and spirited." Sam Sifton awards Recette two stars, despite the restaurant earning tepid r ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    February 3, 2010

    Sietsema at Sapthagiri; DiGregorio at Torrisi Italian Specialties and Despana

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema samples an array of vegetarian southern Indian, including Jain and Swaminarayan food, at Sapthagiri in Jersey City. Sarah DiGregorio makes a couple of meals out of the Italian-American bites at Torrisi Italian Specialties and the Spanish tapas at Despana. Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 2, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Saltie; DiGregorio at Mercat Negre

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema sets sail for deliciousness at the nautically inspired Saltie, while Sarah DiGregorio discovers authentic Catalan at Mercat Negre. Sam Sifton finds what while "certainly there is excellent food at SD26... the answer to changing tastes is not perhaps to... in ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Ovelia Psistaria; DiGregorio at Los Feliz & Dos Toros

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema follows the call of the best fries in town to Greek grillmaster Ovelia Psistaria, while Sarah DiGregorio delves into the different flavors of Mexicana at Los Feliz & Dos Toros. Sam Sifton approves of A Voce Columbus, despite it being "a corporate enterprise, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Ambiance; DiGregorio at SD26

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema gets well fed at Ambiance in Carnasie, while Sarah DiGregorio tries to find warmth at SD26. Sam Sifton drops in on Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote, where there is "no real menu to speak of. There is only salad and steak frites... And you know what? It's terr ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at The Smith; DiGregorio at DBGB

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema drops in one what might be the city's "most perfect gastropub yet": The Smith; while Sarah DiGregorio revels in the sausages at DBGB. Former Top Chef darling Govind Armstrong gets no stars out of Bruni for the food at the New York outpost of his L.A. restaur ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Under Review--Sietsema At An Choi; DiGregorio At Aldea

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema puts newcomer An Choi's banh mi to the test; while Sarah DiGregorio ducks it up Iberian-style at Aldea. Bruni knocks two stars off of Spice Market now that the restaurant has expanded to Atlanta, Istanbul and Doha, Qatar, which could be the reason "sloppines ... More >>

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