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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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    September 14, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Birreria; Lauren Shockey at Left Bank

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema ascends to the summit of Eataly, to Birreria, where "the food is superb." Lauren Shockey is not so impressed by Left Bank: "Although the food and exceptionally friendly service more than pass muster, the culinary creativity is, well, lacking." Sam Sifton, in ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Pakistani Mangoes Are Back; Sugary Cereals Lead to Nagging

    ​The ban on Pakistani mangoes, which was lifted a year ago, is finally truly over for New Yorkers as the first commercial shipment of the prized Chaunsas has arrived. [Wall Street Journal] Like olive oil, there is also a ton of fraudulently labeled San Marzano tomatoes on supermarket shelves ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 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 >>

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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 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 >>

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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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    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 >>

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    May 11, 2011

    2nd Ave Deli Sued for Gutbomb; A Bun in Donatella Arpaia's Oven

    ​The 2nd Ave Deli is being sued by Arizona-based Heart Attack Grill for trademark infringement due to its "Instant Heart Attack Sandwich." [Reuters] For the past year, the Family Life Academy Charter School in the Bronx has served fresh food in the cafeteria, prepared by a professional chef, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey at Edi & The Wolf

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema enjoys the "wacky fusion" of East African, Scandinavian, and North American at Red Rooster; Lauren Shockey gets her schnitzel on at Edi & The Wolf. Sam Sifton echoes what pretty much every critic has to say about Bar Basque: "there is much to enjoy about eati ... 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 >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Cabrito Is Closing

    Laurieinbaltimore/Flickr​Cabrito, the sort-of Mexican restaurant that Our Man Sietsema once described as "nominally a glorified taqueria," is giving up the goat (sorry, couldn't resist). Sam Sifton got on the horn with Zak Pelaccio and learned that the chef will close his two-year-old restaura ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Eddie Huang and His Mom Get the Video Treatment

    Eddie Huang, his mom, and CNN.​If by some remote chance you haven't gotten enough of the Eddie Huang-Xiao Ye-Sam Sifton kerfuffle, then check out CNN's Eatocracy, which has a lengthy video interview with Huang and his mom. Although the familiar territory of Sifton's goose-egg review is trod up ... 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 >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Eddie Huang Responds to Sifton's Review: "Fair Enough"

    The Food NetworkAll's fair...​Although he didn't mince words when Time Out New York gave Xiao Ye a less-than-flattering review, Eddie Huang's reaction to Sam Sifton's no-star appraisal of his restaurant has been uncharacteristically subdued. Huang took to Twitter last night to write, "@samsift ... 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 1, 2010

    Bartender Stabbed Outside the Branded Saloon; South Korea Suffers Kimchi Shortage

    ​A Brooklyn bartender was stabbed outside the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights after his dog became entangled with that of an ex-con. [NY Daily News] Sam Sifton remembers Shorty Tang, the inventor of sesame noodles as we know it, after seeing Tang's biography posted on ... 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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    September 3, 2010

    The Eataly That Almost Wasn't; Not Everyone Loves Di Fara

    This week in food blogs ... Grub Street learned that Eataly's opening may have been delayed a year had the city not cut through some of the red tape. Eater unearthed 10 pieces of completely absurd restaurant merch. Coyote Ugly Saloon riding gloves, anyone? Feast listed its favorite places for gro ... 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 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 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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    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 18, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    There are but a few precious short hours left until the weekend, and thus it is time to cast a fond eye back to the best posts of the week. We ranked Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Food Markets. The battle of Smarties vs. M&M's: an England-U.S. Rematch. Asked the Critics weighed in on th ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Meat Is for Pussies; the 'Sifty Fifty' Snubs

    This week, in food blogs ... Eat Me Daily marveled at the fact that some woman in the U.K. carved a 1,000-pound giant crown made of cheddar and is giving it to the queen. Eater was surprised to learn that Superdive is still going strong -- now with weekly beer pong tournaments and co-ed wet T-shir ... 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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    April 29, 2010

    Another Sign of Restaurant Recovery: New Hires; Is Your Favorite Farmers Market Vendor Really a Farmer?

    ​A brief history of the term "tweezer food," as most recently used by Josh Ozersky in his takedown of Sam Sifton's praising review of Sho Shaun Hergatt. [NY Times] In some farmers markets, the farmers have been replaced: the goods are actually sold by resellers, who buy up produce from farmer ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    In California, the Happy Meal Goes the Way of the Dodo Bird; Donatella Arpaia Dons Chef's Whites

    ​Santa Clara County, south of San Francisco, has decided to ban Happy Meal and other promotional toys that often accompany kids' meals at fast-food chains. [NY Times] The recipe-testing battle between and Cook's Illustrated continues, and the results will be posted on Slate. [ABC N ... 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 2, 2010

    An Ode to Hot Cross Buns; Chocolate-Covered Matzoh Balls

    This week in food blogs... Serious Eats rounded up the latest limited-edition Ben & Jerry's flavors to hit the shelves and pays its respects to the dearly departed Concession Obsession and Wavy Gravy. Feast chatted with David Chang and Ken Friedman, who said he preferred Ssam Bar because he can't ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    A Colicchio Backlash; More Pulino's Hype (From Everyone Except the Pizza Blogger)

    This week in food blogs... Eater hosted a heated debate in its comments section following Sam Sifton's three-star review of Colicchio & Sons. Quoth one reader: "I have eaten there twice, and it's two at best. politics politic and more politics." Grub Street looked back on two years of Fatty 'Cue h ... 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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    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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    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 25, 2009

    The Bill's Burger Backlash Becomes More Deeply Entrenched: Sam Sifton Joins In

    ldanderson/flickr​ Following the lead of Our Man Sietsema and Alan Richman, Sam Sifton has passed some deeply unimpressed judgment of Bill's Burger.

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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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    November 9, 2009

    Soho Stand-by Zoe Is Closing​ Diner's Journal is reporting that Zoe, the "contemporary American" restaurant that's been on Prince Street since 1992, will close by the end of the week. One of its owners, Stephen Loffredo, cited the usual suspects -- a changing neighborhood and a lease that was coming to an end - ... 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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