Sam Sifton

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    October 10, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    Fall is in full swing, and there are dozens of parties happening here each weekend. Here are the five best food events this weekend.

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    October 23, 2012

    Sam Sifton's Releases Thanksgiving Cookbook Today

    Did you know there are only 37 days left until Thanksgiving? Sam Sifton did. His first book, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well, hits bookstores today. You can go ahead and preheat your ovens now.

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    October 19, 2011

    Sam Sifton's Vacated Shoes Have Probably Been Filled By...

    So long, Sifty​After two years as the Times food critic, Sam Sifton bid a heartfelt farewell to readers before riding off into the sunset (read: taking over the national desk). In his final review, he pronounced Per Se the best restaurant in the city. Yet, in his recap of two years on the job, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The Week in Food Blogs: Outer-Borough Restos, Bloody Marys, Fungi

    This week in food blogs ... Muffet/FlickrBelieve in magic.​ Eater rounded up 10 new restaurants worth an outer-borough commute. Grub Street delved into how much people actually spend at the city's top restaurants. CHOW looked at the 11 most ridiculous restaurant-related Facebook groups.

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    September 15, 2011

    A Few Thoughts About Sam Sifton's Replacement at the New York Times

    ​I'm sitting on the edge of my seat wondering who the next Times restaurant critic will be. It's significant that Sam Sifton bailed after only two years, rather than the usual four or six -- especially since the general public was just growing to love him.

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    September 13, 2011

    Sam Sifton to Be National Editor at The New York Times, New Restaurant Critic TBD

    See ya, Sam.​Well, after some speculation last week, it's now official: Sam Sifton, restaurant critic for The New York Times, has announced his departure from that position. As he wrote on Twitter just a few minutes ago, "I'm stepping down as restaurant critic to be the national editor of The ... 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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    June 29, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Phayul; Lauren Shockey at The Astor Room

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema gets a spicy surprise, namely "reconfigured Sichuan fare," at Tibetan café Phayul; Lauren Shockey discovers "totally passé eats" at The Astor Room.​ Sam Sifton approves of Empellón: "one of the more captivating restaurants to open in recent months, w ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011
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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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    April 27, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Hofbräu Bierhaus; Lauren Shockey at La Silhouette

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema finds Munich in Midtown at Hofbräu Bierhaus; Lauren Shockey is charmed by old-fashioned La Silhouette. Sam Sifton awards three stars to the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, raving, "What [César] Ramirez is doing at the Chef's Table is entirely his own p ... 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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    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 >>

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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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    March 3, 2011

    Suddenly, a Saveur and Sam Sifton Spat [UPDATED]

    Schoolyard bullying rocks the food world.​When Eddie Huang got a no-star review from Sam Sifton, from his mom more or less agreed with the Times' critic's assessment of her son's squandered potential. Now that Michael Psilakis and Ryan Skeen's cooking at Fishtag has received identical treatm ... More >>

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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 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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    January 5, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Lima Limon; Lauren Shockey at L'Artiste

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema indulges in "Peruvian Viagra" at Lima Limon in Little Latin America; Lauren Shockey discovers classic bistro fare at L'Artiste in Astoria.​ Sam Sifton awards a mostly enthusiastic two stars to Millesime: "holy cats, is there a beautiful, even exciting b ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Sam Sifton Rounds Up Best Restos, Dishes of 2010

    Let the countdown begin...​'Tis the season of roundups -- from best hangover cures to worst foodie gifts -- and even Times critic Sam Sifton isn't above repurposing a bit of content to give closure to the year that was 2010. Instead of a review this week, he rounds up his top new restaurants o ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Cabrito Is Throwing a $30 All-You-Can-Gorge/Drink Good-Bye Party on Thursday

    ​Although Zak Pelaccio told Sam Sifton he'd be closing Cabrito on Dec. 31, it looks like he's planning to bid farewell a few days earlier. This Thursday, the restaurant will host a $30, all-you-can-eat/drink good-bye party, complete with a family-style buffet and bottomless cocktails; reservat ... 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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    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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Xiao Ye's Post-Sifton Menu

    visualpanic/Flickr​After Sam Sifton delivered a no-star review of Xiao Ye, Eddie Huang told us that he was planning to make some changes in the kitchen. And according to his blog, he has: Look for bigger portion sizes and individual portions for dishes like pot stickers, head-on prawns, and be ... 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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    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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    August 4, 2010

    Robert Sietsema at Plein Sud; Sarah DiGregorio at Cienfuegos

    This week in The Voice, Robert Sietsema finds the food looks amazing, but tastes terrible at Plein Sud. Sarah DiGregorio reports hits and misses at Cienfuegos, but gives a nod to the champagne punch. Sam Sifton approves of Tamarind Tribeca, which: "might rate a pleasant shrug [in Indian cuisine-hap ... 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 16, 2010

    A Brief Meditation on the Poetry of Sam Sifton

    ​Sometimes Sam Sifton seems less like the redoubtable restaurant critic of The New York Times than a frustrated spoken-word poet: reading his musings is often like having a front-row seat at Open Mic Night. It's understandable. Who among us office drones doesn't harbor a smoldering desire to u ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Downtown's New Haunt: Kenmare Restaurant

    On the Lower East Side, Sam Sifton meets the ghost of EC Comics

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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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    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 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 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 >>

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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 >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Under Review: Sietsema at Flushing's Northeast Taste Chinese Food

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema meets with the Organ Meat Society at Flushing's Northeast Taste Chinese Food for kidneys, pig heart, and sweet and sour lamb liver. Sam Sifton finds Maialino praiseworthy, awarding it two stars for, among other things, its pig, which comes "roasted, braised, ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    The Blogroll Gazette: Bad Food at the New York Times Cafeteria; Is Chicken Skin the New Bacon?

    This week, in food blogs... Diner's Journal noticed that Sam Sifton wasn't the only Times staffer going out for lunch: the cafeteria was closed by the DOH for potential food contamination. Grub Street noted that The Breslin has joined Restaurant Week -- if only for lunch service -- but suspects th ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    A Couple More Round-Ups, Courtesy of the Times and Serious Eats

    Time for another bogus round-up, dude.​Two days before the 2010, the Times has delivered its comprehensive round-up of the best things its critics and reporters scarfed down over the course of 2009.

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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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    October 19, 2009

    Mac 'n' Cheese Revolution; Beef Tongues Recalled

    ​Mac 'n' cheese is the new hipster food around New York and Los Angeles, and has even spawned a couple mac-'n'-cheese boutiques: S'MAC in the East Village and its newish rival, Macbar in Soho. [Wall Street Journal] Restaurateurs who once kept close tabs on Frank Bruni will be doing the same w ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at KeBeer Bar & Grill; DiGregorio on 'Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal'

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema discovers "a full Uzbek menu" at KeBeer Bar & Grill in Brighton Beach, while Sarah DiGregorio reviews the book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, which "lays bare the ways in which the developed world blithely goes about tossing food away." Sam Sifto ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    At the Greenmarket: Smoked Bluefish

    Smoked bluefish salad with cherry tomatoes​ ​ Ever since Sam Sifton's reminder of just how good bluefish can be, it seems like the grayish, dense, oily, and delicious fish is everywhere--at every fish market in town for $6 a pound; mashed into rillettes at Fort Defiance; and either fresh ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Robot Tongue Tastes Better Than People

    doug88888/flickr​Frank Bruni will be replaced as Times food critic by Sam Sifton starting this October. But could he have been replaced instead by a robot? Wired reports that a new artificial tongue is better at detecting subtle differences in sweet flavors than the human licker. About the si ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Get Ready for Puerto Rico's The Taco Maker; You May Not Recognize Sam Sifton After All

    ​The Organic Center in Boulder is refuting claims made by a widely covered British study that found organic foods are not more nutritious than conventional. The Organic Center's own 2008 report showed that "organic foods were, on average, 25 percent higher" in nutrients. [BizJournals] Just as ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: The Many (Possible) Faces of Sam Sifton; Is Momo Midtown On Its Way?

    This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily imagined what sort of disguises Sam Sifton might use to hide his already public identity, including a retro Batman mask, Gael Greene-style hat, and Donald Trump wig. Midtown Lunch got excited at the prospect of a MomoMidtown... or is it MidtownFuku? Rumor ha ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Sam Sifton To Replace Bruni

    ​Brooklynite Sam Sifton, currently the cultural news editor at the New York Times, will replace Frank Bruni as restaurant critic. Sifton was a former editor of the Dining section, founding editor of Talk magazine, and was a restaurant critic at The New York Press in the 90's. Clearly, the Ti ... More >>

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