Robert Sietsema at Coppelia; Lauren Shockey 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 where it is nice to be. And the food, which hews close to [Geoffrey] Zakarian's new-American aesthetic, is to match. It is simple but not really, a menu of standards put through the reinvention machine, followed by wise and often wonderful desserts from Marisa Croce, the restaurant's pastry chef." [NY Times]
Adam Platt more or less approves of Imperial No. Nine, where Mrs. Platt could "eat everything on this menu twice"; not so much with Niko, which he deems "another trendy new Soho restaurant with unexpectedly good cooking and a slightly feng shui-challenged atmosphere." [NY Magazine]
Tables for Two rather enjoys Lyon Bouchon Moderne: "As for moderne, that is left to the chef, Chris Leahy, an apostle of Daniel Boulud and Laurent Tourondel. It is nice to discover that he sends out food as inviting as the atmosphere." [New Yorker]
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