Robert Sietsema at Florencia 13; One NYT Star for Alison Eighteen
In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema tests out Cal-Mex specialties and margaritas at the Village's Florencia 13: "You should start your meal with a flaming margarita, though that flame is confined to a small slice of cucumber floating on top. It's indicative of a playful element in Mexican cuisine that might be missing in our own renditions, and perhaps the drink will transport you to a beachside shack in Malibu."
The New York Times' Pete Wells awards one star to Alison Eighteen, a "perfectly normal restaurant": "Behind that velvet curtain, Alison Eighteen can feel a bit like seeing a revival of an old play in out-of-town tryouts. The sets look great, but the dialogue can feel a bit strained, and the players need time to learn their lines. The audience looks indulgent, though."
In The New Yorker, Amelia Lester raves about the salad at North End Grill: "How often do you get to say that the salad is your favorite part of a meal? At North End Grill, in Battery Park City, what is normally the most boring item on a menu--mixed greens--is transformed with an aggressive lime-and-mango-pickle number that begs to be bottled and sold at Whole Foods."
New York magazine's Adam Platt gives Neta two stars and considers its "new sushi elite" clientele: "For the new, postmillennial generation of financial titans and Internet billionaires, raw fish is the ultimate trophy food. It won't give you a heart attack. It's loaded with subtle snob appeal."
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