Bruni goes to Macau Trading Co., where he is taken aback by the erotic décor in the basement. He awards it just one star, citing overcooked lobster, yet praising the "plump and meaty" chicken dumplings [NY Times]
TONY gives Center Cut three stars for its classic steakhouse recipes and organic, sustainable meat and seafood suppliers. The resto gets extra points for the tableside flambé cart serving up "formidable" cherries jubilee. [TONY]
Restaurant Girl wears jeans to Le Cirque's lounge, where Chef Craig Hopson (formerly of One if By Land and Picholine) manages to mess up fried calamari and lobster consommé, but still gets three stars for his braised veal pavé, and duck and green mango salad. [NY Daily News]
Adam Platt visits Bar Breton and Txikito, awarding each just one star. Bar Breton's galettes are "appealing enough," but the entrées are spotty. Txikito serves up good simple Basque tapas, but fails on more exotic dishes. [NY Magazine]
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