Under Review: Sietsema at The Island of Taiwan Restaurant; DiGregorio at Bia Garden

This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema unearths authentic Taiwanese in Bay Ridge, of all places, at the lavishly named Island of Taiwan Restaurant; while Sarah DiGregorio makes a small mess of her meal at Bia Garden.

Pete Wells finds that The Standard Grill is "full of small oddities," but still manages to, "against the odds, add up to a worthwhile restaurant." [NY Times]

Ryan Sutton is unimpressed with the relocated Aureole, where "[Chef] Christopher Lee takes excellent ingredients and manipulates the flavor out of them." [Bloomberg]

Adam Platt finds himself in a "gastronomic galaxy far, far away" at SHO Shaun Hergatt, where "everything feels stuffy and slightly passe," but "this is not such a bad thing." [NY Magazine]

Jay Cheshes discovers "serious food" at Allen & Delancey, where Ryan Skeen "likes to play with extremes of temperature and texture... without resorting to molecular trickery." [TONY]

Gael Greene never went to Florent, but at Gansevoort Cafe 69, which has taken over the space, she urges "a little thought go into the erratic pricing." [Insatiable Critic]

Alan Richman likes the hot dogs at Bark Hot Dogs, where the dogs boast a "terrific snap to the casing," but they won't completely convert him from dirty-water dogs. [GQ @ men.style]


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