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 street foods.”

Sam Sifton deconstructs Nello: “an ecosystem that is almost incomprehensible to those not a part of it. The food is not very good. Yet the restaurant’s customer base is built of the richest and most coddled people in the city, who love it for its elegance and, perhaps, simplicity.”
[NY Times]

Adam Platt is lukewarm about Highlands, where the chef “does a decent job of taking classics from the threadbare Anglo-Scottish culinary repertoire and giving them a not-unpleasant gourmet spin,” and finds that the wine far outshines the food at Bar Henry.
[NY Magazine]

Jay Cheshes approves of The Mark, where “the simple, accessible food is exciting without being too challenging, flawlessly executed and lighter than most comparable fare.”

Ryan Sutton takes a boozy tour of the city’s stiffest cocktails, including The Short Long Island Iced Tea at Ma Peche and a Tea for the Wry Duke? at Convivio.

Gael Greene finds that The Mark is hitting its, well, mark with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s take on “comfort food, rustic and classic everyday dishes from his childhood.”
[Insatiable Critic]

Alan Richman isn’t so impressed with Colicchio & Sons, but deems its Tap Room bar “an almost unqualified success.”

Tables for Two visits Village Tart, where “the menu may lack the culinary pyrotechnics the consulting chef, Pichet Ong, has displayed elsewhere… most dishes succeed through a careful attention to detail.”
[New Yorker]