This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema heralded the return of Pies-N-Thighs, where the “fabled fried chicken… remains superlative.” Sarah DiGregorio gets her drink on at The Tangled Vine, where the food is “pleasurably simple, wine-friendly,” and the largely organic and biodynamic wines are “fairly priced… generous pours.”
Jay Cheshes also pays a visit to Pies-N-Thighs deeming the food “down-and-dirty Southern fare — honest, cheap and often delicious.”
Sam Sifton turns his attentions to posher fare at SHO Shaun Hergatt, where “the preparations are Asian-inflected, deeply French in theory, architectural in style, gastronomically witty.”
The Robs file on Torrisi Italian Specialties, where “at $45, dinner’s a tremendous bargain, and a serious delight. In the realm of red-sauce cooking, it’s nothing short of revolutionary.”
Ryan Sutton finds that “The Mark doesn’t challenge the excellent Cafe Boulud for the best mix of high art, high society, and high prices. It’s bigger, not as intimate. It’s slightly less ambitious if not less glamorous. And it’s affordable: Most dishes are under $30.”
Gael Greene confesses her “desperate need to get back fast to 5 & Diamond in Harlem for another tasting” due to a”psychedelic high” from the sea urchin.
Alan Richman heads back to (near) his New Jersey hometown for Santillo’s, “a fabulous pizzeria… No weird toppings. Only one kind of dough… Plenty of cheese.”
Tables for Two approves of diminutive Recette, where “the chef, Jesse Schenker, combines long lists of ingredient… to subtle effect.”