Robert Sietsema at Lu Xiang Yuan; Sarah DiGregorio at Thistle Hill Tavern


This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers the cuisine of Qingdao, Shandong, at Lu Xiang Yuan, a/k/a Hong Shun Restaurant, while Sarah DiGregorio finds cozy New American fare with a twist at Thistle Hill Tavern.

Sam Sifton awards a star to Fornino Park Slope for its tasty antipasti and pastas, but finds that the grilled pizzas “may be the restaurant’s weakest suit.”
[NY Times]

Steve Cuozzo finds muchos problemas with “Nueva Latina” Nuela, trashing everything from its not-quite ceviches to its sloppy drinks: “This joint needs some nueva thinking.”
[NY Post]

Meanwhile, Jay Cheshes can’t rave enough about Nuela: “[D]essert, like just about everything else … defies all reasonable expectations.”

Underground Gourmet approves of Salume: “unusual combinations but hardly off-the-wall, and they’re assembled meticulously and served with panache.”
[NY Magazine]

Ryan Sutton is thoroughly unimpressed with the food at the New Meadowlands Stadium: “Like sausage and politics, [it’s] slick and shiny on the outside, suspect within.”

Gael Greene gets an early taste of Eataly, which she seems to enjoy for the most part, despite intense perspiration.