Robert Sietsema at Pete Zaaz; Tejal Rao at Landbrot


Robert Sietsema goes for pizza at Pete Zaaz and is impressed with the Mexican chorizo “with a zesty tomato sauce, queso blanco, pickled onions, nuggets of skinless sausage, and–odd man out–slivers of kiwi.”

Tejal Rao tries the fare at Landbrot, the German all-day café and bakery in the West Village: “These archaic, dense, cerebral loaves wear their dark crusts like armor and demand inordinate amounts of butter. They are brilliant.” But although the bread is brilliant, the cafeteria food, she says, is “just respectable.”

Another review for NoMad, this time from Pete Wells of the New York Times: “Dishes fastidiously set in place by surgical tweezers to create the intimacy, delicacy and artfulness expected in a $125 four-course menu have been simplified, painted with broader strokes in a more relaxed hand that suits à la carte dining.”

The New York Daily News equates Reynards to a “hipster who spends hours in the mirror trying not to look too put-together.” Michael Kaminer is not too fond of the food: “Alas, their meticulously sourced provisions meet a less fortunate end on Reynards’ daily menu — call it When Bad Things Happen to Good Ingredients.”

Ryan Sutton for Bloomberg weighs in on Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Ny and gives it one star for lousy service: “With its single bar servicing diners and tent-dwellers, Pok Pok is big on keeping you waiting.”

Another Pok Pok Ny review is filed in by the New Yorker: “It’s dining as sport, beginning with what can be a two-hour wait, followed by a frenzied huddle over the menu, which lists two dozen dishes, each more tantalizing and involved than the last. It’s wise to assign a captain, to oversee selection, prevent overzealous ordering, and request appropriate coursing, lest everything arrive at once.”