Tejal Rao at Calliope; Robert Sietsema at Food Gallery 32


Tejal Rao hits up French country-bistro fare at Calliope in the East Village. Although there were a few glitches in the service, she is overall impressed: “Pity the person who orders the roast chicken, a breast covered in a glorious, impossibly golden skin, beside a cigar of rich, confit-stuffed cabbage ($25). Before she has taken her first bite, everyone at the table will be asking for some.”

Robert Sietsema
opts for Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese food at Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown: “The most ambitious establishment is Korea House (No. 4), which seeks to vend nearly the entire menu of the East Asian isthmus from a short counter. The fiery stews called chigaes ($8.99 and up) are particularly fine, still boiling in their stoneware when served to you.”

Three stars from Pete Wells to Atera in Tribeca. Although Wells wasn’t too fond of the snacks, he was in awe of the main menu: “In Mr. Lightner’s hands, pear skin can be dried into a crinkly green leaf to drape over squab. Sunflower toffee can look like a peach pit, and chocolate truffle like a black walnut shell.”

Ryan Sutton for Bloomberg says that the sushi is not really good at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya: “Rice rocks the house. One fine version comes with tongue and sweetbreads ($28). More advanced gourmands will order the bacon and liver version for bites of smoke and iron ($19).”

At the Daily News, Michael Kaminer reviews Maimonide of Brooklyn and says that it’s “the city’s best vegan food, in one of Brooklyn’s coolest rooms.”

The New Yorker reviews Joanne Trattoria, which is owned by the parents of Lady Gaga. Leo Carey says that the homemade focaccia is “good in the same way that the garlic bread at Domino’s is good.”

Time Out New York
gives three stars to Potlikker on Bedford Avenue: “The restaurant’s frilly farmhouse fare–more Etsy than Gilt–can be a low-key pleasure to eat, but is across-the-board priced a few bucks too high, particularly given its problems with inconsistency.”