Pity the Victor

By Rory Winston Yes, I’ll say it, “to the vanquished belong the spoils.” If success were gauged in terms of lasting cultural plunder rather than immediate gain, that’s how the proverb would read. Poetic justice prevails in that empires often learn very little from their victims, while the colonies both absorb the traditions of their…

Birds of a Frotta

By Rory Winston Shortly after Flatiron’s Ciano closed, the genius of a restaurateur, Stratis Morfogen, insouciantly announced, “Well, I’m going back to Italian-American” – this after realizing that his renowned purist of a chef, Shea Gallante, was taking himself out of the picture. The comment, unlike the resulting cuisine, could have been taken with a…

Davio’s: La Vita Bella

By W.A. Muller Located adjacent to Grand Central Station, it is the newest addition to the Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurant group by Chef/Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Chad Brown (Del Posto) and General Manager Doss Posey, Davio’s Manhattan serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Italian cuisine featuring homemade…

Mexico’s Medina

By Rory Winston Medina has founded yet another Mecca – admittedly, an irrelevant pun given that Julian Medina is a Mexican chef while the new Mecca being referred to is a third restaurant in a growing New York based franchise known as Toloache. Still, there is something religious about Medina’s following – especially if one…

Palette to Palate

By Rory Winston Think Chelsea;’ it’s more than likely you’ve already started imagining yourself strolling down a gallery-riddled boulevard with colorful personalities splashed on for good measure. If, however, you’re trying to grasp the history that went into making this area what it is today then there are certainly more revealing and impressionistic journeys to…

Scrumptious Stories

By Rory Winston “The taste is in my mouth a little,” responded Abraham Lincoln in 1860 regarding his intentions to run for President. The comment was made shortly after he gave a speech at Cooper Union. Few are aware, however, that the most likely sensation still lingering on the esteemed candidate’s palate was the afterglow…

Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos & Rory Winston

From hearty Italian to the exotic tastes of Southeast Asia to haute Japanese, the New York culinary scene has been abuzz with new restaurant openings to satisfy savvy gourmands. We are sure that there is something here for everyone – from the delightfully authentic Rasa to the sinfully delicious Harlow, we have highlighted noteworthy openings and neighborhood favorites to get you through the long winter season. Use this as your guide and you won’t be disappointed.

Like Your Beautiful Sister

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By Christopher A. Pape

As many of you know, I go out to restaurants quite frequently. On these excursions, I meet people from all walks of life. Inevitably, once they find out I write about restaurants, they ask for recommendations. This isn’t so much of a problem for French, Japanese and even Indian cuisines.  But when it comes to Italian, it’s a more difficult proposition. Firstly, there are too many choices and as an Italian I can see the positives and negatives of each establishment, in a way that I can’t do with the others.

Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos

With New York abuzz with holiday merriment and cheer, we scoured the city and beyond to find the quaint neighborhood spots as well as glitzy New York hotspots to enjoy the season. Whether you are looking for comfort food with a twist, Italian, haute French, or steak and seafood, there is something for everyone here.  While there is always pressure to have the best New Year’s Eve ever we’ve come up with a few romantic spots or destination restaurants that will not disappoint with unsurpassable menus to ring in the New Year.

Awash, So Make Sure to Wash

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– A RESTAURANT REVIEW

by LINDSEY WINTER

and her dining companion of the week, Mimi 

Dear fellow residents,

Let us take you on a little tour of Africa – no, we won’t really be going all the way there. But, at least, we’ll take you as close as we recently got to that continent by taking you with us to the Ethiopian restaurant, Awash. You’ll get to see the restaurant from our perspective – that of two girls presently in the fifth grade.