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Dinner at Degustation tonight. Chef Wesley Genovart, formerly of Jean Georges Vongerichten’s latest, Perry St., holds court at this East Village restaurant featuring inspired, dazzling creations with a distinct European […]

Brunch, 7 January 2007

A light brunch with friends in the Village today. Shrimp mousseline, tomato aspic. 2004 Petit Chablis, Dme S├ęguinot-Bordet, France. Vol-au-vent, filled with scrambled eggs and osetra caviar, topped with smoked […]

Dinner, 2 January 2007

Fusilli with Squid, Garlic and Herbed Breadcrumbs 1 T. butter 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 lb. squid, cleaned and diced 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped handful of […]

Eleven Madison Park

Dinner at Eleven Madison Park on Saturday with friends. The restaurant opened in autumn 1998 to acclaim by critics and patrons alike. It, along with its sister restaurant Tabla (featuring […]

Dinners This Week (so far)

Baked trout with parsley, white wine and garlic. Roasted root vegetables with lemon, zaataar and herbs. Tonight (Tuesday), I roasted a pan full of Yukon gold potatoes. Half of this […]

Gordon Ramsay at The London

The ultimate in inevitability has happened, at least amongst foodies in the New York restaurant scene. Chef Gordon Ramsay, more famously known in London, England, where he operates his three-star […]


Lunch at Lupa this afternoon. After opening in October 1999, the restaurant soon garnered rave reviews from critics and diners alike. Executive chef Mark Ladner, formerly of the original Olives […]

Dinner, 13 November 2006

Fresh Penne with Mint, Fennel and Spicy Breadcrumbs For the breadcrumbs: 1/3 baguette or Italian bread garlic anchovies Italian parsley red pepper flakes EVOO Ideally you want day-old bread but […]

Blue Hill Washington Square

Dinner at Blue Hill Washington Square tonight. Chef Dan Barber opened Blue Hill in April 2000 to notable acclaim. The restaurant was rated two stars (a travesty in my opinion) […]

Dinner, 5 November 2006

Table Salsa It was time to clean out part of the fridge. Not so good plum tomatoes, lemon, jalapeno peppers, shallots. This is a variation of the usual. The basic […]

Dinner, 24 October 2006

Penne with Cauliflower and Onions, Apulian Style Clockwise from top left: cauliflower, EVOO, Italian parsley, onions, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper The key to this dish is slow-cooked onions […]

Dinner, 23 October 2006

Zucchini Soup Clockwise from top left: unsalted Danish butter; two zucchini, diced; two ribs celery (leaves and stalks), chopped; one onion, diced; 1 T. chopped fresh marjoram; 1 T. chopped […]

A Taste of Chinatown

Click here to view the full size version. Here is the full size version of the pic above. Full-size ad of “The Fifth Annual Taste of Chinatown“. Click here to […]

Hearth Redux

Click here and here for previous dinners at Hearth. Junipero Serra cocktail –Ketel One citron vodka, fig puree, Peychand’s bitters Amuse: parsnip soup, cardamom Crudo tasting Left to right: hamachi, […]

Dinner, 18 October 2006

Tonight’s dinner is so simple that anyone can make it. If you can boil water and chop an onion, you can have dinner in the time it takes to cook […]