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Fatty Crab

Dinner at Fatty Crab tonight with Jason and Rachel. Shots of the menu. I apologize in advance for the first couple of pictures; in retrospect, this particular menu was slightly […]

New Orleans Journal

The first pic is that of the New Orleans skyline on 3 September 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The second is the city today. — from this article […]


Salmon, fluke and toro sashimi Jizake Tenzan Junmai Genshu sake Fluke sushi, with green tea salt Chopped toro, with oshinko (Japanese pickles) mixed in Fresh uni (sea urchin) with black […]

The Little Owl

Dinner at The Little Owl tonight. Chef Joey Campanaro, formerly of The Harrison and Pace Restaurant, recently opened an extremely small restaurant on the fringes of the West Village along […]

Dinner at Hearth

Dinner at Hearth Restaurant tonight. Click here for pix from a previous dinner a month ago. Amuse bouche — cream of fava bean soup w/ lemon and rosemary House of […]

Wine and Butter

Astor Wines is the Disneyland of wine and spirits and is one of the better wine stores in the city. I don’t drink unless I’m dining out; however, my interest […]

Chinatown Brasserie

Chinatown Brasserie is the brainchild of Eddie Schoenfeld, a legendary New York restauranteur known for his involvement in four-star Chinese restaurants during the 1970s (click here for an article on […]

Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria

Dinner tonight at Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria. Otto is part of Mario Batali’s and Joseph Bastianich’s restaurant empire in New York, the other luminaries being Babbo, Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono […]

Room 4 Dessert

Chef Will Goldfarb, formerly the pastry chef of Cru Restaurant in New York City and Papillon is now the resident chef at  Room 4 Dessert, an ultra-hip and thoroughly modern […]

New York Chinatown

Roast duck and barbecued spareribs at Big Wong (67 Mott Street): Dinner at Ping’s Seafood last night with Mom. Rated two stars by William Grimes (Frank Bruni‘s predecessor who had […]

Streetscapes: Union Square, Part 2

Union Square, looking to the northeast. 4th Avenue and East 15th Street, looking north. There’s an interesting “clock” on the corner of 4th and 14th but the trees obscured my […]

Streetscapes: Union Square

Is there anything more scintillating than the sight of a 300 lb. man lifting his shirt up to expose a chest that reminds you of a cow’s teats? This hobbit […]