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posted on September 29, 2017
Great China
review by B.H.

For 30 years, Great China has been the Berkeley destination for Peking duck and top-notch northern Chinese cuisine. The secret was always that the cramped restaurant had a solid wine list if you knew whom to ask. After a fire gutted the restaurant ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Cotogna
review by Daria Frum

With its roaring open-fire grill and wood oven, this Italian taverna is more rustic than Quince, its formal sibling next door. The wine list is succinct, all-Italian and all priced below $100, though you can also order from Quince’s 950-bottle cellar. Whatever you do, order some of the toothsome ...Read the full review

posted on April 24, 2017
Rouge Tomate
review by Joshua Greene

Pascaline Lepeltier came to New York from France to open Rouge Tomate, a vast paean to healthy dining on 60th Street, just east of Fifth Avenue. During the six years of the restaurant’s life, Lepeltier became a Master Sommelier, and her relationship with healthy dining took on a ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Californios
review by Daria Frum

Chef Val Cantu, his wife, Carolyn, and beverage director Charlotte Randolph challenge preconceptions about Mexican cuisine at this 26-seat restaurant, a formal but not fussy space in the Mission. The tasting menu (no à la carte here) starts with a medley of small botanas followed by 12 courses that evoke Mexico, ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Benjamin Cooper
review by Erik Tennyson

To find Benjamin Cooper, walk through the lobby of the G Hotel off Union Square, up a flight of stairs and through an unmarked black door. Hidden and unassuming, it’s run by SF bar veterans Brian Felley and Mo Hodges, and they clearly know their stuff. The cocktail ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
La Taberna
review by Elaine Chukan Brown

Michael Salyer, the owner of the Napa tapas restaurant Zuzu, has extended his exploration of Spanish food with La Taberna, just two doors over. Here he presents an everchanging array of Basque-inspired pintxos, ranging from fried pork belly to salmon crudo to lamb tartare. They find plenty of flattering ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Kin Khao
review by Luke Sykora

As you head past the elevator bank and leave the Parc 55 hotel’s bustling lobby, you begin to notice a pungent aroma: It’s…fish sauce? The source is Kin Khao, the first restaurant from Bangkok-raised food writer Pim Techamuanvivit. Former Manresa sous chef Michael Gaines runs the kitchen; ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Tosca Cafe
review by Luke Sykora

In 2014, longtime owner Jeannette Etheredge sold this historic bar to April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (of New York’s John Dory and The Spotted Pig). Now, the bar crowd is as likely to be drinking Barolo and eating crispy pig tails as tossing back cocktails. Bloomfield applies her spare-no-part ...Read the full review

posted on May 6, 2016
Via Carota
review by Joshua Greene

Jody Williams of Buvette and Rita Sodi of I Sodi partnered in this warm, inviting new space with a wall of windows looking out onto Grove Street in the West Village. Before you get to a table, head to the bar for an IPA on tap or Monteraponi Chianti ...Read the full review

posted on May 4, 2016
Tørst
review by Justin Kennedy

The scene took on a new degree of intensity when, last spring, Evil Twin Brewing honcho Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø left his native Copenhagen and relocated with his family to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to help open Tørst, a neo-Nordic temple to haute beer. The Danish expat’s Scandinavian sensibilities permeate the ...Read the full review

posted on May 3, 2016
The Simone
review by Joshua Greene

Step down to the heavy wooden door on East 82nd Street and enter another time. A quiet crowd, firmly middle aged and beyond, fills the tables, discreetly spaced in a long white room. Tina Vaughn will review the menu she has scripted by hand, with the kind of intimate ...Read the full review

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