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Pizza at Marta

While the pizza momentum in New York has been building for years now, the quality pies have mostly been Neapolitan in nature: cripsy, yes, but also puffy and slightly chewy. Enter Marta, Danny Meyer’s latest venture with Maialino chef Nick […]

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Supper at Twisted Oak in Tarrytown

Twisted Oak in Tarrytown opened to great fanfare almost two years ago. The denizens of Tarrytown were desperate for an upscale restaurant, and chef Michael Cutney was eager to combine his Italian heritage with the farm-to-table philosophy he’d perfected at […]

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An Early Supper at Peekskill Brewery

Downstairs, a pub and tasting room, filled with day-drinkers making a pit-stop on their leaf-peeping jaunts. Upstairs, a restaurant, also filled, with long-distance bikers, families and young couples. At both: the excellent, locally brewed beer from Peekskill Brewery. We were […]

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Red Wine Season!

I went out with some friends on Friday night, and, for the first time in I can’t remember when, ordered a glass of red wine. I thought it worth documenting. Related posts: Terroir, the Wine Bar in Murray Hill Wine […]

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Hops and Vines: Dinner in Williamstown

We found a winner of a restaurant for our only dinner in the Berkshires: Hops and Vines in Williamstown. A talented chef in the kitchen turns out impressive food — plenty sophisticated enough for a fine dinner out. But there’s also a […]

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Supper at o lar

We hadn’t visited o lar in way, way too long. So after Kris’s opening at Piermont Strauss, we heade over to share some pizza and pasta with Irene. No photos of the folks, today, folks, but we do have the […]

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Communal Kitchen, Nyack

An evening out with friends! We tried the new Communal Kitchen in Nyack. Everything we tasted was delicious, and we had a great time catching up. Charlotte Haze, with Barr Hill gin, Damson Plum Liqueur and apricot eau de vie: […]

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Dinner at Cosme in Manhattan

Fancy Mexican food is an oxymoron in Manhattan. A few new restaurants are changing that, though. Cosme, opened last year by chef Enrique Olvera —- a CIA grad who owns of Mexico City’s best restaurants — is the leader. Margarita, […]

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Swimming and an Early Supper

Our day was like vacation, but at home. We spent the afternoon with Kelli at the pool at Ardsley Country Club, then went out for pizza at The Parlor. How luxurious! Swimming in the big, heated pool: Pizza and other […]

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The Taco Project, Tarrytown

Hipster tacos have come to the ‘burbs. Still, there is more than a hint of authenticity here at the Taco Project. Radishes, chopped onions and cilantro are garnishes. Pickled onions are an option. The meat is slow cooked or fast fried. […]

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Lunch at Cedar Street Grill

I’d been wondering about Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry for quite a while. I’d edited pieces by Megan and Heather on it before, but I’d never gone myself to see what it was all about. It was brunch. It […]

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Dinner at Adalaya

Right down the stairs from Dear Irving is a little Mediterranean restaurant, where we shared small plates, rose and lots of laughs. Funny sign by the bar: It was a beautiful night, so we took a table on the street: […]

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Drinks at Dear Irving

At Dear Irving, a cocktail bar on Irving Place, the decor takes its cue from various cocktail eras, and works its way chronologically backwards the further back in the building you go. You enter into JFK-era 1960s, a Mad Men […]

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Lunch at Moderne Barn

A lunch with my friend Heather at Moderne Barn in Armonk. Chef Ethan Kostbar cooked a few of his favorite dishes for us. A trio of dips:   Peach sangria:   Pretzel bites:   Tuna taquitos:   Grilled octopus: Zucchini […]

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Dinner at Roost

A terrible fire closed Roost in Sparkill back in 2014. Thank goodness no one was hurt, but insurace woes and more kept it from opening until early 2015. We finally — finally! — got the chance to go back. We […]

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Celebrating at Commerce, West Village

Friends gathered for celebratory meal honoring emerging playwright Leigh Flayton after the reading of her play, “The Generator,” at Cherry Lane Theatre. Kelli, Marissa, Melanie It was, for Leigh, one of those events that brings friends from all parts and times of your […]

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Dinner at the Freelance Cafe

It’s been ages since we’ve been to the Freelance! But we were all dressed up and we couldn’t let our fabulous-ness go to waste, now could we? Irene joined us at the bar for a few bites. A couple of […]

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Dinner at Brickhouse in Nyack

A nice evening out with our neighbors Jane and Pat. And a few of the dishes ended up in my review for lohud and The Journal News: Restaurants We Love: Brickhouse, Nyack. Since I’ve already described the food in detail […]

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Red Farm Upper West Side

I loved my lunch at Red Farm Upper West Side! A tuna salad: lots of crunch and salt to balance the sweet, fleshy tuna.   Pastrami Egg Roll. Are you kidding me? Beefy, fatty and lots of heady spice, with […]

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The Farm House, Nashville

At Farmhouse in Nashville, chef Trey Cioccia cures his own meats, pickles his own vegetables and makes his own vinegar. He gets most of his meat and produce from local farms, and his menu showcases Southern-inspired dishes made with classic technique. […]

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Pinewood Social, Nashville

Pinewood Social is most definitely hipster central in Nashville. Look at all these cool cats!  We found a lovely seat on the patio (the patio! it was warm enough!) and got to know a few new friends. My pink lady. […]

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Hattie’s B’s in Nashville

Moments after arriving at my hotel in Nashville — a work trip, fun! fun! — I dropped by bag at the valet and hopped in a taxi headed to Hattie’s. Even at 11:30 in the morning, there was a line. […]

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Didier Dumas is Open!

A freak fire destroyed the upstairs apartment (and the roof) at our favorite French bakery eight months ago, and we’ve been waiting, hoping, longing for croissants, crepes and quiche ever since. Finally! Didier Dumas is back in business.   And […]

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Brunch at Bar DVine

A good Saturday starts with pizza. In this case, it’s a pizza with egg, bacon and French fries, and it’s called “The Hangover Pie.” I was not particularly hungover on this occasion, but Samantha and I enjoyed it nonetheless.   […]

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Lunch at Fantasy Cuisine, Hartsdale

I’ve heard great things about Dumpling+Noodle, the Chinese restaurant in Bronxville, and so had high hopes for its sister restaurant, Fantasy Cuisine in Hartsdale. Alas, our visit was mediocre at best. That didn’t stop us from having fun with chopsticks […]