This page includes our best of and favorites lists, Critic’s best of lists,  ‘The List’ of places we mean to go and have never been as well as the places that continue to close as fast as we write them up…

NYC Restaurants: The List

In NYC's List

This is an ongoing list of spots we’ve not eaten…it seems every time a new spot opens, we forget about the old ones!  I know it is shocking that we’ve not visited some of these. 2010 Abe & Arthur’s  • Blue Hill • Blue Ribbon • Cafe Boulud • Company • Dinosaur BBQ • Freemans  • Hearth • Il Buco • Jane • Joseph Leonard   • Maialino • Marea  • Mr. Chow • Nobu • Porchetta • Rao’s • Sho (CLOSED) • Thalassa • The Little Owl  • The Standard Grill • Tipsy … Continue reading

Cheap Eats Food Tour

Momofuku Noodle Bar

This week New York Magazine published their annual ‘Eat Cheap’ issue, not so different from Time Out’s ‘Cheap Eats’ issue. Either way, both have been talking about all of the latest food crazes, most of which fall into the ‘less than $25’ meal category. And we love a day-long food smack down, so why not try a variety of new spots and take a trek around the city? We always forget how quickly one gets … Continue reading

Cheap Eats List

Little Muenster

Below are Cheap Eats spots simplified! It is categorized and complete with addresses. This is direct from my iPad notes so the addresses link to Google Maps. Try copying into your iPhone notes and tour away. We’ll be doing a few spots today, so more news later! •Jack’s Wife Freda ( S. African & Israeli home cooking) – 224 Lafayette St., New York Chicken: •Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter (fried chicken) – 94 Avenue C, … Continue reading

Chicago Specialty Foods

Mr Beef

Chicago is known for it’s growing fine dining and overall food scene.  And believe me, we sure checked that part out too.  But our afternoon plans involved trying Chicago Specialty Foods which include Italian Beef Sandwiches, Deep Dish Pizza and Chicago-Style Hot Dogs.  We stuffed ourselves and enjoyed every minute. Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches In Chicago there is deep dish pizza and there are Chicago-style dogs, but many do not know that the real ‘beef’ … Continue reading

Sam Sifton’s Top 10 New Restaurants of 2011

By SAM SIFTON Published: December 27, 2011 FOLLOWING is a list of my favorite new restaurants among those that I reviewed in 2011, before stepping down as critic in October. It suggests a strong year for smart-casual cooking, the sort of food that takes a lot of work to prepare but is often served by people in untucked shirts and flash sneakers. Of course there were exceptions. Chief among them is a restaurant that narrowly missed … Continue reading

The Platt 101: New York City’s Best Restaurants — Grub Street New York

by Adam Platt It’s been six long years since New York (and this critic) had the reckless, possibly insane idea of compiling a list of the top restaurants in New York City and ranking them from 1 to 101. Given everything that’s transpired in the endlessly evolving world of big-city restaurants, however, it feels more like six centuries. Back in the dim, pre-recession year of 2006, fat-cat bankers still roamed the culinary landscape, lavishing their … Continue reading