The Loyal – 8.2

From the team that brought you vegetable driven restaurants Narcissa and Nix comes a decidedly not vegetable heavy menu.  Vegetarians and pescatarians, fear not, because there are still plenty of options for you, but if you’re someone who sneak bites of meat here and there, the burger is 100% worth the guilt.  Similar to Nix…

Lilia – 9.7

Though I’m late to the party on this one, I am pleased to report that the hype surrounding Missy Robbins’ (formerly of A Voce) buzzy Williamsburg restaurant, Lilia is as outstanding as everyone says.  From the gorgeous, sun drenched space to the first rate service to the absolutely spectacular food, this was one of the…

Kitchen Sink

Formerly referred to under the umbrella of “upstate New York”, Beacon, a small town in the Hudson River Valley, is undergoing a cultural facelift. A different kind of gentrification is occurring here, one that allows Beacon to shine, embracing its quirkiness and its distinct personality that separates it from the rest of the towns dotting…

al di la – 9.4

There are some places that lose their appeal, their quality, or their craftsmanship over the course of a lifetime.  Al di la is not one of them.  A charming Italian trattoria run by a husband and wife team (she’s the executive chef, he runs the front of house) have made a permanent home in Park…

Nix

Imported directly from a veranda in California direct to Union Square, this airy and open dining room is elegantly decorated down to the finest detail.  Each aspect of the room, from the white washed walls and blonde wood furniture to the succulents lining the back wall of the dining room, maintains the clean warmth of…

Oiji

Honey butter chips? What are they, and how can I get more? While honey butter chips are the buzzy hitmaker for this quaint East Village Korean restaurant, the rest of the menu gleefully stands up to the precedent set by these sticky, salty, slivers of potato sent from heaven. The simple, clean décor of Oiji…

Emily

You won’t be able to move around very much in the tiny space in Clinton Hill that houses Pizza Loves Emily. There are only 25 burgers served per shift due to the size of the kitchen. Apparently the kitchen size also prevents said burger from being cut in half before it hits the table, like…

Gato

Gato is one of those places that fits a variety of needs: first date, dinner with the parents, or corporate card splurge.  The difficult part about committing to a “celebrity chef” restaurant is that you don’t totally know if said chef can still throw down in the kitchen, especially in a city where the competition…

Marea

There are some restaurants that just scream Old New York, and you can tell almost upon entry that your dining experience is going to be incredible from start to finish.  It’s an old school, high end establishment where the servers are crisply outfitted and service is impeccably buttoned up.  Full disclosure, you do end up…

The Gilroy

The Upper East Side tends to be a bit of a warzone these days with the endless construction in preparation for a subway line with a questionable timeline.  Nestled in among the madness is a quiet bar with speakeasy vibes, geared more towards a night cap and a late night bite then a post-work drink…

Speedy Romeo

Wild cards are exciting. They throw a wrench in your day, shake you up and force you to live outside your comfort zone.  While Speedy Romeo’s existence may be a wild card – converting an old auto body shop into a restaurant, resisting having gas lines installed in favor of cooking everything over an open…