Restaurant Review: Szechuan Gourmet

/ November 7, 2016

Remember the 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science-fiction novel Dune? Where everyone seemed to be waxing poetic, ad infinitum, about the “spice”? I totally know what they were talking about. No, I haven’t folded space or anything like that. Actually, my enthusiasm is far m...

Restaurant Review: Old Tbilisi Garden

/ November 7, 2016

The dapper figure stands receptively at Old Tbilisi Garden’s entrance, its fluffy black headdress as unusual to see on this part of Bleecker Street as a well-fed student without a cell phone. But this humanoid isn’t alive—it’s a mannequin, clad in spirited yet debonair attire one must assume...

Restaurant Review: Luck Thai

/ November 7, 2016

Never underestimate a local restaurant. That’s a good mantra to follow, especially when it comes to eateries such as Luck Thai, a sparsely decorated, low-priced establishment on a funky corner of Fifth Avenue in Park Slope that may reverse any conceivably preconceptions you have of it. Squarish in...

Restaurant Review: Dinah Restaurant

/ November 7, 2016

Let the mountains proclaim the news: Hookah bars can offer tasty food, too. All right, so this isn’t really news. But it’s a maxim that is further proven by the offerings at Dinah Restaurant, an informal, high-ceilinged Downtown eatery on a hopping stretch of East-Village-y Second Avenue that te...

Restaurant Review: Mamajuana Cafe

/ November 4, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered how Dyckman Street suddenly turned into Amsterdam Avenue 2.0, you can look no further than the Inwwood outpost of sassy, savory minichain Mamajuana Cafe. The raucous, upscale eatery, located on the cusp of the boulevard’s Restaurant Row, may make you wonder why you ever w...

Restaurant Review: Bistro Ten 18

/ November 4, 2016

Dining at Bistro Ten 18 is like visiting a friendly neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar: It’s a pleasant experience, but just not as fulfilling as seeing a friend. Situated on the corner of 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the restaurant offers a local charm that in the all-too-recent past was a r...

Restaurant Review: Almayass

/ November 4, 2016

Sidestreets are made for upscale restaurants. They’re generally quiet, innocuous, designed to avoid the hoi polloi’s collective eye as much as cater to the urbane high rollers so often coveted by the would-be eatery jet set. So a less-well-traveled thoroughfare may be a desirable commodity for t...

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