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NYC's Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant Is More Iconic Than Ever

John Mariani | Posted 09.15.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

The oysters are an enormous draw, of course, but there is so much to choose from on a menu with 14 categories.

Josh Cellars Makes Wines to Honor a Lifelong Hero

John Mariani | Posted 09.11.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

You don't have to spend very long with Joseph Carr before you learn who inspired him to found Josh Cellars.

NYC's Red Cat Still a Beacon of Good Taste By John Mariani

John Mariani | Posted 09.08.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

For an elementary course on what "laid back" should mean at its best, a visit to the 15-year-old Red Cat in Chelsea is in order.

The Wines Of Veneto

John Mariani | Posted 09.04.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Masi and others have maintained the wine's richness while removing the oxidation and high alcohol.

Five Years Of Refinement Shows In Every Detail At NYC's SD26

John Mariani | Posted 09.02.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

I had not dined at SD26 in about 18 months, so I was delighted to find, on its fifth anniversary, the food is better than ever.

Here's Where To Eat When Dining Out in New Orleans

John Mariani | Posted 08.28.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

As you enter there is a serious bar with a serious barman -- not a place to hear the new Jay Z CD or watch women's golf.

Two Great New Ethnic Restaurants Open on New York's Upper West Side

John Mariani | Posted 08.20.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Two outstanding newcomers to the neighborhood prove yet again that many in the food media have demeaned the UWS's restaurant offerings by sheer omission.

NYC's Regency Bar and Grill Re-Opens With a Focus on Food

John Mariani | Posted 08.14.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Time being so valuable in an ever more hectic New York, the Business Breakfast is still a way for executives, media types and politicians to hobnob over eggs.

Lunch Chez Claudette

Anne Maxfield | Posted 08.13.2014 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

We split a piece of cheese for dessert that the waitress forgot to tell us was a blue cheese, but it was fine and came with some nice crusty bread and a fig compote.

Why Now Is the Best Time to Go to Nantucket

John Mariani | Posted 08.12.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Given that Nantucket is both difficult and expensive to get to, this is a pricey destination, and as such, the entrepreneurs and restaurateurs have to make their money fast and in volume.

Shall We Put a Cork in It?

Allen Balik | Posted 08.12.2014 | Taste
Allen Balik

Natural cork is the centuries-old stand-by that has come under relentless attack over the last couple of decades.

Do You Really Want Consistent Flavor?

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

Consistency is a highly desired and even required attribute in a wide variety of contexts.

Dining Out in London, Part Two

John Mariani | Posted 08.04.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

The food at BB has its own marvelous heft, characteristic of the best French bourgeois cooking.

The More Things Change The Better They Get At NYC's Batard

John Mariani | Posted 07.31.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

If the restaurant at 239 West Broadway needed redemption, Drew Nieporent certainly hasn't.

Goodwill Under the Radar

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.28.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

There's a network of women who feed the hungry, but they don't make a fuss about it. They aren't looking for recognition. They're far too busy doing g...

After 10 Years, Sideways is Still Bewitching

Peg Melnik | Posted 07.25.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The hit film Sideways, which debuted in 2004, still holds up with pinot noir as the clever matchmaker. To recap, the comedy follows the antics of two...

Bacchanal Brings Fine Dining To New York's Bowery

John Mariani | Posted 07.23.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Bacchanal succeeds on sheer talent and focus, not by dazzle or unholy alliances of ingredients.

What Price Glory? You Don't Always Get What You Pay For

John Mariani | Posted 07.21.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

It's hardly a dirty little secret among vintners, but it's not something they brag about.

Old and New Taste--All Good--in London, Part One

John Mariani | Posted 09.14.2014 | Travel
John Mariani

London is--far more than Paris, Rome or Berlin--the epitome of the international city, as much a melting pot of cultures now as the United States.

Two-Day Roman Holiday

John Mariani | Posted 09.09.2014 | Travel
John Mariani

Right about now, Rome is overflowing with tourists glued to guidebooks and iPhones, rather than actually looking at the city's grandeur, statues, churches and paintings.

NY's Sea Grill Gets New Chef and a Sushi and Sake Program

John Mariani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Not unlike the newly restored Tavern on the Green, The Sea Grill has been enchanting New Yorkers and visitors for decades; in the latter's case since 1974.

Have Chefs David Chang and April Bloomfield Really Changed America?

John Mariani | Posted 07.07.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

I am not trying to suggest that Chang and Bloomfield have not had considerable influence on American gastronomy, but both have been hyped by the New York media all out of whack with the reality of what goes on in the rest of the United States.

Nirvana In East Austin: Dinner At Eden East On Springdale Farm

Stephanie Keller | Posted 09.01.2014 | Taste
Stephanie Keller

Even before the food arrived, our levels of bliss were skyrocketing and the locally sourced creations reinforced our happiness.

NY's Beautique Aims for a Glam Crowd and Fine Cuisine

John Mariani | Posted 08.31.2014 | Style
John Mariani

I've long admired the work of Chef Craig Hopson, first at One If by Land, then at Le Cirque, so I was happy to hear he was back behind the stoves, this time at a swanky new 125-seat restaurant with a too-cutesy name, set in the belly of a building across from the Plaza Hotel and next to the venerable Paris movie theater.

These 'Naked' Wedding Cakes Are The Perfect Summer Confection | Posted 07.02.2014 | Weddings

By Rachel W. Miller for Want to get naked on your wedding day? No, we’re not talking about a dress that shows a lot of skin... naked wed...