A Sarcastic Appetite

Restaurant Round-Up for the Week of September 16
September 16, 2010, 8:05 am
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Hey kiddos! You know the drill: I’m here to canvass the food blogs, so you don’t have to. A few highlights this week:

Today is the last day to check out the Bon Appétit Pop-Up Cafe in Lincoln Center; though Brownie had an enjoyable experience – ahem, at the press opening – Danny of Food in Mouth fame was less than impressed.

The Immaculate Infatuation boys hilariously pan Olio Pizza e Piu – and I can laugh because I didn’t have to look at that octopus salad. Seriously. That thing will give you nightmares.

The Sifster must have had a little Miami Sound Machine on the old iPod when he ventured down to pan-Latin newcomer Nuela – and then he must have had a few too many Cuba Libres, since he found the place compelling: “an eater’s den, substantial, interesting, slightly eccentric.” The Village Voice’s Sarah DiGregorio, meanwhile, who reviewed it three weeks ago, was put off by a “silly” king crab leg dish, and advises sticking to the ceviches; “the rest of the menu is seriously (and expensively) hit-or-miss.”

Hill Country’s spin-off, Hill Country Chicken, opened this week, and the menu is positively mouthwatering.

Eater also answers one of its own questions: revolving door chef Ryan Skeen has landed at Michael Psilakis’s not-yet-opened Fish Tag. (You might remember it as the space that formerly housed Gus & Gabriel, the absurd gastropub with a menu more suited to the widening waistbands of Middle America than the svelte size 2s of Manhattan.)

The guy behind Joseph Leonard, Gabriel Stulman, wants to turn that whole little stretch of West 4th into “Little Wisco.” Now that, my friends, is something I can get behind. Where do I sign??

In case you haven’t had enough of the farm-to-table movement (in which case, my sincere apologies, since things only just seem to be getting started), Restaurant Girl has a nice little round-up of options in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. Don’t get too excited, though, as there are no surprises here; ABC Kitchen, Blue Hill, and Applewood all make the list.

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