Under Review: Sietsema at Abe & Arthur's; DiGregorio at Laut
This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema struts on down to former discotheque Abe & Arthur's, where despite "some painfully stupid starters... you'd do well to make a meal of apps," while Sarah DiGregorio suffers the sound system at Laut, which manages to nail iconic versions of laksa, the noodle soup that's considered the national dish of Malaysia.
Adam Platt finds "the real revelation at the new A Voce [to be] the cooking... (Chef Missy) Robbins has a knack for taking simple Italian basics and elevating them to a different plane."
Jay Cheshes approves of San Domenico's reincarnation as SD26: "Chef Odette Fada, who had been at San Domenico since 1996, has adapted her cooking considerably for the new space. The menu is split not into courses but food groups... [permitting] diners to eat as they please."
Tables for Two gets seated at Prime Meats, where "if there's a weak link, it's the food... The Franks (owners Castronovo and Falcinelli) seem so absorbed in the quest for unusual or local ingredients that they've overlooked the transformative potential of actually cooking things."