This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema is fond of Northern Spy, despite "a certain blandness" about the food that can probably be attributed to the Bay Area-style hands-off approach to food preparation. Sarah DiGregorio samples the latest Fujian-owned Lanzhou noodle joint, Kuai An Hand Pull Noodles, and leaves quite satisfied.
Sam Sifton upgrades Strip House from one star to two, deeming the food "generally marvelous, the steak often superb."
$25 and Under finds satisfying bites in the East Village at sandwich shops Carteles and This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, and at Austrian dumpling specialist Kinski.
Steve Cuozzo might dread small plates, but deems most choices at Faustina "fine for the price, and several would be bargains at any price."
Jay Cheshes finds the small plates at Recette too small, which might leave you "feeling coerced into an exorbitant, multicourse meal."
Meanwhile, Ryan Sutton notes that at Recette, "the cuteness falls victim to the cuisine, which often suffers from an entry-level lack of attention to detail."
Gael Greene manages to locate Print, with its ultra green and locavoric concept (hello, in-house forager), and finds the food "mostly good and sometimes wonderful."
Tables for Two dines at Colicchio and Sons, where "unfortunately, [Tom] Colicchio seems to have become a bit sloppy in the kitchen."