Robert Sietsema on the New York-Montreal Food Connection; Lauren Shockey at Jeffrey's Grocery
Sam Sifton awards two stars to Harold Dieterle's Kin Shop, even though it's not quite authentic Thai: "[It's] an American restaurant that serves food prepared using Thai flavors, a restaurant that nods at Thailand respectfully and uses its cuisine to fine effect."
Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite award a whopping four stars to Hung Ry: "serving righteous Lanzhou-style hand-pulled noodles that are as good as any within slinging distance of Confucius Plaza -- maybe even better."
Steve Cuozzo approves of Osteria Morini: "Behind the crush that can leave you bruised, there's a damn good, fat- and butter-friendly Italian restaurant helmed by protean chef Michael White."
Jay Cheshes likes the food, but not the room at Bar Basque: "[T]he menu, a genuine homage to the Basque Country devoid of pretense or gimmick, is simply too soulful for such austere surroundings. [Jeffrey] Chodorow, once again just missing the mark, has built a party restaurant uncomfortably saddled with serious food."
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