Robert Sietsema at Genting Palace; Four Stars for Atera
In this week's Voice, Robert Sietsema tries the dim sum over at Genting Palace: "Odd for a Chinese restaurant, there's an outdoor terrace with tables that will presumably at some future point allow you to enjoy some of the city's best dim sum while watching the galloping ponies. Don't expect carts; ordering is done from a 33-item menu."
Over at the New York Times, Pete Wells checks out the Sichuan-fare at Cafe China and awards them two stars: "The restaurant works at a languorous, almost tropical tempo. This sometimes manifests itself in hazy service and puzzling waits for cold appetizers, but mostly it is a refreshing change from the usual staccato rhythms of Midtown Sichuan operations."
Adam Platt gives hyperfashionable tasting room Atera four stars this week: "Unlike at other snooty, neo-omakase joints around town, these dishes are impeccably served by a cast of knowledgeable haute-cuisine veterans (ask the French Laundry alum Alex LaPratt to choose your wines)."
New Yorker's Leo Carey samples the seafood at Littleneck and calls it a place "thronged by a local-seeming hipster crowd": "The lobster rolls and clam rolls, made with nostalgia-tinged Sunbeam bread, are piled high with fish. There's an unpretentious raw bar, craft beers, a small but well-chosen wine list."