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Lobby Lounge (at the Mandarin Oriental New York)
80 Columbus Circle
at 60th St.

$$$$$

3

Swizz
310 W 53rd St.
at 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

August
359 Bleecker St.
b/w Charles & W 10th St.

$$$$$

2.3

9

although it turned out that W. had read about this place but not previously been, august turned out to be a gem of the nice, moderately expensive new york restaurant genre. tucked .. >

Hell's Kitchen
679 9th Ave.
b/w 46th & 47th St.

$$$$$

3

1

Yes, the rumors are true. Yesterday was my b-day. And, yes, once again I turned 25. How many times have I celebrated my 25th now?...Oh my, I've gotten so old I can't remember... >

The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St.
b/w Orchard & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3

7

Over the weekend, I wanted to go brunching for some reason. Maybe because of feeling restless from sitting on my butt in front of my laptop writing papers ENDLESSLY or studying fro.. >

Thor (at the Hotel on Rivington)
107 Rivington St.
at Ludlow St.

$$$$$

2.8

4

THOR is short for The Hotel on Rivington. Itís also the name of the restaurant that occupies the ground floor of that hotel. I donít know what possessed somebody to put a 21-story .. >

Blue Ribbon
280 5th Ave.
b/w 1st St. & Garfield Pl.

$$$$$

5

The House
121 E 17th St.
b/w Park Ave. & Irving Pl.

$$$$$

3

2

I always wondered what this mid-19th-century carriage house was doing in the middle of East 17th Street. Was it an inn? A nautical museum? Today, I found out that it was an excelle.. >

Natsumi
226 W 50th St.
b/w Broadway & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Times Square's a tricky stretch to open an ambitious restaurant. The late 7Square, a modern chophouse with Lespinasse-trained chef Shane McBride, quickly comes to mind. With Ruby F.. >

Blue Ribbon
97 Sullivan St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

3.3

9

An appreciation of the Blue Ribbon chain. .. >

Aquavit
65 E 55th St.
b/w Park & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

12

- Sunday, Twelve Hundred Thirty Hours, 65 East 55th Street - I stood in front of the table flabbergasted at the brunch buffet spread at Aquavit. It was my first time there for Su.. >

Alto
520 Madison Ave.
53rd St. b/w Madison & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3

6

Not long ago, Italian food in America was measured by a single criteria: Which restaurant gave you the most of it. A typical conversation between aficionados went something like th.. >

China Grill
52 W 53rd St.
at 6th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

2

I believe the China Grill opened their doors over 18 years ago.† It was quite a hot spot.† The place was packed from lunch through late night dinners.† Walking through the door yes.. >

Orsay
1057 Lexington Ave.
at 75th St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

I've been getting this message a lot lately. Dad has meetings often at his company's Manhattan office and one night I was lucky enough to hang out with him. We were contemplating g.. >

Ambassador Grill & Lounge (at The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel)
1 UN Plaza
at 1st Ave. & 44th St.

$$$$$

3

Cafe Boulud
20 E 76th St.
b/w Madison & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3

4

The day after the Devi lunch that I had with my three girl friends, Iíve coordinated another lunch with another group of friends, Robyn, Kathy, and Ariel to Cafe Boulud. Interior s.. >

Danube
30 Hudson St.
b/w Duane & Reade St.

$$$$$

2.9

6

There is something both attractive and repellant about the longer running fine restaurants of New York. On the one hand if they have had a run longer than five years in this fickle.. >

Cafe Pierre (at the Pierre Hotel)
2 E 61st St.
at 5th Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

The Russian Tea Room
150 W 57th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

1

On the highly anticipated opening night of the Russian Tea Room, doormen amiably guarded the red carpeted-entrance of the famed institution.† As I passed through the original revol.. >