CHARLOTTE DRUCKMAN

Dining: Second Spring

In 2006, Daniel Rose, a young chef from Chicago, opened a tiny restaurant on the fringes of Paris and took the original gourmands—the French—by storm. His bare-bones establishment, Spring, offered a mere 16 seats, and Le Figaro soon named them the toughest to book in the city. For the next three years, Rose produced thoughtful, […]

Bar Boulud, London

Daniel Boulud—the French-born chef who built his culinary career and restaurant empire in New York—this May opened Bar Boulud, London, at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel. The wine-themed modern tavern, Boulud’s first restaurant in Europe, puts a British spin on the best of the chef’s casual New York eateries, which include the original Bar […]

Chef Colicchio Returns to the Kitchen

Critics and assorted culinary pundits cite chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft as a restaurant that altered the way we ate when it opened in 2001. It marked a shift away from heavy sauces and high-concept plates. Rebelliously, Colicchio opted to embrace simplicity and showcase the ingredients themselves. Now, nine years later, he is once again changing […]

SHO Shaun Hergatt: A Downtown Dining Destination

Before the flight of courses begins, the truffle butter that accompanies the bread service will endear you to SHO Shaun Hergatt and raise your expectations for the excellent meal to come. Be advised: The setting is mildly deceptive. A stone’s throw from Wall Street in the new Setai that houses premium condominiums, the large restaurant […]

A Voce Finds a Voice Uptown

Is there anything better than looking out over Central Park while sipping a glass of wine and nibbling on prosciutto di Parma and other assorted house-made salumi? Perhaps enjoying all that with an order of chef Missy Robbins’ pork belly with figs, pistachios, and balsamic vinegar or her signature roasted mushrooms smattered with hazelnuts and […]

Danny Meyer’s Latest: Maialino

New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer is celebrated for his successful dining venues Union Square Cafe and 11 Madison Park, as well as the expansion of his quality-driven, mod take on fast food, the Shake Shack. Although admired for his devotion to hospitality, he had yet to tackle a hotel eatery, until his newest establishment, Maialino, […]

A London Favorite Opens in New York

London staple Le Caprice restaurant has christened a second branch in Manhattan’s newly renovated Pierre Hotel. The new space is a sleek, Art Deco vision in black and white; a well-executed simulacrum of the original classic Brit brasserie, including the photographs–David Bailey’s shots of 1960s icon Jean Shrimpton–that line the lacquered ebony walls. The menu, […]

An Italian Standby Reopens in a Stylish Space

Former Central Park South resident San Domenico has reopened as SD26 on East 26th Street facing Madison Square Park, and the location reveals another dimension to the family-owned restaurant. Under the guidance of the father-daughter team of Tony and Marisa May, SD26 has a younger, hipper design. Acclaimed Italian architect and designer, Massimo Vignelli, a […]

Casa Lever: A Stylish Dining Experience

It’s a risky proposition, taking over and remodeling a popular restaurant and city landmark. In the case of Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, the duo behind Manhattan’s popular Sant Ambroeus cafés, the risk paid off when they turned the Lever House’s eponymous eatery into Casa Lever. What was once a sleek, but sterile, pod-like capsule, […]

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