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Category: New York

OxBow Thanksgiving

As natives of the Connecticut River Valley Oxbow in Northampton, we feel familiar at our new neighborhood Tavern. What a special surprise to find that it was open on Thanksgiving. Since none of us is a fan of turkey, we relished our quail, duck and lamb chops at a cozy table on a frigid fall holiday this year. Perfect with a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot.

Del Posto Redux

Second time. Loved the first experience four years ago. This time. Dull Mosto. Seemed like a whole different management. Service pretentious yet very unsophisticated. Pacing extremely uneven. Food uninspired with the exception of the pastas. Wine pairings okay, but some were just undrinkable. A trend of serving from huge bottles was tacky. Clientele also. It seems more like a tourist trap now. Sad.

Oxbow Tavern

New boîte on 71st & Columbus. Used to be Café Tallulah. Never went there. Always empty. Oxbow Tavern is crowded and lively with a beautiful zinc bar and tasteful if dark décor. Menu a bit heavy and wintry, doesn’t change for summer seasonal offerings. Yet the grilled quail was perfectly prepared and brussel sprouts excellent. Hangar steak good reviews. Bar is the draw. Positive news in the UWS ‘hood. No scaffolding, either!  

Scourge of Scaffolding

Our neighborhood favorite, AG Kitchen has closed. A staple for fresh food with friendly service. Best burgers, burritos anywhere. But. Once the scaffolding went up, the ambience changed. It’s the scourge of the UWS and beyond. Killing businesses on every block. SAD!