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Category: Restaurants

Boulud Sud

Across from Lincoln Center. Touristy crowded vibe. Pre-theater prix fixe on a Saturday Night. So. That’s the context. Octopus app chewy and uninspired. Sea Bass en papillote fine but nothing special. Wines by the glass mediocre. Have been to Bar Boulud next door which is at least good at what it serves. Go there before a Lincoln Center performance. Neither worth a visit other than that.

La Boîte en Bois

A country French UWS boîte, “the box in the woods”,  literally. A tiny space downstairs. Not great if you’ve got clausty issues. Close. Cozy. Snug. Yet the staff and atmosphere are friendly and it has endured in the neighborhood for many years. Food is standard bistro fare, bland and average quality. Nice Sancerre. Also on the plus side. Stairs make it difficult so no strollers or leashes at brunch.

Sushi Kaito

12-seat bar way West on 72nd. The freshest bites with meticulous presentation by an Omakase master. Sea salts, citrus garnishes. Sea Bream. Black Cod. Scallop. Tuna. Yellow tail. Oyster. Char. Everything tastes as if it was caught a minute ago in this 16-piece Christmas gift from mAdBen. A true treat.

Union Square Café

Same sign. Different address. First went there in 1994 when Danny Meyer was an up-and-coming restaurateur. American fare with attention to service and fresh ingredients. The original was a little bit downstairs. This later iteration has the same vibe but with an above-the-ground and upstairs feel. Yet. Both intimate and inviting. Uniquely New York. Reminiscent of its dining heyday.

The Mark

A Jean-Georges restaurant in the tony Upper East Side hotel. The place to see and be seen. Glitterati abounds. Bustling bar into the back room. A festive atmosphere to meet friends during the holidays. Don’t go for great food. Go for the scene and Sancerre.

Asset

Columbus Avenue gets another much-needed booster shot. A vibrant young crowd in a cool space with good food and a DJ to enhance the lively mood. It’s not for everyone. But, it’s fun. Baby clams, carpaccio and tuna tartare excellent. Wine list extensive and reasonable. More of a cocktail-centric crowd. It’s from the owners of Tessa (backwards = Asset) on Amsterdam. But a much different experience.