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Autumn Palate

It’s not that we don’t go out to eat much. It’s that we rarely find the experience blog-worthy. Neighborhood restaurants remain just okay. And. Citarella’s food is just too good. Check out RecipeDetours.com. Although brunch at Tavern on the Green’s outside garden was excellent last week. On a balmy beautiful Saturday. Eggs Benedict with potatoes perfect. Ambience sublime in late October. And Harbes Family Farmstand on Long Island’s North Fork in Mattituck has even better Apple Cider Donuts than Atkins Farms in Amherst, Massachusetts. Which is saying something.  

Isabella’s Bites the Dust

UWS’s landmark gathering spot the latest to close its doors. Isabella’s shuttered for good yesterday after decades of meeting, greeting and eating. One of the few outdoor cafes not blocked by shade of ugly dank scaffolding. You could actually sit in the sun. Sad.  

Eleven Madison Move

Eleven Madison Park in the Flatiron closed for renovations. Chefs opening a pop-up in the old Moby’s spot in Amagansett. EMP Summer House. If you’re reading this, too late to get a rez!  

Table’s Edge Celebs

Famous people found around the Table’s Edge. Besides Elizabeth Taylor. Rachel Maddow. A regular at Green Street Café. She was a local radio personality in Northampton, Massachusetts before she rose to Queen of MSNBC. Sous-chef at Curtis & Schwartz, Gabrielle Hamilton. She became acclaimed author of Blood, Bones & Butter and still holds court at her East Village gem, Prune. President Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge Park Café.