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Restaurant Critic Roundup: 3 Stars for New York's Betony

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Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up restaurant reviews across America

Pete Wells bestowed three stars on New York's bi-level Betony.

This week in restaurant news, critic Alan Richman samples the fare at Smorgasburg, on Saturday in Williamsburg, and on Sunday in DUMBO. His Saturday morning began with questioning those in the three-hour-long line for the infamous ramen burger, and instead waiting three minutes for a cup of coffee from "Blue Bottle Coffee, which attracted near-ramen-burger-type frenzy when it set up a stand at the Ferry Building in San Francisco years ago." On Sunday, then intent on trying a ramen burger, he found that there was no line, and also, no ramen burger. "I guess DUMBO isn't cool enough."

In San Francisco, critic Michael Bauer reviews restaurant Roka Akor, and says, "you can't help but be impressed" with what's been done to the "awkward space at the corner of Jackson and Montgomery." "Arcanum Architecture, which also designed Poggio, Copita, Camino, and Original Joe's," he says, "renovated the 115-seat interior and hits the high notes of modern design. A prominent open kitchen is fronted by a counter stacked with more than 25 different plates and platters used for the various specialties."

Back in New York, Pete Wells bestowed three stars on Betony, which opened this spring on West 57th Street. Chef Bryce Shuman, who spent six years in the kitchen at Eleven Madison Park, has created a near-perfect roast chicken, and "the most soulful" foie gras Wells has ever tasted.

As always, the ratings range from stars to bells to beans, but every review offers specialized insight into the food, atmosphere, and service of eateries in each city’s dining scene and the critics eating at them.

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 8/28/2013

Alan RichmanGQSmorgasburg
Gael GreeneInsatiable CriticSweetgreen
Todd A. PriceTimes-PicayuneJubilee
Pete WellsThe New York TimesBetony3 stars
Michael BauerSan Francisco ChronicleRoka Akor4 bells
Clarissa WeiLos Angeles TimesThe Palace
Brad A. JohnsonOC RegisterEarly Bird
Scott ReitzDallas ObserverMercat
Tom SietsemaWashington PostEtto3 stars
William PorterDenver PostRefuel2.5 stars
Robert MossCharleston City PaperBásico

Click here for The Daily Meal's "Top Chefs Review — and Rate — America's Food Critics."

Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter at @atylersullivan.

Quite All Right

Here is another picture of the plane as it glides in for a belly flop on the Hudson River. I can only imagine what the people on board were thinking at this exact moment.

I don't think I've ever seen many photographs like this just moments before a plane is about to make a crash landing in the water.

My friend Matt, who took these photos, is bummed because he didn't take a photograph of the plane crashing into the water. I told him, "You did the right thing by calling 911 instead."


I can't believe US Air is calling this "officially an EMERGENCY LANDING, not a crash" .

if i were on that plane and it lands in the RIVER, even though everyone lived i would still be PISSED if US Air tried to tell me it was just an emergency landing!

US Air will say it was not their fault because of the birds, and therefore they don't have to give passengers a hotel room.

Do they give them $7 meal allowance for dinner in New York City tonight?

Right. if they're lucky they'll get a $100 voucher for US air

good for 90 days and non-transferable

"because we appreciate you as a customer"

If the plane doesn't land on the runway, I say it's a crash.

What do the aviation experts say?

I never knew that US Airways operated a ferry service!

I wonder if the birds had little American Airline tattoos or went by the name "Delta Force."

I saw some video and it looked like passengers were able to get off the belly-flopper without getting wet or injured. I think you'd only last about 2 minutes in the water today. Very scary.

Good thing they didn't let anyone carry any water on board!

Why'd you remove the images? :(

An emergency landing is a collective term for various types of landing, where crash landing is one of them.

Technically speaking though, this landing is a "ditching" as he carried out a crash landing on water.

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Thursday, June 27, 2002

Doctor, Steal Thyself III
As in "steal yourself to go to the doctor," not "Doctor, steal something!" this time. I just got back from the Massachusetts General Hospital's downtown office, where I had my first physical in, um, about seven years. Since going to college, I've not really had a doctor to call my own, and I might have found him. We did the whole nine yards: family history, pre-existing conditions, blood pressure (120/80), temperature, ear check, eye check, hearing check -- a cool test where he put a tuning fork against my forehead and behind my ear to see how my skull conducted sound (I'm a little worried about hearing because of all the shows I go to) -- turn and cough, and a blood test for diabetes and cholesterol.

Because it's been so long since I've gone to a doctor, I was slightly concerned that my slight nervousness would result in a racing pulse or problems while drawing blood, but no worries. In fact, the blood test was pretty cool. They have these little butterfly needles now that slide right in -- no puncture pressure, no pinching -- and it took no time at all to draw the vials of blood they needed for the tests. I walked back to the office with a bit of gauze and a Band-Aid on my vein and treated myself to a Mrs. Field's semisweet chocolate chip cookie and carton of skim milk on my way as a reward for a job well done.

Back on the healthcare track!

Among the Literati IX
Went to a reading last night at Wordsworth to see Sandra Tsing Loh, author of A Year in Van Nuys, and Dan Zevin, author of The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-Up. I sat a row ahead of a bunch of Dan's friends, and having just read the book the night before, I was really looking forward to his reading.

Loh read first. She and Levin are commentators for NPR, and it showed -- both were extremely comfortable reading. Of the two, Loh was more animated, gesturing wildly and modulating her volume and tone radically throughout the reading. At times, she was overly dramatic, but the snippet she shared from her new novel about life in Van Nuys might push me over the edge to pick up the book. It's kind of a take on Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and tells the tale of a writer with writer's block stuck in a place she'd rather not be. Lots of funny tangents.

Then, Zevin. Before the reading, he distributed a questionnaire about the days people in the audience had felt most cool or uncool -- and he incorporated the crowd response at the end, giving a package of coyote urine -- a gardening aid -- to the person whose entry was the best. I don't have the book with me at work, but Zevin read two pieces: the one about lawn care and the one about his semester abroad. He stuck to the text for the most part but interjected with several clever asides and contextual tangents, even clarifying some of the neighborhood landmarks he'd included in the book -- and pointing out people in the audience who were in the book as characters, or who had had some impact on the writing (like the person who introduced him to the "zen" contractor).

Of the two, I felt like Zevin was more personable and sincere -- maybe it's an East Coast/West Coast thing. And, as always, I wish I hadn't read the book before the reading. It's always best to hear readings fresh. Otherwise, you've already read it, and you're listening for variations and deviations. Zevin's selective edits of the semester abroad piece were well chosen, and for the most part, the reading augmented my experience with the book. Kudos to both!

North End Moment XXII
In the elevator coming back from lunch after navigating my way past a couple of Gentle Giant movers struggling with a file cabinet:

Woman: I just got smashed by a giant!
Me: Not so gentle, are they?
Woman: No.

Today Is Media Diet's Birthday
Exactly one year ago today, Media Diet began. It's been an awesome blogging year, and I look forward to the next 365 days. I have no idea how many entries I've published since Media Diet's launch, but since February, when I added the counter, we've had almost 10,000 unique visitors. Wow. Folks from as far away as Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, and Singapore come by regularly. Thank you all for your support and attention!

So, to celebrate Media Diet's birthday, do something nice for yourselves today. Buy some flowers. Go for a walk. Eat some cashews. Write your parents a letter. Smell the sea air. Stand on a fire escape. Tell someone you love them. Take your bike in for repair. Donate some unused clothing to Goodwill. Chase a squirrel. Sit on a bench and read. Watch the clouds.

Also, if you blog, take a moment to email all of the people whose blogs you visit regularly -- or link to on your site -- and thank them for what they do. Tell 'em that you stop by every day, that you appreciate their work, and what you enjoy about their blog. Don't tell 'em you link to 'em. Don't ask 'em for a link back. Just express your appreciation and spread some blog love. Chances are they'll appreciate it.

Obligatory thank you list: Evan Williams for getting my blog thoughts rolling, Jon Ferguson and Cardhouse for being my host with the most, the Media Dieticians who've signed up for the mailing list, Fast Company and Suicide Girls for spiking my daily traffic like nothing else when they linked to me, Charlie Park for being my first blogfriend to give me a ride somewhere, Halley Suitt for actually coming by my office and leaving a note in my mailbox (I still owe you lunch), everyone who's sent something in for review, everyone who's taken my constructive criticism well, and, well, you.

You are what you read. And what you see. And what you hear. I am Heath. Who are you?

In other news, James Stegall is 27 today. 27 on the 27th. Happy birthday, James!

Don't Feed The Pigeons

Counting, But Not Counting Very Well

Widely excoriated as being clunky and just plain bad advertising, Unthink is the latest campaign from Kentucky Fried Chicken (is it even called that anymore or is it KFC or is it KGC?). Here's an example of faulty advertising technology at work. Unthink is the tagline for Kentucky Whatever that has been around for the last six months or so. Rather than Unthink, I think someone ought to take a moment on Monday afternoon and put their thinking cap on to figure out a way to get this sign working. Given what it costs to rent billboard space in Times Square, every minute this sign isn't working is money out the window and branding opportunities forever lost.



Besides the fact that this picture, taken by Jonathan Daniel, is competely awesome, check out this story on how well my Cubs are doing. After Losing Their Tempers, Cubs Put Up a Fight - New York Times. Ever since Lou lost it and acted the fool on the field, the Cubs have been sick. 17 out of the last 22. Now if we can just get those Brewers to lose a few more, we'll be on our way. Who said we couldn't win with Kerry Wood?



The Michael Vick story isn't a political one, but it relates to racial politics in that a tactic used by those who want to defend him is often used when discussing political and social issues within the black community and it is a tactic that prevents our community from being honest with each other and finding solutions to our problems especially those problems most affecting black males.

I was reluctant to blog about the whole affair because its just sick. Dog fighting is a felony and is deserving of a fine and restriction from owning any animal, mammal or fish. I wouldn't even give that person a plant. I realize these are dogs and not humans, so I wouldn't put that person in prison. But if you want to put a dog down you euthanize them. The way it was alleged to have been done in this case, is sick. Electrocution, hanging and bashing their heads into the ground is indicative of a psychopath and someone who needs to be locked up.

I decided to blog about it because I happened to be listening to the Jim Rome show online yesterday. It’s a sports show, so of course the host brought the topic up. Not seconds later, a brother called up and accused Rome of being racist. He said Rome was only bringing this up because Vick was black. If Rome really cared about the cruelty of dog fighting, he would have brought it up before. Yes, I was just thinking myself that I don’t hear nearly enough about dog fighting as I want to. Actually, Rome had brought the topic up a few years ago when it involved another athlete, but this caller wasn't interested in any facts.

The caller knows he was wrong, but it’s such a familiar and successful tactic of deflection used in cultural politics and racial issues. Anytime someone is criticizing an act or behavior of someone who happens to be black, especially a black man, you threaten the “racist” label. This makes them either shut up or veer off the real topic a topic that needs to be discussed if we are ever to find a solution. So, even though a couple of brothers phoned in to call that guy out for what he was doing, his tactic worked. For the next 2 hours, Rome spent most of the show explaining why he isn't a racist instead discussing the real issue.

The caller said he's listened to Rome for 3 years now. So have I. So I know that he knows Rome isn't even remotely racist and doesn't tolerate it from his audience. Rome never fails to mention when a white athlete gets in trouble or acts the fool over something. People who make racist comments are banned from the show and he refuses to read racist e-mails even though he admits he gets many. He rails endlessly against people in the world of sports who make racist statements no matter what color they are. Because the caller knew this, he knew that all he had to do was put the suspicion of racism on a well-intentioned person and “the black man” in this case, Vick, suddenly becomes the victim. Shame on him for doing it and shame on Rome for falling for it.


When I read this headline, Political Radar: Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama, I was like, yeah they are taking his words and twisting them around to sound bad. Then I read and realize that he did say this. Do you think Kindergartners need "age appropriate" sex education? That is 5 year olds he's talking about. What would be "age appropriate" for 5 year olds? "Okay kids, lets put down the paste and glitter and talk about where babies really come from."

The only thing I can imagine is to teach kids where they aren't supposed to be touched, but that isn't sex education that's safety education. Between his promise to cover abortion through a Universal Healthcare program and this, Obama is giving conservatives a little hope this week. Before you send me hate mail for critizing your Messiah, I'm not saying he isn't still the s&#@ right now. I'm just saying this wasn't a great move on his part.

Watch the video: Anthony Bourdain - Our Last Full Interview. Fast Company (May 2022).