food 12.15.04

Hot List

Caviar and Banana Brasserio, 12 E. 22nd [Bway/Park Ave. So.] 212.353.0500. We loved Claude Troisgros' food when he was last in NY at C.T., which makes it easier to overlook the awful name of his new restaurant. Brazilian food of a sort — meaning originality prized over authenticity.

Dinosaur BBQ, 646 W. 131st [12th] 212.694.1777. Barbecue done right makes a rare appearance on the island.

Freeman's, 8 Rivington [Bowery] 212.420.0012. Former secret, current hot spot, future? Magic 8 ball says Reply Hazy.

The Modern, 9 W. 53rd [5th/6th] 212.3331220. Only open for a casual lunch for now, check back after the first of the year: the highly talented Gabriel Kreuther, last at Atelier, is in the kitchen.

Tia Pol, 205 10th [22nd/23rd] 212.675.8805. Small, fun Spanish tapas spot with a good buzz.

Holdovers: Bar Tonno, 17 Cleveland [Spring/Kenmare] 212.966.7334. Scott Conant of L'Impero does Italian raw fish. Cru, 24 5th [9th] 212.529.1700. Shea Gallante, formerly of Bouley, cooks like a dream. Lure Fishbar 142 Mercer [Prince] 212.431.7676, stylish seafood from the Lever House crew. Per Se, Time Warner Center 212.823.9335. Thomas Keller's food lives up to its hype as the best in town. The service, not quite.
Now thru 12/21 (M-F, 1-5), OMON, 1412 Bway [39th] Suite 1402, 212.827.0171, has fall and winter women's outerwear — cashmere blends, wools, down, and suede — at up to 75% off. Cash only.

More ideas for New Years at NYCNYE.

That excellent store, The Compleat Strategist, 11 E. 33rd [5th/Mad] 212.685.3880, has board games, trivia games, poker supplies, and all that good stuff. Print out a MUG newsletter between now and 12/24, bring it in, and get a 10% discount on any purchase.

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