As I marveled at the hanging carcasses and gnarly cuts of swine at Frankie Fenner’s Meat Merchants, a carnivore’s nirvana along Cape Town’s bustiling Bree St, a certain book for sale caught my eye. Not so much for its somewhat More

The Ordinary – Charleston, SC

Lobster The Ordinary – which flung open its doors into a grandiose room that once housed a bank – is anything but. I haven’t read the reviews of the place (and boy, are they rife), but I suspect I’m not the first scribe to turn such a phrase. Read More


IMG_9223 I fucking love a good sandwich. I’m obsessed by the possibilities of what can be put in between two pieces of bread and almost every country has their own interpretation. Read More



The problem with most Thai food – in my modest experience at least – is that much of it is so homogenized in the West that most menus are made up of familiar clichés like Pad Thai (which to be More


INOTECA On one of the best corners of New York on the Lower East Side sits this modest, bustling trattoria, opened in 2003 by brothers Jason and Joe Denton. Almost 10 years on and the place still has that familiar charm that can only come from a true New York neighborhood joint. Bring your dog and The Times and sit outside in Summer with a glass of Soave and a porchetta, fontina and grilled pepper Panini. Read More

Osteria Morini

MORINI Chef Michael White is perhaps second only to David Chang in terms of constant media attention in New York in recent years. And so be it. Holy arancini that man can cook! When I first arrived in Gotham, he was at the helm of Fiamma in Soho and then went onto stints at Alto and Convivio, before opening the much lauded seafood emporium Marea on Central Park South (the former two are now shuttered after a much publicized split with his business partner). Read More


LUCALI Under the soft din of candle light, revered and somewhat accidental pizza maker Mark Iacono, takes centre stage in his Carroll Gardens restaurant, making nothing more, and I really mean nothing more, than a few calzones and enormous pizzas whose toppings change daily. Read More

Frankie’s Spuntino 457

FRANKIE'S SPUNTINO2 There’s something to be said for a restaurant with a kitchen the size of Frankies – there’s one on Court St in Carrol Gardens and another on Clinton St in the Lower East Side (and another opening any day now in the West Village) – that can put out food with so much flavor packed onto one plate. Read More

Hundred Acres

HUNDRED ACRES From the same owners as Five Points and Cookshop comes another locavore eatery that is their most polished and one that really comes alive in the warmer months when some tables pour out onto the quiet street, a charming back garden is in full bloom and the rosé tidal wave that engulfs New York is in full effect. Read More

Fort Defiance

FORT DEFIANCE I’m just going to come right out with it: The egg sandwich (with Emmenthal cheese and ham if you please) at this cozy neighborhood café and bar in sleepy and out of the way Red Hook might just be the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. Read More

Market Table

MARKET TABLE2 What started as a collaboration in 2007 between chef Joey Campanaro, restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Fedora, Jeffrey’s Grocery) and chef Mike Price, is now (mostly) owned and operated by the latter, who can usually be seen from the open kitchen as you enter this gorgeous airy space. Read More

Hecho en Dumbo

HECHO EN DUMBO On the ever more civilized Bowery, we now have Mexican salvation, complete with a surprisingly well thought out cocktail program. Hecho en Dumbo started life as a pop up in Brooklyn, sharing a sardine can of a kitchen with a cafe until its success resulted in a need to get their own digs. Read More