10 Places to Eat at Now

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    Californios - You know what? Sometimes first impressions are really wrong. And a lot can happen in six months, as the now fantastic experience at Californios can mightily attest. I was invited to visit the restaurant during its soft opening around the...

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    El Buen Comer - The family business, there’s nothing that feels like it. And El Buen Comer is definitely a family affair, with chef Isabel Caudillo cooking and her husband expediting, and their sons and daughters-in-law working alongside them. Caudillo is a La Cocina...

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    In Situ - In our current food-world dynamic of always chasing what’s new (“Oooh, yeah, I had that dish, ‘grammed it, what’s next?!”), with diners traveling the world to check off a Michelin-rated or World’s 50 Best Restaurant chef’s signature dish, a restaurant...

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    The Morris - There are some moments that really make me happy as a restaurant columnist, and seeing someone open their lifelong dream place is pretty high on the list. As a somm, Paul Einbund has poured me countless glasses of wine at...

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    Motze - Some restaurants just aren’t like the others. They may have a challenging name to pronounce (Coi comes to mind), or serve hard-to-classify food (e.g., The Progress), or just have such a quirky format that you surrender and roll with it...

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    Petit Crenn - Walking into Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn’s new casual restaurant in Hayes Valley, Petit Crenn, is like a breath of fresh seaside air. The clean lines and chic white palette (which includes glossy artwork by Lucky Rapp, curvy modern chairs,...

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    Pinoy Heritage (Pop-Up) - There’s a quality ongoing pop-up I wanted to be sure you have on your radar: Pinoy Heritage, from chef Francis Ang and his wife, Dian. You may recognize Francis as the former executive pastry chef from Fifth Floor, and who...

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    Postcards from La Costiera - The rotating playlist of hits keep coming out of the Mina Test Kitchen, with the latest incarnation, Postcards from La Costiera, paying homage to a culinary research trip chef Adam Sobel took all over Italy with Michael Mina last year....

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    R.T.B. - There are many pop-ups that circulate through our city on nights when restaurants are closed, and one unexpected location is Dabba in the Financial District, a fast-casual daytime place which plays host to the pop-up R.T.B., serving 30-35 guests from...

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    Tawla - Anyone who has a well-thumbed and stained copy of Plenty and Plenty More and Jerusalem, who knows their musaka from their maqluba and mujadara, will really enjoy poring over the extensive menu at Tawla, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in the...