Sam Sifton


Nudity at Restaurants; Restaurant Weeks Under Fire; Diner Complaints; What Restaurant Hosts Wish You Knew; Pickles Are Hot; But, Entrees Are Not?

Dining and restaurant news… * Clothing-optional dining. Are nude diners coming soon to a restaurant near you? I, for one, hope not. [Los Angeles Times] * Real trouble for Real Housewife restaurateur? Lisa Vanderspump responds to claims of a poor dining experience. Jiggy, however, has been silent on the matter. [Gather] * The honor system. [...]

Thomas Keller’s Last Meal; More Restaurant Menus Go Gluten Free; Flash Photography, Diaper-Changing Ruining Meals; Sifton’s Best Reviews

Dining and restaurant news… * Hold the gluten. More restaurants are offering menu items that are safe for celiac disease sufferers to eat. [Winston-Salem Journal] * The game is chicken. Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) on unacceptable behavior and what his last meal would be. [FT.com] * Flashers ruining meals. If you must photograph your [...]

Critical Mess: McNally Calls Platt Overweight; Cuozzo Calls McNally Big, Fat Crybaby

Last week, Manhattan restaurateur Keith McNally took restaurant critic Adam Platt to task on a VERY personal level, attacking his appearance, after Platt penned a lackluster review of McNally’s latest venture, Pulino’s (where former A16 chef Nate Appleman now works). In an open letter to the New York Magazine scribe, McNally calls him “out of [...]

What Sam Sifton Looks Like, How to Find Out What Michael Bauer Looks Like, and Other ‘Critic-al’ News

Restaurant critics create the news, and sometimes they make the news…. * The New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s identity has been compromised by the sneaky peeps at Eater, while eating KFC of all things. [Gawker] * New York Magazine reviewer Adam Platt clarifies a few things for those wanting to compromise his identity. [...]

Restaurant News Roundup: Rules for the Perfect Restaurant; Morton’s Draws in Diners; Barbara Lynch’s Menton Nears Opening, and More

What people are talking about when they talk about restaurants this week… * Critic AA Gill reveals his version of the golden rules for a perfect restaurant — sort of. [London Times] * Morton’s thrives, proving that people are still eating plenty of red meat. [Wall Street Journal] * Having a power lunch in London? [...]

Well-Reviewed: House Café; The Prime Rib Grill; Strip House-New York, and More

Recent restaurant reviews from the news… * S. Irene Virbila says the menu at Bruce Marder’s House Café in LA has “something for everyone.” [Los Angeles Times] * Marzano and Garibaldi’s in San Francisco save the day for a large party of diners/fans of Michael Bauer. [SF Gate] * The Prime Rib Grill by Hereford [...]

Well-Reviewed: Bouchon Earns a Rave; Danny Meyer’s Maialino Can’t Miss; and More.

Recent reviews around the nation… * Critic Tom Sietsema heads to the Hill for a meal at Bistro Cacao. [The Washington Post] * S. Irene Virbila welcomes Thomas Keller’s Bouchon with open arms and three shiny stars. [Los Angeles Times] * Minneapolis’s answer to Jean-Georges scores another hit with D’Amico Kitchen, according to Rick Nelson. [...]