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Upper West Side Restaurant: Kefi

I don’t get it. Both the New York Times and New York Magazine love Kefi, the reborn, Onera, which served delicious gourmet Greek food. Now Onera’s been reconstituted for the cheap eats crowd. That would be great if the food were any good, but it’s pretty undistinguished. Plus the place is mobbed and cramped. I’m [...]

Casseroles: send me your recipes

At Camaje a restaurant on MacDougal St. yesterday, Campbell’s did an event for members of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance. Lots of interesting stuff about the history of tuna casserole. (Did you know that 10 percent of Americans households eat the stuff at least once a month and that 30 million households serve green [...]

Cheesecake

Cheesecake should only be created and eaten in its purest form. For me, that means the classic recipe heavy on the Philadelphia cream cheese. I agree with Pastry Girl: in recent years, led undoubtedly by the Cheesecake Factory’s excesses, cheesecake has become nothing more than a leaden white (or sometimes chocolate or pumpkin-flavored) slab topped [...]

New York Restaurant: Chanterelle

For my birthday, we went out twice, first to Chanterelle, then to Jazz Standard which uses the restaurant upstairs, Blue Smoke (a Danny Meyer eatery), for its excellent ribs and other Southern-themed food. For me, it’s one of the few places in New York where you can find very good ribs, mac and cheese and [...]

Brooklyn: Long Island Wines at BAMCafe May 16

Here’s your chance to sample the full range of offerings from this maturing wine region without schlepping out to the North Fork -though I do recommend a trip to this fabulous area brimming with farm markets and vineyards. The event is sponsored by Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn, the Long Island Wine Council and the [...]