Eric Asimov gets nostalgic at Lupa in New York: "Over the years I’ve had meals there that I’ve very much enjoyed, including an unforgettable occasion about which I can say only that it involved a catheter, a martini and a very large hypodermic needle." Jay Rayner visits Aurelia, where the cooks send out appetizers and mains in the order they are ready, not the order the customer chooses; it conveniently "has an open kitchen so you can watch the cooks not giving a damn about the order in which they prepare things." Steve Cuozzo has had it with restaurant/club combos in New York: "Whatever happened to just going out for a nice, orderly meal and going home?"
New York Times/Eric Asimov: Lupa, 1 star
Village Voice/Robert Sietsema: Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna
Insatiable Critic/Gael Greene: The Smith
New Yorker/Leo Carey: La Mar Cebichería Peruana
Village Voice/Lauren Shockey: Onegin
New York Post/Steve Cuozzo: STK, Catch
The Observer/Jay Rayner: Aurelia
SF Gate/Michael Bauer: Wo Hing General Store, 2 stars
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