Here are the mid-week reviews: Adam Platt eats at Crown, "officially the darkest restaurant in Manhattan," where the waiters provide flashlights to examine the appetizers. Gael Greene actually runs into chef Todd English at the Plaza Food Hall in New York. David Tamarkin finds the burgers at Butcher & the Burger "pretty much perfect."
And across the Atlantic, Jay Rayner gets made by some overly attentive servers at the Rib Room in London: "I was in a cab on my way home...when I noticed a tweet from the Rib Room thanking me for dining with them that evening. Amazing. I was a mile away from the place, and I still couldn't get rid of the bloody waiters."
New York Times/Eric Asimov: Monkey Bar, 2 stars
Village Voice/Robert Sietsema: Shanghai Asian Cuisine
New York/Adam Platt: Crown
Insatiable Critic/Gael Greene: The Plaza Food Hall
New Yorker/Hannah Goldfield: The Beagle
Village Voice/Lauren Shockey: Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Bloomberg/Ryan Sutton: La Promenade Des Anglais, 2.5 stars
The Observer/Jay Rayner: The Rib Room
Time Out Chicago/David Tamarkin: Butcher & the Burger, 4 out of 5 stars
Time Out Chicago/Julia Kramer: Ripasso, 2 out of 5 stars
SF Gate/Michael Bauer: Brassica, 2.5 stars
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