Robert Sietsema visits Brooklyn's Cupola Samarkanda II, home of a life-sized fiberglass hobo. Jonathan Kauffman goes to Pamonha's Brazilian Cuisine in San Francisco and finds "the planet's most baroque burger": a patty with cheese, lettuce, tomato on the burger, bacon, a slice of ham, a hot dog, corn kernels, and potato crisps on it. Victoria Pesce Elliott makes an exception to her rule against "restaurants that double as nightclubs" and recommends Haven in Miami. Here are the mid-week reviews:
New York Times/Sam Sifton: 456 Shanghai Cuisine, 1 star
Village Voice/Robert Sietsema: Cupola Samarkanda II
Insatiable Critic/Gael Greene: Red Farm
New Yorker/Leo Carey: Brushstroke
Village Voice/Lauren Shockey: Salinas
Bloomberg/Ryan Sutton: The Prime Grill and Le Marais, 1 star and 2 stars respectively.
New York Post/Steve Cuozzo: The Dutch, 2.5 stars
Time Out Chicago/David Tamarkin: Francesca's Forno, 3 out of 5 stars
Miami.com/Victoria Pesce Elliott: Haven, 3 stars
Boston Globe/Devra First: Area Four, 2.5 stars
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