Restaurant Critic Roundup: The New York Times Ventures Into New Jersey

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The new year starts off with a handful of new restaurant reviews from all corners of the country, including a rare excursion into New Jersey by The New York Times’ Pete Wells. Venturing across the Hudson into Jersey City, he awards two stars to Thirty Acres. He applauds chef Kevin Pemoulie’s "shameless stealing" of cuisines from all over the world, as the former Momofuku chef is "redrawing regional boundaries" at this winner.

Also in New York, The Post’s Steve Cuozzo is a fan of the new Arlington Club, from chef/partner Laurent Tourondel. He calls it "the city’s finest new steakhouse since Minetta Tavern, and the best ever on the Upper East Side."

Elsewhere, The Boston Globe’s James Reed calls Copley Square Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão "dim sum for the hardcore carnivore," the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer says that "the spark is missing" from Bistro Aix on Steiner Street, and in Washington, D.C. Bryan Voltaggio’s month-old, super-hyped Range gets a glowing review from The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema.

Read on for all of the above reviews, plus more from around the country. 

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 1/2/2013:

Critic

Publication Restaurant Rating
Pete Wells The New York Times Thirty Acres 2 Stars
Steve Cuozzo The New York Post Arlington Club 3 Stars
Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle Bistro Aix 2.5 Stars
James Reed The Boston Globe Fogo de Chão  
Tom Sietsema The Washington Post Range  
Alison Cook The Houston Chronicle Pass and Provisions 2 Stars
Linda Bladholm Miami Herald Rouge Cine Cafe  

Check last week's Restaurant Critic Roundup.

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Dan Myers is the Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @sirmyers.

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