Restaurant Critic Roundup: New York's Blanca Awarded 4 Stars

Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up restaurant reviews across America

As always, the ratings range from stars to bells to beans, but every review offers specialized insight into the food, atmosphere, and service of eateries in each city’s dining scene and the critics eating at them.

This week in New York, "everybody was having lobster" at Chinatown restaurant Royal Seafood, an item that, it may be noted, "wasn’t anywhere on the menu," and turned out to be unexplainably "soft and generously sweet."

Also in New York, Blanca's 25-course, $700 "food fest," got a whopping four stars for "incomparable food, service, ambience," from Bloomberg critic Ryan Sutton. "Blanca is about minimalism. Few ingredients, intense flavors," Sutton said. "Neither the palate nor the eyes are confused."

In Charleston, S.C., James Island restaurant The Lot does vegetables right. "All the veggies were either raw or blanched just enough to cook them through but still leave them crisp and deeply flavorful," said critic Robert Moss. "It was one of those dishes where you take a bite, then pause and think, damn, this is delicious."

From the East Coast to the West Coast, from North to South, the weekly restaurant critic roundup is here for all of your dining out needs.

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 12/12/2012

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Devra First The Boston Globe Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant  2 stars
Ryan Sutton Bloomberg Blanca 4 stars
Stan Sagner The New York Daily News L’Apicio  
Pete Wells The New York Times Royal Seafood Restaurant 1 stars
Michael Bauer The San Francisco Chronicle Corner Store 4 bells
Candy Sagon The Washington Post Minibar 2 stars
William Porter The Denver Post Gaetano's 1.5 stars
Robert Moss Charleston City Paper The Lot  

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