Restaurant Critic Roundup: The Rarebit in Charleston Evokes Rat Pack Style

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 Boston, 75 on Liberty Wharf surprises with its tiny size and picturesque views. "You open the front door and realize just how small it is: less than a dozen tables seating about 60, with the same number outside on the wooden deck," says critic Devra First. The "small, cozy restaurant with big, dramatic views is not what we’ve come to expect on this rapidly developing stretch of waterfront dominated by multi-floor dining palaces."

In New York, critics dish out two-star ratings at Brooklyn's Krescendo, a not-so-humble pizzeria, and Manhattan's Hakkasan, "a haute-Asian restaurant with showy, overpriced dishes."

Charleston's The Rarebit, a new King Street restaurant, "self-consciously evokes the style of an earlier era," says critic Robert Moss. "There's no particular theme to the place beyond a general early-1960s vibe, but the paintings evoke aspects of the languid Rat Pack style."

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: 1/24/2013

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Devra First Boston Globe 75 on Liberty Wharf 1.5 stars
Michael Kaminer New York Daily News Hakkasan 2 stars
Pete Wells New York Times Krescendo 2 stars
Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle Claudine 3 bells
Brad A. Johnson Orange County Register Broadway 3 stars
Tom Sietsema Washington Post La Malinche  
William Porter Denver Post TAG Burger Bar 1.5 stars
Robert Moss Charleston City Paper The Rarebit  


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