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, Devra First comments on "a certain breed of Asian-themed nightclub cum restaurant" that is Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge. Marked by its count of "lanterns, Buddha statues, foo dogs, and dragons," her hint is, if there are more than 10, you're in one. And they aren't used to serving tea.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro dissapoints Washington, D.C., proving it's only as "young and inexperienced" as its fresh-out-of-college Glover Park crowd. Tom Sietsema says it "has a pleasant setting going for it but little else."
In New York, Michael Kaminer finds an aspiring "clubby haven" at Siro's, but one that falls short of having an "it" factor. "It feels like you’re languishing in a tennis club," Kaminer states, his impression "reinforced by a lackluster menu, whose elevated price points only underscore its mediocrity." Pete Wells, however, finds hope at Governor in Dumbo, Brooklyn, where "persistent rumors that the neighborhood is surrounded by an invisible fence that keeps out good food may prove to be unfounded."
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: 9/12/2012
|Devra First||The Boston Globe||Empire Asian||2.5 stars|
|Jonathan Gold||The Los Angeles Times||The Parish|
|Linda Bladholm||The Miami Herald||Whiskey Joe's Bar + Grill|
|Michael Kaminer||The New York Daily News||Siro's|
|Pete Wells||The New York Times||Governor||2 stars|
|Michael Bauer||The San Francisco Chronicle||Troya||4 bells|
|Tom Sietsema||The Washington Post||Slate Wine Bar + Bistro|
|Ricardo Baca||The Denver Post||Gary Lee's Motor Club and Grub|
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