Restaurant Critic Roundup: New York's Balthazar Defies the Laws of Restaurant Age

Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up a slew of restaurant reviews across America
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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, Michael Kaminer gushes over Balthazar, a New York restaurant that has surpassed the dog-years-restaurant-age cap with flying colors. Pete Wells, however, chastises Rosemary's lack of discovery in technology (in terms of hostess and seating practices), and Ryan Sutton finds a hiddem gem at Parm.

Providence Cicero relishes in hipster paradise at Seattle's Oddfellow's Cafe + Bar, and on the other side of the coast, Tom Sietsema practices the art of lip-reading at Washington DC's Bandolero. 

In Boston, Devra First finds "the perfect Southern night in Somerville," and is all-around impressed by M3. Their mantra that "food is to be enjoyed, not to be taken seriously," and the beer list beginning with cans, and ending with "more cans," are major pluses.  

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: 8/29/12

Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Devra First The Boston Globe M3 2.5 stars
Jonathan Gold The Los Angeles Times Sycamore Kitchen  
Jodi Mailander Farrell The Miami Herald LoKal 3 stars
Ryan Sutton Bloomberg Parm 2.5 stars
Michael Kaminer The New York Daily News Balthazar   
Pete Wells The New York Times Rosemary's 1 star
Michael Bauer The San Francisco Chronicle Terrapin Crossroads 3 bells
Providence Cicero The Seattle Times Oddfellows Café + Bar 3 stars
Tom Sietsema The Washington Post Bandolero  
William Porter The Denver Post Second Home Kitchen + Bar  2 stars

 Check out last week’s Restaurant Critic Roundup.


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