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First Bite: New Shanghai

Finding a stellar meal in Chinatown can be a fraught proposition, what with all the maddening quality and consistency bugaboos to contend with. There are the Fading Stars (restaurants that used to be great but have lost their sparkle–the Peach…

Buyer Beware!: Night Owl “Delivery”

When I left Manhattan for Boston several years ago, there were a few things I missed immediately. Among them, restaurants that delivered and intersections where pedestrians did not have a “DON’T WALK” sign in both directions. At least, about six…

Eating at the Bar, But (Please?) Without the Fanfare

I have a friend (or sister, or aunt, or all of the above…) who never orders dessert herself. Instead, her M.O. is to let the rest of the table order, then capitalize on the inevitable offers to “taste” the sugary,…

Tom Berry to Leave Temple Bar

The Boston foodie world is in a tizzy over the rumor that Tom Berry, chef of Temple Bar, is on the outs with the bustling Cambridge haunt. Ever-vigilant Chowhounders, scouring restaurant-industry job boards, noticed it first, spotting an ad seeking…

Jittery Does It: Starbucks Stops P.M. Decaf

After a delightful lunch at the local mid-tier sushi joint (Symphony Sushi, over at 45 Gainsborough), Chowder stopped in at one of several local Starbucks coffee shops for a little pick-me-up. Actually, a substantial pick-me-up, in the form of an…

Second Bite: In Praise of Clink, the Liberty Hotel's 'Other' Restaurant

It’s not easy being Asana. Or Gallery Café. Or Intrigue Café. Or Henrietta’s Table, even. All (for the most part) excellent restaurants, serving cuisine on par with the more celebrated eateries around the city. Yet they consistently get short shrift….

First Bite: Sensing (Was That a Frenchman Who Just Breezed By Me?)

At the end of the day, the food is what really matters, right? Not the following peripheral issues, which distracted from the main event at the press opening for Sensing, at Battery Wharf, Monday night: 1. That you have to…

Bina Osteria: Aggressively Pricey, or Just Right?

There’s a spirited fight discussion currently raging on the local Chowhound board regarding Bina Osteria, the newish Italian eatery opened in Downtown Crossing by the folks behind Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca. No one’s taking issue with the quality…

First Bite: Asana at the Mandarin Oriental

Hotel restaurants serve many masters. They must whip up eggs barigoule and intricate oatmeal-bowl extravaganzas for the power-suited traveler. They’re obliged to turn uncontroversial lunchtime fare into the appropriately fancified likes of Kobe Burger Three Ways and Deconstructed* Caesar Salad…

A Raw Deal (Or: Crudos…and Don’ts)

That’s the thing about hot trends, fashion or otherwise: They’re so popular, everyone wants in on them. And therein lies the trouble. In the restaurant world, some of the hottest trends of years past have been adopted broadly and enthusiastically,…