Sifton Enjoys Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan; Cheshes Names Millesime ‘Most Ambitious New Brasserie’

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At Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, "there is remarkable flavor to be had amid the trial of getting the meat," says Sam Sifton. "Best of all is the restaurant’s BBQ fish, a whole tilapia served crisp beneath heaps of yam and white potato, celery, peanuts, chili peppers and string beans, and bathed in a fiery sweet sauce ticked with star anise." [NYT]

Lyon "got off to a bumpy start in November, with dishes strange and underperforming," says Steve Cuozzo. "But the place has improved by the week. The nightly main-course specials are the kitchen's real strength, and usually worth the extra cost." [NYP]

Millesime "may be the most ambitious new brasserie to open in years," writes Jay Cheshes. "While the menu features a few modern creations, like a warm Caesar salad with grilled lettuce hearts and smoky cod as an elegant stand-in for anchovies, Manrique’s cooking here is mostly a throwback." [TONY]
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At Andre's Café, "the wienerschnitzel ($15.95) is a magnificent piece of pounded veal," says Robert Sietsema. "The chicken paprikash ($14.50) proved a disappointment. Other choices run to veal goulash, chicken cutlets done several ways, and peppers stuffed with the same meaty mixture as the cabbage." [VV]

Ciano "caters to refined carnivores. There’s no steak on the menu; rather, the most expensive dish is chicken for two ($49)," says Ryan Sutton. "The two skinless breasts are far from boring, infused with an obscenely nutty alfalfa hay." [Bloomberg]

At Fedora, "food prices may read steep, but turn out to be a value once you see the portion sizes," writes Ed Levine. "Our favorite appetizer is the Crispy Pig's Head ($12): crunchy nuggets of breaded and fried pig's head tossed with a bright salad of peppery greens and a sauce gribiche made with hard boiled eggs heavily laced with capers and pickles." [Serious Eats NY]
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Patricia's "zuppa di funghi is thrilling," says Gael Greene. "The house’s braised tripe is so remarkably tender in its fruity tomato-onion-garlic soffrito with mint and julienne of pecorino that even my guy, who doesn’t eat tripe, is devouring every morsel." [Insatiable Critic]

At Annisa, "An amuse-bouche of unexpected complexity — for instance, mini escargot tarts strewn with Parmesan — is Lo’s gateway drug, and the grand meal that follows is progressively, and agreeably, addictive," writes Mike Peed. [NYer]
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At Mary Queen of Scots, "the food bores more than it delights. The pork belly is good, exuding far more flavor than the $18 arugula and salmon salad that epitomizes spa cuisine," says Lauren Shockey. "The staying power of this establishment remains questionable." [VV]
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