Remember Locanda Verde? It’s still downtown, it still has delicious, affordable food, but it might as well be Sardi’s for the amount of coverage it gets. The Dutch displaced it, and now Lafayette will displace The Dutch. They all have the same universally respected chef, Andrew Carmellini, and are owned by an experienced and well–funded restaurant group, so they will be fine.
But go visit some of the hot restaurants of 2009, like Matsugen and Mia Dona and Adour and Allen & Delancey and RUB and The Tasting Room and Centro Vinoteca and Irving Mill. Or rather don’t, because they’re all out of business, and got that way fast as a result of a brutal food-media climate dominated by online outlets. For the sake of convenience, I will call them “blogs,” but they’re really news-driven niche sites for foodists, which is to say, almost everybody these days. Read More