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Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

Joe Campanale Is Reinventing High-Low Dining All Over Again

The hottest reservation in New York City right now isn’t some old-school grand dame or Michelin-starred Manhattan boite. It’s Fausto, a laid-back Italian restaurant on a wide, commercial avenue in Brooklyn, tucked between two quiet, residential neighborhoods. Fausto opened on December 9. It was a curious move for owner and beverage director Joe Campanale, the […]

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Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

It’s finally time for the long-anticipated dinner reservation at the best new restaurant in town. After poring over the wine list at the table, you proudly state your carefully chosen bottle selection to the sommelier. “I’m sorry,” the sommelier responds. “We don’t have that bottle right now.” Wait a minute. Isn’t the bottle listed on […]

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The Most Innovative Restaurant Wine Lists In The United States Right Now

The Most Innovative Restaurant Wine Lists In The United States Right Now

Years from now, historians will look back on this moment, and call it the “Age of the Sommelier.” OK, that’s hyperbolic, but only slightly; the truth is that the U.S. wine scene is totally rocking, thanks to hardworking wine directors, thoughtful importers, and too-cool-for-school somms wearing jeans and sporting tattoo sleeves. Wine is officially dressed-down, […]

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Two Centuries Of Restaurant Menus Reveal New York’s Evolving Culinary & Cultural History

Two Centuries Of Restaurant Menus Reveal New York’s Evolving Culinary & Cultural History

New York City has a rich culinary history, owing both to its age and the waves of immigrants who have settled there over the centuries. In the late eighteenth century, the Sons of Liberty plotted revolution in Fraunces Tavern. In the late nineteenth century, Delmonico’s introduced à la carte fine dining to America. Speakeasies, nightclubs and extravagant […]

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How And Why A Restaurant’s Wine List Should Evolve And Change For Spring

How And Why A Restaurant’s Wine List Should Evolve And Change For Spring

Spring has sprung! The snow has melted here in NYC and we’re getting cautiously excited about warmer days and nights ahead. Soon we’ll open our windows and let in the breezy fifty, sixty and seventy degree weather, enjoying that coveted time of year when we don’t need to re-install our air conditioners…yet. You can feel […]

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