• The Underground Gourmet reviews Café Cortadito, a low-key Cuban eatery on Avenue B.
• The Insatiable Gourmet makes the issue’s sole foray into tablecloth dining with a short take on Ben Pollinger’s high-end seafood work at Oceana.
• This week’s openings: an Argentine steakhouse in East Harlem and a wine and tapas bar in Clinton Hill.
• Local artichokes are so good right now that the best thing to do is to leave them alone, serving them uncooked in a salad. Which is what Jody Williams of Morandi does in this week’s In Season.
• When Tom Colicchio isn’t thinking of diabolical Quickfire Challenges on Top Chef, he’s devising ways to keep the riffraff out of the bathrooms at ’Wichcraft.
• Anyone who ever dreaded going into a nice restaurant and eating by himself should read this article by Jerri Ferrari-Adler, who did it every night for a week and found that it wasn’t so horrible after all.
• Finally, this week’s Short Lists hip you to some good places on a block formerly dominated by shoes stores and the latest Italian restaurants colonizing the West Village.
The Underground Gourmet: Something Barrio, Something Blue
The Insatiable Critic: Oceana
Openings: Caminito and Il Torchio
In Season: Local Artichokes
Innovation: May I Borrow the Code to the Men’s Room, Please?
No, Just Me
Short List: Toe Hold
Short List: Little Italy West [NYM]