Platt Disses Daniel, and Other Holiday Tales

Platt is ready to admit that the room is handsome, butPhoto courtesy Bar Boulud

Presidents Day is a holiday for Grub Street, but, thankfully, theres enough in this weeks magazine to read till we return tomorrow. Daniel Boulud, whom Adam Platt respects as the Last Great French Chef, falls down in his new restaurant and gets only one star. In this week's "Openings," Rob and Robin introduce us to Olana (American with Italian influences) and marvel at Akhtar Nawab and Noel Cruz for putting a restaurant where Jimi Hendrix used to (reportedly) play. At Momofuku Ssm Bar, Rob and Robin find the mind-bending Frankensteak: hanger steak that is literally glued to world-class rib-eye deckle. The Insatiable Critic falls for Fiore, a funky, rustic Italian place in Williamsburg; for those at risk of scurvy, pickled lemon is in "In Season" this week. But if you want a drink, youll find a guide to the citys top boutique wineshops by the Gastropoda herself, Regina Schrambling.

Platt: Daniel Disappoints
Openings: Olana and Elettaria
The Frankensteak
In Season: Pink Lemons
Insatiable Critic: Fiore
Wine: The Rise of the Boutique Bottle Shop [NYM]