Platt at Eighty One; Ago to Open

Not everyone that comes here will stay. Hear that, Eighty One?Photo: Noah Sheldon
New York’s food world goes high-end this week, but with mixed results. Eighty One and Commerce are sampled by Adam Platt and Gael Greene, respectively, but neither is knocked out by their highly wrought creations. Rob and Robin report that Robert De Niro’s Ago will open this week, aimed at the same power players who frequent the Hollywood, Vegas, and South Beach versions of the celebrity hangout. Even mighty Starbucks has found itself behind the curve and needs advice, which the Robs solicited from The Atlantic’s Corby Cummer, Danny Meyer, and Jonathan Rubinstein from Joe: The Art of Coffee. If you cook at home, Chef Anita Lo of Annisa shares her fruit-soup recipe featuring the ugly but delicious crosnes.

Review: Eighty One
Openings: Ago Ristorante and Greenwich Grill
How to Fix Starbucks
Insatiable Critic: Commerce
In Season: Crosnes [NYM]