A Mid-Summer Bouquet of Surprises

Platt hated the room at Benoit, and it only got worse from there.
Platt hated the room at Benoit, and it only got worse from there. Photo: Zach Desart


In the magazine this week, New York’s food editors bring you a bevy of mid-summer surprises. Rob and Robin report on a much-needed ice and gelato bar in Brooklyn, a paella palace on the west side, and a long-delayed Asian bistro in the East Village. Adam Platt visits Alain Ducasse’s much-hyped Benoit, finds it utterly, shamefully wanting, and hands it an ignominious bagel. And Grub Street’s Josh Ozersky presents a guide to summer grilling that will, hopefully, make you forget the hardened hamburgers and gray hot dogs of the Fourth of July. Add in news of a new Whole Foods and a labor shortage facing New York’s kosher meat business, and it’s another good week for feeding in New York.

Faux French (Benoit review)

What a Grill Wants

Restaurant Openings Lia’s Ices, Kurve, and Socarrat Paella Bar

Miles of Aisles

Shochet Shocker