In the magazine this week, Adam Platt takes a meal at Bobo to see how its third chef, Patrick Connolly, is faring. Besides tiny portions, Connollys ingenuity only occasionally breaks through. (Avoid the downstairs bar menu entirely.) Bloomingdale Road confuses Platt, who laments that chef Ed Witts efforts here are foiled by a combination of bizarro conception and spotty technique. Rob and Robin reignite our excitement for the reopening of the Oak Room, as well as new midtown restaurants Rouge Tomate and West Branch. The Robs also update us on Michael Dorfs City Winery venture and its adaptations for tightfisted tipplers, as well as newcomers to the small field of city wineries: Bridge Urban Winery in Williamsburg and an unnamed project in Red Hook. Gael Greene manages to eat an affordable supper at Vai and praises the savory oval pizzetas and lush pastas. In preparation for the marathon, Rob and Robin borrow a Spaghetti con Ceci recipe from Michael White, but if youre still in need of carbs, the Robs also heard about new seasonal soup specials at Ipuddo NY, beginning October 30.
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