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Susur Lee Is Lacking at Shang; L’Artusi Draws Mixed Reactions

Susur Lee makes a pretty plate, but Frank Bruni isn’t as impressed with Shang’s flavors: “Much of the food is busy and unfocused, and I sometimes had a better time gazing than grazing on it.” [NYT]
Related: A Look Inside Shang, with Complete Menu

Jay Cheshes is kinder to L’Artusi than our own Adam Platt, but not by much: “There’s an earnest, homey quality to some of the … dishes, which might have been endearing if they weren’t so hit-and-miss.” [TONY]

L’Artusi has some rough edges, Ryan Sutton concedes, but it’s cheap enough that you won’t mind. [Bloomberg]

Steve Cuozzo tells you how to get a free dinner at eighty one, a restaurant that “serves the Upper West Side's best food ever.” [NYP]

Danyelle Freeman prefers the galettes at Bar Breton over all else: “The best dishes on the dinner menu are items you'd order for breakfast.” [NYDN]
Related: Inside Bar Breton, and Breakfast Menu

The hotzak (cold) items at Txikito can be skipped in favor of more delicious options, advises Lauren Collins. “At these portions and prices — it’s at least six plates to a full stomach — a lacklustre dish feels like a squandered opportunity.” [NYer]
Related: What to Eat at Txikito

Robert Sietsema hits five pupusa joints in Jamaica this week, all in the name of research. His favorites were served at El Comal on Hillside Avenue. [VV]

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