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

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Susur Lee makes a pretty plate, but Frank Bruni isnt as impressed with Shangs flavors: Much of the food is busy and unfocused, and I sometimes had a better time gazing than grazing on it. [NYT]
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Jay Cheshes is kinder to LArtusi than our own Adam Platt, but not by much: Theres an earnest, homey quality to some of the dishes, which might have been endearing if they werent so hit-and-miss. [TONY]

LArtusi has some rough edges, Ryan Sutton concedes, but its cheap enough that you wont 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 its 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]