In the magazine this week, Adam Platt goes uptown to check out the Mark, where "by Jean-Georges’s lofty standards, the menu is mid-level," which is to say there are highbrow takes on pizza, burgers, and a croque monsieur which "is a thing of beauty." Platt also visits Recette, where the space "isn’t much to look at," but the food is executed so deftly that he feels "like an opera buff who’d stumbled on a group of world-class tenors singing arias in their garage."
Writer Daniel Okrent has a new book out, and previews his notion in our pages this week that Prohibition created the modern drinking scene. In healthier news, former Brooklyn residents (and now proprietors of Pennsylvania's Ardith Mae Farm) Todd and Shereen Wilcox debut their goat cheeses at the Union Square Greenmarket. Also having a moment at the market: overwintered spinach.
In openings, South Slope gets a serious gastropub in the form of Thistle Hill Tavern, run by two 'inoteca vets. Come May, Chelsea's Limelight Marketplace opens its doors, where Mariebelle Chocolates and Grimaldi's Pizza will be among the shops. Looking even farther ahead, Porchetta's Sara Jenkins is getting ready to open another restaurant in the East Village — this time pasta.