Times Critic Loves Downtown

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The dining room at wd~50. Photo: Kenneth Chen

"There are the places we go not only for the food (and in a few cases, not at all for the food) but also for the feeling that we are downtown and nowhere else." Pete Wells files a love letter to all downtown restaurants, from the palatial Del Posto to Chinatown's rice noodle joints, in place of his weekly review, approaching the scene and some of its star players (Dufresne, Lo, Liebrandt) with the awe and admiration of a kid who has just discovered a massive trove of beloved old baseball cards bundled with a rubber band. [NYT]