Ryan Sutton thinks most people go to Macao Trading Co. “for the scenery,” not the food: “The place is basically a tarted-up takeout joint, which is to say the choices are endless — and pointless.” [Bloomberg]
Related: Inside Macao Trading Co.
Skip the fish at Buttermilk Channel, advises Danyelle Freeman, but enjoy the rest of the menu: “This is where you see the subtlety of making familiar foods with superior ingredients and a little imagination.” [NYDN]
Related: A Closer Look at Buttermilk Channel
Alan Richman calls the food at Vinegar Hill House uneven, but that doesn’t make it a bad place for dinner. “Inasmuch as there is no other restaurant in Vinegar Hill,” he writes, “locals might be grateful enough for its presence to fill it up.” [Forked/GQ]
Out in Elmhurst, Robert Sietsema swoons over Ayada: “I’d just returned, at least figuratively, to Thailand’s glittering capital and been amazed at the variety and richness of the cooking.” [VV]