The Other Critics

Sifton Treks to Flushing; Eat Then Exercise at Brooklyn Bowl

Imperial Palace “is not a formal restaurant nor in any way a perfect one; service can be slapdash, particularly if you speak no Chinese. But the cooking is extremely sophisticated,” writes Sam Sifton in a one-star review of a Cantonese restaurant in Flushing. [NYT]

“The city’s second A Voce is a complement to — not a clone of — the first, with its own menu and design sensibility,” writes Jay Cheshes, who finds that Missy Robbins now “relies more on her own seasonal whimsy.” [TONY]
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At Brooklyn Bowl, “all you have to do, while stuffed, is take a few steps forward and drop a twelve-pound ball on the floor, so there’s no sin in downing the carefully considered greaseballs the Blue Ribbon boys sling your way,” says Nick Paumgarten. [NYer]
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Bark Hot Dogs “offers a short seasonal menu; if you delve into it, you may never go back to franks,” says Robert Sietsema. He favors a pork-patty sandwich and a grilled cheese made with sharp Cheddar. [VV]
Related: First Look at Bark Hot Dogs, Bringing Artisanal Wieners to Park Slope

Forget the blogger hype. When he tried it, Bill’s Bar and Burger “was not perfection. This was not the best burger in New York. This was not even a good burger,” testifies Alan Richman. [Forked/GQ]
Related: Can Alan Richman’s Takedown Kill the Bill’s Burger?

At Gospel Uptown, the food “is clean and stylish, handsomely mounted with the currently essential leaves and sprouts, and affordable if not actually cheap,” says Gael Greene. “There’s not a grain of irony in Gospel Uptown’s plan, but rather an innocence and sincerity that makes me hope it finds a loyal claque.” [Insatiable Critic]
Related: First Look Inside Gospel Uptown, Now Serving Soul Fusion and Live Music in Harlem

Sifton Treks to Flushing; Eat Then Exercise at Brooklyn Bowl