Mariani Digs the ‘American Swagger’ at the Fountain; Freedman Lists 10 Reason to Dine at Le Bec Fin

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John Mariani blew into town recently and left with a litany of props for City Tavern, Reading Terminal Market, Stephen Starr restaurants, and just about everything in between. Of Sbraga he writes, a four-course dinner you wont soon forget at a remarkable price $49. He went on to enjoy a sumptuous meal at Davios. At the Fountain, he took note of chefs Rafael Gonzalez and Peter Rosenblatts cannily maintained haute cuisine with American swagger, and settled in at Opa for former chef Andrew Browns delightful and not expensive menu. [Marianis Virtual Gourmet]

From the impossibly light omelet and amazingly elegant, unobtrusive service to the perfectly portioned and the smoother than Barry White foie gras, Brian Freedman lays out 10 good reasons to dine at Le Bec Fin. [PW]

Chicken and biscuits just may be the sleeper hit on The Mildreds bar menu. Still, Adam Erace was equally enthralled by chef Michael Santoros tremendous braised beef rib and pig trotters seared in caramel. The poorly seasoned guinea-hen terrine, and the one-note celery-root-and-Smokehouse-apple soup werent so successful. [Citypaper]