Pulse checks. Relationships can use them and so can restaurants, which is why, every spring, I return to a clutch of dining rooms to bring you up to speed on places that have been around for a while.
Given the attention lavished on new restaurants, it’s only fair to devote space once a year to establishments that have been previously reviewed, but not recently. A lot can change in a year, let alone decades.
One of my jobs is to steer you in delicious directions — and save you the heartache or indigestion of lesser restaurants. My annual spring guide is therefore a collection of highs, lows and in-betweens on the dining scene.
This has also been an exciting era for openings as some of the city’s leading chefs have either expanded their operations or returned to the stove. So I’m also sharing a list of the 10 best new restaurants from the past year.
I hope you’re hungry. I’ve put out a spread.