Posts for November 1, 2012

Bourdain Reflects on No Reservations Ahead of Its Finale

He just might be his own worst critic.Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

We’ve already heard plenty about what Anthony Bourdain doesn’t like about television’s food programming. And we’ve also heard almost as much about what he does like. However, what we’ve never gotten a definitive word on is what he thinks about his own show. Ahead of Monday’s big finale, he took to Tumblr today to reflect on just that. And based upon the sheer length of the post, it’s obvious that he put a lot of time into mulling over all 140 episodes. In his self-assessment, he gives high marks to last season’s holiday special, mostly because it fulfilled his goal of causing “terror and confusion” among network executives.

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A Whole Bunch of Openings Are Happening

Photo: Urban Daddy

A rep for Chris Parsons's Steel + Rye tells us that it will open on Monday, and Urban Daddy paints an interesting portrait of the vibe: "This is about as close as you’re going to get to having dinner inside a Norman Rockwell painting," they say.

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New Romney Ad Blames Obama for Barbecue Restaurant Closure

Thanks a lot, Obama!Photo: BBQ Geek

In a last-ditch attempt to appear human, Mitt Romney has exploited found a shuttering barbecue restaurant and managed to pin the blame for their downfall on President Obama. In a hard-hitting video, Bill's Barbecue president Rhoda Elliott tells the sad story of the Richmond institution's closure, pinning the blame on Obama's inattention to small businesses. "Bill's Barbecue couldn't take four years under President Obama. Can we afford four more?" the video demands. It's a tear-jerker. The video pans across empty booths, a barren countertop, and a vacant parking lot. The camera even lingers over a sad-looking pie.

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Jason Santos and Co. Will Open Abby Lane in the Theater District

Chef Santos, ready for a new adventure.

At last! Our favorite aqua-topped chef, Jason Santos, tell us that his hush-hush new restaurant will be called Abby Lane. It's slated to open mid-November at 255 Tremont St. Santos will serve as executive chef, with HGTV's Taniya Nayak designing the space and Colleen Haggerty as GM. It'll be a spacious 200 seater, with lunch and dinner service.

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The Reserve at the Langham Opens Tomorrow

It's nearly Friday!

We hear that the ever so swanky Reserve at the Langham officially debuts tomorrow. We're told they'll start with breakfast, lunch, and drinks, with dinner added later on this month. On the menu: smoked maple-cured salmon and deviled eggs, Maine lobster salad sliders, croque monsieur, frozen Key Lime soufflé and flourless manjari chocolate cake. Swank! [Earlier]

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag