Bite of the Best is always busy! And that means food critic Bonnie Tandy LeBlang making her way from restaurant to restaurant to taste, savor and continue to report the yummy and not so yummy not only here in New York City, but stretching through the boroughs and around the world in her travels.

Let’s get right to it so you have a recent overview of culinary recommendations and the bottom line.

The Public
Public Hotel an Ian Schrager Hotel
215 Chrystie Street, NYC

“Unless you’re a millennial who’s looking for high-priced, low-alcohol cocktails in a noisy setting with a view, skip it. Instead, head to their Jean-George Vongerichten market-driven restaurant, the Public Kitchen.”

Cardoncello diVino
43 W 27th Street

New York

“Highly recommend the — oh, so tender it almost melted in my mouth — braised Wagyu beef cheeks with cardoncello — the namesake — mushrooms and veggies ($32). Also good was the tenderloin medallion of veal with sweet potato purée and caramelized figs ($35). . .”

Alta Calidad
Prospect Heights,
552 Vanderbilt Ave.

Brooklyn NY

“Chef Akhtar Nawab is serving creative Mexican fare in a welcoming neighborhood spot with reasonable prices.  His cooking was acknowledged by Michelin, awarding it NYC 2018 Bib Gourmand. Worth a special trip! “

110 Madison Ave (between 29th and 30th)
New York, NY

“This is a must-try. O:N° is a restaurant where your dinner is cooked in a Korean-style hot pot on an induction burner in the middle of your table. It’s a concept from Hand Hospitality the team behind Her Name is Han.