The NY Times restaurant critic bids his readers adieu and answers many, many questions along the way. Most of the suggestions are New York City centric, but it’s worth a read regardless. Some advice that stood out:
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Scratch off the appetizers and entrees that are most like dishes you’ve seen in many other restaurants, because they represent this one at its most dutiful, conservative and profit-minded. The chef’s heart isn’t in them.
Scratch off the dishes that look the most aggressively fanciful. The chef’s vanity — possibly too much of it — spawned these.
Then scratch off anything that mentions truffle oil.
Choose among the remaining dishes.