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Center Bar in the Time Warner Center: Michael Lomonaco Does Small Plates

Center Bar, a small plates cocktail lounge—complete with a piano player—on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center screams, "Don't go there. It's meant for exhausted shoppers and tourists, not serious eaters."

But that assumption would be wrong. Way wrong. In fact, Center Bar turns out to serve a limited menu of some of the finest small plates I've had in a long time. They're certainly not cheap, the menu is certainly not consistent, and the overpriced cocktails don't help. But the kitchen, under the watchful eye of Porter House New York's Michael Lomonaco, is turning out food that at its best (about half the time) could easily be served at the front room at Gramercy Tavern. It's not Le Bernardin Lounge good, but it's also not Le Bernardin Lounge expensive. And if you skip the decent but mostly overpriced cocktails you can have three excellent courses (if you choose wisely) for about $40 before tax and tip.


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Easter Treats at Bouchon Bakery

[Photo: Robyn Lee] Another month, another set of seasonal offerings from Bouchon Bakery—and Easter treats are some of the cutest. Here's a look at what's on the menu right now, in the slideshow above. Bouchon Bakery 10 Columbus Circle, Time... More

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