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Eaters' Journal 7/3/08: Odeon, Bubby's, Dovetail, Festival Mexicano

Kalina, 12/26/07

Odeon: Wednesday, while around the corner Cutty, Platt, RG, Lee Schrager all dined at Forge under the watchful eye of Baum middle-ranker Jen Russo, I'm pretty sure the better move was to sit outside at Odeon. Chicken was serviceable to good, goat cheese salad wasn't bad, gazpacho missed completely, cavatelli got a gentleman's C. But the all-in of competent food, local Tribeca crowd, and a good pour gets the package to an A. —BL

Bubby's: Eater's love/hate relationship with Bubby's has been well documented, but we must give the Tribeca standby props for a special lunchtime innovation earlier this week: piping-hot gazpacho. Bravo. —LS

Dovetail: I went uptown to check out Dovetail's Sunday Suppa this week. Scene was about as you would expect for the UWS on a Sunday night: older, reserved, not incredibly exciting (however a lady in the restroom told me she saw Steve Martin leaving as she came in, so...there's that). And the space fits the neighborhood - it's muted, not too glamorous. The food, service, and wine however earned solid A's. All three courses were solid to excellent and, as the Brun Dog said in his review, for $38 it's the best deal in town. —Kludt

Festival Mexicano: This Rivington Street hole-in-the-wall has been the no-frills LES go-to spot for cheap margs and cheese-sopped Mexican for years, never quite gaining the gentrified popularity of rival The Hat a couple blocks away. Of course, there have been some jiggly bumps in the road, but it's mostly remained unchanged (only Hell Square restaurant with guns hanging on the walls?). However, a trip this past weekend reveals that the margaritas, after God knows how long, have had their prices increased to $4, from the standard $3.50. And many entrees have been bumped up a couple bucks, making single-digit prices on dishes extremely rare. All well and good, because Festival has earned it, but also please note that there was no functioning air conditioning as of Saturday night. Don't jack up the prices on us and then deny us the perks, Festy! —Arak


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