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Times Critic Names His Top 10 Pizza Slices

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Plus, the New Yorker critic finds that Zauo is a “disaster” — and more intel

Pepperoni and cheese slices sit on an orange countertop at Paulie Gee’s slice shop, adjacent hot honey sauce and chile flakes Alex Staniloff/Eater

Here are Times critic Pete Wells’ favorite pizza slices in NYC

Times critic Pete Wells has named his top ten old-school pizzerias to grab a standout slice — and it includes one with a “darkly caramelized” crust at UWS’ Mama’s Too and a salt-bottomed pie at New Park Pizza in Howard Beach. Wells digs Greenpoint’s Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop, where he describes “The Hellboy” with pepperoni with spicy honey “a show-stealing innovation.” And at Loring Place, the critic says to get the whole $17 grandma pie. (Check out Eater’s top 10 neighborhood slice joints here.) And in another piece, Wells points out NYC’s best new restaurants, including Frenchette, Adda, and Hunan Slurp.

Eating at Zauo is a ‘disaster,’ critic says

New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield probably won’t be returning to Zauo any time soon — she describes the Japanese import where diners fish for their food as an “Instagrammers’ Atlantis” and writes that eating there is a “disaster.” Aside from the “endless dystopian cacophony” diners must endure each time a fish is caught, Zauo’s “greatest offense” is its food, she writes. Goldfield’s rainbow trout was simmered in soy sauce to a “bony mush,” and the salt-grilled fish was “chewy,” she writes. Meanwhile, the flounder sashimi was “muddy-tasting,” and the tempura lobster was “smothered” in batter, she adds. And the appetizers and sides were also a fail; she writes that the edamame was “slimy” and seaweed salad was served atop “droopy” green lettuce.

Korean fusion lands in West Village

The space at 39 Downing St. in the West Village — where Mas (farmhouse) once lived — has a new restaurant from chef Sung Park, who put in time at Jean-Georges and Brasserie Seoul in Boerum Hill. Windrose, opening Friday, November 16, is a Korean fusion restaurant with dishes like beef tartare served with Asian pear, gnocchi made with rice in a béchamel sauce, and a chicken waffle sandwich with gochujang mayonnaise. The focus is Korean and American South home cooking, but the chef uses French techniques to pull everything together. The 70-seat restaurant is backed by managing partner Noel Shu, chef Cesar Jiminez, formerly of Jean-Georges; COO James Park; and Albert Lazo.

Red Rooster’s celebrity chef is opening a big, swanky restaurant in Montreal

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson of Harlem’s Red Rooster is making his way to Montreal to open a new restaurant in an upcoming Four Seasons Hotel that’ll open in spring 2019. Named Marcus, it will be a big operation with hundreds of seats, and the menu will center on vegetables and fish, Eater reports. Samuelsson is reportedly already in Montreal working on his new venture and getting a sense for local produce.

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