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  • Frank Bruni of the Times hands out one star to Persimmon, where he says dining is an "adventure" filled with uneven dishes and "spasmodic" service. [NYT]
  • Paul Adams at the Sun is won over by Forge's solidly American dishes, although he wonders if he'll be seeing quality ingredients and a large staff a few months from now. [NY Sun]
  • Danyelle Freeman of the Daily News visits Matsugen and gives it four out of five stars, gushing about the "astonishingly fresh" noodles. [NYDN]
  • Over at TONY, Jay Cheshes is a fan of Matsugen, too: Five out of six stars for his "transporting blockbuster meal." [TONY]
  • Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice heads all the way up to Harlem to check out Keur Mame Diarra, a Senegalese restaurant that offers only "three or four choices for any given meal." [VV]