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Ruth Reichl


Ruth Reichl

To anyone who pays attention to things that are written about food (credible things - not riff-raff you read here), Ruth Reichl needs no introduction. She is one of the most well respected food journalists and authors of recent times, and is revered by many as a national treasure. Nobody is better when it comes to turning what we eat into words.

ruth's perfect for picks

Peter Luger Steak House Perfect For: Classic NYC Establishment 178 Broadway

"Say what you will, it’s still the best steak in the city. I can’t resist a place whose waiters have been here forever. I like the sawdust on the floor. I even like the fact that steak’s the only good thing on the menu.”

Momofuku Ssäm Bar Perfect For: Dining Solo 207 2nd Ave.

"It’s just too loud and too crowded to let you be lonely. And the food is – well everyone knows what the food is. Fabulous."

Woorijip Perfect For: Adventurous Eating 12 W 32nd St

“Don’t much know Korean food? This is a great place to start. Get in line, grab a tray, and snake your way past just about every Korean dish you’ve ever imagined. You pay by the pound – and it’s never very much.”

Sushi Zen Perfect For: Corporate Cards 108 W 44th St

“I really really miss my Gourmet expense account. But never more so than when I’m wishing that I could go to Sushi Zen, sit down at the counter and say, ‘Feed me please.’”

Boat Basin Café Perfect For: Eats With A View 390 W 79th St

“It may be the only waterside restaurant that doesn’t cost a fortune. And the charcoal-grilled burgers are pretty good.”

Twitter People

Susan Orlean

"Doesn’t everybody?"

Jo Stougaard

“Because I’m too lazy to read every food blog out there, and she does it for me. And then tells me what I need to read.”

Barry Estabrook

“I don’t get to talk to him every day at Gourmet anymore, so this is the next best thing.”

Kim Severson

"She’s funny. She’s got the form down. And now that she’s gone south, I miss her."


"She was the first person to follow me, so I followed her back. She’s so endlessly cheerful she makes me seem like a grump."

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