Introducing our new restaurant critic
One of the best things about having my own blog is that sometimes I get to break real news. Of course, it has to be restaurant-related, but still.
Karen Nitkin, who has been our LIVE reviewer for the past five years, is leaving to have more time with her family. (That's probably her polite way of saying she's had enough bar food and other cheap eats and can't take it any more.) She's been great to work with -- I'm the one that coordinates the restaurants we go to, although I'm not her editor -- and the only reason I'm not despondent is that...
...Richard Gorelick of the City Paper will be taking over for her.
I don't know Richard, but I've always enjoyed reading his reviews even when our experiences at the same restaurant were very different. Also he wrote me a handwritten note congratulating me when my 30th anniversary story appeared in the paper, which so floored me that I was predisposed to like him before I even knew he was going to be a co-reviewer.
I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the column. I wrote the LIVE column for awhile along with the Sunday review, so I know that week in and week out, it's a lot harder to pull off than it seems.