Frank Bruni, the New York Times retiring and superb food critic, on how to navigate a menu:
Scratch off the appetizers and entrees that are most like dishes youâ€™ve seen in many other restaurants, because they represent this one at its most dutiful, conservative and profit-minded. The chefâ€™s heart isnâ€™t in them.
Scratch off the dishes that look the most aggressively fanciful. The chefâ€™s vanity â€” possibly too much of it â€” spawned these.
Then scratch off anything that mentions truffle oil.
Choose among the remaining dishes.
If you’re an NYC denizen, or heading for a visit, the list of restaurants at the end of the article is an excellent place to start.
Also, anyone willing to FedEx me a dozen Shake Shack burgers will have a new bestest-best friend.