Tag Archives: Matthew Lightner

The Docsconz Restaurant Wish List 2016 – An All-American Edition

Typically my list is a very international one, but to honor the landmark result of the US Team at the 205 Bocuse d’Or, I will stay within the bounds of the map of the United States for this list this […]




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Another Time at Atera

My first time at Atera was shortly after it opened. It was excellent, but perhaps a touch derivative. My second time, last year, showed a more assured and refined voice, that I found to be exceptional, stating
That first meal was exciting […]




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A Return To Atera

One of the problems for me with writing about restaurants is that it is difficult to return to places that I’ve been and enjoyed when it seems that there is always something new and exciting that I have not yet […]




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Attention! Atera is For Real!

When it comes to combining the elements of “New Naturalism” with the techniques of  Vanguardist cooking, Chef Matthew Lightner of the new Atera in NYC learned from two of the very best and it shows both in his cooking as […]




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NYC Sizzling Again!

It’s been a little while since I have been as excited about the NYC dining landscape as I am now. I love Italian food as much as anyone, but when every other new restaurant is a variation on the same […]




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