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The New York Times: Living Up To Its Cellar 2011.03.15
An elegant little jewel box on 20th Street across from Gramercy Tavern, the restaurant made its debut in 1999 as a showcase for the cooking of Scott Bryan and the immense wine collection of Park B. Smith, the avuncular textile entrepreneur and Rhône fanatic who helped found the place...The long bar bustles with wine geeks, and regulars cram the wine-bottle-lined hallway near the restrooms to compare notes on Châteauneuf-du-Papes and Mr. Hazen's maple-brined pork. Veritas, now without tablecloths or pretense, has become a sophisticated, enjoyable restaurant. It is the sort of place where people make their reservations not over the telephone from the office, but as they're making their way out of the dining room after their meals. See you next week! ....more
Four Tines and a Napkin: 'Dinner / Veritas' 2011.04.04
I made a date with Linda and Jess (an awesome gal, whom I met through Linda--not to be mixed up with my equally awesome co-worker, Jess) at Veritas this past week. Linda and I had been talking about Veritas over the last year (before it closed, when it closed unexpectedly, when there were discussions about the new changes, when it reopened and caught the attention of New York Times restaurant critic, Sam Sifton), and while we both tend to disagree with Mr. Sifton's reviews, we wanted to see for ourselves what was up at the new Veritas.. ...more
JohnMariani.com: New York Corner 2011.02.27
Veritas: ...when Veritas re-opened three months ago, gourmets were both surprised and elated, not least because the chef is now also the owner, the redoubtable Sam Hazen, backed by investors that still include Smith as well as defense attorney Arthur Aidala. The wine list is smaller now, though with sommelier Rubén Sanz Romero (formerly at Public and The Fat Duck) overseeing 3,000 labels, it is still probably the largest in the city. ...more
The Walman Report: Veritas Reopens With Chef Sam Hazen’s World Class Cooking to Complement A World-Class Wine Cellar 2011.02.04
Veritas: In vino veritas is a Latin phrase that translates, “in wine [there is the] truth.” In today’s New York City, Veritas, is an esteemed Manhattan wine-restaurant, that has reopened, with a fresh new approach, under the watchful eye of new owner and Executive Chef Sam Hazen ...more
gothamist: New Restaurant and Bar Radar 2010.12.2
Veritas: With a new owner, wine restaurant Veritas reopened on Tuesday with a new, "softer priced" menu and about 3,000 wine selections. And in a reversal of the planning in most restaurants, Chef Sam Hazen has designed the menu to pair with the wine list. Small plates include duck fat fries, steak tartare and pâté with pickled onions. For entrees there is a stuffed squid with lemon jam (paired with Riesling); brioche crusted lobster over roasted bone marrow (Burgundy); and the "Beef In Transition," a trio of beef tartare, peppered ...more
ZAGAT BUZZ: Veritas Reopens, Menu Items Revealed 2010.11.30
Veritas is back. The Flatiron District New American closed down recently for a reboot, replacing its ultrapricey tasting menu with more reasonably priced à la carte options and a number of affordable by-the-bottle vinos. The space has been similarly redesigned to give it a more accessible feel – think off-white brick, bare wood tables and a communal table in the bar area...more
the strong buzz: the buzz "Veritas Reinvented" 2010.11.29
Veritas, the wine-lover's paradise on 22nd Street made famous by chefs Scott Bryant and Heather Carlucci, closed suddenly at the end of August. An unlikely chef stepped in to reopen the place, none other than Tao's Sam Hazen. It's a rather unusual transition, from a frantically busy 300-seat food factory equipped with Buddhas the size of Snuffaluffagus, to an elegant culinary temple notoriously devoted to wine, but he's up for the challenge. While Hazen is best known these days for two of the biggest restaurant successes in the country: Tao New York and Tao Las Vegas, he is a chef with a serious pedigree. He has worked at such iconic restaurants as La Côte Basque and London's Michelin three-star Le Gavroche, as well as critically acclaimed Cascabel and The Quilted Giraffe, among others. ...more
New York Magazine: First Look at the New Veritas, Reopening Its Wine Cellar Tomorrow 2010.11.29
After suddenly closing Veritas in August and teaming with former Tao chef Sam Hazen, Park B. Smith will reopen his Flatiron wine destination tomorrow. As promised, the focus is still on wine (to the tune of more than 3,000 selections), but the à la carte and bar menus, executed by chef de cuisine Alexander Williamson (formerly of Morimoto and Gramercy Tavern) will be “softer priced.” (See the menus below.) ...more
New York Times: Veritas Returns 2010.11.26
Veritas, the high-end wine-centric jewel box in the Flatiron district, will reopen on Tuesday with a bit more reasonably priced. for special tastings and bottle openings, coming to this page soon...more