Magazine article The New Yorker

Goings on about Town

Magazine article The New Yorker

Goings on about Town

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106 E. 57th St. (212-752-7470)--"I wasn't sure this was a restaurant. With all the latticework and these Moroccan pillows, it looked like a chic decorator's shop," said a woman whose midwinter tan and Chanel suit suggested that she knew a chic decorator or two. Getting up from the pillows where she had been waiting for her companion, she bumped her head on the turbanlike shade of a ceiling lamp. "That's a mistake," she said to the hostess who led her into the dining room, where still more latticework and pillows awaited her.

The chef at Pazo, Patricia Yeo, successfully borrowed from Pacific Rim cuisine at AZ, in the Flatiron district. In midtown, she turns to the Mediterranean basin to give patrons a taste of the old spice routes without actually booking anyone's cruise to Tangier. Yeo and her co-executive chef, Pino Maffeo, are big on bold contrasts, the more the merrier, and the results are mixed. Recent successes include a surprisingly well-married soup of curried red lentils and fennel, a chicken tagine accompanied by a coriander- spiked couscous, and a brilliantly orchestrated paella of duck confit, seafood sausage, and jumbo shrimp, in a rice pilaf. …

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