American Madness

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Review: Eastwood’s Growling Gran Torino

The last few years have brought Clint Eastwood a great deal of critical success as a director. He’s recently had a four film streak beginning with Mystic River in 2003 that have brought three Best Picture Oscar nods, including a winner in Million Dollar Baby, and renewed praise for the aging movie star. This year [...]

At The Bar: 10 Cane Rum

We have a special guest reviewer today for 10 Cane Rum. Rachel Godfrey has sat beside me tasting all the other alcohols reviewed for AmericanMadness and since she is a die-hard mojito drinker, I figured she would be the go to person for a review of 10 Cane Rum.
I enjoy good food, but as my [...]

Ready For My Close Up

Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Boogie, Jimmi Simpson, Brice Marden are just some of the faces you might recognize on the walls of Jose Picayo’s exhibition: “Mug Shots.”
That isn’t to say though that everyone whose picture is up on the walls of the gallery is famous.
Of the couple hundred photos up on the walls [...]

Wildwood (sometimes dry, overpriced) BBQ

Wildwood BBQ maiden lunch reviewed by a friend of AmericanMadness. Full staff review to come soon:
Wildwood BBQ appears at first to be a unique down-home addition to the more clench-assed highbrow options on Park Avenue.
However, one is quickly reminded of the location by the restaurant’s high price point and architectural pretensions (soaring wood beams [...]

AM at Brunch: The E.U.

Following in Adam Platt’s wake, the American Madness staff and spouses headed to East Village brunch spot, the E.U. (or European Union for those in the know).
For the table, we began with E.U.’s charcuterie platter, providing all a sampling of all five cured meats on the brunch menu.
Eric enjoyed the E.U. Hunter’s breakfast, which comes [...]

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