I stumbled upon TONY's on demand channel, #1112, and noted that they have an extensive number of restaurant reviews, reports, and thematic roundups (e.g. best gardens, best places in Queens). They can be found under the heading, "Eat Out." Most, but not all of the pieces, are reported by James Oliver Cury. In most cases, these three to nine-minute reports are far superior to what you find in the magazine itself.
It's immensely helpful to see restaurants you have never eaten at and, of course, to see the food. I'm a little disappointed how many of the choices are upscale, given TONY's readership, it's a little bit of a surprise. And some of the reports break your heart. For example, the Mexican roundup starts promisingly when Cury talks about different trends, and mentions Nuevo-fusiony cuisine, and then proceeds to explore ONLY such places, totally neglecting anything outside of Manhattan, anything less than expensive, or any traditional Mexican fare.
Still, Cury and his comrades, although not slick by network standards, are fun to spend time with. Cury isn't full of himself and clearly loves food. It's worth a look.
1112 is presumably not available on non-digital boxes. What about outside of Manhattan?
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