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Get out of New York, all the good restaurants are closed

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Like thousands of others, my son Luke recently left New York after 16 years to return to our Colorado mountain community. The cost of living, the filth, the notorious New York attitude, the nanny-state tax-and-spend politics, and the decrepit subway all played a part. There was also its war on the Second Amendment — despite a Colorado concealed carry permit, a New York City long gun permit, and that, as an armorer, he equipped filmmakers with firearms, Luke was denied a pistol premise permit. Perhaps that was his last straw, but for his mother and me it was the shuttering of restaurants where, after camping on the sofa in his basement apartment, we splurged for excellent meals. Most of the worthwhile restaurants are gone. Time to leave.

The first to go was Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro, listed at 2 Park Ave., but really around the corner and down darkened 32nd Street. A short distance from Luke’s Murray Hill residence, its “playful twists to classic French brasserie dishes” drew a reviewer’s praise, but we went for cheese and dessert fondues, massive cheeseburgers, and creative desserts. We were delighted when, in late 2015, it announced a move to a larger location south on Park Avenue. Sadly, in spring 2017, three months before its grand reopening, it filed for bankruptcy, the victim of........

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