Grand Forks columnist reviews some of the best New York City restaurants

Earlier this month, Marilyn Hagerty's review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks went viral. Following a media blitz with appearances on ABC, CBS and NBC, the 85-year-old scored a reservation at Le Bernardin, one of the top restaurants in NYC.
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Earlier this month, Marilyn Hagerty's review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks went viral. Following a media blitz with appearances on ABC, CBS and NBC, the 85-year-old scored a reservation at Le Bernardin, one of the top restaurants in NYC.

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