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post #2401 of 3095
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

So it makes you happy that the NY Times has gotten so poor that it has turned its restaurant review page from something admirable to snarky, blog-writing shit? Since he started there have been signs that the once useful restaurant review section was becoming something else, but now it seems that there is no doubting it.

Oh calm down William Faulkner. Not everything is going to be a pulitzer prize winning piece of journalism. I don't give a fuck about the NYT or Guy Fieri. I just thought it was funny.

WELCOME TO FLAVOR TOWN, BITCH.
post #2402 of 3095
The NYT review is petty, utterly gratuitous, and one-note. On the other hand, it is Guy Fieri.
post #2403 of 3095
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The NYT review is petty, utterly gratuitous, and one-note. On the other hand, it is Guy Fieri.

exactly
post #2404 of 3095
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The NYT review is petty, utterly gratuitous, and one-note. On the other hand, it is Guy Fieri.

Are they required to review these kinds of restaurants? This is basically the m.o. of this new food critic, and he clearly appeals to people who don't give a shit about food more than those who do, but are just in it for the bitchy, nasty blogger tell off climax, which is kind of an odd way to run a food section.
post #2405 of 3095
I haven't followed the new NYT food critic at all. I certainly hope this is a novelty one-off and not one in a series of shitty restaurant put-downs.
post #2406 of 3095
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I haven't followed the new NYT food critic at all. I certainly hope this is a novelty one-off and not one in a series of shitty restaurant put-downs.

if anything, they have been very generous as of late.
post #2407 of 3095
Where is Russ at in all of this?
post #2408 of 3095
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Where is Russ at in all of this?

I'm pretty sure he wouldn't lower his section by allowing this kind of shit out.
post #2409 of 3095
You seem troubled by this.
post #2410 of 3095
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

if anything, they have been very generous as of late.

Huh, poked around some of his recent reviews and found this as the opening of the review of the 21 Club, which is described as a fun, old-timey place to have drinks even though it serves shitty food:
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READERS who look forward to the dark thrill of a public execution on days when there are no stars attached to this column should turn elsewhere to satisfy their blood lust. This is going to be a kind of love letter to a restaurant where the food is largely forgettable and the prices are almost always unwarranted.

Maybe once he described this desire in a segment of his audience, he figured he should set about satisfying it.
post #2411 of 3095
Its still the best section in the paper, which I know is not saying much. Mark Bittman, Florence Fabrikant, Eric Asimov are good. I always liked Asimov because he reviews out of the way small restaurants, there aren't a lack of reviews on Per Se out there. They should just bring back Ruth, isn't she working for some publisher now confused.gif, I'd come back to the Times.
post #2412 of 3095
Asimov is great. Bittman is pretty good from time to time, but I always feel like somebody is going to catch him masturbating to a video of himself cooking while he cooks one of these days.
post #2413 of 3095
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Asimov is great.

+1. The current column is a little meh, but others are consistently excellent.
post #2414 of 3095
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Asimov is great. Bittman is pretty good from time to time, but I always feel like somebody is going to catch him masturbating to a video of himself cooking while he cooks one of these days.


We've all been there.



Are the husband and wife still doing the WSJ wine column/reviews? I liked them, they were very good.
post #2415 of 3095
i'm of two minds about this (and better get to be of one quickly ... i've got a tv news crew coming to interview me about it). which kind of makes one of my points. one of the functions of a restaurant critic (not the only one or even the most important one) is to get people talking. This has succeeded beyond measure. And I'm with Rambro in that I thought it was cleverly done. The question seems to be: should it have been done at all? Does it qualify as "news" by any stretch of the imagination that Guy Fieri has a really shitty restaurant? It certainly isn't news that it's shitty, but because it's Guy Fieri, much bally-hooed promoter of what one wag has called "no-collar cuisine", does that change the equation? You certainly can't argue that an equally horrible restaurant opened by a nonentity would have drawn the attention of the New York Times, but that's not really the point, is it? And it's not likely that some stunning, utterly amazing restaurant isn't going to be reviewed because Wells (whom I"ve met, but don't know), took the week off to riff on Fieri's place. Personally, as takedowns go, I wouldn't compare it to Ruth's review of Le Cirque. But there aren't many reviews I would compare to that (ruth is an old, dear friend and former boss).
as I tell my restaurant critic friends: the only popular restaurant critic is the last one. And that's fair ... if you make a living putting other people under the magnifying glass, you should expect it yourself.
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