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Leave Guy Fieri alone: Why he has nothing to do with the Food Network’s decline

The endless spin offs of cooking competitions pretty much sealed FN's fate. They are horrific.

New York Michelin

Outside of people in the restaurant industry, not many really care about Michelin and their "stars" in this country. And nor should they. The reviews are generally poorly written, bland, and usually not very informative. Michelin is one dinosaur that could use extinction.

Sep 04, 2014
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Jazz club w/ decent dining?

Minton's in Harlem is very expensive. Also Jackets required for "Gentlemen."

Sep 03, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Mary Elizabeth's near Lord & Taylor. Ancient waitresses. Welsh rarebit, and spaghetti in a clay pot. Anyone remember?

Jul 04, 2014
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Dinner at Lafayette

I keep my stars up in the sky, but I liked Lafayette. Steak tartare, yes, duck "au poivre," yes. Black ink fettucini with clams, shrimp and chorizo, yes. Bronx Brewery Ale. Big Yes.

Jun 25, 2013
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According to Gawker, Robert Sietsema has been laid off from the Voice

Sheesh, many, including myself, have "scooped" Sietsema and certainly Meehan, an obvious Sietsema protege, many times on restaurant "finds" But posters here on Chowhound or writers on other sites just don't have the audience that those other two critics had/have, so they are credited with the "find." But we 'hounders know better. So what.

May 28, 2013
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Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unknown Premiere (Myanmar)

It is No Reservations with a better, probably bigger, budget.

Apr 17, 2013
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Pam's Real Thai 47th has closed, Pam's Real Thai on 49th is a treat

They dumb it down there for the masses.

Feb 27, 2013
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Time for a new Steakhouse!

Glad to see Harry's made the list. No Porter House? Prime Meat in Brooklyn is very good.

Jan 16, 2013
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Deep dish pizza in NYC?????

And can we keep it 1000 miles away?

Jan 01, 2013
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Manna's Soul Food

There are about four Harlem locations. Try Jacob Restaurant on Lenox and 129th. It's also a buffet and the food is usually fresh. They mix in some Jamaican specialties as well.

Dec 21, 2012
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Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

"Why? Because of the location, the size, that Fieri owns it? Have you eaten at his other restaurants? Have you had his food or know someone who has?"

"But I don't get the automatic assumption that any restaurant Fieri owns would be "horrific." It's the combination of factors: Times Square, size, and a celebrity chef/showman who is now a very popular, coast to coast, brand. Really, was there a doubt?

Nov 21, 2012
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Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

I don't think Wells was trying to get a big bang out of the review or to create attention to the NYTimes. Frankly, I don't know what the motivation was to review the restaurant at all. As soon as I heard that Guy Fieri was opening a 500-seat restaurant in Times Square, I knew that it would, without a doubt, be horrific. So that it was slammed was a done deal before it was reviewed. In other words, tell us something we don't know.

Nov 20, 2012
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Hilarious: Pete Wells on Guy Fieri, NYT

Agreed with that and much more worthy of ink in the NYTImes than a theme park of a restaurant that really had no chance to be anything else.

Nov 17, 2012
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Hilarious: Pete Wells on Guy Fieri, NYT

You don't even have to go to Guy Fieri's 500 seat theme park in the restaurant wasteland that is Times Square and you pretty much know what you are in for. This was a no-brainer; a predictable review in every way. Was there a point? People eat at Red Lobster, Olive Garden, TGIFridays, Applebee's and they will continue to eat those places. Who am In(or anyone else) to begrudge them their pleasures?

Nov 17, 2012
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Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

Who are any of us to judge others on their food tastes? Most restaurants in the Times Square wasteland I would never enter. Now I would rather walk a few blocks west to 9th and 10th Avenue for real, cheap authentic food any day. But that's just me. Better Wells and the Times concentrated on those restaurants than waste very expensive ink on what was a predictable and easy whack job.

Nov 16, 2012
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Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

Again, the Times review of the restaurant was predictable. The restaurant was obviously conceived to fit into the theme park that is Times Square. What, really, do you expect? It was a sure thing and now both the Times and Fieri are getting mucho publicity. I guess it was a win win for both parties.

Nov 15, 2012
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Guy Fieri in Times Square..NYTimes review

Why did the NYTimes bother to review this place? The review and subsequent "poor" rating was predictable. A no-brainer. I think Wells and the Times now must review Applebee's, TGIFridays, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to be fair and then compare them all. It's more a poor reflection on the newspaper than on a Times Square theme park-type restaurant where anyone who reads the Times food reviews knew the food would be abysmal.

Nov 14, 2012
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Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

Seriously now. isn't this the network that gave us Rachel Ray, Paula Deen and the comely Dino de Laurentis's granddaughter? So why doesn't the Baron fit in? Personally, I'll take his shtick any day over some of the slop cooked by those I mentioned above, not including the very comely granddaughter of Dino De Laurentis who I would never say a bad word about.

Oct 10, 2012
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Best BBQ in NYC

John Brown has a smokehouse that's good. So does Daisy Mae. At Rack & Soul the ribs are par excellence. Fette Sau is a fat pig, but a delicious one. Beyond that, there's my Weber.

Aug 14, 2012
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Best Soul Food Places in Harlem

It's a tourist trap.

Aug 13, 2012
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Explain lame New York breakfasts?

You go, Chervil. Brunch is a scam. Don't ever fall for it. The problem is that the old diners where you could get a good, cheap breakfast are gone. I never go out for breakfast here; only when I travel out of the city. Your best bet is to get a cup of Joe and a bagel or muffin from a street cart. And they are up early. I like breakfast when I wake up...even on a weekend. Some places you need to wait until 8 until they open. That's breakfast blasphemy in my opinion. Glad someone agrees with the sad state of breakfast in New York.

Aug 02, 2012
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Pete Wells has awarded three stars to Atera

I'm sure the plates look beautiful, though something about "plating" with tweezers just doesn't jibe with good eating. Call me old fashioned, but when I go to an art gallery, I usually don't eat the art. .

Jul 18, 2012
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Pete Wells has awarded three stars to Atera

I was going to read the review and then I noticed the picture of one of the chefs preparing food on a plate with tweezers. That, I'm afraid, turned me off to the restaurant despite the three stars. Food and tweezers just don't go together in my opinionated mind.

Jul 18, 2012
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Patsy's 117 St & 1st

Very sad. Since the Maestro of the ancient oven passed away a few years ago, no one has taken the reigns to bring Patsy's back to prominence. The current owners are pretty clueless as well.

May 18, 2012
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Minetta Tavern - Photography Now Banned

What's the noise level like at Minetta Tavern? Obtrusive or not?

May 16, 2012
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Frankie & Johnny's..Which location?

I had a terrific steak at the 37th Street Frankie & Johnny's. And to namedrop without dropping the name, I even saw a NY Times, Four Star chef dining next to me. But if I had my choice, I would also go to Keen's. Still, you won't go wrong at F&J's at 37th St.

May 09, 2012
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uhockey reviews Brushstroke - they'll serve you Fluke and Tuna for $200.....

I want to know what a $200 meal feels like? Any suggestions?

Mar 13, 2012
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NY Times Magazine Food & Drink Issue

More from the usual, boring suspects. Bleh.

Oct 04, 2011
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Can we talk Michelin in NYC?

What's Michelin and why do we care? So outdated. So mundane. Who cares?

Oct 04, 2011
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