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Where Will it All End - Guy Fieri to Open Restaurant in Times Square


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#31 Mjx

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:56 AM

I have mixed feelings about the NYT review.

On one hand, the disturbing menu descriptions certainly make the restaurant sound like a hillbilly Applebees with a raging meth habit. On the other hand, why would the NYT review what is clearly a tourist trap aimed at patrons who are looking for a hillbilly Applebees with a raging meth habit?

Personally, I find the 2.5 star average for Yelp reviews far more damning. There's a disgusting all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant (think about that for a minute) near my office that managed a three star average on Yelp.


This is sort of...troubling; I misread 'On the other hand, why would the NYT review what is clearly a tourist trap aimed at patrons who are looking for a hillbilly Applebees with a raging meth habit?' as 'On the other hand, why wouldn't the NYT review what is clearly a tourist trap aimed at patrons who are looking for a hillbilly Applebees with a raging meth habit?', and I found myself thinking that made perfect sense. My perception of the patrons of NYC tourist traps seems to have hit bottom and begun blasting operations to get a bit lower.

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#32 huiray

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

Here's what Helen Rosner (of Saveur) said about Pete Well's review and why it was important:
http://everydayforev...-and-guy-fieri/

Wells explains how the review came about here:
http://www.poynter.o...ris-restaurant/

Anthony Bourdain's take on the place:
http://www.esquire.c...sult-1349103254
youtube video
http://www.hollywood...r_Town/44320544

New York Serious Eats' take on it:
http://newyork.serio...op_serious_eats

A commentary on scathing restaurant reviews:
http://www.bonappeti...nt-reviews.html

As for that "Today" show segment where Fieri defended his place, it did seem like NBC bent over backwards for Fieri, IMO and that of others. Here's what one journalist had to say about that:
http://www.tampabay....rk-times-review
Amongst other things, it seems Fieri considered 4 visits to his place to be suggestive of a "secret agenda" on the part of Wells. He clearly has no idea how professional restaurant reviewing is done, unless he was trying to blow smoke into the Today show's viewership [since most would *not* go to a place 4 times if they found their first experience horrible, I would speculate. :-) ].

#33 munchymom

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

Passport to Flavortown: A random Guy Fieri Menu Item Generator
http://rvcc2.raritan...c3535/guy.html#

Some examples:

Crispy McNuggies
Sensibly shot McNuggies with live octopus

Guy-Talian Fillet Mignon
Lovingly burned fillet mignon with poblano peppers

Morgan's McNuggies
Rapidly sad McNuggies with scooby snacks (pot brownie)

Chipotle Dog-corners
Apathetically baked Dog-corners with tofu
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#34 DTBarton

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:11 AM

Just in the name of fairness, a couple not so scathing reviews:

 

http://www.forbes.co...ell-some-of-it/

 

http://www.washingto...06cc9_blog.html

 

I kind of fall into the camp of it's a tourist place in Times Square.  If you want really good, go elsewhere, that's not its mission.

But I'm not offended that it exists.  I'll go elsewhere.



#35 Lindsey

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Please can someone explain the problem with Guy Fieri?  We have only just got the Food Channel and, to be honest with you, we both love Triple D, maybe not for the reasons he would like, but we enjoy his energy.  I live and cook in the lovely NE of Scotland and sometimes his sheer joy inspires me to get back to the griddle and have some fun!    Now I am talking from 40 years in catering and the fun went out of it long ago, sadly. I am a fan of Ottolenghi et al and try selling that to wee Scots on a cold day.  



#36 gfweb

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

You make a good point. He seems happy and that's something.



#37 weinoo

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:34 PM

Please can someone explain the problem with Guy Fieri?  We have only just got the Food Channel and, to be honest with you, we both love Triple D, maybe not for the reasons he would like, but we enjoy his energy.  I live and cook in the lovely NE of Scotland and sometimes his sheer joy inspires me to get back to the griddle and have some fun!    Now I am talking from 40 years in catering and the fun went out of it long ago, sadly. I am a fan of Ottolenghi et al and try selling that to wee Scots on a cold day.  

 

From my point of view, I don't want anyone's knowledge of food to come from a cartoon-like character who thinks everything he tastes is "money," although by now he's made tons of it. 

 

If it makes you inspired to cook, then by all means that's a good thing.


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