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Pete Wells, restaurant critic for The New York Times, recently visited Guy Fieri's new restaurant in Times Square. And he was not happy.

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You should really read the whole article, which was written almost entirely in the form of questions, to get the full effect. But here are a few choice quotes to whet your appetite (pun absolutely intended):

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Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?


Did you notice that the menu was an unreliable predictor of what actually came to the table?


Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are?


Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?


When you hung that sign by the entrance that says, WELCOME TO FLAVOR TOWN!, were you just messing with our heads?


(W)hen we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about?


Is the entire restaurant a very expensive piece of conceptual art? Is the shapeless, structureless baked alaska that droops and slumps and collapses while you eat it, or don’t eat it, supposed to be a representation in sugar and eggs of the experience of going insane?
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eggie will enjoy some schadenfreude out of this. She hates Fieri.
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Guy Fieri is kind of an easy target, especially for a NYT restaurant critic.
Although I had to do a double-take when I read the PB&J was $13.
I guess somebody's gotta pay that Times Square rent.



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A bit jealous perhaps???

He is annoying at times, but we have made some good meals after watching his show.
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If a restaurant sucks, the review should say so (as this one does). I don't know whether the reviewer is jealous of Fieri but if you read the comments on the review, it sounds like it was accurate - several people agree the food is terrible, not one person I noticed says "Hey I ate there and it wasn't so bad."
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I wouldn't go to a Guy Fieri restaurant expecting good food because I don't consider him a cook (and I'm surprised others do.) He is good at tasting food and convincing me that I might enjoy tasting it too. I appreciate his show for pointing out hidden gem restaurants that know how to make food (probably better than Guy.) Just because someone's on Food Network doesn't make them a gourmet chef or an accomplished restaurateur.
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Blott wrote:
I wouldn't go to a Guy Fieri restaurant expecting good food because I don't consider him a cook (and I'm surprised others do.) He is good at tasting food and convincing me that I might enjoy tasting it too. I appreciate his show for pointing out hidden gem restaurants that know how to make food (probably better than Guy.) Just because someone's on Food Network doesn't make them a gourmet chef or an accomplished restaurateur.


I ate at one of his restaurants in California, Johnny Garlic's. It was not michelin star worthy cuisine by any means, more like overpriced bar food with a twist. If that was all you were expecting, it was good. Keep in mind this was before he made it "big" - at that point he had not yet been on food network star.

I wonder if the NYT went in expecting something he wasn't getting, or if Guy's NY restaurant really sucks that much worse than his places out west?
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fightcitymayor wrote:
Guy Fieri is kind of an easy target, especially for a NYT restaurant critic.
Although I had to do a double-take when I read the PB&J was $13.
I guess somebody's gotta pay that Times Square rent.





I once had a PB&J at a restaurant that was on egg bread, battered and fried and dusted with powdered sugar. I'd pay happily pay $13 for that right now.

It was so melty good.
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The expectation bar is quite higher in NYC than it is in the parts of NorCal not directly in San Fran or San Jose.

But I don't consider Fieri an elite chef. So, I take the review as part Fieri over-reaching himself, part NYC snobbery.

Now, if the reviewer was tearing into a Morimoto restaurant, I'd be paying more attention.
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Guy got his gig with his charisma, not his cooking talent. He lives in town, is a nice guy, but his restaurants leave much to be desired.
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I didn't know who he was and for the longest time when I saw his mug on magazines I thought he was a former member of some 90's boy band like the Backstreet Boys. He has the look of someone who is trying to recapture their teenage years.
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Just the NYT ripping on someone who's not part of their elite culture. Letting him know in no uncertain terms "we don't accept you."
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I'm reminded of an episode of Iron Chef America where they had two iron chefs competing against each other, one with Rachel Ray and the other with Guy Fieri as their sous chefs.

I really liked Rachel Ray's line at some point in that episode: "I'm a cook, not a chef".

I think that distilled it nicely.
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I suspect this reviewer figured trashing a famous television chef was a good way to get some attention for themselves. After all tearing down people who are famous just to do it is a long honored tradition.
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From the picture it doesn't LOOK like a serious restaurant. Does it set itself out to be?

Doesn't sound like "special night out" food at all really. More like bar food / Surf n Turf style for sure.
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J.L.Robert wrote:

Now, if the reviewer was tearing into a Morimoto restaurant, I'd be paying more attention.


Morimoto's place in NY is quite excellent. I have been there several times, including one time with the man himself there. He's rather shy and tries to hide his English but is very exuberant about his food. He reminded me of Hiro Nakamura from Heroes.
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Geosphere wrote:
J.L.Robert wrote:

Now, if the reviewer was tearing into a Morimoto restaurant, I'd be paying more attention.


Morimoto's place in NY is quite excellent. I have been there several times, including one time with the man himself there. He's rather shy and tries to hide his English but is very exuberant about his food. He reminded me of Hiro Nakamura from Heroes.


The one near Chelsea Market? I was a little disappointed. Not bad, but not what I hoped for.
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erak wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
J.L.Robert wrote:

Now, if the reviewer was tearing into a Morimoto restaurant, I'd be paying more attention.


Morimoto's place in NY is quite excellent. I have been there several times, including one time with the man himself there. He's rather shy and tries to hide his English but is very exuberant about his food. He reminded me of Hiro Nakamura from Heroes.


The one near Chelsea Market? I was a little disappointed. Not bad, but not what I hoped for.


Yes. We loved it. The decor is a bit bizarre, but we will go back, I'm sure.
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HamsterOfFury wrote:
From the picture it doesn't LOOK like a serious restaurant. Does it set itself out to be?

Doesn't sound like "special night out" food at all really. More like bar food / Surf n Turf style for sure.

I'm guessing bar food quality but with serious restaurant prices. As they said in the article, someone's got to pay that Times Square rent.
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Leezer wrote:
HamsterOfFury wrote:
From the picture it doesn't LOOK like a serious restaurant. Does it set itself out to be?

Doesn't sound like "special night out" food at all really. More like bar food / Surf n Turf style for sure.

I'm guessing bar food quality but with serious restaurant prices. As they said in the article, someone's got to pay that Times Square rent.


I'll leave that to people who want to brag about eating at a Guy Fieri restaurant.
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J.L.Robert wrote:
Leezer wrote:
HamsterOfFury wrote:
From the picture it doesn't LOOK like a serious restaurant. Does it set itself out to be?

Doesn't sound like "special night out" food at all really. More like bar food / Surf n Turf style for sure.

I'm guessing bar food quality but with serious restaurant prices. As they said in the article, someone's got to pay that Times Square rent.


I'll leave that to people who want to brag about eating at a Guy Fieri restaurant.


Who the heck would that be?
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good for the reviewer! haha

Letterman Top 10
Top Ten Discontinued Guy Fieri Menu Items

Thursday, November 15, 2012

10. Inappropriately rubbed brisket

9. Sampler of entrees sent back to kitchen

8. Pushed pork

7. Guy's famous grilled shirtsleeve

6. Jumbo shrimp, tattooed and pierced

5. Teriyaki-glazed napkin

4. Seared halibut with intestinal parasite reduction

3. Crust-crusted crust

2. Suspiciously damp toast

1. Duck a l'Ahmadinejad
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erak wrote:
I really liked Rachel Ray's line at some point in that episode: "I'm a cook, not a chef".
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Rachel Ray is the type you want around at 2am when you crawl home and need something to eat. She would feed you drunk/stoned eats while doing shots with ya.

I used to watch bits of her show and think... yup I made that totally wasted one night.



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tscook wrote:
Guy Fieri is a rich, shameful clown.


Fixed that for you.


Somehow, I think the joke's on us.
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