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#31 Sneakeater

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:44 PM

Even now when everybody has seen pictures of all the major reviewers, there's hope for anonymous restaurant reviewing.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

Wells' first review: Wong.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:45 PM

I have no idea what those blurbs at the foot of the review -- starting with one for Wong itself -- are supposed to be.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:55 PM

I have no idea what those blurbs at the foot of the review -- starting with one for Wong itself -- are supposed to be.

Might they be the $25 and Under entries in the wrong place?

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

I have no idea what those blurbs at the foot of the review -- starting with one for Wong itself -- are supposed to be.

It looks like pilot error at the NYT website.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:55 PM

I won't say that Wells has got the critic's job nailed: it'll take a much larger body of work to either establish or disprove that. And as I noted when he was announced, he still has the SHO Shaun Hergatt error to live down.

But this was, at the very least, what I want the NYT reviews stylistically to be. In that respect, at any rate, he's a step forward from Sifton, provided he doesn't start getting cute later on.

When Bruni began, I think he deliberately chose a restaurant (Babbo) that most food-focused people in NYC would have been quite familiar with, which provided an instant calibration of a writer whom most of us weren't familiar with. Wells didn't take that approach (not that there was any precedent requiring it). I haven't been to Wong, so I have no idea if I'd agree with his take. I only know that it's the type of review I want the NYT critic to write.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:18 PM

It took four weeks, but Pete Wells has just uncorked his first review that makes me want to barf: two stars for Parm.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:51 PM

It took four weeks, but Pete Wells has just uncorked his first review that makes me want to barf: two stars for Parm.

I read that article quickly but at first glance I don't have a problem with the content, just the idea that he gave Parm two stars. It should have been a very enthusiastic one.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

I read that article quickly but at first glance I don't have a problem with the content, just the idea that he gave Parm two stars. It should have been a very enthusiastic one.

Yes, that's it.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:03 PM

I can't imagine a meatball sandwich that could warrant such hyperbolic praise. How good does a meatball sandwich get? But this has become a common occurrence over the past few years.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

I can't imagine a meatball sandwich that could warrant such hyperbolic praise. How good does a meatball sandwich get?

Tsk, tsk, tks. They did this:

The meatballs are not normal. For starters, they are not balls, they are patties. Anyone who has ever taken a bite of a meatball hero and watched one of the meatballs launch into orbit will recognize at once the significance of this deviation.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:20 PM


I can't imagine a meatball sandwich that could warrant such hyperbolic praise. How good does a meatball sandwich get?

Tsk, tsk, tks. They did this:

The meatballs are not normal. For starters, they are not balls, they are patties. Anyone who has ever taken a bite of a meatball hero and watched one of the meatballs launch into orbit will recognize at once the significance of this deviation.

Creeping Ozerskyism.
"I don't understand what's wrong with thinking of correlation as a pricing convention the way one thinks of Black-Scholes vol. I mean, vol curves aren't "real" anyway, but nobody uses local vol models to price vanilla options." - Taion
 
"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion

I have a dream of a multiplicity of pastramis.

"once the penis came out, there was discussions as to why we didn't order the testicles" - Daniel describing a meal in China

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

Sort has Wells already lost all credibility with this crowd? Oh good, another thread I needn't bother to read.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:41 PM


I can't imagine a meatball sandwich that could warrant such hyperbolic praise. How good does a meatball sandwich get?

Tsk, tsk, tks. They did this:

The meatballs are not normal. For starters, they are not balls, they are patties. Anyone who has ever taken a bite of a meatball hero and watched one of the meatballs launch into orbit will recognize at once the significance of this deviation.


That it's a patty vs. a ball?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:44 PM

So, it's an italian meatloaf sandwich?

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