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#5371 Orik

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:10 AM

That's them.
 
You've seen them too?


Yeah, they're all over the place here, I don't know what's up with that.

Yelp is mostly a good source to consult if you're after adjective abuse and the airing of random grievances. I can imagine a post there complaining about how the surreptitious waiter couldn't be heard over the sepulchral noise but still blamed the sententious group of girls for placing a lackadaisical order.
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#5372 GerryOlds

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:06 PM

Bruno Pizza making the case for giving back their zero-star Times review.



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:55 PM

Can I return the D I got in Modern Drama?



#5374 Suzanne F

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:20 PM

Bruno Pizza making the case for giving back their zero-star Times review.

Nothing but a publicity stunt.


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#5375 Wilfrid

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:17 AM

That's hilarious.

I hereby return my Nobel Prize for Literature I didn't get.

Dude needs to look up "zero."

#5376 Suzanne F

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 06:47 PM

Pete Wells and Hannah Goldfield on reviewing restaurants.


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


#5377 Wilfrid

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 05:33 PM

A welcome gust of reality in the latest explanation of how the restaurant reviews work:

 

Do the critics dine anonymously?

In the strict sense of the word, yes. Times critics do not give their own names when making reservations, do not introduce themselves at the door or at the table, and typically ask their guests to play along. (Over the years I’ve been called Bruce, Frank and — perhaps a bit of a giveaway — Sven.) A few people seem to think “anonymously” is a synonym for “disguised from head to toe,” but that’s not practical for day-to-day dining, and it’s not a requirement of the job. Times critics try not to stand out, but they may be recognized, and often are.

 

 

Not quite there, though.  If we replace the final clause with "...almost always are," which I suspect is fair, then the first sentence of the answer looks threadbare.  "Anonymous" and "almost always recognized" are not really the same thing, let alone "strictly."

 

But baby steps. 



#5378 Sneakeater

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 10:20 PM

Nice to see a double review again.


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#5379 Sneakeater

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:17 PM

We don't bother to snipe about NYT restaurant reviews anymore -- who cares? -- but I just want to note that Pete Wells gives NO indication whatsover, in his UPN upgrade re-review, why Razza got three stars and UPN gets two (I'd like to think it's because Wells has realized how insane it is to give three stars to a pizza place).


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:08 PM

Glad it was reviewed again as it looked certain to close otherwise. Had yet another great pizza there recently. (Not sure I agree with Wells about the appetizers.)

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:52 AM

johanna, how great to hear your voice.  


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not my monkeys.


#5382 Wilfrid

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 03:01 AM

Wells doesn’t give us the wildly bizarre material Bruni used to.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe he marveled at a Japanese restaurant with space under low set tables to dangle your legs. He did.

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 08:15 AM

We don't bother to snipe about NYT restaurant reviews anymore -- who cares? -- but I just want to note that Pete Wells gives NO indication whatsover, in his UPN upgrade re-review, why Razza got three stars and UPN gets two (I'd like to think it's because Wells has realized how insane it is to give three stars to a pizza place).


It's one of very few nytimes re-reviews based on repricing.
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#5384 joethefoodie

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:40 AM

This guy did it too...

 

In what has to be one of the stranger menu pricing variants that I've seen, the prices for a number of the pies are now lower than when they opened. If memory serves me correctly (and jesus it was only last night), only 2 of the pies are the original $25; now, the others are a few bucks less, with my marinara coming in at a practically give-away $19, and Significant Eater's Margherita $22.

 



#5385 Tubbs

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 03:05 PM

he's been working on a new place in Atlantic highlands, NJ for months where he "plans to cook every pizza". Signs have been up for weeks apparently
https://www.google.c.../amp/1212258001