Steve Cuozzo grumbles about how these 'scenesters' have to get to the latest publicized restaurant first, and have ruined dining out for the real food lovers, (even though they don't give a damn about the food). He blames sites like Eater for overhyping these restaurants months before they even open.
'People are suckers for lists, and the impetus to check out restaurants on “heat” and “power” rosters before the crowd moves on drives dining habits more than reviews or traditional word-of-mouth. Publicists now spend more time wooing blog editors hoping they will include their clients on the lists than they do promoting chefs. (“It takes the joy out of the job for me,” a publicist friend who didn’t dare being named told me.) Restaurants, meanwhile, play hard-to-get for ordinary customers, knowing they’ll put up with anything to say, “Been there, ate that.”