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According to Eater   Let the grumbling begin.

Even now when everybody has seen pictures of all the major reviewers, there's hope for anonymous restaurant reviewing.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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