Guy Fieri is known to most TV viewers as the louder-than-loud host of Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, cruising the country in a red 67 Chevy convertible and looking for spots serving good old-fashioned down-home food. But based on one major review of his latest restaurant, not even Fieri would park the car for a bite to eat.
Guys American Kitchen & Bar opened in New York Citys Times Square in September, and on Tuesday, the New York Times published its review. And unlike most restaurant reviews, this one is making serious waves.
The review, written by Times food critic Pete Wells, is a series of increasingly hostile questions directed at Fieri. Its one of those one-time-only critical stunts that grabs a lot of eyeballs, but rarely bodes well for the subject of the review.
And with questions such as, Does this make it sound as if everything at Guys American Kitchen & Bar is inedible? its unclear how Fieri could possibly answer them with anything other than possibly a middle finger.
Other questions raised in the review include, And when we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about? And Is this how you roll in Flavor Town?
Wells final summation of Fieris Times Square restaurant? Poor.
While many people far from NYC are giggling in glee at the Times brutal takedown of a celebrity chefs restaurant, a debate has already begun online about whether a review like this actually does any good. After all, isnt Fieris establishment designed to attract curious tourists and not NYCs dining elite (the type who read restaurant reviews in the New York Times).
Fellow Food Network host Alton Brown tweeted words of semi-support, writing, I am planning on visiting Guy Fieris NYC eatery this weekend because it cant be as bad as all those snooty New Yorkers say. #wishmeluck
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