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Posts Tagged ‘Pete Wells’

Restaurant Critic Praises Bâtard Chef’s Sniper Skills

MarkusGlockerPicOne of the keys to a memorable restaurant review is the turn of phrase. Be it a rave or a slam, it’s all about how the writer conveys the ecstasy of a clean plate or the agony of an unused doggy bag.

Score one in the clean-plate department for New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells. Here’s how his praise of Bâtard in TriBeCa begins:

A few minutes into my first dinner at Bâtard, it became obvious that the chef, Markus Glocker, has a sniper’s accuracy at the stove.

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Guy Fieri Responds to Pete Wells: ‘He Had an Agenda’

Guy Fieri got his restaurant blasted by Pete Wells in The New York Times, so this morning he went on the Today show to defend his food and American Bar and Grill. Fieri said that Wells’ review was over the top, and that it seemed like he had already made up his mind before even stepping in his restaurant.

“I just thought it was ridiculous,” explained Fieri. “I mean, I read reviews. You know, there’s good and bad in the restaurant business; but that to me went so overboard it really seemed like there was another agenda.” The rocking dude chef then went on to give excuses for his restaurant being terrible, because everyone loves hearing those.

Fieri said that the place was new, that it was big and that Wells only came in four times over two months. Never mind that four visits is about three more chances than any typical customer would give a crappy restaurant.

In the end, Fieri said that he was trying his best, and that he stood by his food. Hopefully you never find yourself anywhere near one of his dishes.

Pete Wells Absolutely Destroys Guy Fieri’s Times Square Restaurant

In his review of Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square, Pete Wells — restaurant critic for The New York Times — has quite a few questions for the Food Network star. And none of them are nice. In fact, Wells’ entire review is a series of questions that absolutely rip apart every aspect of the restaurant.

Look, we don’t expect a place with Fieri’s name on it to be good. His entire career is based on being this weird “every dude,” which in turn makes him no dude. Fieri is a caricature of what corporate America imagines a “cool guy” is. It’s pretty easy to make fun of him. But even we felt bad for Fieri after reading Wells’ review.

Below are some of our favorite observations by Wells.

When you hung that sign by the entrance that says, WELCOME TO FLAVOR TOWN!, were you just messing with our heads?

We imagine that answer is probably “Yes.”

Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?

Hopefully it’s not a family recipe.

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Pete Wells Named Chief Restaurant Critic at The New York Times

Pete Wells has been named the new Chief Restaurant Critic at the New York Times. Wells most recently was the Dining Editor, a position he held since 2006. Susan Edgerley, a former Metropolitan Editor, will succeed Wells as the new Dining Editor.

“No one could be better prepared or respected for his superb writing, intimate knowledge of food and restaurants and deep commitment to our dining franchise,” said a memo, of Wells’ changing positions.

The full memo is available here.