Slam review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant goes viral
November 14th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
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Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is no stranger to jabs at his over-the-top persona. From his first appearances as a contestant on "The Next Food Network Star" to his cross-country speaking tours and swelling empire of restaurants across California and on Carnival Cruise Lines, the spike-haired, flame-shirted, gravel-voiced 44-year-old has been a ubiquitous and polarizing presence on the American culinary (or in Fierian parlance, "kulinary") scene.

Fieri has taken his share of heat from comics, fellow chefs and critics alike for his bombastic delivery and monumentally macho food fixations - but perhaps never so pointedly and deftly as in New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells' review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.

Written in the stars: the art of the bad review

Wells' scorched-earth review - which not only gave the 500-seat restaurant zero out of a possible four stars, but also designated it as "poor" - blazed across the internet, with websites like The Awl, the Village Voice's Fork in the Road blog, Grub Street and Gawker rounding up the most brutal lines from the review and the fast, furious, and mostly gleeful response from Twitter.

A few highlights from the review, which consisted of 34 rapid-fire questions, save for the closing line, which was "Thanks."

"Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are? If you hadn’t come up with the recipe yourself, would you ever guess that the shiny tissue of breading that exudes grease onto the plate contains either pretzels or smoked almonds? Did you discern any buttermilk or brine in the white meat, or did you think it tasted like chewy air?"

"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?"

Everyone's a critic, some just call it their day job

Blistering quips, to be sure, but at the core of the review, was perhaps the most relevant question: Does Fieri's televised evangelism of "no-collar" cuisine actually translate to the food he's serving in his restaurant?

"How, for example, did Rhode Island’s supremely unhealthy and awesomely good fried calamari — dressed with garlic butter and pickled hot peppers — end up in your restaurant as a plate of pale, unsalted squid rings next to a dish of sweet mayonnaise with a distant rumor of spice?"

"How did Louisiana’s blackened, Cajun-spiced treatment turn into the ghostly nubs of unblackened, unspiced white meat in your Cajun Chicken Alfredo?"

Wells, in turn, was taken to task by Guy's fellow Food Network stars like Alton Brown and Michael Symon, as well as The Today Show for being too harsh and personal.

Others assert that Wells' perceived elitism got in the way of his enjoyment of the food, Fieri was an obvious and easy target, or that the restaurant itself shouldn't have been targeted for a New York Times review to begin with.

To that, Wells (a longtime friend of mine) responded in an e-mail exchange, "Sure, there are restaurants that should probably be exempt from the rigors of a New York Times review. Some little joint that is just minding its own business, servings its neighborhood without making any great claims for itself, for example. Times critics generally don't go out of their way to pan places that nobody's heard of. But this is not the case with Guy's American Kitchen & Bar."

And is he an elitist, indeed? Wells said...sort of. "If wanting nachos and fries that taste good and don't make you want to avert your eyes makes you an elitist, then I guess I am."

Are professional restaurant critics necessary?

One question remains: Will the negative review have any effect on the restaurant's business, or will Fieri's Kulinary Krew keep dropping dollars on Donkey Sauce-drenched fries and erroneously spelled Roasted Pork Bahn Mi sandwiches as they roll up to Flavortown?

No, seriously - this is a question we'd love to have you answer. Do you pay attention to professional restaurant reviews, negative or positive, and do they have an effect on where you decide to eat? Let us know in the comments below and we'll share your answers in an upcoming post.

Thanks.

Previously - Written in the stars: the art of the bad review
and Everyone's a critic, some just call it their day job and Are professional restaurant critics necessary?



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  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I just kind of have to laugh, I'm sorry, lol! I don't see myself ever eating as his food establishment, but that's probably because I am not going to NYC any time soon....... And I think I would like to try Tom C's restaurant first!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  3. hgc

    Going out on a limb here, but I'd bet that Guy Fieri has never stepped foot inside that place, nor has he even seen the menu. He's just selling his name, to be put on a corporate vision of a tourist eatery that reflects the public persona of the namesake. It's kind of like how Donald Trump licenses his name to grace crappy office towers around the world.

    This, of course, is far worse than if he was more directly responsible for the disgustation described in that review.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  4. Suncatcher

    The NY Times was nothing compared to the bashing done of Guy Fieri by The New York Observer's Joshua David Stein. He was BRUTAL. It was not a review – it was a personal attack. Stein's "review"'s lowlights include:
    - he STARTED by defaming Guy's family name by claiming it was originally "Ferry" and Guy changed it to "Fieri" to be more "ethnic sounding". (Hey Stein, many names were massacred at Ellis Island and had to be changed back to their original spelling later).
    - Stein then went on to claim Fieri's food was "public defecation" (and therefore a crime citing Public Health statutes);
    - Stein then spent 2 paragraphs destroying the decor – inside and out – even writing, "Embedded in the bar are vials of Mr. Fieri's semen." HUH? This is a restaurant review?
    - then it gets really ugly as Stein spends the next FOUR paragraphs blaming Fieri solely for the country's high cholesterol and obesity; he then cites reams of obesity statistics and writes, "For if he were truly ignorant of the effects of his actions, Mr. Fieri would simply be a fool. Instead, he’s a villain." Huh?
    - Stein concludes his assault by divulging Fieri's income ($8.5 million – maybe), that he's on vacation in Italy with his family (instead of being with Stein – attention all burglars);
    - Stein wraps up his "review" with these 2 lines (that clearly describe the restaurant's cuisine):
    "Mr. Fieri is the culinary equivalent of the gun lobby, which cloaks its self-serving interests in the garments of freedom and peddles them to an older rural white population (while it is young urban black men who suffer disproportionately from gun violence)." HUH? And then
    "With Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, Mr. Fieri joins these deeply anti-American Americans in shouting out, “Give them liberty and give them death.”

    This was not a review, it was an EDITORIAL – and character assasination. Guy – lawyer up!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  5. ElvisLives

    Food critics are the dining world's version of politicians, out of touch with the masses.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Yes. They need to TCOB better.

      November 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  6. AF

    Holy cow, for those prices I think anyone...ANYONE, no snobbery needed...would expect well-executed food. If they can't get nachos and fries right, well, that's worth mentioning. Details matter, and poor service and cold food are part of the whole experience.

    Maybe there was an agenda going in, but if the food quality lived up to the prices I'll bet the review would've gone differently.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  7. Jerome Horowitz

    I have run a few kitchens, and if you are serving regular fare, it's hard to screw up. If you do, it basically has to be intentional, a result of indifference, which is what I seem to be reading here. I don't think there's anything on his menu that requires a chef from the CIA. You just have to care – if you do, the food will always be good. Maybe not great, but good.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  8. David

    if pete wells' well-written, humorous, bad review was the only one that panned the restaurant, i think that it would be easier to disregard it. but because his review is but the cherry on top of dozens of bad reviews, it is easier to accept his assessment.

    defending something that no one likes suggests that everyone but the defender has a bias. this is absolutely possible. but, to me, at least, it would seem that a recommendation to actually go to guy's restaurant would be like someone telling me to see Gigli.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  9. JOET

    Just another overpaid wanabe snob, who burns water when he tries to cook paning someone else's food for a buck.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  10. Rick

    1 bad review isn't a warning sign, 100 bad reviews is.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  11. @thatGuy

    I ate there– it was horrible. Just because they exist, doesn't make tourist traps that serve crap accetable.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  12. Richard Ottens

    the celebrity chef restaurant days are over
    if the chef is hawking his restaurant and not actually in the kitchen doing the cooking, the chef deserves all the criticism
    "where's the beef?" it needs to be on the plate; not in the celebrity chef's wallet

    November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  13. Steve Giles

    A bad review from a professional restaurant critic is generally a good sign that it's not that bad. Food critics tend to be and like all flash and no substance. If not, then why should one shrimp on a bed of endive cost $100.

    All flash and no substance.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  14. Deej59

    I don't read restaurant reviews. I'm just a blue collar guy with blue collar tastes. I haven't been exposed to fancy restaurants very often, and when I was I just wanted simple food. Put squid parts on my plate and I'll get sick. Guaranteed. When I have read a few reviews they always seemed like pretentious people trying to be cutesy at the expense of someone's business. I'm sure there are terrible restaurants we need warnings about, but reviews like the one being discussed here just seem snotty. I've never been to Guy's restaurants, but my first guess, given the nastiness of the wording in the review, is that this reviewer just has some kind of grudge. Maybe if reviewers didn't come off so catty I might take some of what they say seriously.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Jerome Horowitz

      True dat.
      Good food at good prices is always the best.

      November 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  15. Marta

    Sounds like a greasy food kind of joint, what the he## did a food critic expect?? Think that guy had a beef with Fieri to begin with..

    November 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  16. Chris

    Food critics are just movie critics with a better vocabulary. What they write isn't worth the paper it is printed on.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  17. winterfling

    I've been to 2 of the places that Guy reviewed on Diner's Drive Ins and Dives and have to admit-he did get it right. One of them I never would have set foot in! However, I use Yelp and Trip Advisor's reviews more than professional reviews

    November 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  18. dscon

    The pc driven ppl with all this phony hate is comical...........
    must be his nascar theme. or maybe he's a conservative.
    typical liberal lynching.
    rotflmao
    ;)

    November 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Deej59

      So because it was in the New York Times you're assuming this had something to do with the Fox-perceived and idjit-approved "liberal agenda" conspiracy theory. I've met food and music critics and not one of them had a political thought in their heads. Guess what! Nobody's planning the future of America as a socialist country behind the doors of the NY Times.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  19. HarleyGirl

    I generally take food critics reports with a grain of salt. Everybody has different tastes in food. But if the report states that a restaurant is dirty and unsanitary, yeah, I pay attention to that. I would probably never check that restaurant out, due to the report.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  20. Not a Food Snob

    From the review:
    "Why augment tortilla chips with fried lasagna noodles that taste like nothing except oil? Why not bury those chips under a properly hot and filling layer of melted cheese and jalapeños instead of dribbling them with thin needles of pepperoni and cold gray clots of ground turkey? "
    Ugh what? That sounds terrible. From Arizona here and if you mess up NACHOS (really pasta, pepperoni in Nachos? WTF) this badly...well I can believe the rest. I'd also be miffed if I got cold, limp fried. Hate that.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  21. Ring of Fire Dude

    Don't worry America , You all will be eating Chinese food in the not to distant future .

    November 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • r

      Authentic Chinese food, I hope.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Sgt. Hulka

        How "authentic" do you think it will be on non Chinese soil, Gomer?

        November 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  22. redheadfederalhill

    He has to pay for all the hair gel somehow!!

    November 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  23. dippitydoda

    Enter Chef Gordon Ramsay publicity stunt.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  24. ornjnblu

    I decide what I like to eat and don't depend on others perceived notion of what I should like. Where do critics get off being so high and mighty that they think they know what is best for others. Everyone should think for themselves and make their decisions based on what they experience not on what is decided for them by some know-it-all! I have little tolerance for people who act like cattle, following in line behind all the others. Come on people, think for yourselves!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Not a Food Snob

      That's good and all, but if you're purporting to offer up foods of Americana (fried calamari, Louisiana chicken, Nachos, meatloaf etc.) then it should be as authentic and decently represented. I think the issue the reviewer had was that these supposed dishes are not even remotely close to the real stuff but they advertise as comfort food. If you mess up Nachos, I dunno what to tell you, yeah you're doing it wrong.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Jerome Horowitz

      All I can think of is "Life of Brian" –
      "You are all individuals!"
      "We are all individuals!"

      November 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  25. m0rtis00000

    So glad Americans have willfully traded their "two cents" for "common".

    November 15, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  26. JGN

    I was a chef for fifteen years and I have always said that 'professional food critics' are nothing more than line cooks who couldn't keep the job. Often embittered and always speaking from their own stomachs rather than any true depth of knowledge, what is the difference between a 'professional' food critic and your neighbor who doesn't like garlic mayonnaise on their fries? Absolutely nothing! And they should be treated as such; merely a stranger who is telling you about a restaurant they went to. It has nothing at all to do with professionalism except they get a paycheck for eating out while the rest of us pay the bill.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  27. tesarra

    I only let the professional food critics affect my choice of restaurants when I'm going for something really special and expect to spend a significant amount of time and money on the experience. Otherwise, at a place like Guy's? Not at all.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  28. Ann

    DDD may be popular, but I always thought a lot of the food looks gross. Everything's oversized and greasy-looking. Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to a hamburger.

    And Guy (and Paula, and Giada, etc.) – please stop talking with your mouth full. Swallow first, and THEN tell me what you think of the food. Otherwise you're ruining my appetite.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Ann

      OK, why is my comment still awaiting moderation? Is it because I used the word g r o s s?

      November 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
      • Jerome Horowitz

        Don't take it personal.
        It's a computer.

        November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  29. Ray

    Sounds like part of a Repugnican conspiracy to get back at the liberals that liberated their country (sic). Sticks and stones will break my bones, but good food will never hurt me.

    November 15, 2012 at 6:23 am | Reply
    • Jen

      Awesome response ! And the best part is this is only giving Guy SO much free publicity and people will WANT to go there just to try it now..so what this guy intneded for his harm, will actually be used for Guy's good. :)

      November 15, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • SteveDave

      Since when is electing the same idiots again, liberating the country?

      And since when is an elitist New York critic, a Republican? Sound more like a d-bag liberal to me.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Dave's not here.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        And to me, the 2004 Presidential election verdict was more mortifying than 2012.

        We barely escaped that regime with our country still intact.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • DCBuck

      The election's over, politards! GET A LIFE, LOSERS!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Yeah, politics on a food blog.

        Sheesh.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  30. Ann Difidoo

    Wells, good show. Fieri, did they spell it right?
    Let me interject: Armed drones are killing civilians with your tax dollars, but the "socialists" are going to cut Social Security. Tar Sands pipeline for profit, not independence, and carbon laden atmosphere, so Evolve! Donkey Sauce?? Try "clean coal" in the twilight of your civilization, so-called. As if.
    Oh, and rad the Onion on Afghanistan, where General Cuckolder the Adulterer was running a live, violent War, ostensibly "for your freedom."

    November 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Hypatia

      Who cares whay one critic says? What are the yelp reviews?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  31. johnjo101

    I visit NYC several times a year. I avoid Times Square in general, restaurants in Times Square explicitly.

    But no, I do not take the advise of Food Critics, I do however read what other, non food critics, say about a restaurant if I am looking to see if I will try some place new.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  32. mewn walker

    its clear he opened the restaurant to cater to the sheeple who dont think about the food they put in their bodies. Just that its owned by a celebrity. Thats good enough.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Good Job

      And he's laughing all the way to the bank.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:06 am | Reply
  33. Walker

    Would ever eat there. He recommends some of the worst places. Been to 3 and only 1 was ok, the other 2 were just not good.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • Walker

      Never

      November 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  34. Steve Wilson, Canada

    All this because of one man's opinion? Crazy world we live in...

    November 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  35. JP

    I used to like Guy before I learned what a bigot he is.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • Wifezilla

      I heard that too. And a homophobe, and creepy dude who stares at womens chests without meeting their eyes. His beer-butt chicken recipe is da bomb though....

      November 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  36. FoodEater

    It's in TIMES SQUARE! It's competing against Planet Hollywood for crying out loud. It is what it is.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • TJ

      Planet Hollywood's burgers are good. Their nachos are pretty decent. Their food descriptions do not turn your stomach before you insert fork, or French fry, in your mouth. I have no problem with this review.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  37. .

    This guy's idea of good food is a quarter pounder covered with blue cheese, moose meat chili, bacon, salt pork, lard, and a side of fried onion rings.

    And a diet pepsi.

    I'd rather have a root canal.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Good Job

      Now I wanna eat there.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:05 am | Reply
  38. Michelle

    Depends on who the critic is, honestly. I don't agree with all critics, and even specific criticisms of those I like, especially when you base it on an overall collection of reviews. Dining, ordering, and eating are incredibly subjective processes and an "experience eater" has a unique palate tuned to certain levels of salt, acid, spice, etc. of their own preference. But, when it comes to the finer points, I'm usually (internally) haggling over a star or so.

    We won't all agree, but I will say that I'm not interested in eating at Guy Fieri's spot in NYC. There are too many amazing restaurants in the city to worry about adding that one to my hit list.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  39. Pliny the Elder

    Guy Fieri is well known as a liberal and a supporter of Barack Obama, so I would not patronize his establishment. For that matter, I would not trust him to tell me the time of day.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Brandon

      Good lord shut up.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Cinders

        rofl! I loved your response.

        November 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • .

      Obozo is da prezidet fo da nex foe yeas.

      Get ova it.

      Godda go. A'm studyin' foe da next spellin exam at screwl.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • wootdude

      Well done. Bringing politics into a food critic story. Still p!ssed are we?

      November 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • imstillhungry95

      Thanks for your two cents! Now do you actually have anything to say about food?

      November 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • scorpio32

      the presidential election has nothing to do with this...get over it!

      November 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Will

      @Pliny
      I was going to give Fieri's place a pass, but I'll make a point of eating there twice now if only to cancel out your vote *and* your inane commentary. You're setting back your political & culinary goals at least 5 years.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  40. Jeann

    This is cute. A boorish American food "expert" serving boorish American "food" to boorish Americans. How can this fail?

    Americans ALL have such unsophisticated tastes. Who better than Fieri to serve them?

    November 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • .

      Of course, there's nothing boorish about you.

      Or is there?

      November 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • mdtampa

      Really, Jeann, what an ignorant statement. This is a country of over 300 million people, MANY of whom love good food. If you actually knew anything about food, you would know that it doesn't have to come out of a Michelin -starred kitchen to be fabulous. Categorizing Americans and our cuisine as 'boorish' tells me that you have either never been here, or if you have, you have been too lazy to go anywhere except the 'chain' restaurants.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  41. Jim

    I chose Other. If I read a bad review, especially of a trendy place that may be over priced, I'm likely to be swayed. I don't have many opportunities to go out – why would I risk going to someplace that got a horrible review? How stupid would I feel then?

    On the other hand, there are plenty of young people who go out all the time, are just out to people watch, and a bad plate of nachos just means they'll get a slice of pizza down the street later.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  42. Chef Axxgrinder

    You get what you pay for....ever heard of "Toby Keith's I love this bar and grill"? Restaurants serving average to horrible food just using a persons likeness to get people through the door. It's pathetic how most restaurants operate these days. But the only way for you to see how they are is to go for yourself and to not listen to the critics that are paid for their opinions.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  43. Denese

    I'm not surprised his restaurants are bad. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives seems to be him and his friends driving around looking for free food in exchange for pointing a camera at the cook's face. His other show never impressed me either. I don't even remember the name of it. He seems like a real guy's guy, someone to hang out with during a football game, but that's about it. Wasn't he caught up in some divorce/child custody scandal a few years ago? Guy's brother took the kids to Canada and refused to bring them back to the US (and their mother) until the divorce was finalized?

    November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Stan

      Whoa. Can you please give credit to his 1st generation convertible Camaro. I do not know if it is his, but maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt. stan

      November 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  44. Adrian

    I'm WAYYYYYY more persuaded by actual consumer reviews like people on Yelp than I am with professional food critics. Food critics aren't looking for the same things that regular people who actually love to eat are looking for.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Rebecca

      I don't trust Yelp – it's too easy for a restaurant owner to post a bunch of great reviews under different email addresses.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  45. Willis

    Go on yelp.com, there are people leaving reviews on there saying that they are huge Guy Fieri fans and couldn't wait to eat there who said the place was terrible. The reviewer might have been harsh, but normal folks on yelp are saying pretty much the same thing. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is $13 for god sakes. I understand it's time square but if I'm paying $10 for some onion rings and $25 for a burger, they better be some of the best I've ever eaten.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Stan

      Okay. This is pretty rough. But if what you are saying is true, then it is pretty tough. But true. stan

      November 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  46. David

    Critics are known for not only being WRONG but being mean spirited in their reviews to help their REPUTATION of being a critic with discerning taste. I would listen to my friends long before I would listen to a critic about a place to eat.

    And remember, a critics job is to pan things. If all they did was say everything was great would tey really have any cedibility?

    The show critics panned OKLAHOMA! when it came out as a terrible cowboy show, and it went on to be one of the most successful shows on Broadway in its day.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  47. Jennifer

    I think Mr. Fieri's food may be mediocre because he spends so much time being a television personality (remember he hosts a game show, too) that his food is bound to suffer.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  48. carloooos

    I was in NYC about a month ago. I was in a hotel near Times Square. My friend and I saw Guys restaurant and decided to give it a try....it was predictably expensive. As for the food.... it was OK...not great but just OK. I wouldnt go back to an expensive place for just OK food. I thought the interior was fine.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  49. Curt Goins

    I don't pay any attention to food critics whatsoever. I like to formulate my own opinions about a restaurants' fare.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  50. Stan

    If Guy said that he likes a dish, but does not in reality, or if the chef demonstrates a dish, but does not offer it to his guests, then there is room for criticism. We should not criticize him just because of his personality. He is over the top, loud; a lot of us are super low key and quiet. But neither one is better. He is just in the public specter, we are quietly living our days (me in a loft in downtown Los Angeles.) He did visit the Nickel Diner on Main, which was pretty cool. Bon Appetit.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
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