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A 15-Gun Execution With Jay Rayner’s Epic Hotel Restaurant Takedown

London critic is not a fan of street food ‘concept’
Feb 10, 2014 12:00 pm

We have not dined at Lanes of London, located in the Marriott near the Marble Arch tube station. So we have no way of commenting on the cooking firsthand. But we’ll take the critic's word that this is one concept (that word!) in need of an overhaul. With that, here is Jay Rayner’s 12-gun execution.

NY Post Restaurant Critic Is Angry About Oxtails, No Bread, Counters, $135 Steaks

And like 24 others things
Dec 31, 2013 2:00 pm

We love longtime New York Post restaurant critic and noted curmudgeon. We love you Steve Cuozzo. You typically have good taste and take your job seriously — slogging through the good, bad and insanely over-priced to tell us where we should be dining out.

Jiro Disciple Dreamed Of The Perfect Egg Custard. Now, He Has Four Stars.

Why the NY Times review of Sushi Nakazawa matters
Dec 11, 2013 3:00 pm

New York City’s ongoing sushi transformation was officially validated yesterday, as Pete Wells of The New York Times awarded newcomer Sushi Nakazawa four stars (out of a possible four). The review marks the first four-star praise from the acting critic, and only the sixth restaurant in NYC to currently hold this highest grade. No small feat for the small and unassuming West Village shop. Here's why it's important.

Why Do People Love Negative Restaurant Reviews So Much?

About the public’s "blood lust" for zero stars
Oct 24, 2012 12:02 pm

This morning The New York Times published a relatively negative takedown of Midtown relic 21 Club. It poses the question: why do people look forward to the dark thrill of a public execution on days when there are no stars attached?

Time Out Chicago Critic David Tamarkin Finally Finds Perfection

At The Lobby, it came down to the chicken for two
Oct 10, 2012 5:01 pm

It was only recently that Time Out Chicago critic David Tamarkin found perfection, awarding his first perfect five-star review to The Lobby in the Peninsula Hotel. We asked him what it feels like to find perfection. And about the chicken that blew his mind.

Book Review: 'The Man Who Changed The Way We Eat'

Craig Claiborne was America's first food critic
May 29, 2012 9:02 am

Familiar with Juia Child and Jacques Pepin? Then you should know Craig Clairborne. Find out why he's still influencing our culinary habits today after the jump.

Sam Sifton's Secret Identities

Envisioning the critic's alter-egos
Oct 18, 2011 6:12 pm

Sam Sifton's final article as the New York Times restaurant critic was, as always, terrifically written, informative and fun. But there was something strange in the photo that appeared above the article on the New York Times home page Tuesday in advance of Wednesday's print edition.

Top Five Greatest Melodramatic Sign-Offs

Where does critic Sam Sifton's farewell rate?
Oct 13, 2011 3:01 pm
Sam Sifton

This week, New York Times food critic Sam Sifton went out with a bang. There had been much conjecture about what his last column might be, and, indeed, he did not disappoint with prose sometimes worthy of an eggplant; a four-star review, anointing Per Se as “the best restaurant in New York City.”

Sifton, who is moving up to head the National desk...

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