Skip to comments.NYT Staff Held Party at Guy Fieriís New Times Square Restaurant Prior to Scathing Review in Paper
Posted on 11/17/2012 5:54:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness.
Awkward, party of one! The most recent development in the ongoing verbal sparring between New York Times dining critic Pete Wells and TV food personality Guy Fieri has escalated the bickering to a whole new level of unseemliness.
After Fieri defended himself to the dining community at large during an interview on the Today show Thursday, a panel of experts comprised of Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Phil sounded off on Wells unrelenting review.
Dr. Phil, in particular, called Wells piece unnecessarily mean-spirited and self-serving. He also had this tidbit to add to the fray: And by the way, last night, they hosted the New York Times hosted a 160-person party at that restaurant.
Food industry site The Braiser investigated the claim and discovered that the New York Times had indeed held an event at Fieris American Kitchen and Bar on the same day that Wells review appeared.
A representative for the paper initially denied any links to the restaurant, but later confirmed that an ad sales department hosted an event for clients at the restaurant last night. The event was planned two months ago.
Wells review of the Times Square haunt has since gone viral on Twitter and the food reviewers zingers are still circulating the Internet.
Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? he wrote. The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?
When we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about? he continued.
And the now infamous: Why did the toasted marshmallow taste like fish?
Fieri, who flew into New York City the next morning to do an interview on the Today show, dismissed the review as ridiculous.
I thought it was ridiculous. That to me was so overboard, Fieri said. Were trying as hard as we can to make it right, to do it right.
Is it perfect right now? No. Are we striving for it? Yeah.
The review sounds kinda queer to me.
The NYT reviewer probably tried to make a pass at Fieri and got shot down.
Guy got even by having his son beat up the critic.
Guy is not gay. But he is a first class jerk. This I know from first hand experience (so to speak). <<<the jerk part
His NY restaurant probably relied more on Guy’s name vs really good food as a business model. Either the food will need to get better or it will go buh bye.
Either way...Guy is still going to be a rich jerk. He’ll be just fine.
So Guy is fun to watch. I like triple D. Is this the reason? Just wondering. He finds good food in Omaha, Etc...
I'll stipulate that I've stayed WELL away from Manhattan for decades.
"Guy is not gay." But is Pete Wells? Maybe he thought that Guy, pictured here, was gay, and was rebuffed?
a panel of experts comprised of Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Phil sounded off on Wells unrelenting review.
A panel of experts? Culinary experts .... no, a bunch of TV hacks.
Just because there is a famous name on it, doesn’t mean it’s a great place. Like he said himself, he doesn’t personally work there or manage it, he infrequently visits it. His prime interest is in his West Coast restaurants. They could be cooking and serving fried horse turds, with his special sauce, for all he knows. If the food is over rated, either the dim witted NYC residents will eventually cause the place to fail (even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while) or Mayor Bloomberg will find offensive food elements on his menu and close him down.
He may be a “D” based on what he might says on his show, but I’ve been to a few of his “Triple D” sights around TX and they were good. No issues. I’ve agreed with his take on the food. Wonder why the NYT is on his case? Is it because he is married with kids? I thought he would have a good relationship with the Lib press. I guess he is an “outsider”, being from CA.
I think it’s just fine having people I can’t stand watching open up restaurants serving food I’d never eat in a city I truly hate to visit.
It cuts way down on the chances that I’ll find myself in distasteful circumstances.
Plus it’s just good fun to watch flaming libs squabble with each other.
NAILED IT !!!
Ehhhhh.....it was in the New York Times. All four of their readers eat stewed prunes anyway.
Why would care about people I’ve never heard of having a cat fight over something I don’t give a flip for?
I spent a year in NYC one night.
I learned all I’ll ever need to know about the place.
Ping was purely intended as an amusing diversion.
neither was Techno Viking.
I went to that place on Broad many many months ago for lunch. Ordered fried chicken. It was overcooked - almost burnt. Never went back. Maybe I should give it a second try.
I saw Fieri’s review of a place on Highland in Memphis too and thought it looked/sounded good. I tried it for lunch a few days later and had the worst/sweetest greens I’ve ever tasted.
Love that guy.
Maybe they hte him because he dared to put “AMERICAN” in the title!!
Sorry that you had a bad experience at the Three Angel’s. I also had the fried chicken. I like my chicken cold, and was surprised that they offered it. Mine was great and I have a rep for the best FC in town.
BYW, the “Old Broad” has really been resurrected.
How bout those football Tigers yesterday?
It was nice to see the Tigers beat their rival handily in the last game the two may ever play. I am a Tennessee alumnus, so yesterday was a really dark day.