Not even the best restaurants in NYC are immune to a scathing Yelp review.
The 2013 listing of Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City was recently announced, and perhaps unsurprisingly, even these top restaurants have a few negative critiques under their belts. Complaints range from the quality of the food, to the outrageous tab, to slow and insulting service.
Even though all of these Michelin 2- and 3-star joints have a majority of stellar reviews, we did some digging for the real antagonistic gems.
It's always more fun to read the negative feedback.
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare (3 Michelin Stars): "The chef chased us down the street to expound on our 'rudeness.'"
S.S.: "We had been waiting for five months to go here and were crazy excited. A number of the canapes were quite good—but after we finished our canapes the chef asked to speak with my friend in order to tell her that we were being too loud—we have fun and laugh and have a good time—he suggested for a good time we should try a bar! This made us so uncomfortable—I love food and well prepared food more than anything it is my religion I worship food—and I could not enjoy anything after this. We stayed for uncomfortable mains with the chef always avoiding our glance and then left after dessert. Incredibly, the chef chased us down the street to expound on our "rudeness" and tell us how the place was not in fact a restaurant? We would never have returned (honestly on the weakness of the mains—despite the social shaming I really liked a number of the canapes, but nothing interested me with the mains) but he told us not to come back and crazily continued to denigrate our manners as customers (at his non-restaurant restaurant)! Listen go to momofuku ko—go to jean georges—go to 11 madison—there are so many options with ethereal food where they treat you lovingly and encourage you to have a good time."
Daniel (3 Michelin Stars): "The restaurant is ornate and stuffy. Kind of looks like a Harem."
Jaimee A.: "I am surprised at all the good reviews. I don't know anyone who had a good meal here. The restaurant is ornate and stuffy. Kind of looks like a Harem. The food is all show no go and I have eaten at some of the best places in the world.
As far as Daniel, Don't believe the hype!!!"
Eleven Madison Park (3 Michelin Stars): "I wish I had stayed home and cooked a little plain pasta."
Daniel S.: "I was expecting a sublime experience with the finest quality of restaurant food in NYC, after reading Bruni's glowing review awhile back in the Times. I went with my father, a lifelong cook with a great sense of taste. We both had identical reactions—surprised and disappointed by the lack of flavor. Everything else was terrific—the place, the staff, the feeling of being cared for generously—but real flavor was missing amid all the visual presentations. Even the little butters, cow and goat, were bland. The venison, the crab cake, even the amuse bouche left me scratching my head. Maybe it was an off night in the kitchen? Hard to believe with such a well-oiled machine. All I can say is that I wish I had stayed home and cooked a little plain pasta or thrown some chicken in the oven instead of all that rich (and expensive) colorful little food."
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