Guy Fieri's New York food venture gets failing grade
NYT review proves being a Food Network star doesn't guarantee restaurant success
Only a failing grade from the health department could hurt worse. The career-deciding New York Times has given a thumbs-way-down to the first Big Apple restaurant opened by Food Network star Guy Fieri.
Its review of Fieri's macho-themed Guy's American Kitchen and Bar reads as an open letter to the spikey-haired star of "Guy's Big Bite." It begins by inquiring whether he had even bothered eating at his restaurant before opening it, then gets worse from there. Its questions include “What exactly about a small salad with four or five miniature croutons makes Guy’s Famous Big Bite Caesar (a) big (b) famous or (c) Guy’s, in any meaningful sense?” Also: "When we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about?" And finally: "Is this how you roll in Flavor Town?"
Fieri came to fame by winning Season 2 of "The Next Food Network Star." In addition to "Guy's Big Bite," which has run since 2006, he has starred in a Food Network reality show called "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," a studio-audience concept called "Guy Off the Hook," and an NBC game show called "Minute to Win It," none of which were deemed successful enough to continue.
Fieri and a partner run five other restaurants -- all in California.
Shockingly, the Times review -- which published yesterday -- has yet to be posted in the "press" section of the restaurant's website.
"Guys Big Bite" airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on the Food Network.
a lot of times when i have ate places where Guy has been or said its great, has been a real let down.
either the food was horrible or the staff were slower than turtles
reality cooking shows - like reality TV - are BOGUS. most of the famous "restaunteurs/chefs" dont even hang out in their own places. food taste? with all the competitions they have on tv, does JOHN Q. PUBLIC get to taste the food? these "tv cooks" cook it, put it out there, but who tastes it? give us a chance to say "BLECK"
DDD is good, nothing wrong with greasy spoons. but i get discouraged when i hear words like 'authentic, from scratch, the best...etc.' most of these places are OUT IN THE BOONIES so i have to question the culinary intelligence of these local yokels. i have gotten to eat in some of the DDD... they are good but not memorable.