November 15, 2012 02:30 PM by Donna W. Martin
Former winner of The Next Food Network Star, Guy Fieri’s Time Square restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar took a beating from food critics. Take the jump to see what they had to say.
According to the New York Times, Pete Wells rates the “500 seat, three-level, three bar, chaotic mess of a restaurant as poor.” Then he launches into a rant asking Fieri probing questions about his restaurant. Such as, “Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex? When you saw the burger described as “Guy’s Pat LaFrieda custom blend, all-natural Creekstone Farm Black Angus beef patty, LTOP (lettuce, tomato, onion + pickle), SMC (super-melty-cheese) and a slathering of Donkey Sauce on garlic-buttered brioche,” did your mind touch the void for a minute?”
Wells didn’t stop there. He continued his rant asking, “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?” And “Hey, 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?”
But Wells wasn’t the only one who had a less than favorable review of Fieri’s new restaurant. “The Guy’s American Kitchen waitress studied the half-chewed pork, slaw, salmon, mashed potatoes and maybe moon rocks we’d left on our plates. I wouldn’t feed the mess to a cat — the end-product of our struggle to extract edible elements from heaps of sugar and sludge masquerading as normal food,” Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post said.
Nick Greene of the Village Voice added, “Be it from the Donkey sauce, grease, Whiz-like cheese, or the oily spawn of this unholy orgy, my burger came out sopping wet. It isn’t horrible, though, and in a way reminds me of a Shake Shack burger. I don’t particularly care for the Donkey sauce, identifying me, in Guy’s words, as an ass (but you already know this).”
Those were some pretty stout comments, weren’t they? Have you had an opportunity to eat at Fieri’s new restaurant? If so, do you agree with the opinions of the people quoted above? Post a comment below and tell us what you think?
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