Wherefore Stars?

Wells: star arbiter.
Wells: star arbiter. Photo: New York Times

“If you hope [stars on reviews] are going to organize the entire New York City restaurant scene into an objective and verifiable hierarchy of good, better and best, you’re going to find that the reviews are a weekly exercise in frustration. (A corollary: If you read the reviews believing that all restaurants with a given number of stars are meant to be equally good, you’re going to lose your mind.)” — Yeah, Pete Wells, we confess we’ve been there recently. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]