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Danyelle Freeman

  1. Relaunches
    Restaurant Girl Gets a MakeoverDanyelle Freeman’s site relaunches.
  2. Bookshelf
    How Does Lauren Shockey’s Globe-Trotting Food Book Stack Up AgainstNYC food critics Danyelle Freeman and Lauren Shockey both have books that just dropped. We did a little comparing.
  3. Video Feed
    Why Is New York’s Restaurant Girl Telling People In Philly WhereCut Restaurant Girl some slack. She’s not from here.
  4. The Other Critics
    Danyelle Freeman Out at Daily NewsThe Restaurant Girl is gone.
  5. The Other Critics
    Bruni Perplexed by Rye; Freeman and Sutton Approve of AldeaPlus Gael Greene on DBGB, Jay Cheshes on Bar Artisanal, and more, in our roundup of this week’s reviews.
  6. The Other Critics
    Bruni Considers Savoy Deeply Pleasant, Freeman and Sutton Are ‘Eh’Plus reviews of Harbour, Marea, and Brooklyn Flea, in our weekly roundup.
  7. The Other Critics
    Bruni Likes Flex Mussels’ Flavors; Inakaya IsPlus: Gael Greene on Locanda Verde, Ryan Sutton on three new pizzerias, and more in our weekly roundup of restaurant reviews.
  8. The Other Critics
    Bruni Loves Ippudo’s Ramen; Pho Sure Is a ‘Little Gem’Plus: Danyelle Freeman on Bubby’s, and Alan Richman on three pizza newcomers, in our roundup of this week’s reviews.
  9. The Other Critics
    Bruni Praises Minetta Tavern’s Meat; Table 8 Shows SkillPlus: Danyelle Freeman at Vutera, Jay Cheshes at Smith’s, and more in our weekly roundup of restaurant reviews.
  10. Mediavore
    U.S. Drops Roquefort Tariffs; KFC Denies RiotsPlus: the city’s first student-run restaurant, and the illegality of open doors, all in our morning news roundup.
  11. TV Land
    Restaurant Girl Plays an Anonymous Critic on TVDanyelle Freeman makes an appearance on ‘Chopping Block.’
  12. Beef
    Restaurant Girl Strikes BackDanyelle Freeman sends a cease-and-desist letter to her Twitter impersonator.
  13. Inside Baseball
    Will the Real Fake Restaurant Girl Please Stand Up?Life Vicarious says it isn’t behind the “real RG.”
  14. Inside Baseball
    Only in the Blogosphere, KidsRestaurant Girl’s fake Twitter calls out her real(?) Twitter.
  15. Book Shelf
    Restaurant Girl Makes GoodDanyelle Freeman, the ‘Daily News’ critic whose florid (horrid?) prose everyone loves to hate, has landed a book deal.
  16. The Other Critics
    Abbe Diaz Rats Out Restaurant Girl, Searches for Herself on CraigslistThe former ‘maître d’ to the stars’ says Danyelle Freeman’s presence sent the staff into a tizzy, at the expense of other diners.
  17. The Other Critics
    Two Stars for Perbacco’s ‘Prodigy’; A (Very) Mixed Review forPaul Adams at a sausage-fest, and restaurant girl on Convivio, in our weekly review roundup.
  18. The Other Critics
    Matsugen Racks Up Raves; Persimmon Brought Down to EarthMatusgen triumphs, Forge passes, and more, in our weekly review roundup.
  19. The Other Critics
    Scarpetta’s Three Stars; Forge on Its WayLove for Scarpetta and Forge, tut-tutting for Talay, and more, in our weekly reviews roundup.
  20. The Other Critics
    Point-Counterpoint on Hundred Acres; Two ‘Times’ Stars for SzechuanPersimmon is no Ko, Alan Richman will have you know, and other opinions conveniently found in our weekly review roundup.
  21. NewsFeed
    Three Stars for Oceana; Richman Releases His New York Burger ListScarpetta takes a hit, Oceana gets a lift, and more, in our weekly review roundup.
  22. The Other Critics
    Benoit Ekes Out One Star From Bruni; Cuozzo in Love With AlloroRichman likes Hundred Acres (Restaurant Girl, not so much), and Cheshes on Scarpetta, in our weekly review roundup.
  23. The Other Critics
    Bar Milano Scratches Out Two Stars; Cuozzo Loathes the Royalton LoungeMore abuse for Ago, and Alan Richman goes to Harlem, in our weekly review roundup.
  24. The Other Critics
    Gottino and Terroir Win One for the Wine Bars; Scarpetta Doused With ApprovalScarpetta, Gottino, and Terroir feel the love; Bar Milano, not so much.
  25. The Other Critics
    Bar Q Steals Two Stars; a Split Decision on BenoitDiffering verdicts on Benoit, the Bar Boulud review that Daniel dreamed of, and Cabrito gets hit with the “I can get better tacos on the street” card, in this week’s review roundup.
  26. The Other Critics
    Ago Gets the Bruni Bagel; Richman Sky-high on ScarpettaEverything that could go wrong did at Ago for Frank Bruni.
  27. The Other Critics
    Elettaria Comes Up Short; Bar Milano Does Too, But Somehow Gets Three StarsOne star for Akthar Nawab, Bar Milano dodges a bullet, and Eleven Madison Park just misses a fourth Bloomberg star.
  28. NewsFeed
    Dr. Z’s Food-Blogger Daughter Cops Restaurant Girl’s Sign-offJordana Zizmor (Dr. Z’s daughter!) signs her food blog off with a very familiar-sounding “Until we eat again.”
  29. The Other Critics
    Bruni Admires But Doesn’t Love the Harrison; Same for Meehan at ArtichokeA huge boost for Pomme de Terre, affirmation for the Harrison, and a skeptical take on Artichoke Pizza highlight our weekly critics roundup.
  30. The Other Critics
    Another Rave for Ko; Mixed Reviews on Bar QKo rave No. 35, San Domenico gets some rare Richman love, and Bar Milano comes up short, in our weekly critics roundup.
  31. The Other Critics
    Eighty One Earns Two Stars and a Bon Mot; the Harrison Starts Out With a RaveThe ‘Times’ lays two stars on Eighty One, the Harrison gets a rave from ‘Time Out New York,’ and Restaurant Girl didn’t have such a hot time at Ago.
  32. The Other Critics
    Three Inevitable Stars for Ko; Five Surprising Stars for Eleven MadisonKo cleans up, despite all its hardships, but that’s no surprise; Restaurant Girl’s going gaga for Eleven Madison Park at this late day, though, is.
  33. The Other Critics
    Ko’s First Non-Rave Finally Arrives; One Star for CommerceKo isn’t really all that to one critic, Benoit gets off with a bang, and Commerce takes a one-star hit from Frank Bruni this week.
  34. The Other Critics
    A Decisive Single Star for Merkato 55; Big Ups for ElettariaA middling, if forgiving, single star for Merkato 55 from the ‘Times,’ but it’s a great week for Elettaria, Eighty One, and the wine bar at Le Cirque.
  35. The Other Critics
    Mas Revisited for Two Stars; Three Takes on Mia DonaMas love for Mas from Frank Bruni, differing views of Mia Dona, and a review of Commerce that will make you lose your appetite.
  36. The Other Critics
    Merkato 55 Not Knocking Them Out; Chop Suey ChoppedMerkato 55 takes it on the chin from the Sun and Post, Bruni stops into La Sirene, a place you’ve likely never heard of, and Alan Richman wishes they would just leave him alone at South Gate.
  37. Beef
    Sietsema Brutalizes Restaurant Girl, and That’s Just Not RightRobert Sietsema had some hard words about the Restaurant Girl yesterday. It’s rare to see a critic calling out another one so publicly, which probably made the post that much more enjoyable for readers hungering for gore. Sietsema tells Metromix, “Her writing has been improving, but still she seems to take an a priori, frivolous attitude towards the material. And the fact that she did choose to be recognized is, to me, like, really horrible.” Horrible, Bob? Really? That sounds like a cheap shot to us. Freeman was already publicly known as a blogger when she got the Daily News gig, and, in fact, all the major critics are familiar to chefs and restaurateurs, as everybody in the business knows. (Sietsema’s Senegalese soup kitchens wouldn’t know him if he was on the cover of Newsweek, but that’s just his own good fortune.) As for his other charge (“I presume that part of her being non-anonymous is that she goes into a restaurant under her own name, flashes her cleavage, and they just bring her free food”), it’s ugly and ungallant, and someone his age should know better than to say it unless he knows it’s true. As far as we know, it isn’t. Q&A: Robert Sietsema [Metromix NY]
  38. The Other Critics
    Bar Boulud, Loved at Last; Cuozzo Not on the Dovetail Bandwagon“It’s a new era, and Bar Boulud belongs to it.” That’s why, even though the hot items are mostly “snoozers,” the restaurant deserves two stars. Another Zeitgeist review from Frank Bruni. [NYT] Steve Cuozzo doesn’t give out stars, but if he did, he wouldn’t be giving three to Dovetail, whose stellar critical reception he recapitulates in a forceful, acerbic review. “The Times’ Frank Bruni, who found ‘drab’ décor at Anthos a reason to deny that truly original, forward-Greek place three stars, overlooked Dovetail’s butt-ugly brown palette to exult over the likes of — holy cow! — monkfish and lobster on the same plate.” [NYP] Writing on his GQ blog, Alan Richman obliterates Brasserie Les Halles, but why? Who was thinking about it, anyway? And who thought it was good? The review seems conceived as a blow against Tony Bourdain, but it does him no harm. [GQ]
  39. The Other Critics
    Wylie Wins Respect for Molecular Gastronomy With a Third Star; Bar BouludIn a landmark for molecular gastronomy in America, the movement’s top proponent, Wylie Dufresne, gets his third star for wd-50. A historic review, especially as Frank Bruni expresses the usual reservations about overly cerebral cooking. [NYT] Bar Boulud finally gets some respect from Alan Richman, who praises its blue-ribbon charcuterie and says of its much-maligned mains, “The worst that can be said…is that the recipes are relentlessly conventional — lamb stew, roasted chicken, boudin blanc. The best is that such a style of cooking is terribly missed.” [GQ] Restaurant Girl seems to have been distinctly unimpressed with about half of the dishes she tried at Adour, resulting in a lukewarm, two-and-a-half-star review. Ducasse’s latest is not getting off to a great start. [NYDN]
  40. The Other Critics
    Bar Blanc Draws Its Deuce; Mia Dona Welcomed by RichmanFrank Bruni finds Bar Blanc fussy, mannered, overly fastidious — and very, very good. The two stars should take the sting out of his review for the place’s owners. [NYT] Related: Raising the Bar Restaurant Girl hits Williamsburg’s Zenkichi and, between the room, the food, and the sake selection, seems to have a real find on her hands. [NYDN] Randall Lane joins in the general enthusiasm for Dovetail , but now he seems unwilling to go back to his five-star-granting ways and so ends up giving them only four — the equivalent, in traditional star terms, to a two-star review, which is not what this reads as. [TONY]
  41. The Other Critics
    Another Triumph for Dovetail; Another Disappointment for Bar BouludCiting cleverness, finesse and his own “hugely positive” experiences eating there, Frank Bruni gives Dovetail three stars to go along with Adam Platt’s. [NYT] Related: This Dove Flies Poor Bar Boulud, on the other hand, continues to get pilloried. Randall Lane gives it only three stars (of six), and no doubt it would be a lot worse if not for the world-class charcuterie. [TONY] Related: Daniel Disappoints Restaurant Girl, too, got her licks in on BB, giving it two stars (of four) for Syrah-heavy sauces, unreliable service, and mishandled snails and tartare. This has got to be killing Boulud. [NYDN]
  42. Neighborhood Watch
    Bubbles in Your Vodka a Good Thing on the Upper East Side; House-MadeChinatown: A stellar Chinese dessert discovery: “[F]laky green pastries that resembled caterpillars” flavored with durian fruit “came to the table piping hot filled with a bright yellow pudding.” Find them at Chatham Square (6 Chatham Square). [Gothamist] Clinton Hill: The food at Restaurant New Orleans is good, but the entire operation seems completely haphazard. [Clinton Hill Blog] Cobble Hill: The Red Deli at 264 Clinton Street near Verandah Place opens this week with “house-made charcuterie along with grab-and-go items like fried chicken.” [TONY] Dumbo: The D Space offering an Indian buffet is actually called Marrakesh Express, and the food is worth a try. [Dumbo NYC] Nolita: This list of spots to drink up free or cheap wine includes Le Jardin Bistro, where on Monday and Tuesday nights $12 adds all-you-can drink Bordeaux to your dinner. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Upper East Side: A new sparkling vodka called Camitz is for sale at Sherry-Lehmann, Astor Wines, and, in the near future, at Morrell’s, but you can try it in a cocktail at Park Avenue Winter among a few other restaurants around town. [Strong Buzz]
  43. The Other Critics
    Praise for 2nd Avenue Deli and Dovetail; Southgate SuffersFrank Bruni can’t help but make a one-act play out of his one-star 2nd Avenue Deli review: Sholom Aleichem by way of Oscar Wilde. A classic review, even if you don’t come out of it knowing much about the food at 2nd Avenue Deli. [NYT] Reviewing on his blog, Alan Richman delivers a less colorful, but more accurate and knowing account, of the place, which is even more admiring. [GQ] Ryan Sutton isn’t impressed one bit by Southgate — he thinks it’s expensive and uninspired, broadly speaking. Not a whit of enthusiasm here. [Bloomberg]
  44. Neighborhood Watch
    Bar Carrera Getting Bigger in the East Village; Did We Mention Bar Blanc Is LikeAstoria: Tell Astorya doesn’t seem to be reopening anytime soon. [Joey in Astoria] Clinton Hill: Green Planet has opened with its shelves stocked with vitamins and drink mixes, but some still hope that actual produce could turn up. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: The sliver of a Spanish restaurant Bar Carrera is expanding into the space next door. [Eater] Midtown West: South Gate has nifty, hand-held, touch-screen wine lists, which sound similar to the bar-top ones at Adour. [Zagat] West Village: Lucky couples (or specifically, husbands) who scored a table at One If by Land this Thursday will find the food finally on par with the carriage-house setting now that Picholine alum Craig Hopson is manning the beef Wellington and adding his own dishes — like Gruyère gnocchi with wild Burgundy snails — to the menu. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Danyelle Freeman labels Bar Blanc “an ambitious restaurant in a laid-back disguise,” almost like a watering hole with restaurant-caliber cooking. [Restaurant Girl] Related: One If by Land Breaks Out a Bar Menu, and Not a Minute Too Soon
  45. The Other Critics
    Le Cirque Back in the Three-Star Club; It’s La Belle Epoque Again at Who says Frank Bruni has no heart? After demoting Le Cirque last year, Bruni restores the third star, courtesy largely to new chef Christophe Bellanca’s masterly handling of ultraluxe ingredients and, of course, the Maccioni family’s trademark feudal service. [NYT] Maybe you don’t consider the salmon at Dovetail “a religious experience,” the way Restaurant Girl does, but everyone seems to agree with Adam Platt that it’s a very fine restaurant and outrageously good for the Upper West Side. [NYDN] Related: This Dove Flies Ryan Sutton has filed the first review of Adour, and he makes it sound, at least to anachronistically minded readers, truly awesome. Did you know Adour is serving lobster thermidor? Lobster thermidor! In this day and age! Sutton is also impressed by the virtual wine list, as most other visitors have been. [Bloomberg]
  46. The Other Critics
    Mesa Grill Keeps One Star, Barely; Richman Rejuvenated by DovetailMesa Grill loses a star, but this is one of the worst one-star reviews you’ll ever read, even going so far as to compare it to gulag gourmet: “During one dinner the three slivers of chicken in the appetizer tacos were among the most shriveled, desiccated pieces of meat I’ve seen outside a bodega buffet at 3 a.m.” [NYT] Related: Salute the Gulag Gourmet Movement Now this is something cheering: Alan Richman found a tablecloth restaurant that got him genuinely excited. Dovetail’s food, he says approvingly, is “exuberant and shocking” — in a good way. [Bloomberg] Paul Adams hits Cooper Tavern, a not particularly ambitious hotel restaurant recently given a “meh” review by Frank Bruni, and likes it a little better, although the fries are “pathetically poor” and the pork chop is “hardly going to be the talk of the city’s pork chop grapevine.” We can testify that that part is true. [NYS]
  47. The Other Critics
    Chicken to the Rescue at Blue Ribbon Sushi; The Smith Hit HardThe latest Blue Ribbon Sushi gets a whopping two stars from Frank Bruni, despite its titular sushi being not that great. No, it’s the souped-up fried chicken that added a star, making this two weeks in a row that poultry has saved the day. [NYT] Paul Adams hits new East Village comfort-food zone the Smith with one of his rare bad reviews — generally, he finds the food clumsy and gross: “A main course of lamb schnitzel ($17) shows what the kitchen can do at its best: not particularly much.” Ouch! [NYS] Nor was Danyelle Freeman especially enthralled with Brasserie 44, which got one and a half stars out of four. Her recollections of its food seem highly detailed, suggesting that she didn’t leave her notebook behind. [NYDN] Related: So the Critic Left Her (?) Notes. So What?
  48. Back of the House
    So the Critic Left Her (?) Notes. So What?Though it may not be a journalistic scandal up there with the Judith Miller saga, the missing notebook found in Brasserie 44, which may or may not belong to Danyelle “Restaurant Girl” Freeman, is getting a lot of play this morning. The story: Notes were left behind at a dinner and, according to their finders, could only be those of a restaurant critic. And, since Freeman is reviewing Brasserie 44 this week, they are naturally thought to be hers. What’s the big deal? Aside from the sloppiness factor on the critic’s part, which is fun for a quick snicker, what real difference does it make to the reviewer, the reader, or the restaurateur if someone has a piece of paper that says “mushy chicken” on it? Something about Danyelle Freeman just brings out the hate, but we can’t say it’s not entertaining to watch from the sidelines. Meanwhile, it’s a good thing Adam Platt only scribbles his mordant asides on a vellum tablet, or we’d be in trouble here at New York. Which NYC Food Critic Is An Idiot? (Hint: Danyelle Freeman!) [Gawker]
  49. The Other Critics
    Barbuto Saved by a Chicken; Fiamma Comes Up ShortThe wildly uneven Barbuto earns a single star from Frank Bruni, almost entirely on the strength of a well-roasted Bell & Evans chicken. To quote Winston Churchill, “Some chicken!” [NYT] Alan Richman was appalled by how small the portions were at Grayz, how much they cost, and how shady most of them were, except for the magnificent, world-beating short rib: “In complexity and satisfaction, this dish reminded me most of the Gray Kunz of Lespinasse, the chef we miss so much.” [Bloomberg] Randall Lane gets that Fiamma’s Fabio Trachocchi is cooking in a grand, Continental style and doesn’t hold that against him, but the food is too rich and the service too sloppy to give him the five or six stars the place would have liked And so they have to settle for four. [TONY]
  50. The Other Critics
    One Star Seals the Deal for Irving Mill; Ilili Surprises in a Good WayThe story on Irving Mill was written before Frank Bruni delivered the coup de grâce — an ambivalent one-star review that pointed out the restaurant’s odd inconsistencies. At this point, a one star was probably a best-case scenario for the place. [NYT] Speaking of best-case scenarios, we bet that Gordon Ramsay had higher hopes for Bruni’s rereview of his big restaurant than the one that runs in Dining Briefs. Bruni finds Gordon Ramsay at the London still excellent but boring, and Peter Meehan isn’t too crazy about Bun. [NYT] We heard that Ilili was a disaster, with bad service and worse food. So did Paul Adams, who was surprised to find that the word on the street was dead wrong. Adams even calls the food was “far, far better than it needs to be.” [NYS]
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