We walked in to a fairly empty place and thought "oh no...people are seriously listening to a critic", but then decided 6:00 pm in New York was an early time for dinner. (By the time we left, the place was packed.) We were greeted by a very nice hostess and even nicer waitress. Perhaps they are all trying really hard due to the publicity they have received or just maybe they are doing their job.
I 'checked in' on Facebook where friends started to share what they had heard about the place. Again showing that we all listen to critics. But my friend and I were all about being daring and checking it out for ourselves.
I like food. Obviously. Look at the title of my blog. I eat at all kinds of places. I spend every Wednesday night at Fridays (which I'm sure Pete Wells of the NY Times would detest). Guess what? Their food was not bad. Actually, my burger was pretty darn good. My friend had pork sliders that had a great kick to them. To us, it was what it was supposed to be: bar food. Perhaps Mr. Wells thought he was dining elsewhere, but if he goes to any place in the Times Square area, surely he knows most of those are geared towards tourists.
The tourist. That industry keeps so much of Manhattan going. And honestly, I think it is unfair the prices for food in that area. Is Fieri's food overpriced for what he is serving? Yes. It is. But so is every huge place in Times Square. A bowl of soup should not be $8. An appetizer shouldn't be over $12. But anywhere you go in the radius of those blocks in Manhattan and that is what you are going to spend. (Tip to tourist: head over to 9th Ave to eat and spend less!) I took my nieces to Applebee's in Times Square last week for lunch (don't throw stones for us eating at a chain) and spent $100. Completely outrageous.
So if people want to complain about something in the food industry in Midtown Manhattan, talk about price gouging to hit tourist over the heads. They leave NY saying "it's the most expensive place to eat" when in reality, you can find really great food in the city and spend way less.
We just decided to try a bite of Guy's food to make a point. But next time, we'll spend our dollars in a more frugal way and still have a great pre-theater dinner. (And cocktails. Gregory likes to get his drink on prior to a show.)