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Most Polarizing Resturant

princeofpork Aug 9, 2007 07:12 AM

After being a participant on this board for about 2 years the is one thing you can always count on and thats differing opinions. However, I do not think there is a single eatery in all of NYC that is more polarizing than Shake Shack. "Its the best burger I ever had" or "One step above McDonald's"
Can you think of any other eatery in NYC that has a greater range of opinions.

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    1. DarthEater Aug 11, 2007 08:44 AM

      Saigon Banh Mi.
      Sushi Yasuda.

      The Best. Period.

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        Blumie Aug 10, 2007 07:13 PM


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          DoctortedNYC Aug 10, 2007 09:07 PM

          Bar Americaine
          Strip House
          Spice Market
          Del Posto

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          KTinNYC Aug 10, 2007 06:39 PM

          Mesa Grill. There is a recent thread singing the praises of this place but I and lots of others think the Mesa is one step up from TGIF's

          1. NAtiveNewYorker Aug 10, 2007 04:57 PM

            Red Eye Grill. I love it. Great variety on the menu, nice interior, great location, and delicious food.

            Many HATE it. ("Too touristy", etc.)

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            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
              cimui Aug 10, 2007 04:59 PM

              I like it, too. =)

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              alc Aug 9, 2007 03:59 PM

              Rosa Mexicano.

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                jdream Aug 9, 2007 12:19 PM

                Thought this might be an appropriate link...


                1. jza1218 Aug 9, 2007 10:32 AM

                  I'm going to have to second Shake Shack.

                  I think that there is mixed feelings on Blue Smoke as well

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                  1. re: jza1218
                    princeofpork Aug 9, 2007 11:09 AM

                    I make better pulled pork than blue smoke

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                    cimui Aug 9, 2007 09:39 AM

                    WD 50. Hands down. And maybe Per Se would come in a close second.

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                      princeofpork Aug 9, 2007 09:45 AM

                      I have never read a bad review of Per Se on this board. Do they exist?

                      1. re: princeofpork
                        cimui Aug 9, 2007 09:51 AM

                        Yep. Loads of disappointed diners, here. I don't think anyone thinks the food is really terrible, but certainly many of us don't think it lives up to the hype or the price tag. I think there are French restaurants in the city that are as good if not better--and far less expensive.

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                          cimui Aug 9, 2007 09:53 AM

                          Here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348099



                          ... just to list a few.

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                            kobetobiko Aug 9, 2007 10:43 AM

                            While I think there are disappointed diners from Per Se, I think they are mostly not happy due to the high price relatively to what they got. I don't think I really anyone saying that the food was bad at Per Se. It was usually about not impressive and most often "not worth the price". I can completely understand that reaction as most people went to Per Se with such high expectation, so it would be hard to "wow" people above the "wow" that they expected.

                            Other more controversial fine-dining restaurants I recall are Bouley and Le Bernardin. And Craft as vvvindaloo mentioned above.

                            For the casual dining places, I remember Otto (mostly about service and mediocre pizza), Norma's brunch, Balthazar, Pastis, Mesa Grill and may be Falai (less mentioned but very mixed reviews)

                      2. re: cimui
                        a_and_w Aug 10, 2007 02:56 PM

                        Definitely WD-50.

                      3. erin07nyc Aug 9, 2007 09:01 AM

                        Babbo has more haters here than I'd expect...

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                          vvvindaloo Aug 9, 2007 09:08 AM

                          Really? My impression is that Babbo is one of the most consistently praised restaurants on the Manhattan board, aside from a few people who have struck me more as "Batali haters" than dissatisfied Babbo customers. I do agree, though, that Babbo gets a lot of discussion here, and people have very strong opinions (positive and negative) on Batali (he may be the most-mentioned chef on here!)

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                            erin07nyc Aug 9, 2007 09:10 AM

                            I think it's the hype that creates the disappointing experiences.

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                              vvvindaloo Aug 9, 2007 09:14 AM

                              I am sure that hype is a big part of it-- I know that I would expect unflawed greatness from a restaurant that is so infamously difficult to get a table at, and with a chef so enviably successful and prominent.

                          2. re: erin07nyc
                            smokedgouda Aug 9, 2007 12:22 PM

                            I wouldn't say Babbo, I would say Del Posto. People seem to love it or hate it. The hate is often linked to the prices, naturally.

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                              BaconBits Aug 11, 2007 08:14 PM

                              Add Otto to the list of Batali's most polarizing restaurants.

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                                merrymc Aug 12, 2007 09:29 PM

                                Including within the menu. Posters will rave about the gelato as being the best ever while simulatneously trashing the pizza as being worse than anything bought at a tourist trap deli in Times Square. (well, almost).

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                                  ohny Aug 13, 2007 11:44 AM

                                  I'll add another vote for Otto being polarized.

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                            randumbposter Aug 9, 2007 08:58 AM

                            momofuku. I personally hate their ramen (if you could call it that. That japanese sounding name is misleading too) and find their pork sandwiches tasty but not mindblowingly tasty, while others scream its the best place to eat in the city.

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                              Blumie Aug 9, 2007 08:42 AM

                              All discussions of burgers, pizza and bbq seem particularly polarizing. Union Sq Cafe recently has generated quite a difference of opinions.

                              1. vvvindaloo Aug 9, 2007 07:27 AM

                                I've seen some pretty polar opposite reactions to Peter Luger's (I'm a fan), Craft (definitely not a fan), Bubby's (I've had very good and very bad experiences there) and Jackson Hole's burgers (I don't understand why some people hate it so much).

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                                1. re: vvvindaloo
                                  ESNY Aug 9, 2007 08:39 AM

                                  I hate Jackson Hole because the burgers taste like steamed ground beef that is piled on a bun. More like a sloppy joe without seasoning and sauce than a burger. Not the way a burger should taste.

                                  I think the most polarizing is Una Pizzeria Neapolitano. Some people absolutely love it and others think they get better pizza at Famous Rays at a 1/10th of the cost.

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