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The Well Recognized Critic

Word comes this morning in NY that a well-recognized blogger, "Restaurant Girl", will now be the official food critic for the NY Daily News. RG, real name Danyelle Freeman, even has her photo on her website. Do you think that this will taint the objectivity of her reviews? Interested to hear chowhounders weigh in....

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  1. Yeah, I think you will need to take her reviews of the service specifically with a grain of salt since she will be known. Her review of the food though, may be inconsistent because some places will pay special attention while others won't. I wonder if she will tell us if she gets comped or get special treatment?

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        It is -- she had a bit part on The Sopranos as one of Meadow's friends.

        1. re: mcgeary

          Does anyone take the Daily News's restaurant reviews seriously?

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            not really sure that's the point, though. regardless of whether the restaurant world lives and dies by the articles in the Daily News. I think the larger issue is whether or not a restaurant critic can deliver any sort of meaningful review if they are not 100% anonymous.

            1. re: food10011

              i believe her take is that she will also offer some in-depth "insider" knowledge that she will probably get from being recognized. like, perhaps the chef will take time to explain to how the meal was made, where the meat is from, that sorta thing.

              i never even knew daily news had restaurant reviews in the first place, but then again - the last time i read the daily news was in elementary school when we had to do newspaper clippings for our current events homework.

      2. Don't most restaurants figure out what a given restaurant critic looks like pretty soon anyway? It seems unavoidable unless you're going to wear elaborate disguises.

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        1. re: BostonCookieMonster

          Of course most restaurants in the city know what Frank Bruni and Adam Platt look like, but the facade of not knowing who they are remains. The truth is that the "everyday diner" will never have the same experience at a restaurant as a critic.

          1. re: food10011

            Most restaurant critics are much lower-profile than Frank Bruni and successfully dine anonymously.

            Even the most well-known critic will be anonymous when eating at many humbler establishments.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Michael Bauer is far from low-profile, and his picture is purportedly in every restaurant kitchen in San Francisco. Although he may not be recognized in humbler establishments, since he doesn't review them, that wouldn't "count." I'm sure Bauer is recognized in every restaurant he's likely to review.

              His attitude is somewhat laissez faire -- on his blog he acknowledges that he's sometimes recognized, but he doesn't seem to take any but the most cursory steps to avoid being recognized (he uses his friends' names to make reservations, but those names are also well-known in local restaurant circles).

              Because it can't be said too often, here's a link to the award-winning "Eating in Michael Bauer's Town": http://web.archive.org/web/2003061805...

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Bauer's clearly not *always* recognized, since sometimes he reports on things that wouldn't have happened if he had been.

                If he weren't his own editor he might be feeling some pressure to take a different gig due to his lack of anonymity.

        2. i read her blog a few times and just couldn't stand it. i hope her editor has a very sharp pencil.

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