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Mar 8, 2012 07:20 AM

Anyone besides me thinks Pete Wells is a joke?

He is the worst restaurant/food writer ever, an embarrassment to the NYT. Bring back Sifton, or anyone else! He makes everything seem so boring, I am turned off to every place he reviews..

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  1. You're not the only one. He is terrible and has totally destroyed the NYT star system by giving 1 star to Shake Shake which he obviously dislikes and 3 stars to Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria which is absolutely not 3-star material. He is also terribly biased against fine dining establishments (Jungsik, for example, is clearly 3 stars, not 2 for people who have dined there) and likes to make disparaging remarks about non-western culinary cultures (he called Korean cusine unrefined and Chinese cuisine bland).

    This guy is not to be taken seriously, what a joke.

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      "....likes to make disparaging remarks about non-western culinary cultures..."

      Yes, his review of Jung Sik was so patronizing.

    2. Worst ever? Oh, come now, there's too much competition for that title.

      But I think the destruction of the star system may well be deliberate. I know, uh, let's just say several restaurant critics, and all of them despise the star (or fork or whatever) system. The whole thing is too subtle to define just what differentiates a 3-star from a 4-star, or, worse, a 3 1/2- from a 4-. I generally don't look at star ratings until after I've read the text of a review piece, and it's amazing how often the two don't jibe.

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      1. re: lemons

        It's not only the ratings, but as cheeryvisage says, it's his choices that are so awful -- and not only that, his writing is so unimaginative. How could the Times have chosen such a boringly leaden writer to speak for them about something so creative as cooking?? The place he reviewed yesterday, my god, what was that about? I think Pizza Hut may be next up..

        1. re: alfresca

          At least he's not writing about his kid.....................

          1. re: EricMM

            Oh, but he did . . Kid asked for grilled cheese at Shake Shack . .

      2. Still waiting to be impressed. A 4 star re-review of Le Bern? No surprise there. AND, a re-review of Hill Country? I'm not convinced Hill Country needed an update. Plus, 2 stars? Pffffft.