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Anti- New York Sentiment/Response to Restaurant List

Pookipichu Mar 8, 2012 02:41 PM


This article listed a compilation of "best" restaurants in America and apparently 50% of them are NY restaurants. The backlash is intense. With people from Louisiana to North Dakota proclaiming that their town has better restaurants than NYC.

One poster suggested that the writer of the article should have dined at "Ram Horns", Chili's or Outback Steakhouse before compiling the list.

I find it interesting that people have such a visceral reaction to the list and such an anti-NY sentiment, that the top restaurants in the US couldn't possibly be in NYC, it's some undiscovered diner in Oklahoma, etc.

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    GH1618 Mar 9, 2012 08:43 AM

    I don't care where they are — it's irrelevant. I agree with the characterization: "20 restaurants you'll never dine at." I don't even aspire to dine at the two nearest me: Chez Panisse and French Laundry, beloved by local food snobs.

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    1. re: GH1618
      Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2012 09:23 AM

      Hey, now I know you live in Calif. I used to live in Berkeley too.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        GH1618 Mar 9, 2012 09:26 AM

        I think you already knew that, but forgot.

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          Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2012 09:45 AM

          I forgot, but at least now you know I lived in Berkeley. Yeah!

    2. Chemicalkinetics Mar 9, 2012 08:09 AM

      Apparently, a bunch of posts were deleted probably due to improper conducts, but I hope the moderator can let me list the top ten comments from that site, so other readers can decide for themselves if the responses are too anti-NY or not.

      Now, I am sure they are not happy about the list, but is it really "anti-NY"? Again, you guys can decide for yourselves.

      1) Lol... I wonder where the writer lives....
      2) like others have said, this should be titled 20 best places in NYC. ridiculous. each city should only be represented once to have a more diverse selection.
      3) Title should be "20 best restaurants in New York" what a joke.
      4) I live in NY and this is pretty ridiculous!
      5) This writer needs to get a new job, FAST. Preferably in NY I'd presume.
      6) Im headed for the BBQ! To hell with the rest of that overpriced baloney.
      7) New York does have some great restaurants, but c'mon, try exploring the rest of the country! I'm sure there's some great undiscovered gems in the middle of nowhere.
      8) is the person doing the review from new york?11-out of 20 really?
      9) should read "20 restaurants you'll never dine at"
      10) Guess this critic has never eaten anywhere but New York City. What a waste.

      1. Chemicalkinetics Mar 8, 2012 09:41 PM

        "I find it interesting that people have such a visceral reaction to the list and such an anti-NY sentiment"

        Just because people question the list, it does not make them automatically anti-NY. This is either illogical or it is a smearing tactic -- to discredit the person moral position as opposed his/her points.

        This reminds me those "Most Beautiful Women" list complied with 90% of white women living in USA. In response, many people protested the idea that most of the beautiful women have to be whites and living in US. Obviously, beauty is very subjective just like fine foods, and there is no real right answer. However, it is plain nonsense to try to discredit the critics as being anti-white or anti-USA. In this case, being anti-NY.

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          kengk Mar 8, 2012 03:21 PM

          Yeah, I read that list hoping against hope that one would be here in Georgia. Pretty much the only reason I have ever wanted to visit NYC was to eat. I can't even make myself go to Atlanta very often.

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          1. re: kengk
            njmarshall55 Mar 9, 2012 10:58 AM

            What? Nathan's and The Varsity hold no attraction???

          2. njmarshall55 Mar 8, 2012 03:09 PM


            Can't wait to see what they do with this list!

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