Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar

220 W 44th St
New York NY 10036
(646) 532-4897

Just months after launching his Times Square behemoth, an ode to the personality and over-the-top flavors featured in his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, celebrity chef Guy Fieiri's first New York City restaurant gained national attention when it was reviewed by The New York Times' critic Pete Wells. In what was probably the first time since the Grand Forks Herald's Marilyn Hagerty Olive Garden review garnered similar national attention, the piece set off a media firestorm. In a review punctuated by 50 question marks, Wells called Fieri out for serving a drink that "glows like nuclear waste" and for "toasted marshmallow [that] taste[d] like fish." Many engaged in the schadenfreude you'd expect would be involved around an icon worth millions of dollars, others noted it as an example of New York snobbery, and one writer, Boston Phoenix’s Chris Faraone, even called it "probably one of the best things he’s ever read" (better than Crime and Punishment, Chris?). For his part, Fieri who'd previously noted he didn't care what critics wrote, did go on television to defend himself, calling the critic out for having an agenda. For all that bravado, there were reports in the days that followed, that Fieri had removed the offensive drink, but just a few months after its opening, it's too early to tell if Wells' gambit for national attention will end with his name becoming a household one, or whether it all will just lead to Fieri's being hoisted above the marquees of more Guy's American Kitchen & Bar outposts in cities across the country. — Arthur Bovino, 11/19/2012

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M. Khalid
This restaurant is owned by Guy Fieri from the food network. Food is delicious I have been to many American rests this the real American food. An amazing experience I highly recommend it 9/10.
Niffy Spector
Go here with friends. Leave with a stomachache.
Frani Lieberman
I felt closer to my Italian roots after a plate of the guy-talian nachos- complete with pepperoni, guy's Italian sausage and flecks of sweet basil
Brendan Lewis
If you're looking to strip paint off metal, I highly recommend ordering a pitcher of sangria in a "to go" tub
Dannielle Austin
Pulled pork slyders amazing!
Scott Fioretta
Food so good it blew my mind. Out of my ass.
Sharon Sk
No tall, grande, venti at this place- donkey sauce is only served in slathers. The menu alone could be a gift book of American sadness.
Susan Rella
Appetizers and desserts were great. Drinks and main courses were crap. In unrelated news, I have diarrhea.
Alex Still
Pro tip: Smirnoff ice is a great way to get a donkey sauce stain out of your Affliction tank top.
Paull Young
The Donkey Sauce is made from REAL donkey!!!
Amandalyn Ferri
There is no cell reception in lower half of the Resturant and the free wifi blows. This place is barbaric
Anjelica T
Thought this would be funny but it's not. It's actually trying to be a real restaurant, didn't realize...
Patrick Labadie
Ask for the drink that looks like ecto cooler. Life changing.
Tim Fogarty
Go off menu, order the vegetarian chili.
Maribel Lara
Don't drink the donkey sauce through a straw.
Chris Gayomali
In the future they'll have tiny paperweight versions of this New York icon next to mini Statue of Liberties. Get the Guy-talian nachos.
Kelly Reeves
Sit in the Fender room and ask for AJ
FYI the PBR tallboys are $7. Enjoy!
Andrea Rosen
Blind item: which late night funnyman has the most incredible drink on the menu named for him?
Kelly Reeves
Our waiter is so friendly and so handsome! Everyone is so nice!!!!!!!
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