12-Year-Old Publishes New York Food Guide

His favorite restaurant is Chinatown Brasserie and he loves pork buns

David Pines

While New York Magazine has a ridiculous feature on insufferable young adult foodies, the New York Daily News brings us another young foodie of the middle-school scene.

David Pines, 12, has decided to publish a guide to the New York City dining scene, titled "Pines Picks: A Kid’s Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink in New York City."

His author bio claims that "David Pines is not a child appeased by a little salt, sugar and grease," saying Pines, of precocious palate, can discern the "spicy, sweet, crisp, tender or buttery attributes of foods from popovers to squid ink pasta."

As for why a sixth grader's palate is more dependable than adult critics like Pete Wells, Pines argues that "Adults make too many judgments based on the appearance of the restaurants... They get mad because the glasses weren’t all there when they walked in. I’m like, who cares? How did the food taste?"

But of course, he still complains about service like the adults. "I hate it when they sit us in the back room upstairs with all the other families with crying babies," he says. "It just shows that they don’t even care. And the service is always worse."

Restaurants these days. Next up for Pines may be a guidebook focusing on themed restaurants. We wonder what his thoughts are on fake doughnuts.