New York City is abuzz with The New York Times' latest review from Pete Wells — the undeniably harsh review of Guy Fieri's Guy's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square. Rating the restaurant "poor," Wells wrote the review in a series of questions to Fieri about the quality of food and overall experience. Some of his most pressing questions:
"Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?"
"Did you notice that the menu was an unreliable predictor of what actually came to the table?"
"What is going on at this new restaurant of yours, really? ... Or is it all an act? Is that why the kind of cooking you celebrate on television is treated with so little respect at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar?"
"Does this make it sound as if everything at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar is inedible? I didn’t say that, did I?"
Ouch. Fortunately, it seems Fieri doesn't take the critics too seriously. When Fieri spoke with The Daily Meal's Ali Rosen, he shared his thoughts about what the notoriously serious New York City critics would say of his latest venture. He said he recognized that everyone has their own opinion. "I know my track record as a chef, and record about the way I cook," Fieri said.
Noting that snark from critics "is going to happen," Fieri said he doesn't live his life in a way to keep people from saying nnasty things. "When I meet the ... 1,200 people that come through for lunch and dinner, and I see their faces and I see their reactions — that's what I'm doing it for."
Fieri described his food to Rosen as "handmade, fresh, unique, full-flavored, and 'Guy-afied.'" May not be the same opinion as Wells, but hey — everyone's got their own opinion. Check out the full video of Fieri above.