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Daily News v NY Times

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Daily News v NY Times

LES Resident | Mar 19, 2003 05:10 PM

It was interesting to see that the Daily News and NYT both reviewed Brassiere 360 today. The reviews couldn't have been more different. In a nutshell, the review from the News said to avoid the downstairs brassiere which was average at best and go upstairs to the sushi section which was great (the chef upstairs is formally of Jewel Bako). Grimes, however, went on and on about the French section and gave the upstairs sushi section only a few sentences. According to the News, you can find better or equal brasserie fare within the price range throughout NYC. Grimes ignored the upstairs and gave the place 2 stars ("Very good") while the News really disliked the downstairs. It's interesting to consider whether these were two reviewers with different opinions, or whether Grimes is continuing to help out his restaurant friends. When he started, Grimes was very stingy with the star rating and critical of popular restaurants. It was nice to see someone criticize expensive restaurants that put out average food. I remeber a few years ago when Drew Neporient (sp?) complained that Grimes' negative review of his new restaurant made it more difficult for the place to survive. Now, however, Grimes gives positive reviews and is no longer stingy with stars when reviewing restaurants whose food gets slammed on these boards. Does Grimes have credibility anymore, or am I just looking for excuses to bash him?

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