OK, I know I'll probably hit a nerve with a few but I just gotta say... "Does Michael Bauer like any place?"
Every place gets 2.5 stars or maybe 3 if you're Jardinaire or Masa's but c'mon, if you're dropping $200+ for a couple on dinner, it better be stellar.
His whole attitude towards the restaurant scene is condescending and snide and, god forbid if your restauarant doesn't have white tablecloths and sterling flatware with Reidel water glasses filled with Evian - you WILL get dinged for that too.
I'm just tired and bored with his column. After so many reviews of how wonderful the same 3 or 4 restaurants are (ooooh, the new sous chef skillfully used black sesame seeds on the tuna fritatta instead of the white ones on a prior visit...). We all know how wonderful they are but we also can't eat there every week because either our wallets are fat enough or our bellies would be!
I wish the Chronic would have the sense to run a "Midnight Cabbie" in the Food Section.
Just my opinion. Apologies to Mssr. Bauer as I'm sure this note will have caused his Krug to flatten and his beluga to become slightly warmed now.