“Everyone writes about the best experience they’ve had, or maybe even a less than stellar experience,” writes tbone. “However, we need a place to really vent and let people know about places that they should steer clear of.” Five days later, his thread is 31 replies strong. A number of heavy hitters are taking hits: Lotus of Siam—whose Thai co-owners pulled out in January—is “literally the worst meal I’ve had in the last six months,” reports Simon. jtenge goes after the John Dory Oyster Bar, whose “prices are outrageous for what they are serving,” including a “lobster chowder” with no discernable lobster meat. Even Peasant, which the New York Times’ Mark Bittman lauded in 2008, gets a takedown by Alan Henderson for “just really uncaring service, bland food and a pretty high bill at the end.”

Yowza! Is one of your standbys on the list, or do you have one to add?

Lotus of Siam [Greenwich Village]
24 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

The John Dory Oyster Bar [Midtown]
1196 Broadway (in the Ace Hotel), Manhattan

Peasant [NoLita]
194 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan

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