What is the deal with Michael Bauer and Erik Hopfinger? It started back at Butterfly, and then at Spoon. He gave Spoon 3 stars, top 100, and numerous mentions and photos of Hopfinger all that year. I rushed over to try Spoon and it was terrible. Fried chicken with the batter falling off into a pool of grease, macaroni and cheese that had no cheese flavor, sloppy versions of tuna poke with three different sauces zigzagging across the plate Now Hopfinger is at Cozmo's in the Marina and all of a sudden the place is magical. When I got to the part about the desserts I just laughed. "Desserts werre so beautifully plated they would have been at home in a four-star environment" COME ON! New York cheesecake with caramel sauce at ...GARY DANKO? FIFTH FLOOR? Chocolate mousse at ...AQUA? MICHAEL MINA? Creme brulee at FIFTH FLOOR? IF any of those restaurants had those desserts he would not have looked favorably upon them. Has anyone been to Cozmo's lately...because I wil not be burned by the Bauer-Hopfinger lovefest again.
P.S. Bauer also loves everything Chris Fernandez of Poggio touches, and the food at Poggio is sooo dissappointing.