Regarding the recent thread on Grimes' Otto review, he was interviewed on the radio last week and discussed his star system. Basically, one star means a very good neighborhood place that you might go to after a movie, a 2 star is a place you go to after the movie and spend more time talking about the food than the movie, a 3 star, you forget about the movie, and a 4 star you thank god you are eating this food at this time (and you wouldn't go to a 4 star restaurant after a movie). His explanation was something like that - I sure wasn't taking notes. He also discussed the Atelier review with some regret, noting that it is a place he definitely wants to revisit and reassess because he thinks the chef is really gifted.
So if Grimes is undependable, who are the great restaurant critics in NY??? (I still miss Mimi Sheraton's biting reviews, but that definitely dates me!)