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In Twitter Fallout Over Pete Wells’ Downgraded Daniel Review, It’s Industry Vs. Everyone Else

Using the bully pulpit to demote a highly-regarded restaurant is one thing, but, as the fallout from Pete Wells’s review of Daniel Boulud’s flagship proves, demoting a restaurant because of service inequalities lights all sorts of fires under many asses.

For readers and casual diners, Wells’s review championed their expectations of receiving top-flight service no matter their background, while the industry wondered why Wells hadn’t recognized the (inevitable) demise of his own anonymity. After all, they argued, restaurants do provide better service to VIPs, like it or not, and the powerful restaurant critic from the Times is the ultimate VIP. As chef and forager Jeffrey Stoneberger aptly put it, “When every captain & GM in the city give[s] out your picture as part of their training, anonymity is impossible.”

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