Nearly six months after New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt gave Manhattan eatery Carbone a one-star rating, the scribe found himself at the receiving end of the owners' wrath -- by getting the boot from sister restaurant ZZ's Clam Bar.
Platt tweeted about the incident last night and seems remarkably nonplussed by the whole thing:
Platty's last dish at the enjoyable (though insanely pricey) ZZ's Clam Bar before a vy large bouncer kicks us out: pic.twitter.com/85R6dmoA6K
It's unclear what exactly went down, but Platt told NYMag that he and his companion were on their "best behavior" during their two hour visit when a stern-looking bouncer sauntered over.
"I'm sorry, but you guys are done," the bouncer said. Although Platt can't confirm it, he's fairly certain that his Carbone review was to blame for the expulsion. ZZ's Clam Bar owners Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, who also own the Italian eateries Torrisi, Carbone and sandwich shop Parm, did not respond to NYMag's request for comment.
For all the theatrics of his exit, Platt was still complimentary of the fare he sampled -- though he noted it was all wildly expensive. Given his treatment, he doubts he'll return.
Other food writers have since chimed in about Platt's experience. Here are a few reactions:
— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) October 17, 2013
Ugh. Critics getting bounced (even though Dolinsky isn't a critic) isn't good, if they are behaving. Chef Overreach. http://t.co/EuIABoBglQ
— Anthony Todd (@FoodieAnthony) October 17, 2013
— ryan sutton (@qualityrye) October 17, 2013
— Emily Fleischaker (@emofly) October 17, 2013
— Real Carly Fisher (@carlyafisher) October 17, 2013
At least Platt got a free meal out the whole debacle. And ZZ's Clam Bar got a bit of press.