Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Few Surprises in 2009 Zagat Guide

Daily News' Bob Kappstatter and Tanyanika Samuels share the 2009 Zagat mentions with us in today's paper.

We were actually more surprised by who did not make the list this year after being featured last year. Firstly, the hugely popular Bruckner Bar & Grill failed to get one of the coveted Zagat listings for 2009. Wonder what happened there... Has anyone noticed any change in service/ownership/food quality there?

The second snub which surprised us was Willie's Steak House on Westchester Avenue. BoogieDowner contributor Simone Davis actually recently did a review of Willie's and raved about it. Any idea from long-time Willie's devotees as to why they'd not get a mention this year?

Not hugely surprising was Roberto Paciullo's latest hot spot, Zero Otto Nove, getting a nice write-up. BoogieDowner actually doesn't understand all the buzz around this place... the food is good, but the cavernous and sort of loud atmosphere reminds us of a kitschy Long Island restaurant. Plus, it also kind of comes off as a spot created specifically as a back-up for all us commoners who don't feel like waiting 2 hours next to a gaggle rich old ladies from Connecticut for a table at the original Roberto's around the block.

Your thoughts on the Zagat findings?

*Photo of Roberto Paciullo outside of Zero Otto Nove courtesy of Bob Kappstatter/Daily News*


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