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BruniBetting: Vong/Mercer Kitchen

Tomorrow, John Berman Frank Bruni will deliver a two-fer, with a Mercer Kitchen/Vong combination review. Today, the Eater oddsmakers, working overtime, have set the action as follows:

TOTAL STARS
Zero Stars: 20,000-1
One Star: 15,000-1
Two Stars: 200-1
Three Stars: 4-1
Four Stars: 3-1
Five Star: 5-1
Six Stars: 3,000-1
Seven Star: 39,000-1
Eight Stars: 50,000-1

MERCER KITCHEN
Zero Stars: 5,000-1
One Star: 3-1
Two Stars: 2-1
Three Stars: 15-1
Four Stars: 25,000-1

VONG
Zero Stars: 5,000-1
One Star: 5-1
Two Stars: 3-1
Three Stars: 3-2
Four Stars: 6,000-1

Mercer received two stars from Reichl in 1998 and Vong, the wild card of the two, claimed three from Bryan Miller (circa 1993). Other factors include Bruni's JGV fetish, JGV's quality control prowess and, on the other hand, the fact that both venues have long ceased to be trailblazing. Plus, there is the update factor, but the long time since these restaurants have been reviewed may mitigate that. The most sensible bet is on three total stars -- two for the very solid Mercer, one for a neglected Vong. However, many will find this an extremely hard bet to place and for good reason, which is why the low odds are on two-and-two. Eater is taking four stars; two for Mercer, two for Vong, despite how absolutely boring that will be and the very legitimate possibility that Vong gets one or three BruniTwoStars stars.
· Mercer Kitchen/Vong [NYT; after 9:30 PM]

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