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Exclusive: Daily News Installs Restaurant Girl as New Restaurant Critic

Starting a week from tomorrow, Tuesday August 21st, Danyelle Freeman (right), aka Restaurant Girl, will take over as restaurant critic for the New York Daily News. Her reviews will run weekly on Tuesdays and use a zero-to-four-star ratings scale. The RG replaces, more or less, Pascale Le Draoulec.

We'll award bonus points to the Daily News for attempting to revive their food section with a fresh accessible voice, but there is the elephant in the room-size matter of of Freeman being both a restaurant critic and easily recognizable. Freeman's own take: "The point of this column is be accessible to both the reader and the restaurant," she said to us today. "I want to give chefs and restaurants their best opportunity to communicate a vision. Restaurants aren't running out to grab different ingredients or a new chef simply because you're recognizable. Besides, let's be honest, everyone knows what Frank Bruni looks like. There are photos of him in every important kitchen in NYC."

Quick backstory on Freeman: She launched Restaurant Girl, her restaurant blog, on January 30, 2006. Prior to that, she was a writer and part time actress (IMDB) and, as it turns out, once wrote a weekly column for the Daily News on fashion and trends called "Fashion Compass."

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