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Adventures in Shilling #011: Kobe Club

Yesterday, we asked for your help to get fine features such as this revved up for fall. Graciously, you responded. Thus, it's time now for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to tips@eater.com.

2007_09_kobe.jpgAn Eater tipster emails, "I was looking through NY Mag's restaurant listing looking for a steakhouse for my buddy's birthday dinner. I have heard only very bad things about Kobe Club and I looked at their listing only out of morbid curiosity. Anyway, ALL of the comments look like first class shill. Although, the comment by babbete feasts, 'Kobe is A1,' is amazingly egregious." We're inclined to agree. First up:

A Club I Want To Belong To
Well, let me tell you, I just got back from Buenos Aires in April, and I thought I would never have a better peice of meat, but I was definitely wrong. Kobe Club is hands-down the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth peice of meat you will ever have. Only one problem...it's mega-expensive! Our bill came out to $530 without alcohol but I have to say it was so worth it to me. The maitre d', Hector, was nothing short of fabulous. Our waiter was excellent. I couldn't have asked for better service. And the decor! It's so incredibly cool! Kind of like a chic S&M dungeon-like vibe with chains hanging from the dark brick walls, samurai swords perched above your heads, dark moody lighting. Very rock and roll. I loved it!
Shill probability: 78%
Yum Yum Kobe
I was not sure what to expect but got more than I had hoped for! The beef cheek ravioli was to die for, the wagyu melted in your mouth (our rating is Japanese #1, American #2, and then Australian) and the sour cream and chive whipped potatoes are the icing on the cake (the pork chop and creamed corn were both delicious as well)! I went with a few of my foodie friends to try it out and we all were truly delighted. They have been back already and I am going back this weekend! I do not think anyone could be disappointed--this place is a winner!!
Shill Probability: 92%
And then, the piece de resistance:
Kobe Club is A1
I am an avid diner, having enjoyed some of the finest restaurants in the world. I was engrossed by Gael Greene's mouthwatering rave of Kobe Club and made a reservation with four friends, who have all made the rounds of NY steakhouses. We were enthralled by the unexpected and inventive decor. We wanted everything on the menu from the double crab cakes and chewy bacon with black truffles to the lobster mashed potatoes, but the BEEF was OUT OF THIS WORLD! We have never experienced a Kobe so tender and flavorful, certainly worth every penny! I have returned to Kobe Club several times since that first encounter and have told everyone I know that I think it is the best steakhouse I have ever been to - it has made the steakhouse sexy, decadent and indulgent. I was stunned and infuriated by Adam Platt's review of Kobe Club yesterday. I fear he has either lost his palate or his mind. To give this restaurant such a hateful review and zero stars is irresponsible and an insult to the many readers of New York Magazine who have been to Kobe and loved it as much as we do.
Chodorow Probability: 100%
Seriously, dude, keep it on the blog.
· Reader Reviews of Kobe Club [New York Mag]
· Adventures in Shilling Archives [~E~]

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