Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Secession, David Bouley's Italian smorgasbord re-do of Danube. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 5-1 ??In the spirit of full disclosure this week, we have the inside track on Secession: turns out it's terrible. And even if that doesn't play, it should be noted that the critics, save for an off-her-game RG and a non-anon Cuozzo, hated the place. The Platt dropped a goose egg on it, for example. What's more, the food blogger set, usually chomping at the bit to fellate a guy like Bouley on a new venture, haven't exactly rallied behind the place. As it relates to Frankie Boom Boom, the clumsily nature of the makeover and a scatter-shot menu at prices greater than bargain basement are going to leave a mark. The only dilemma bettors face this week is between one and zero stars. It's true that Brunz hasn't been shy with the goose bags of late, and if he's shown us anything in the last several weeks, it's that value plays in this economy. On the other hand, it's David Bouley, who's going to be given the benefit of the doubt if at all possible. Go time: while one star is the low risk sweet spot, we like 5-1 on a big fat nada. Look for a good show either way, for this is a very serious chef far far from his best.
One Star: 3-1
Two Stars: 6-1
Three Stars: 60-1
Four Stars: 20,000-1
· Sesession [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.