Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Bar Blanc, the latest and greatest in downtown pretense. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 5-1Bar Blanc is the newest in a long line of West Village restaurants that have opened with two star dreams. These are restaurants with a price point too high and menus too narrow to be entirely local. And without the deuce, or Harold Dieterle, things get dicey quick. Gusto, Perilla, Centro Vinoteca, for example; in 6-8 weeks Commerce will be gunning for at least two. On Bar Blanc, Platt and the RG concur that chef César Ramirez can cook two stars good. The one issue with this restaurant that makes the Bruni doser less than a sure thing is the brutally self-satisfied demeanor of the whole place. Bar Blanc believes it is better than you. Fact. If the Frank is really cranky, he'll dock them a star. But that scenario is unlikely, which leads us to this: the Eater cash is on two stars.
One Star: 4-1
Two Stars: 3-1 ??
Three Stars: 8-1
Four Stars: 25,000-1
· Bar Blanc [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.