Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Chop Suey, the Pelaccio-crusted Asian restaurant recently opened in the Times Square Renaissance Hotel. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 4-1First, the Zak Pelaccio CV: one star by way of an early Bruni review at Five Ninth (back from when it was a Pelaccio restaurant); a nice $25 and Under job from Meehan for Fatty Crab; and an all out rave from Eric Asimov for Pelaccio's solo debut, Chickenbone Cafe. All of this to say that as a general matter the Zak-O-Matic not only understands the idea of good food, but also critic-friendly good food. The other thing to consider here is that Chop Suey's digs, a midtown hotel, make it an easy pass, even with its celebrity consulting chef, unless there's something to be said about it. Could be a deuce; could be freight train zilcher with special attention paid to the absurd "consulting" status awarded to both Pelaccio and his dessert chef crony Will Golfarb, also associated with Chop Suey; but, we're betting on one star, looking for the Bruni to tip his hat to Pelaccio in passing, while praising executive chef Anthony Paris and putting him on the map.
One Star: 3-1 ??
Two Stars: 6-1
Three Stars: 25-1
Four Stars: 5,000-1
· Chop Suey [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.