Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Eighty One, Ed Brown's new American restaurant on the Upper West Side. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 10-1To date, Eighty One has racked up three stars from Cuozzo, two from Platt, two from the RG and another four-of-six from Randall Lane. The consensus is that the food is very good, with the critics docking the restaurant a varied number of stars due to grotesque prices and incredibly pretentious menu copy. These things—value and sass—will factor in this week. But so will the food, the just-three-starred Dovetail, by way of comparison, and the Bruni's particular affinity for restaurants in his own neighborhood, the Upper West Side. This isn't the kind of three-star sure thing that Ko was last week, but the three-pack does seem to be the right call. Take the deuce if you think the prices are just too high; take the one star action if you think prices plus the "Tasting Collection" was just too absurd a proposition for Frankster to bear. We're betting on the three stars and looking for a read that could have just as easily corresponded to two.
One Star: 5-1
Two Stars: 4-1
Three Stars: 5-1 ??
Four Stars: 12-1
· Eighty One [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.