It's time 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been an incredibly shilly week, and we've got suspicious reviews from our comments, other blogs' comments, Citysearch, Savory Cities, and elsewhere. They think that because the foodie community has been partying so much at awards shows and at foodie events in Aspen they can sneak one by us. Not happening.
Midtown Lunch lets us in on some suspected shilling on a fro-yo post of theirs. The following two comments come from the same IP address: "I think that Printon 56 and Froguurt is amazing" and "I eat at Printon 56 everyday and love it. The brand is called FROGURT notfroyo. Try the coffee it is great."
Shill Probability: 46%
There are two scenarios with the following suspicious Sheridan Square reviews: either someone liked their meal so much they decided to post duplicate reviews on both Citysearch and Savory Cities, or this is a skilled shiller. Here's the review, found more or less verbatim on both sites: "found this place to be dining experience that far exceeded my expectations. The service was first rate and the staff paid attenton to all the little details that made for a great dining experience. The food was amazing, I highly recommend the foi grois ravioli for an appetizer, as well as the zucchini flower stuffed with crab meat. I had the veal, and my wife the Halibut, both were presented perfectly, and tasty as hell. The desserts were just so fresh and original that the place reminded me a little of Danube, but half the price."
Shill Probability: 57%
We have this suspected shill for the new Panca, once Pardo's, over on 7th Ave South: "i tried the food at Panca last night, and it was delicious!! The ceviches were the best i've had in NYC. They also had a yummy dish called causa marina, made of peruvian yellow potato stuffed with crabmeat, shrimps, etc. Their grilled octopus was tender and tasty. And all these dishes can come in very affordable and generous tapa portions. Their entrees were also very tasty. I'm going back for sure to try the rest of the dishes!"
Shill Probability: 68%
A reader writes in to point out a shill for the East Village restaurant Buenos Aires noting that two of the three reviews on Savory Cities are from first-timers, and both describe the place as an "A Plus": "the sweetbread is delicious and the blood sausage is excellent I recomend this place to everyone who wants to eat authentic argentinean food.. Great atmosphere great service great food. This place gets an A+ from me."
Shill Probability: 89%
This one is a no question shill, and while it's not for a restaurant, we find it so offensive that someone left it in Eater comments twice that we had to mention it: "speaking of celeb chefs...a friend told me that Katie Lee Joel is going to be at the Yigal Azrouel boutique in Waterhill this saturday from 1pm to 3pm -- its a book signing for her new cookbook 'The Comfort Table'. And I hear that there are going to be complimentary specility cocktails being served!"
Shill Probability: 100%