Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Bar Milano, Jason Denton's post-Lupa Ital in Murray Hill. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:
Zero Stars: 4-1With Lupa still relegated to the lower ranks of $25 and Under, Denton ran the show for Molto Mario and Joe Bastianich there, Bar Milano will be Denton's first restaurant to get the full once-over from the Bruni. Two stars is the lower limit aim, certainly, with three being what dude's probably hoping for at his most optimistic Me Time moments. Now, to the reality of the situation, the restaurant has gotten decidedly tepid reviews thus far, with RG's trey and Paul Adams' rant being the respective high and low marks. While the restaurant is not in any danger of getting run over by the zilch train, one star is in play; in fact, one star is probably the most likely scenario, the menu, previous reviews, neighborhood and current Bruni mood considered. However, our end of the day thinking here is that the Bruni's personal affinity for Lupa is going to get Denton the benefit of the doubt and push what is currently a one star restaurant into the deuce realm based on potential. Thusly and ergo, Eater's got a hundie on two stars at 3-1. Bettors take your mark.
One Star: 3-2
Two Stars: 3-1 ??
Three Stars: 50-1
Four Stars: 10,000-1
· Bar Milano [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.