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BruniBetting: Oceana

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Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Oceana, the longstanding Midtown seafood restaurant. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:

Zero Stars: 8-1
One Star: 6-1
Two Stars: 3-1 ??
Three Stars: 4-1
Four Stars: 90-1
We'll make this quick today, so as not to linger long enough for you to fall asleep. Because a Morandi-type situation this ain't. Oceana is the holder of three stars currently, awarded in 2003 by Biff Grimes. That review was the second trey an upgrade from two for the seafood restaurant, once helmed by Rick Moonen and then re-reviewed, by Grimes, when Cornelius Gallagher took over. Now we're onto chef number three, Ben Pollinger. The chef change makes way for the possibility that Muchisimo Brunisimo will maintain the status quo, but also paves the way for the much more likely scenario of a change in star count. An upgrade would get the venue to four stars, of course, so let's go ahead and put that possibility out of mind because the Bruni isn't a not-for-profit charity. The question you want to dig in on is, With an aging dining room and still-high price point, is the venue still three stars good? It's not unreasonable to bet on yes, relying especially on the kitchen's consistency, but we're going with the downgrade scenario. Eater's got the dizzeuce this week, looking for a positive but nevertheless disappointing verdict for Oceana. Bettors, take your mark.
· Oceana [NYT; after 8:00 PM]

?? denotes the Eater bet.

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