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Brunibetting: Charles

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Tomorrow, Frank Bruni "peers behind the papered windows" at the West Village restaurant Charles. Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:

Zero Stars: 2-1 ??
One Star: 6-1
Two Stars: 50-1
Three Stars: 500-1
Four Stars: 120,736-1
Time to get real: we will be exceedingly surprised if this restaurant gets anything other than a goose egg. Let us remind you that Charles is a restaurant that has been papered up in faux-plywood mode for the entirety of its six month existence, a place that still doesn't have a easily procured phone number. It oozes pretension and hipness for the sake of hipness, something the Brizzuni is none too fond of (NB: neither is Sietsema). The prices on both the menu and the wine list are in the lofty to outrageous range, while the food runs bad to decent.

There is a possible world in which they could get the onespot—if they made the man and consulting chef John DeLucie was actually in the kitchen. Hey, Alan Richman was won over by the glamor. But really we should be wondering if this gooser is a "Satisfactory" or a "Poor."
· Charles [NYT; after 8:00 PM]
?? denotes the Eater bet.

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