Tomorrow, Sam Sifton will file on The Breslin, the new Ace Hotel restaurant from Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield that has been serving dinner for a mere month and a half.
PLAYBOOK: This is about as solid two as one can get. The Breslin is a stunner of a restaurant, with a moderate to high priced menu of hits the people of New York tend to swoon over these days (marrow, beef shin, hamburgers, etc.) from a chef who's a bit of a food world darling. But the wait, its requisite noise and scene, and the sheer heaviness of the menu can come off as aggressive to even some die hard Bloomfield followers. Two, two, two. However, if inconsistency is an issue on Sifton's visits—he was surely made every time but the place is under three months old—it could go one.
SIFT HAPPENS: Sifty won't go zero. No chance. However, there is a slight chance that he was totally blown away by the place. Bloomfield does have some tricks up her sleeves, and Siftonator seems to enjoy the occasional curve ball. If Sift Happens, he goes three.
THE LINE: Goose Egg: 50 - 1 ; One Star: 4 - 1; Two Stars: EVEN; Three Stars: 10 - 1; Four Stars: 25,000 - 1. [The Breslin Reviewed, NYT; after ~8 PM]