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From: [an eater]
Date: Friday, June 4, 2010
To: eater complaints dept.
Subject: Quality Slipping at Eater 38 Pick Gennaro
I have been eating at Gennaro regularly for the last 16 years. Recently (since inclusion in the New York Michelin guide), its portions have shrunk considerably and the quality has declined such that I would be reluctant to put it on your list of top restaurants.*
It used to be that two people could share one generous appetizer or salad. These days you’re lucky if you can find a single piece of translucent fennel shaving in the blood orange-fennel-olive salad, a perennial favorite on the specials menu which is now mostly red onions and a few orange slices. The octopus salad on the regular menu also used to be a sight to behold such that I would take out of town guests there just to experience it. Now it’s modest and mediocre.
You’ll see this borne out on the Yelp reviews posted since April of this year when the restaurant expanded into a neighboring storefront and the quality seemingly declined at the same time. Actually, now that I think about it, I should post this to yelp.
*Ed Note: This is as good a time as any to note that we're taking suggestions for the June update to the Eater 38. Has a place lost its edge? Are we overlooking a vital restaurant in your neighborhood? Send it to the tipline.