It's time for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to email@example.com.
Our shill radar detected some fishy reviews of Mercado on Kent, The Mussel Pot, The Commons, and Print. Time to check out the shills:
I have been to eat at Mercado on Kent a number of times as I find it a fun, relaxing atmosphere with inventive, flavorful food that keeps me coming back until I eat the entire menu. The staff is friendly, the vibe is good and Chef Mikel turns out delicious food that is also beautiful. Don't miss the octopus brochettes, the Mtica fried cheese, the roasted veggies are a must. I loved the Pork Belly and the bravas oh and the Iberico , OMG.Shill Probability: 87%
Here, from a post about under the radar brunches comes a shill for Print:
have you heard about that spot Print in the INK 48 hotel? Its got amazing food and maple bacon sticky buns. Tell me its applewood smoked and i am there!
Shill Probability: 96%
The Mussel Pot has been around for almost a year, but there has been a suspicious surge in five star reviews from first time reviewers on Citysearch recently. Give this one a read:
We went here the other day and ordered their Louisiana (andouille sausage, baby shrimp, crawfish tails, gumbo sauce, scallion). This dish is very mouth-watering and appetizing. It’s nicely-prepared and was served while it was still hot. I also can’t resist trying the Nutella Flan dessert with a traditional flan with a chocolate twist, topped with fresh whipped cream, roasted almonds. It’s very delightful. I love going back here at the Mussel Pot not only because of their excellent food but also because of their ambiance as well. They have very tidy and elegant surroundings with a fanciful ambiance.
Shill Probability: 97%
A few weeks ago, Eater asked its readers "Who Makes New York's Best Sandwiches?" and the shills came out of the woodwork for The Commons (on 7th Avenue between 17th and 18th streets, in case you were wondering). This over the top comment just about sums it up:
The Commons Chelsea is the most unbelievable sandwich place that I have ever encountered. Even calling the heaven-sent manna that they serve 'sandwiches' is to add a touch of the depressingly quotidian to the wondrousness of what they serve. The chicken and pork - as mentioned already by others - are out of this world. Literally. I really believe that these are chickens and pigs raised in another realm or dimension, the flavor is really THAT GOOD. And the bread. Oh my god. It has all the usual elements: flour, yeast, water - but this is flour, yeast and water unlike any you will find anywhere in this city, this state or this country. Really - you would have to go to somewhere like Mexico or Canada to find bread like that. Even calling it bread seems just completely wrong. The bread here is like pillows of unctuousness, in a beautiful crust. And apart from the carbs and the protein - the place is amazing, the people are beautiful, the prices are keen, the music is awesome. Don't just go for a sandwich. Stay for life!
Shill Probability: 100%
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