Oh mama. Eater's Sixth Annual Shitshow Week, a festive time to focus on the great follies of the restaurant world, starts this very moment. It's an opportunity to remember that as much as New York is the stage for the very best restaurants in the world, it is also home to some of the worst. There are bad restaurants, there are mediocre restaurants, uncomfortable restaurants, sad restaurants, and then there are shitshows—restaurants that defy all logic, that are so utterly and completely off the rails that it can't be chalked up to simple ineptitude. This is the week when we celebrate these colossal dining blunders.
Every day this week, we'll throw up a review of a different potential shitshow, Deathwatch a restaurant or two, highlight some of New York's worst tables, and throw in some other fun surprises. Many of the city's best food writers and chefs will also share their gripes about the New York dining world. We're always looking for Deathwatch candidates, submissions to the Eater Complaints Dept., and worst table nominations. Please send those to the tipline.
Before things really kick into high gear, it's time to take make room in the hospice and take some restaurants off the Deathwatch list.
Now that Bigoli and Dans Le Noir are closed, there are currently eight restaurants on the Deathwatch list: Co-Op Food & Drink, La Mar Cebicheria, Raymi, Joanne Trattoria, Neely's Barbecue Parlor, At Vermilion, Jung Sik, and SD26.
Things appear to have stabilized at SD26, which was placed on the Deathwatch list after its tumultuous first year. It has soldiered on and avoided any big slip-ups, and it's home to one excellent pasta dish. After three years on the list, SD26 is getting moved out of the hospice.
You can easily get a table at Jung Sik in Tribeca whenever you want, but the restaurant certainly has its fans, and it acquired a Michelin star in the last year. Also, the word on the street is that the owners have deep pockets and they want to see this one through. Jung Sik is officially de-listed.
And finally, Co-Op Food & Drink has somehow managed to stay afloat in a tricky space where a few other Shitshows died quick and painful deaths. It's no destination, but Co-Op still has a heartbeat, and now it's officially off the Deathwatch.