Pete Wells likes Bowery blockbuster Cherche Midi enough to give it two stars, but that doesn't mean that he's a card carrying member of the Keith McNally Fanclub. To prepare for his review, Wells visited a handful of McNally's sister restaurants including Balthazar and Schiller's. Of the latter he writes: "The short-rib patty melt was the only good dish on a table full of disappointments at Schiller's Liquor Bar, but I enjoyed myself more than I have at far better restaurants."
Now, one day after the review dropped, Prickly Pete elaborates on his experience there:
I wasn't expecting great things from Schiller's, but still was surprised by how few things I enjoyed, apart from the patty melt.— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) October 1, 2014
Server in big hurry to be done w/ us, yet long lags btwn courses. Tomato/corn soup tasted canned. Mushy, milky oysters. Cheap ice cream.— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) October 1, 2014
Worst of all, the key lime pie. Like a dry kitchen sponge broken into crumbs and gently misted with citrus-scented dish soap.— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) October 1, 2014
Oof. In a later interaction with Felix Salmon, the critic notes: "As I said in the Cherche Midi review, I didn't much enjoy Schiller's food but I enjoyed my time there." The critic's rant, though scathing, has not fazed the die-hard Schiller's fans of this city.