What happens when a restaurant owner sits down with the critic she blames for killing her business?
The two sit down with host Corey Mintz for dinner at The Black Hoof — Jen’s trend-setting and much-imitated restaurant, which is closing after a decade — to argue over whether critics matter anymore.
Jen Agg is the owner of The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner, Cocktail Bar, and Grey Gardens, as well as the author of the memoir I Hear She’s a Real Bitch.
Chris Nuttall-Smith is the editor-in-chief of the recently launched review website The Taster.
Read Corey’s original review of the Hoof here. “That review was a big deal,” says Jen. “But at that time, reviews mattered. I don’t know that that’s true anymore.” And Nuttsy’s review of Raw Bar. “When Chris reviewed Raw Bar, that was like a death knell for the business.”
Illustration by Dmitry Bondarenko.
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