Adam Platt says he was neither “drinking to excess” nor “breaking any crockery” when a bouncer at ZZ’s Clam Bar “shows up at our table…. He’s got a Serious Bouncer Expression on his face. He hovers over us and says, ‘I’m sorry, but you guys are done.’ ”
The bouncer wouldn’t let Platt pay. “I’m guessing this is retribution for my Carbone review,” Platt tells Alan Sytsma. Platt gave that restaurant, which shares ownership with ZZ’s Clam Bar, one star. Platt tells Alan Systma restaurateurs respond to reviews in different ways.
When Blue Smoke opened, I wrote a tough review. Danny Meyer’s kids go to the same school as mine, so Meyer comes up to me and puts out his hand, and says, “I just want you to know that was a very helpful review and we’re going to do better next time.” So that’s how the Meyer Hospitality Group handles a situation like this. Other restaurateurs have different methods.