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Ago at DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel Gets Zero Stars from Frank Bruni

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June 11, 2008 at 10:44 AM | by | ()

We actually feel sort of bad for Robert DeNiro today. The Ago restaurant inside his Greenwich Hotel (from chef Agostino Sciandri) suffered a humiliating beating from NY Times food critic Frank Bruni--receiving zero stars and a "Poor" rating.

This restaurant isn't in the hospitality business. It's in the attitude business, projecting an aloofness that permeated all of my meals there, nights of wine and poses for swingers on the make, cougars on the prowl and anyone else who values a sort of facile fabulousness over competent service or a breaded veal Milanese with any discernible meat.

Yikes. But despite a terrible review from Bruni, clueless Manhattanites and celeb wannabes must still be hitting up this "hotspot." Bruni recommends making reservations three weeks in advance for prime time seatings.

Archived Comments:

Re: Ago at DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel Gets Zero Star

i just noticed an email from a reader in our inboxes that agreed with frank bruni's review. although maybe not so eloquently. said reader called it "worst of the worst" and a "clap trap."

Re: Ago at DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel Gets Zero Star

Poor Bob, although I think this may speak more to the NYC restaurant scene than the restaurant itself. Regarding "clap trap" coupled with the figure that 1 in 4 NYC adults have herpes and I just cringe.

Re: Ago at DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel

The West Hollywood AGO has the same issues from what I hear. Never been myself despite living literally just around the corner from it for a long time. My jefe has been several times with her jefe (who loves the place), and it is definitely NOT one of her favorites, for most of the reasons Bruni stated. True, she's extremely finicky about "fine dining" restaurants because she started in F&B and comes from an uber-wealthy background, but this time it sounds like she's right on.