Thrillist is selling a $68 dinner for two to Todd English’s new Crossbar restaurant, which is axiomatically a BAD DEAL because it’s a Todd English restaurant. Really, you wouldn’t have dined there without the deal, because you didn’t dine at Tuscan Steak (closed), The Libertine (closed) or English Is Italian (closed). Yes, you might have dined at his Bonfire Steakhouse at JFK airport (even though you shouldn’t have), and you might have spent $30 like I did on a pastrami sandwich with fries and coconut water at his Food Court in The Plaza. But you probably wouldn’t do either again.
Forget about how much money Thrillist says they’re saving you, and ask yourself this: when was the last time you enjoyed a Todd English restaurant? At which Todd English restaurant do you consider yourself a loyal regular? When did you last exclaim to a friend, “Gosh, I’m so glad you told me about that new Todd English joint, I can’t wait to check it out!” Never said that? Good. So why are you going to put a down payment on a meal by a chef that you’ve never really liked? My advice: Go COLD TURKEY on Todd English. If I can quit him, so can you.