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Eat This New York

Eat This New York (2004)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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Best friends and aspiring restaurateurs Billy Phelps and John McCormick attempt to open a New York City eatery as some of the city's best-known restaurateurs recall their own days of struggle in this documentary from filmmakers Kate Novak and Andrew Rossi. From financial crises to kitchen problems and issues that nearly derail the venture before doors even open for business, Phelps and McCormick keep the dream alive by converting an old check-cashing shop into a retro speakeasy. ~ Jason


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Aug 24, 2004

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It's more of a nouvelle-cuisine starter course than a square meal.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The oddest thing about this sweet but not entirely satisfying documentary is how little food is involved.

April 23, 2004
Washington Post
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This lively, absorbing documentary about best friends who open a tiny cafe in the heart of Brooklyn is full of such mouth-watering shots of cooking and eating that a jumbo-sized popcorn and pallid soda simply won't do.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Serves a full course meal in Restaurant 101.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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So, how's the food? The camera never even goes up close. That's the kind of restaurant documentary this is.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A documentary with a terrific name but a blurry premise.

January 29, 2004
New York Post
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Everyone who ever thought about opening a restaurant should watch Eat This New York.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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***** ***** *****.

July 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Entrepreneurs are what the U.S. is all about: This doc provides a nice take on what it takes to risk all for a business vision.

April 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The documentary is all over the place but for anybody who has ever sneaked a peak at the Food Network, there is bound to be a morsel or two in this dish that's to your liking.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

The treatment is so meandering and flaccid that what might have been a spicy study of service capitalism instead proves a decidedly bland dish.

February 11, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This unfocused and at times obnoxious movie comes off more like an excuse for directors Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack to kiss up to swankier Manhattan restaurateurs.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

the only feel we're given for the opening of a restaurant is the coping with building contractors...Café Moto literally arises from dust and ashes

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Entertaining documentary about the odds against making it in the New York City restaurant business.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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