Eat This New York (2004)



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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.
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Critic Reviews for Eat This New York

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
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.

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

Full Review… | February 12, 2004
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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
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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Audience Reviews for Eat This New York

A very boring and pretentious documentary. Given that I love documentaries and New York, this slam does not come lightly. The focus of someone wanting to suceed in the restaurant business in New York proved to be a very useless bit of documentary material. Then showing the success of owners who "survived" made it seem like a commercial to eat at Nobu's or where ever. But in the end, the cliche jazzy background music and the desires of a person in the restaurant business proved to just the material I needed to be able to fall asleep. The main characters lacked any charisma and I'm most certain that they probably will not succeed because I didn't even write down the name of their restaurant. For some reason, I cynically believe that this movie were the restaurant owner's hedge of getting money in case their investment in the restaurant business didn't succeed. "I Like Killing Flies" a documentary of an interestingly mad chef who survived the Manhattan restaurant scene despite his edgy behavior and personality was a far more entertaining documentary on restaurants in New York.

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