Co. Company's Jim Lahey Responds to 'New York Times' One-Star Review


Co. Company's Jim Lahey (above) is not happy about his one-star review in the New York Times. He tells the New York Observer:

"We've been open only 90 days," he said. "We have not had a chance to even breathe in 90 days. What the fuck are we being reviewed by the New York Times for, you know, 90 days into being open? It makes no sense.

"If I knew we were going to be under the microscope, I would have possibly treated the opening of the restaurant a lot differently," he continued. "I didn't open this restaurant to get reviewed by the Times. Otherwise, I would have made the food a lot differently. I would have bought really nice plates and beautiful stemware. And we would have done slightly less informal service, know what I mean?"

Lahey was responding to Frank Bruni's criticism that the toppings weren't quite there yet.

Hey, it's like the old saying, "I may be fat, but you're stupid—and I can go on a diet!"

In this case, toppings are easy to tweak. It's the crust that hard to get right. And Lahey pretty much has that part down. Of course, I guess Lahey would argue that he doesn't need to tweak the toppings.

On a side note, Lahey also calls his much-lauded pizza bianca "dogshit." Apparently, it's not up to his own standards.