Marilyn Takes New York – Day 1

As one comment had it, “Marilynsanity” continues.

Marilyn Hagerty landed in New York City today and the “media circus” is in full gear.  After her down-home Olive Garden review, Marilyn has taken the nation, and the Internet, by storm.

Marilyn in New York

Crews from both CNN and The Today Show were in Grand Forks on Monday and Tuesday to talk with her. The Today Show even did a live shot outside of the Olive Garden. On Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, guest host Jane Lynch conducted an extremely awkward interview that Marilyn later said “wasn’t much fun.”

But the huge amount of attention Marilyn is getting has started to get old for some. Robert Sietsema at the Village Voice said he’s “so over” the Hagerty Phenomenon. He writes, “The so-called critic… prominently pastes her picture at the top of every column,  makes a single non-anonymous visit to a restaurant, eats only one dish with no beverages, then writes at length about it in the flattest declarative prose imaginable, making the landscape of her native plains state seem mountainous by comparison.”

That’s pretty harsh.

Sietsema does have a point though that Marilyn should really try some great New York institutions like Gray’s Papaya and a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli. She at least got a dirty-water hot dog while a New York Times reporter, photographer and videographer were in tow. She asked the purveyor what he recommended. He said “two hot dogs.” She got one.

But Marilyn and her entourage have a few, higher-scale places in mind.

Tonight, she dined at Dovetail NYC, a Michelin-starred eatery headed by chef John Fraser. Ryan Babb with Forum Communications has been tweeting every step of their journey and shot some great photos of the food.

Black truffle, mushroom and onion soup

The food looks great. I can’t wait to see what she thinks.

Next up is Le Bernardin on Wednesday and the Times Square Olive Garden on Thursday.

By the way, you can even get a Marilyn t-shirt or an e-book of the Best of the Eatbeat.

 

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Hagerty to Dine at ‘Le Bernardin’ in NYC

Marilyn Hagerty (you know who she is, so I’ll skip the introduction) has secured reservations to one of the absolute best restaurants in the country: Le Bernardin in New York.

The minute I heard this, my jealousy (already high) is now through the roof.

Ryan Babb of Forum Communications will be accompanying Marilyn in NYC. They’ve started a blog you can check out for updates. Babb says chef and TV star Anthony Bourdain secured the reservations from his friend and Le Bernardin’s head chef, Eric Ripert.

Some amazing dishes

No word yet what they’ll be eating, but Le Bernardin’s menu is beyond impressive. The dinner menu has a fixed price of $125 and features a shaved geoduck clam with smoked edamame mousseline and wasabi-citrus emulsion, fluke sashimi with micro watercress, avocado and jalapeno-lime broth, or caviar-wagyu with Nebraska wagyu beef (amazing), langoustine with osetra caviar tartare, black pepper-vodka creme fraiche and pomme gaufrette.

Parts of the menu sound like a foreign language to me, but I’ve never been to a restaurant like this.

Also available are equally exciting tasting menus ranging from $190 to $330 with wine pairings.

Ryan Bakken at the Herald reports that she’ll do another review at Dovetail, an interview on Anderson Cooper 360 and have lunch with him. Sen. Kent Conrad’s office was reportedly working to set up lunch for Marilyn and first lady Michelle Obama.

Marilyn continued to make the rounds on national TV on Monday, right before heading to New York. Crews from both CNN and the Today Show were in Grand Forks on Monday and she was on the Early Show and Good Morning America.

I’ll be anxiously awaiting Marilyn’s review. Hopefully it’ll show the haters.

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