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Critic Adam Platt Booted from ZZ's Clam Bar in NYC

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Looks like the Torrisi team in New York City has a bone to pick with a certain critic: New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt was apparently kicked out of their buzzy restaurant ZZ's Clam Bar last night. Platt tweeted: "Platty's last dish at the enjoyable (though insanely pricey) ZZ's Clam Bar before a vy large bouncer kicks us out." He tells Grub Street that he was dining with a guest under an assumed name, and that they were there for about two hours "on our best behavior" when a bouncer told them, "I'm sorry, but you guys are done."

Platt speculates that he might have been kicked out because of hard feelings from his one star review of Carbone. (Incidentally, that restaurant was just awarded a Michelin star). Apparently Platt didn't see restaurateurs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick that night and nobody from the ZZ's Clam Bar team has commented on the incident yet.

Platt certainly isn't the first critic to get ousted from a restaurant. Last year Chicago chef and MasterChef judge Graham Elliot kicked ABC7 Chicago's Steve Dolinsky out of Graham Elliot Bistro mid-meal saying he "absolutely will not have someone like that at my establishment." Even more extreme, back in 2010 restaurateur Noah Ellis booted LA Times critic S. Irene Virbila from Red Medicine, and then outed the previously anonymous critic by posting her photo to the restaurant's Tumblr saying: "I asked her and her party to leave, as we don't care for her or her reviews."

· @plattypants [Twitter]
· 'You Guys Are Done': Adam Platt Gets 86'd from ZZ's [GS via Eater NY]
· All Critics Coverage on Eater [-E-]

ZZ's Clam Bar

169 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012