Wherefore Stars?

By
Wells: star arbiter. Photo: New York Times

"If you hope [stars on reviews] are going to organize the entire New York City restaurant scene into an objective and verifiable hierarchy of good, better and best, youre going to find that the reviews are a weekly exercise in frustration. (A corollary: If you read the reviews believing that all restaurants with a given number of stars are meant to be equally good, youre going to lose your mind.)" Yeah, Pete Wells, we confess we've been there recently. [Diner's Journal/NYT]