Gordon Ramsay has unveiled plans to launch a bistro in New York along the lines of his Foxtrot Oscar operation in London.
Speaking to the New York Post, the celebrity chef, who launched a fine-dining operation at the New York's London hotel in November 2006, said: "I'm going do something a little bit more relaxed in the style of a café/bistro."
"We opened Foxtrot Oscar in London - it's an amazing neighbourhood bistro along the lines of (famous New York bistro) The Spotted Pig," Ramsay added. "It's not because of the credit crunch or holding back. I just love that kind of alternative."
The authors of the Harden's restaurant guide took Ramsay to task, immediately posting on their website: "Sometimes you do wonder if Gordon Ramsay isn't just moving from hype to self-delusion.
"The idea that Foxtrot Oscar could in any way be likened to the Spotted Pig, the innovative smash-hit Downtown gastropub, mobbed nightly, is ridiculous.
"And Ramsay must know that anyone who knows anything about the restaurant scenes in London and New York would find the parallel absurd."
By Daniel Thomas
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