In a small but potentially serious conflagration that has quickly become the butt of many online jokes in the food world, Michelin New York tweeted this on Wednesday: "What an incredible dinner at Le Bernardin last night. The best in years." The problem is that Le Bernardin, The New York Times four-star seafood palace headed by chef Eric Ripert, has been closed for renovations since Aug. 1. If you clicked through to the Twitter link, you'd see that the tweet has been erased since it went up, according to Grub Street, at about 3 p.m.
At about 4 p.m., a new tweet appeared on @MichelinGuideNY: "What an incredible dinner at Le Bernardin recently. The best in years." But that just led to more online snark as the New York food twitterverse (which is active) began crowing. "You've shown your hand, Doc Brown! Good thing for you the Libyans are distracted," tweeted Restaurant Business editor Amanda Westbrooks, in response. "Changing our story now?" tweeted Bloomberg critic Ryan Sutton. "Brilliant meal at 150 Wooster last night. Saw Gael Greene across the room #PredictingMichelinGuideNYTweets" tweeted New York Times critic Sam Sifton, referring to a shuttered restaurant and a retired critic.