The New York Times Rolls Out National Restaurant Reviews

September 6, 2016

Pete Wells will review restaurants across the country

The New York Times published its first restaurant review on May 18, 1962. And on that date Craig Claiborne, then the newspaper’s food editor, became the city’s — and country’s — first published restaurant critic. There have been 11 NYT critics in the years since, including Ruth Reichl, Mimi Sheraton, Frank Bruni, Sam Sifton, and current sitting critic Pete Wells (the subject of a glowing profile in this week’s New Yorker). And while the Times’ critics and editors almost always briefly step away from New York City to write about something interesting in Paris or on the West