Back in February, Chronicle critic Michael Bauer took a trip to New York to check in on longtime SF chef Jeremiah Tower's work revamping Tavern on the Green. He posted a mini-review on Inside Scoop that SFist noted here alongside a rather lackluster review from the New York Times' Pete Wells, in which he said "the food wasn’t great" and the "desserts made no statement beyond boring," but he sort of diplomatically said "I'm rooting for [Tower]" and added that there were "glimmers of what might be" coming from the kitchen in one or two dishes.
Tower stayed quiet for the last six weeks, but I guess he couldn't hold back any longer, posting a jab at Bauer to Facebook over the weekend.
Tower and Tavern on the Green received a fairly positive review, back in January, from the NY Daily News, but he's still waiting on some more positive feedback as he settles in to the storied Central Park restaurant.
And, of course, this isn't the first recent social media backlash involving Mr. Bauer former Hapa Ramen chef Richie Nakano lashed back at Bauer via Twitter and Instagram following a semi-positive but hardly glowing review of Nakano's food. The only difference here is Tower has some legitimate reason to question why Bauer, who does not cover New York restaurants, felt the need to write an informal review at all for his SF audience.
And Tower adds, in the comments, "No one in NYC had the faintest clue who he is."