I think this review was unnecessarily mean spirited. The way that Sietsema led into the review by mentioning Ong's financial struggles has really nothing to do with the food which it seemed like he liked for the most part.
Also, he failed to mention Ong's venture, Spot Dessert Bar on St. Marks Place (right around the corner from The Voice's office). Have you ever been able to get in their at prime time? The place is always packed and the desserts are very innovative !
Many restaurateurs are struggling right now bc we're in the middle of a recession still.I think it's extremely hard now to open a successful restaurant that is not a pizzeria or burger joint.
Overall this review was overly snarky and it seems like he had it out to skewer Ong.
I have eaten at Qi and there were some service issues similar to Sietsema's. But there is a right and wrong way to bring it up in a review. And overall, the food was really great. I really loved the combination of flavors in the tuna tartare, ribs and chicken salad. There was also a sausage appetizer that was really nice as well.