Our Foodboombloggers have been checking out some of NYC’s hotspots and trends and they weigh in with some disturbing findings. So if your time and health are valuable read on before you get your wallets lightened.
The Grill. The successor to legendary dining room The Four Seasons has seen a $30 million reopening investment by the hot Major Restaurant Group of Parm and Carbone fame. You can go there for a 1 percenter’s dinner and you can easily drop $500 per person in the hopes of seeing some contemporary NYC glitterati, billionaires and wannabees. (The former patrons of the Four Seasons are probably never coming back because they have either passed away or are too feeble to return.) Wow we heard Monica Lewinsky ____________ in for lunch recently. (You choose the punch line; a) blew in. b) flew in. c) was.
So if you want pretentiousness and ostentation you will certainly find it here with a menu that is a modern take on dining classics of yesteryear. We recommend the Pasta alla Presse where a server comes to your table with a traditional French duck press and proceeds to flatten some well-seasoned duck and other poultry to extract the savory juices, which are then served over egg noodles.
To assure a return on their mega investment the proprietors are happy to run your credit cards through the proverbial duck press. Ah, but, The Grill’s target class of clientele could care less. If you’re looking for super high-end dining we would send you to 11 Madison Square Park or Omakase at Nakazawa for a way better bang for the bucks.
Yeah its good and yeah it’s crunchy but at almost twice the price as a chicken sandwich at fast food joints like Chick- Fil-A.
We don’t see the value here. So if you sit down at Fuku for a chicken sandwich with a side of fries and a soft drink you are in for almost $20 bucks. Ok Chick- Fil-A or McDonald’s do not offer peanut sauce or cilantro on their fried chicken yet – but hey we know Fuku chicken heads must go to some unhip fast food chains from time to time. We also noticed you can get a whole fried bird at Fuku with two seasonings for a whopping $42 bucks. So power eaters without fat wallets stay away. Check our previous post on David Chang we still love him.
Cacio e Pepe (anywhere); What’s with this trend? It’s on every Italian menu these days but this comfort food is easily cooked at home. You need just 5 ingredients. Pasta, Reggiano Parmigiano,Butter,Salt, and Pepper. Make sure you use high quality ingredients. It’s hard to screw it up and it pretty much tastes the same if done right wherever you may go (except at Olive Garden) we hope.
Mario Batali’s OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria.
Yes this is good pizza but we think it is just in the middle of pack of all the artisanal pizza places that have sprung up all over New York. We say its overrated because somehow Batali has figured out a way to get the experience of a simple meal of pizza,salad, and wine in at about $100 per person. If he put his name on the 4 Bros the $1 per slice joints found in Manhattan, (which in our opinion offer pretty good slices), perhaps Mario could command $10 per slice depending on the topping. BTW some NYC places like Difara already charge $5 and up. So Ok Mario let’s do this!
Raw Cookie Dough. It’s all the rage and people are lining up to get it. You won’t kill yourself eating gobs of raw cookie dough because the eggs used in this cookie dough are pasteurized. After eating just half a scoop of this sugary goop it had to be tossed in the nearest NYC trashcan. Can’t imagine adding toppings and ice cream to this as they are up selling at the DO’s first store in the Village. Yes times are hard and getting a lift from something sweet and delicious is sometimes necessary. But if you were to do DO regularly diabeasity may get you way before your opioid overdose does.
We would like a Michelin star so we could get people to line up for up to two hours to eat dim sum. Generally the offerings here were very good and a few were exceptionally good but the truth is they aren’t significantly better than the many dumpling places that are popping up all over NY like Excellent Dumpling House in Chelsea and especially Chinatown in Flushing. So in the same time you need to wait eat at THW you could hop on the 7 train to enjoy dim sum at Shanghai You Garden, or Joe’s Steamed Rice Rolls.