My Theory As To Why It's Hard To Get a Good Meal In NYC
I've been living in NYC for 30 years, I'm a native New Yorker, and recently, I've seen a trend, NYC food kinda sucks.
There are some gems out there, some places that still do a good job of cooking up some grub, but I have left restaurants very disappointed far more times than I've left with a smile on my face.
The reason? In a word, MEXICANS!
Yes, I said it, Mexicans in EVERY kitchen in NYC. I get it, they're cheap labor, they need to work too, let's get politics out of this for a second. These guys are no longer just washing dishes, they're not on the fry station, they're chefs. The executive chef is often some big shot doing TV interviews and book signings, while his Mexican staff holds down the fort.
I'm tired of French food without the je ne se qua, the Italian sauces with SUGAR in them, the sloppy wet soggy pizzas.
Guys, you need some quality control in those kitchens. A guy getting paid peanuts isn't going to care what the food looks or tastes like. Pay them more, or get someone in the kitchen that knows their stuff.
Get the Times on the phone, the search is over!