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#1435524 Old Man Shaking Fist at Cloud

Posted by Sneakeater on 15 December 2018 - 11:07 PM

No charge if you're someone like you.


Do you think someone could come in with no income, no assets, maybe not even a street address, and get an account with a free debit card?  What would there be to debit?

#1435424 Old Man Shaking Fist at Cloud

Posted by Sneakeater on 13 December 2018 - 04:59 AM

Now let's complain about the influx of places -- usually "fast casual" -- that don't accept cash.


I hate this.  On a personal level, I hate it because I don't want to put some $10 transaction on my credit card, and as an Old Person, I don't even use debit cards.


But even worse, of course, are the social implications.  You can't eat in these places if you don't have bank cards.  If you're really poor, you're excluded.  Even though most of these places charge a comparative pittance for their food.


Up until yesterday, the place that did this that pissed me off the most (except for Frankie Portugal in Hell's Kitchen, where I was forced to charge a $3 nata -- WTF??????) was Pasta Flyer.  Here was an excellent, highly accomplished chef abandoning his calling so he could (by his account) sell healthy food with good ingredients to a less well-heeled clientele than at his multi-Michelin-starred restaurant.  But they WOULDN'T TAKE CASH.  So he wants, on social/ethical grounds, to serve a less moneyed clientele -- but only if they have bank cards?????  Fucking hypocrite!!!!!!!


But even more offensive, in a way, is Fuku.  This is David Chang's stab at a spicy fried chicken sandwich chain.  And, Chang being Chang, the sandwiches are kind of delicious.  And, Chang being Chang, the outlets -- at least the one I went to -- have an endless playlist playing of Very Old Skool Hip-Hop (pre-Hip-Hop, really:  Rap).  To prove the chain's Street Cred.  This isn't Your Father's Fast Food Chain.


But:  they don't take cash.  So, it's like, we'll exploit street culture to make you think we're cool -- but we don't want any Actual Street People here.  Only people with bank cards.


You know what?  Fuck you, Fuku.  I'm never going back.

#1435186 "21" Club

Posted by Sneakeater on 06 December 2018 - 11:53 PM

It is so stunningly irrelevant culturally that you almost have to love it just for that.  But you can tell Chef Benno's feeling much less constrained than at Lincoln.  (Or, to put it another way, the food is half French.)


If Benno gets well reviewed, I look forward to your outraged Alleghretti comparison.


(Uh-oh:  I think I just obviated my write-up.)

#1434638 Momofuku Noodle Bar

Posted by Sneakeater on 19 November 2018 - 05:05 AM

To be clear, what's depressing and off-putting about this new Noodle Bar is the certainty that it won't develop into anything else.

#1434210 Stan Lee

Posted by Sneakeater on 12 November 2018 - 09:56 PM

The conventional wisdom has it that Lee hogged credit from the artists he worked with in the '60s, who, the conventional wisdom goes, did most of the heavy lifting on "Marvel Age" Marvel Comics.


The fact remains, however, that the entire line that Lee wrote went through a similar quality arc at the same time, with quality on all the titles (no matter who the artist was) steadily improving through 1963 and 1964, peaking on all the titles (again irrespective of the artist) toward the end of 1965, plateauing through 1966, and starting to decline in 1967/68 (when, in fact, Lee's involvement lessened).


The circumstances strongly suggest that Lee had A LOT to do with what made those books so great.

#1433973 The Relish Tray

Posted by Sneakeater on 04 November 2018 - 02:43 PM


#1433944 The Rest of Us

Posted by Sneakeater on 03 November 2018 - 04:52 AM

BTW, Mayocoba beans are kind of great as pot beans, aren't they?

#1433796 Frenchette

Posted by Sneakeater on 30 October 2018 - 09:11 PM

My point is only that I'm glad to have very good no-atmosphere places as an option for everyday dining out.  But if they become the only option, the dining scene is toxic.


And to say they fill the same space as Frenchette is insanity.

#1433774 Frenchette

Posted by Sneakeater on 29 October 2018 - 08:29 PM

But the thing is, you -- or at least I -- don't always want to go to no-atmosphere ethnic places.  That isn't all I eat out for.

#1433493 Green tomatoes

Posted by Sneakeater on 19 October 2018 - 05:57 AM

God didn't make little green tomatoes, and it ain't hot in old Laredo, in the summertime.

#1433231 Dessert, the Sweet Spot

Posted by Sneakeater on 11 October 2018 - 04:52 AM

I'll believe Mrs. P is 60 when I believe the world is flat.


(I do totally agree with paryzer's analysis of whether to cook for her.)

#1433111 brown rice: a question

Posted by Sneakeater on 06 October 2018 - 01:20 PM

I believe gin lowers it even more. As I conceive it, gin works something like Drano.

#1433109 Randall's Barbecue

Posted by Sneakeater on 06 October 2018 - 01:17 PM

The pastrami. It’s good.

#1433089 Randall's Barbecue

Posted by Sneakeater on 05 October 2018 - 10:46 PM

Fat Guy said pastrami was barbecue.

#1433051 Randall's Barbecue

Posted by Sneakeater on 05 October 2018 - 05:54 AM

Here's joe on the recently opened Randall's Barbecue:



Randall's BBQ - opening in the old, horrendous kosher pizza place, in the same group of stores as The Pickle Guys.

They claim to be opening in May.

Well, August isn't that much different than May, is it? I believe the actual opening is this coming Sunday.

offers brisket, pulled pork and spare ribs, of course, but also smoked duck, lamb ribs, and, in a nod to the neighborhood, smoked chopped chicken livers and homemade pastrami. He takes other liberties, coming up with smoked meatloaf, New England clam cakes and country-fried eggplant. The space is compact, with 44 seats, vintage touches and communal tables. Sandwiches are served on Kossar’s bialys, and Mr. Male gets his pickles from the Pickle Guys nearby. Craft beers, bourbon and tequila dominate the bar service.

I don't understand the usage of Kossar's bialys (well of course I do, but I don't), which under new ownership have gone from bad to horrid.

Just use wonder bread.


I popped in last night solo, before heading to a show in Williamsburg.

Friggin' awful. My grandmother's brisket was less dry. And her turkey was on an equal dryness with this one. Zero smoke flavor. How they actually can serve this is beyond me.


Not the end of the story. The second draft beer I ordered was flat as a board. It was obvious without even tasting, and obviously should have been noticed by the person who drew it. But, when I told her that it was not good, I got a bit of an evil eye, no apology but just asked what I wanted instead. I happened to be sitting at the bar with a friend, a local restaurant owner, who couldn't believe it.

So, in addition to lousy food, expect less than perfect service. Wow.

Oh - and here's an earlier review from Gothamist.


I think I must have ordered very right, because I didn't think it was bad at all.

And what I ordered was, the pastrami sandwich. It was, let's say, about a quarter of the way to smoked meat from pastrami. Which, it turns out, is a real good place to be. I liked it better than such a highly touted hipster pastrami essay as Harry & Ida's.

The place was empty at around 9:30 on a Friday night.  (Maybe everyone was observing Shabbos?)  So if you're curious, you might want to go soon.