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2013-10-02 07:51:28 AM
In the digestive system, the people are served by two separate yet equally important groups: the low level employees who heat up their food, and the people who occasionally wash the tables. These are their stories. Donk donk.
 
2013-10-02 11:39:03 AM
It's a special event that takes place all over the country and includes a 7 course meal.
 
2013-10-02 11:57:54 AM
We have something like this called "Guerrilla Cuisine" in Charleston and the food is F*CKING AMAZING.

But that Donny, in his fleece and jeans was not "gussied up," NY Post writer.
 
2013-10-02 12:22:32 PM
Bah, I prefer subway food...

blog.thespicehouse.com
 
2013-10-02 12:50:47 PM
I did something similar in DC.


/the majority of your money goes to paying the wait staff
 
2013-10-02 01:18:02 PM
While I am too cheap to pay that much for dinner for 2, I used to love exploring abandoned buildings in my youth and would probably pay half that.
 
2013-10-02 01:20:49 PM
That opening paragraphs of that piece red like an article from The Onion.
 
2013-10-02 01:27:41 PM
no thanks i prefer not to over pay for overly pretentious food.
 
2013-10-02 01:37:25 PM
"I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around,"

Like hipsters have paying jobs...


So what happens when someone gets food poisoning, or gets injured while tresspassing in abandoned buildings, at your "restaurant"? What about proper food safety protocols? Where is the food stored/refrigerated/prepared? I guess I'm just one of those silly people that actually wants the government inspecting the places I eat...
 
2013-10-02 01:47:10 PM
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Beans!
 
2013-10-02 01:55:11 PM
If the food on throwaway plates in the food court was a seven course meal for two people and included entrance for us to an interesting social event, yes, I would consider it. That food looks pretty good.

But, then, I'm not poor enough that the occasional $300 splurge is going to break me nor am I snotty enough to think I'm too good to eat off paper plates.

grimlock1972: no thanks i prefer not to over pay for overly pretentious food.


And after dinner you can go out on the front porch and file your Ma's bunions while Pa strums the banjo and regales you of the time he lost his left big toe to a gator the size of Missorah.
 
2013-10-02 02:10:59 PM
Dinner Lab is a pretty cool idea.  I believe it started down here in NOLA.  I don't have the cash to be a member, but I like that its not showcasing superstar chefs, but rather lower-level cooks who don't get press.
 
2013-10-02 02:21:15 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: "I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around,"

Like hipsters have paying jobs...


So what happens when someone gets food poisoning, or gets injured while tresspassing in abandoned buildings, at your "restaurant"? What about proper food safety protocols? Where is the food stored/refrigerated/prepared? I guess I'm just one of those silly people that actually wants the government inspecting the places I eat...


... like your kitchen?
 
2013-10-02 02:31:39 PM
So not really about ridiculous NYC, more about ridiculous foodies.

I'm exclusive to White Castle and Wendy's when I'm on a night out here
 
2013-10-02 03:00:31 PM
Fools and their money something something...
 
2013-10-02 03:10:06 PM

skozlaw: If the food on throwaway plates in the food court was a seven course meal for two people and included entrance for us to an interesting social event, yes, I would consider it. That food looks pretty good.

But, then, I'm not poor enough that the occasional $300 splurge is going to break me nor am I snotty enough to think I'm too good to eat off paper plates.

grimlock1972: no thanks i prefer not to over pay for overly pretentious food.

And after dinner you can go out on the front porch and file your Ma's bunions while Pa strums the banjo and regales you of the time he lost his left big toe to a gator the size of Missorah.


You might want to re-read your two responses.  You follow up a testimony of your humility and lack of snottiness with an elephant-sized wad of snot.  And pretentious culinary douchebags wonder why they have the reputation of being complete assholes.
 
2013-10-02 03:11:00 PM

thecpt: ridiculous foodies


I'm a little curious as to why we've decided that it's somehow a negative trait to enjoy food and want to experience different cuisines and try new things? We don't really have "foodies" around here, so maybe I'm missing some critical aspect of the culture, but it seems to me that it's mostly just people who like to eat and try different things and curiosity is not something I would generally consider a bad thing.
 
2013-10-02 03:24:43 PM
Man, with $300, I could have a hell of a shopping spree at the local Fresh Market. And come home with some really, really awesome stuff.

/fools and their money are soon parted.
 
2013-10-02 03:27:16 PM

Theaetetus: Sin_City_Superhero: "I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around,"

Like hipsters have paying jobs...


So what happens when someone gets food poisoning, or gets injured while tresspassing in abandoned buildings, at your "restaurant"? What about proper food safety protocols? Where is the food stored/refrigerated/prepared? I guess I'm just one of those silly people that actually wants the government inspecting the places I eat...

... like your kitchen?


I KNOW there's a refrigerator in my kitchen, and I know that it works. I have my doubts when it comes to eating at an abandoned mall food court.  That's the point of health inspectors.
 
2013-10-02 03:34:18 PM

skozlaw: thecpt: ridiculous foodies

I'm a little curious as to why we've decided that it's somehow a negative trait to enjoy food and want to experience different cuisines and try new things? We don't really have "foodies" around here, so maybe I'm missing some critical aspect of the culture, but it seems to me that it's mostly just people who like to eat and try different things and curiosity is not something I would generally consider a bad thing.


Here, let me answer that for you:

skozlaw: And after dinner you can go out on the front porch and file your Ma's bunions while Pa strums the banjo and regales you of the time he lost his left big toe to a gator the size of Missorah.

 
2013-10-02 03:37:05 PM

skozlaw: thecpt: ridiculous foodies

I'm a little curious as to why we've decided that it's somehow a negative trait to enjoy food and want to experience different cuisines and try new things? We don't really have "foodies" around here, so maybe I'm missing some critical aspect of the culture, but it seems to me that it's mostly just people who like to eat and try different things and curiosity is not something I would generally consider a bad thing.


Foodie isn't bad at all, just like being a New Yorker isn't. Paying $400 for a meal is pretty ridiculous though.

I mean at that point just go to where they make it and have a vacation.
 
2013-10-02 03:43:17 PM
I don't mind where they served it, I do mind what they served and what they charged for it.

"Thursday's dinner featured seven tasty courses, including pig trotters with beans and plantains (from top); flank steak arepas with grilled corn; and shaved ice with tamarind"

pig balls, steak tacos and a snow-cone.
$300 for two?

They could have had one HELL of a meal for that price.
Not that Colombian food doesn't rock, but the ingredients and preparations described don't merit the cost.
/Artificial exclusivity is artificial.
 
2013-10-02 03:52:28 PM
Waiting for his review.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-02 04:02:39 PM

skozlaw: thecpt: ridiculous foodies

I'm a little curious as to why we've decided that it's somehow a negative trait to enjoy food and want to experience different cuisines and try new things? We don't really have "foodies" around here, so maybe I'm missing some critical aspect of the culture, but it seems to me that it's mostly just people who like to eat and try different things and curiosity is not something I would generally consider a bad thing.


Actually nvm. I just browsed the avg dinner price for some NYC restaurants. This is middle of the pack
 
2013-10-02 04:07:52 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: "I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around,"

Like hipsters have paying jobs...


Some of them have trust accounts.
 
2013-10-02 04:08:28 PM
*trust funds.

//sorry, long day
 
2013-10-02 04:14:01 PM

skozlaw: If the food on throwaway plates in the food court was a seven course meal for two people and included entrance for us to an interesting social event, yes, I would consider it. That food looks pretty good.

But, then, I'm not poor enough that the occasional $300 splurge is going to break me nor am I snotty enough to think I'm too good to eat off paper plates.

grimlock1972: no thanks i prefer not to over pay for overly pretentious food.

And after dinner you can go out on the front porch and file your Ma's bunions while Pa strums the banjo and regales you of the time he lost his left big toe to a gator the size of Missorah.



your troll fu is weak and you lack discipline.

I too could afford such a splurge is i really wanted it but i would not as I could purchase a lot more food for the same money and prepare it home to my tastes and feed my self for more than a month.
 
2013-10-02 04:27:43 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: "I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around,"

Like hipsters have paying jobs...


So what happens when someone gets food poisoning, or gets injured while tresspassing in abandoned buildings, at your "restaurant"? What about proper food safety protocols? Where is the food stored/refrigerated/prepared? I guess I'm just one of those silly people that actually wants the government inspecting the places I eat...


Socialist!

Seriously though, I'm sure these things still need to have a food license of some sort.  Unless it counts as a private supper club or something.
 
2013-10-02 04:31:42 PM

Pick: Man, with $300, I could have a hell of a shopping spree at the local Fresh Market. And come home with some really, really awesome stuff.

/fools and their money are soon parted.


THIS. If I took $300 to Sprouts I could get at least 2 months worth of food.
 
2013-10-02 05:51:47 PM

7th Son of a 7th Son: THIS. If I took $300 to Sprouts I could get at least 2 months worth of food.


Isn't Sprout the Jolly Green Giant's little buddy?
 
2013-10-02 08:22:46 PM
...while dodging the various inspectors, fees, taxes, and so on.

Good luck, folks!
 
2013-10-02 10:11:52 PM

exparrot: I don't mind where they served it, I do mind what they served and what they charged for it.

"Thursday's dinner featured seven tasty courses, including pig trotters with beans and plantains (from top); flank steak arepas with grilled corn; and shaved ice with tamarind"

pig balls, steak tacos and a snow-cone.
$300 for two?

They could have had one HELL of a meal for that price.
Not that Colombian food doesn't rock, but the ingredients and preparations described don't merit the cost.
/Artificial exclusivity is artificial.


Pig trotters aren't testicles, they're feet.
 
2013-10-02 10:14:59 PM
"To be able to bring people to a space like that . . . when would you go to 138th Street? There's not a reason to," he says, adding that he would place security at every street corner from the subway station to the locale.
...
Hedge-funder Payson Holm was there with an equally preppy finance friend. Both were scoping out the club before bringing any lady love interests to the table.
...
"I think we're all going to go home together after this," Walker laughs.
"My sister has tables at Avenue," he adds.


Woah, nelly.  The punchability quotient is off the scales!

/145th street
 
2013-10-02 10:36:40 PM
Go fark yourselves with a standing rib roast, hipster foodie farkbags.

A school building in a poor area of the South Bronx isn't some exotic locale for you to stage your food safari. It's the reality of everyday life for people that your privilege has kept you segregated from your whole life.
 
2013-10-03 12:52:11 AM

poot_rootbeer: Go fark yourselves with a standing rib roast, hipster foodie farkbags.

A school building in a poor area of the South Bronx isn't some exotic locale for you to stage your food safari. It's the reality of everyday life for people that your privilege has kept you segregated from your whole life.


That's the sad part, really. They think they're being "risque" by dining in places where folks normally live out their lives. It's like watching English nobles go all a-titter because they're dining in a common establishment. "Look! We're eating victuals in small dishes and complaining about the tiny cups in which our expensive wine is served! Aren't we devils!?"

It does, indeed, make you want to shake them until they either come to their senses or shuffle off this mortal coil.
 
2013-10-03 03:24:37 AM
Bordainick admits that Thursday's event, which was overrun by couples in their 30s and a smattering of 40- and 50-somethings, took him by surprise.

"I thought it was going to be like all 21- to 24-year-old hipsters running around," he admits


You thought college students and recent high school dropouts were going to be paying hundreds of dollars for one meal in a condemned building? They're young and broke, not stupid and old enough to be desperately groping around for new ways to conspicuously spend retirement money they don't have.
 
2013-10-03 08:51:43 AM

grimlock1972: is i really wanted it but i would not


Right, you're sitting there screaming "STOP LIKING WHAT I DON'T LIKE!" and claiming that makes everyone else pretentious. How DARE they occasionally splurge on a nice evening out whenthey could "purchase a lot more food for the same money and prepare it home", how dare they!

/ also, you sound fat
 
2013-10-03 09:20:45 AM

exparrot: $300 for two?

They could have had one HELL of a meal for that price



That price included the Dinner Lab membership. The dinner itself was $140. FTA: ...shelled out $175 for a Dinner Lab membership and an additional $140 for a recent supper
 
2013-10-03 10:42:20 AM
deschinc:

Pig trotters aren't testicles, they're feet.

Well. That's embarassing. I always thought that was code, like a rocky mountain oyster.

To apologize, here's some real Colombian food from my last visit.
scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2013-10-03 11:49:00 AM

skozlaw: thecpt: ridiculous foodies

I'm a little curious as to why we've decided that it's somehow a negative trait to enjoy food and want to experience different cuisines and try new things? We don't really have "foodies" around here, so maybe I'm missing some critical aspect of the culture, but it seems to me that it's mostly just people who like to eat and try different things and curiosity is not something I would generally consider a bad thing.


Personally, there's nothing wrong with liking quality food from a variety of styles. The problem is when you start to feel (and hence, declare) that those preferences make you superior to the rest of America.

I love hearing about new things. I don't really like hearing about how someone is better than me because of their choices.
 
2013-10-03 02:31:59 PM
It sounds like they got $12 meals and paid for the waitstaff and shiatty location.

Always wanted to try the pig feet, but I might start out with chicken feet first.  Something about the hooves.
 
2013-10-03 03:45:26 PM

stewbert: The problem is when you start to feel (and hence, declare) that those preferences make you superior to the rest of America.


Who does that?

This whole thing sounds like a manufactured outrage about what people imagine a "foodie" might be. Like I said, we don't get them around here, as far as I'm aware anyway, but just googling for blogs and whatnot, it just sounds like "foodie" is a new name for people that like to eat and try new foods and they've been around since a day before forever.
 
2013-10-04 12:31:12 AM

skozlaw: If the food on throwaway plates in the food court was a seven course meal for two people and included entrance for us to an interesting social event, yes, I would consider it. That food looks pretty good.

But, then, I'm not poor enough that the occasional $300 splurge is going to break me nor am I snotty enough to think I'm too good to eat off paper plates.

grimlock1972: no thanks i prefer not to over pay for overly pretentious food.

And after dinner you can go out on the front porch and file your Ma's bunions while Pa strums the banjo and regales you of the time he lost his left big toe to a gator the size of Missorah.


I take the same attitude, and I'm dirt poor. I've hade enough adventure in food to know good food, and that food looks delish'. There is definitely more to life than money. Can you even imagine the amount of people who eat food without even really savoring what's been put in front of them? All seven courses may not make me truly full, but there is lots to say for truly enjoying your meal.
 
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