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(NYPost)   Mario Batali helps ban hot dog vendors from Washington Square Park because they're just too declasse to be seen near his gelato cart   (nypost.com) divider line 32
    More: Dumbass, Washington Square Park, Mario Batali, John Leguizamo, hot dogs  
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2013-12-01 07:08:23 PM  
6 votes:
Just change the name of the cart to "Gourmet Dogs", offer up dijon mustard and boiled arugula toppings, charge ten bucks and call it a day.
2013-12-01 06:51:29 PM  
6 votes:
While the dirty-water dogs will be gone by the end of December, the city is keeping the gelato stand run by Mario Batali - a conservancy board member

Because why be on the Board of anything unless you can use it to your personal benefit?  I swear, I am so sick of celebrity chefs, I could just vomit.
2013-12-01 07:20:21 PM  
3 votes:

js34603: That's awful, where will people go to get a hot dog now? It's not like you can just go to a store...or a gas station...and get a hot dog.


You've never been to the city have you?
2013-12-01 10:45:46 PM  
2 votes:
It's a proud tradition dating back to the native American Indians' practice of using every part of a buffalo or other large game animal taken in hunting and not wasting any part.  Hot dogs wished they were made out of tongues and sphincters, but that would be an exceptional batch to get such quality cuts.  There's lots of weighty flesh along the pathway between tongue and arsehole that no steakhouse or Chinese grill would consider paying for.  And that tonnage is shipped to Oscar Mayer, Bryan hot dogs, etc.  Omaha Steaks isn't calling up for tons of lips and eyelids.  But there's no way this gross tonnage of undesirable flesh can just be thrown away.  It took time and nutrients to grow those parts just like it did to grow the ribeye.  Hotdogs are the way the beef and pork industries make citizens pay for their clean-up bills.  And when they finally find a way to utilize ground hoof filings for something resembling a practical use, you'll be subscribing and picking up your cartons of ground hoof filing skin rejuvenating cream and living the "waste no part" dream.
2013-12-01 10:17:13 PM  
2 votes:
A Parks spokesman said the agency is allowing contracts with the hot-dog stands to expire to "ensure clear views of the fountain and arch and . . . to bring in a more diverse selection of food options."

By taking away hot-dog stands from patrons of the park, you're "bringing in" a more diverse selection of food options?!

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/They could just restrict the license to certain areas of the park but instead the wealthy people want their fancy ice cream and no dirty dogs.
//I bet the Hipsters will move in next with "Korean Fusion" food trucks (or other stupid things, Ramen noodle burger anyone? :-P ) going right in front or under the arches
2013-12-01 08:23:26 PM  
2 votes:

OgreMagi: Just change the name of the cart to "Gourmet Dogs", offer up dijon mustard and boiled arugula toppings, charge ten bucks and call it a day.


This.  There's nothing wrong with the dogs, just the marketing of them.  And the best way to get hipster foodies to take interest is to apply a 2000% markup on your product.
2013-12-01 07:57:20 PM  
2 votes:

Ambivalence: Salmon: Celebrity chef boxing would be cool

$20 on Gordon Ramsay against anyone else.


I was thinking that watching Chef Ramsay beat the living shiat out of another celebrity chef would be awesome, but the entire episode would be one long bleep.

But if we're going to have celebrity chef boxing, there is only one commentator who could do the sport justice: Alton motherfarking Brown.
2013-12-01 07:08:38 PM  
2 votes:
No, just, no.  This is a public space.  They shouldn't be able to do that.
2013-12-01 07:05:36 PM  
2 votes:
"We got some word from our neighbors that [the hot-dog vendors] were unsightly," said Bulgari, the conservancy's president. "We suggested moving them based on what other people were telling us. The fact that it was done was Parks' decision."

And one must always kowtow to the whims of one's neighbors. Not, you know, the people who actually patronize those unsightly, ill-dressed, low-class hot-dog vendors. Anyway, they're probably just as low-class as the vendors, dahling, and we don't associate with their kind of riff-raff. Only Our People in Our Park, you know.
2013-12-01 06:44:06 PM  
2 votes:
This will not end well for Mario Batali.

/not subby
2013-12-02 12:51:11 AM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: Any place that serves boiled hot dogs deserves to be put out of business. Hot dogs are to be cooked on a grill, in a pinch a frying pan or electric griddle will due, so long at the outer skin gets a good char on them. As always, mustard/onions, chili/cheese are the only acceptable toppings.


Why the hell would you ruin a perfectly good hot dog with something as gross as mustard?

Ketchup and dill relish are where it's at.
2013-12-02 12:01:07 AM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: Any place that serves boiled hot dogs deserves to be put out of business. Hot dogs are to be cooked on a grill, in a pinch a frying pan or electric griddle will due, so long at the outer skin gets a good char on them. As always, mustard/onions, chili/cheese are the only acceptable toppings.


Fark off. I am so sick of hipster food douchebag's ranting the "Only mustard! No Ketchup!" Fark you, you foodie douche.
I pay for it..I'll dip them in ketchup, stick up em' up my ass and run around the house singing Yankee Doodle, Hallelujah!
That's my business! You eat your stupid Food Network Program mustard is the best shiat to yourself.
2013-12-01 11:22:41 PM  
1 votes:

oldwolf49: WTF is gelato anyway.


It's a way to sell ice cream from a cart without the Parks Department cancelling your contract.
2013-12-01 10:36:01 PM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: Any place that serves boiled hot dogs deserves to be put out of business. Hot dogs are to be cooked on a grill, in a pinch a frying pan or electric griddle will due, so long at the outer skin gets a good char on them. As always, mustard/onions, chili/cheese are the only acceptable toppings.


I like a good hot dog as much as the next person. But you're discussing the 'fine details' of consuming a pre-cooked condensate of fat held together with just enough meat to make it legally edible by the USDA's loose rules.

It's not 'fine dining'. Even 'a gourmet sausage' is still...ground meat. Typically meat which wasn't ideal or usable for other cuts or methods, all shoved into a casing.  It's basically SPAM, but, you know, edible.

Long way of saying it's pretty silly to be talking about the finer details of preparing your lardstick.
2013-12-01 09:50:21 PM  
1 votes:
In other news, a blogger's angry that her opinion isn't taken seriously, and the New York Post ran with that.
2013-12-01 09:45:16 PM  
1 votes:

SomeFarkinFarmgirl: Where exactly does it say in TFA that Batali had anything to do with the hot dog vendors getting kicked out?


He's on the Board of the organization that said GTFO.

Jesus - learn to read, you goddamn hick.
2013-12-01 09:25:55 PM  
1 votes:

Ambivalence: Salmon: Celebrity chef boxing would be cool

$20 on Gordon Ramsay against anyone else.


I'll see your action and raise you Alton Brown.
2013-12-01 09:12:50 PM  
1 votes:
m053486: Mario can go fark* himself.  He's a tip skimmer.

And this sums up my opinion. Man steals from his staff. Fark him with a rusty piece of barbed wire.
2013-12-01 08:31:51 PM  
1 votes:

oldwolf49: WTF is gelato anyway.


Gay for ice-cream.
2013-12-01 08:15:27 PM  
1 votes:
""This is a private, affluent group of women being given decision-making power unbeknownst to the public," fumed Cathryn Swan, who first exposed the red-hot removal on the Washington Square Park Blog.""

Yes, subby, look at all the references to Batali being the one kicking people out of the park! It's just his cart that's been there for 8 years and another that are staying there. Perhaps you're biased in your hate for Batali and ignoring the fact that the dosas cart is staying there too?
2013-12-01 07:46:40 PM  
1 votes:

machodonkeywrestler: js34603: That's awful, where will people go to get a hot dog now? It's not like you can just go to a store...or a gas station...and get a hot dog.

I mean, there're gas stations all over the park, right?


Yes. They're called "hot dog carts."
2013-12-01 07:35:50 PM  
1 votes:
Thanks for shiatting on my childhood Mario.
2013-12-01 07:26:08 PM  
1 votes:
WTF is gelato anyway.
2013-12-01 07:25:24 PM  
1 votes:
Reading the article I couldn't help but wonder if "unsightly" equaled "brown". But I don't know the area so I don't want to presume.

Damn I'm getting cynical.
2013-12-01 07:21:19 PM  
1 votes:
I want to see Washington Square Park farking blockaded by halal trucks now. Those farking assholes, putting the kibosh on this shiat. Washington Square Park is a public space.

Also, dammit, I want some halal now. $6 for a huge styrafoam box filled with yellow rice, gyro meat, vegetables, falafel, and both white and hot sauces.

Not a big fan of street hot dogs, but I recognize they're part of the ecosystem.
2013-12-01 07:19:16 PM  
1 votes:

Salmon: Celebrity chef boxing would be cool


$20 on Gordon Ramsay against anyone else.
2013-12-01 07:18:01 PM  
1 votes:
You used to be cool in the eyes of us young chefs, you were the only one on the chew who I would watch because you made Dr. Oz's second mouthpiece shut the hell up. Now you are nothing to me.
2013-12-01 07:16:18 PM  
1 votes:
What a Croc.
2013-12-01 07:16:04 PM  
1 votes:
Eh, a lot of the hotdog and ice cream vendors in NYC parks are a bit of a blight. I mean, would it kill them to clean their carts once a year?

And for the love of god, get rid of the people selling smelly peanuts.
2013-12-01 07:13:08 PM  
1 votes:
Marion Bartoli has a gelato cart?  Is that what she's doing in retirement?  Well, if it makes her happy.
2013-12-01 07:10:17 PM  
1 votes:

Slappajo: Is this board elected or appointed?


Neither.

In April, The Post revealed the city Parks Department was secretly forming a conservancy with the help of actor John Leguizamo's wife, Justine, and socialite Veronica Bulgari.
Now it appears the private group was calling the shots well before introducing themselves to the public this summer.
2013-12-01 07:05:03 PM  
1 votes:
Celebrity chef boxing would be cool
 
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