Morton’s Arrives to Destroy the Last Bit of Brooklyn’s Soul

Morton's in Brooklyn: There goes the borough?
Morton's in Brooklyn: There goes the borough?haha Photo: Robert K. Chin

Now that Morton’s has announced that it’s opening a steakhouse in Brooklyn, the borough has lost its claim to a culinary soul. Morton’s — a chain steakhouse that presents its meat to customers under plastic wrap — is the culinary equivalent of the banks and drugstores that have pushed out mom-and-pop businesses all over town.

We aren’t the biggest Peter Luger fans in the world, and we weren’t that high on the late Gage and Tollner, either. But the one thing you could always say for Brooklyn’s steakhouses was that they were their own, forged of the borough’s weird character and fractious personalities. But soon that will disappear too, chased away by Morton’s, Houston’s, and all the other trans-Hudson chains that have colonized New York. Will a Chipotle someday run the Red Hook ball fields? It’s all too depressing to think about.

Morton’s to Open its First Restaurant in Brooklyn [PR Newswire]