Were we too naïve to expect that Philly-bashing by New Yorkers would be limited to baseball? Apparently so! Our cuisine (not to mention the only adorable Phanatic!) is also under attack. First, there was the New York Post’s enlightened slideshow about why New York is superior to Philadelphia. After a lame attempt at “comparing” team mascots - the Phanatic’s butt is so much cuter than Kate Hudson’s - the Post takes tired aim at the cheesesteak. What is a superior sandwich? According to New York’s ink-stained wretches, it’s “Derek Jeter, with a couple of models.” Har. Har.
The Post calls scrapple and soft pretzel’s Philly’s haute cuisine, but we submit that the pretzel photographed looks not at all like a Philly pretzel, but exactly like the stale, salt-encrusted excuses peddled to tourists in Manhattan. New York’s haute cuisine is foie gras at the Four Seasons. That’s funny, Fountain at the Four Seasons also serves foie gras! And Yankee Stadium may have “a steakhouse,” but last we checked Citizen’s Bank Park had won “the prize for vernacular food” from that other astute (cough) Gotham publication, the Times. We’re so furious right now, we don’t even have enough energy to go after Ed Levine for pitting New York’s ice cream against Philly’s ice cream. Ice cream? Try water ice. We win. Go Phils!