Given the recent release of Sex and the City, we weren’t surprised when a reader sent us an e-mail with the subject line “I don't want jersey girls drinking cosmos to ruin my birthday.” Her plea for a locale:
My 21st birthday is on monday and i'm looking for the perfect place to celebrate..minus all the hoopla that usually surrounds the trashy, puke in the mouth into the entree 21st. just looking for something cozy and the ability to be as loud as i want. i checked out hecho en dumbo and it looked great, but alas, it's closed on Mondays. i was also thinking a beer garden in queens but my hopes and dreams were crushed when i was informed that a peripheral friend of ours recently had her bday there last week. bummer.
So you're looking for Mexican in Dumbo.
A friend of Grub Street has alerted us to a trend among her fellow females that is as disturbing to bagel lovers as the whole "Jack and Diet" thing is to anyone who takes drinking seriously. She writes in:
For over twenty years I’ve frequented Ess-a-Bagel, one of the best bagel shops in NY. It's got its charm, what with the "bagel facial" (the steam from the bagels being cooked) that blasts you when you enter (you’re lucky when it’s cinnamon raisin— the garlic bagels attach to your clothing all day). The same guys have worked there for years and thankfully they all know what I order (I get claustrophobic very easily, and hate waiting). However, recently something has driven me away from my beloved bagel shop.
"What's a bagel without the dough?"
"Voilà, le pain!"Photo: nymag.com
A Hell’s Kitchen reader wrote in not once but twice to ask us why her Amy’s Bread
location has been “compromised” by rabid tourists:
Lately, it's been hellish to get in and take an order. Lines on the weekend--mornings I tell you! Early Sunday mornings!--have gotten out of control. It's like someone spilled a delicious secret, and tourists have taken over my favorite bread and pastry shop. And not just any tourists, French speaking tourists, a lot of them!
"And not just any tourists."
By now you might be almost as sick of hearing about Gael Greene's and Tom Dobrowski's Ko reservation debacle as you are of, say, trying to get a reservation at the place (thanks to the guy who e-mailed us today offering us his time slot, but we’ll pass) — but we thought we'd post Dobrowski's latest e-mail to us by way of a coda. Let the record show that one of his co-workers may have canceled his reservation after he forwarded it around, and an IT guy at Momofuku may have leaked the log of his reservation activity to Eater despite assurances that he wouldn’t.
"I thought I was losing my mind."
Three kinds of caviar on top.Photo: Wikipedia
Yesterday’s news of a $1,000 sushi roll
really touched a nerve in one reader. When we saw an e-mail with the subject “Suffolk Kitchen introduces $12,000 Knish,” we, of course, assumed it was for real. As we read the “press release,” however, it became obvious that the pitch was full of it — though arguably no more so than the one about the sushi roll.
Pay 48 hours in advance. In cash.