Salt Bae has landed in New York. Unfortunately, now that an outpost of the living meme’s Nusr-Et steakhouse is open, early reviews are pouring in, and — surprise! — the city’s critics don’t love it.
Eater’s Robert Sietsema calls the steaks “rubbery and low on flavor.” His bill was $320 and he was “still hungry.” The Post’s Steve Cuozzo goes further, calling the restaurant “Public Rip-off No. 1.” He spent $521 and left “craving a snack.” Joshua David Stein, in a long dispatch for GQ, writes that the steak is “mundane,” the hamburger’s “overcooked,” the tartare is “over-chopped,” there’s lots of liquid nitrogen at the bar, and the restaurant’s servers apparently refuse to serve tap water.
Brutal, but the early critical pans pale in comparison to the reception that Salt Bae’s getting to a recently posted video of himself cooking … well, he’s definitely cooking something.
Your eyes do not deceive you. Salt Bae appears to have butterflied a perfectly fine protein, only to stuff it with many slices of American cheese and asparagus spears that are either blanched or — perish the thought — raw. The garnish: a bunch of toothpick flags.
Needless to say, people don’t want one:
For Salt Bae’s own good, other food-world professionals may need to stage an intervention if things go any further.