There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute, and Some of Them Must Like Pizza
A further sign — as if more were needed — that New York is today a bastion of late-Roman decadence: One city slice shop now serves a $1,000 pizza. The pricey pie comes laden not with gold but with caviar, and Grub Street had the chance to taste it yesterday. So what does caviar’d pizza taste like? Bagels and lox, apparently. In which case we humbly remind you that the Zabar’s premade bagel-and-nova sandwich costs something like four bucks. We’re just saying.
We Try a $1,000 Pizza, Maintain That We Aren’t Publicity Tools [Grub Street]
Rats Ruin It for Everyone
Grub Street brings us the worrisome news that the New York City Department of Health is going all vigilante on area restaurants following last week’s embarrassing rat infestations. This weekend’s victims? West Village stalwart John’s Pizzeria and neighboring Risotteria. Operators of both restaurants were furious, as were thwarted customers. Grub Street has all the dirt (which may or may not be in the restaurants themselves).
Customers Rush to Pizzeria’s Defense [Grub Street]
Carroll Gardeners Fight the Good FightCarroll Gardens: Volunteers MoveOn into vacant Carroll Gardens apartment, using it to call voters round the country. [Brooklyn Papers]
Kensington: City drags its feet in building playground, kids sad. [NYDN]
Lower East Side: Cronkite Pizzeria and Wine Bar helps hipsters indulge their inner child and their repressed adult by serving up cotton candy and affordable wine. [Gothamist]
Park Slope: Sharing is caring, and drivers and bikers will soon be splitting Fifth Avenue. [Streets Blog]
Prospect Heights: From ghetto to glorious: New bodega management patches hole in wall and actually stocks what its customers want, which is beer and cigarettes. [Daily Heights]
West Village: Ye Waverly Inn reopens, with better lighting and a new mural but sadly, when these photos were taken, no Graydon. [Eater]
Williamsburg: Breast-feeding has come to the ‘Burg, and the nabe’s okay with it. But not quite as okay as lactating moms would like. [Brooklyn Record]
in other news
Domino’s Comes to Brooklyn, or Maybe Vice VersaWe’re sure you don’t eat Domino’s pizza, so we’ll fill you in on their newest offering: a thin-crust pie dubbed “Brooklyn Style.” And how does a Michigan-based chain promote this ostensibly King’s County concoction? With a dedicated Web page — brooklynstylepizza.com — that invites you to “roll your mouse over the neighborhood to see — and hear — all about it.” Indeed, passing your cursor over a swarthy cabbie triggers a promotional spiel delivered in a bizarre half-Pakistani, half-Slavic sitcom accent, and, well, you already guessed what happens when you mouse over a black dude, but we’ll tell you anyway: He starts rapping. To add a further dash of WTF, Domino’s is also raffling off a Checker cab, an artifact that has little specific connection to Brooklyn, and calling for video submissions to show off your YouTube-ready interpretation of “Brooklyn style.” Significantly, the winner gets the choice of a trip: the real NYC or the Las Vegas mockup.
So, how will this play out in Brooklyn (the real one, not the Vegas one)?