I frequently take part in surveys about where I eat and what I eat and when. It goes with the territory when you write about food. Inevitably, there’s a question about how long ago I’ve visited a fast food restaurant. I invariably answer “Never” because I gave up fast food over ten years ago. That’s also when we ousted as much processed food from our diet as we possibly could. While I am still not making my own Ketchup or Mayonnaise, I’ve been very successful in keeping things fresh around here. Then how do I explain my attachment to Bay Burger, the Sag Harbor Hamburger Emporium at 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (Phone: 631.899.3915)? In certain circles it would be classified as Fast Food faster than you can say McDonald’s. But it isn’t. Not by a long shot. For one thing, have you ever been to a McDonald’s that operates as a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays all winter? Does your local McD’s have jazz nights every Thursday? Does your fast food restaurant make its own ice cream with the fantastic tagline: “It’s from the Hamptons so you know it’s rich”? And one summer they even made the most incredible ham sandwich. ( I do hope they bring that one back.) And how is the food there ?
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
|Di Palo's is irresistible if you're an Italian food lover|
I think I am on to the marketing secret of DiPalo’s, the venerable Italian Market in New York’s rapidly vanishing Little Italy. I’ll get to that but first a little about Little Italy. It’s getting littler all the time, crushed on all sides. Squished by a vibrant and growing Chinatown on its eastern and western flanks, gentrified out of existence by uber-trendy NoLita (North Of Little Italy) neighborhood, the latest census data told us what we already feared. There is not one native, born-in-Italy Italian in the entire zip code that encompasses what’s left of New York’s Little Italy. For shame!