Bedford and Bowery is rightfully annoyed by Jeffrey Steingarten’s bitchy Manhattan-centric article about Brooklyn’s food culture. Since you need the Vogue app to access the story “A Distant Shore” — I know — here are some ‘highlights’:
On Roberta’s: “[It’s] not easy to find, situated as it is in Brooklyn, which a real estate agent might refer to as a disfavored neighborhood. On my first visit, I walked past it two or three times. I’m not saying that the restaurant’s façade was designed to resemble the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, where bombed-out buildings have been left as a modern ruin, a grizzly antiwar reminder, a memento mori, but Roberta’s owners have done little to prettify the exterior of the old gray auto-repair garage that underlies it all.”
On leaving Duane Reade Island for Brooklyn: “[a] long, bumpy trip from Manhattan,” “[a] perilous voyage beyond Manhattan,” “[a] costly, time-consuming, often nauseating taxi ride to Brooklyn and back, or the even longer subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper”
On hipsters: “Hipsters are remote descendants of the Beats of the fifties and the hippies of the sixties. Today, many are simply slackers.”
Here’s dear Jeffrey, sans monocle, pictured below. Next time, hopefully he’ll stay in Manhattan and settle for a less traumatizing trip to Chipotle or Panera.