If you’ve walked by The Commodore you have probably seen their fearless head chef Stephen Tanner chilling outside and smoking a cigarette. Aside from running Commodore’s kitchen (and soon El Cortez in Bushwick), co-founding Pies-N-Thighs, and playing bass for the band Harvey Milk, Stephen also gives a great interview. Grub Street spoke with him about the Williamsburg food world and he had some choice words for others in the neighborhood:
since when did becoming a butcher or a farmer become some celebrated art form? It’s fucking insulting to the people who have done it their entire lives. These fucking dicks move here and they’re, like, “Oh, I’m a nose-to-tail bro.” I think it’s rude and it’s offensive. Other than that, I don’t really give a shit.
They all say they were looking for something the community wasn’t providing. And it’s, like, “What’s that? A club of dicks?” They’re not providing anything. They’re isolating the community. I don’t give a fuck. I’ll name names. Like Walter Foods, and people who say “proper”: “I was looking to go somewhere and have a proper Man-hat-ton, and a properly cooked steak … ” What the fuck are you talking about? Dumbest shit on earth. You’re not doing anything for the community but alienating the people who have lived there for a katrillion years.
A club of dicks! Fantastic.
Read the rest of the interview at Grub Street