Friday, September 23, 2011

Little Wisco Takes Little Italy

Little Wisco has raised a flag in Little Italy.

Reader Adam Lass sends in this shot from the San Gennaro Feast:



The Times explains it: "at the Little Wisco counter, representing the restaurants Joseph Leonard, Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery, goofy improvisations include featherweight falafels with molten Cheddar hearts ($8) and sriracha-doused chicken meatballs on a potato pancake with the perfect ratio of spring and sponge ($10). 'This is the kind of stuff we make for ourselves at the end of the night,' explained the scruffy young man taking orders."

10 comments:

EV Grieve said...

All served with a side of contempt.

esquared said...

what is this fuckery?

#anothersignoftheapocalypse

James Campbell Taylor said...

Minchia!

Little Earthquake said...

115 years ago, the headline would have read:

"Little Italy Takes Little Ireland."

With the same implicit xenophobia.

bowery boy said...

I don't mind some changes from the usual mc-street fair fare, but the price point is still the issue. $10 for a chicken ball? Not me. On the way home last night, I got a big ole meatball on a pile of ziti for half the price.

Ed said...

Actually the fancier stuff has coexisted fine for the past couple of weeks with the junk food at the feast, and the crowds frankly are somewhat better behaved now that its not wall to wall guidos. And there is still plenty for the guidos to like, since the event still mostly caters to them.

What used to attract me to New York was the idea of different groups of people coexisting in the city and putting bits of it together to support their idea of a good life, and sometimes the city still seems to provide that.

Plus another point for the new fancier vendors is that many of them are stores and restaurants that are actually located in the neighborhood. I think permits to street fairs should only be given if 95% of the vendors either lived in or operated businesses within four blocks of the street fair.

It would be nice to have more Italian food, but that has been a problem with the event for some time.

just a friend said...

I can't believe such a thing would be allowed in the City. Little Wisco? Are you f-serious?

PorkchopBob said...

This guy's idea of "Little Wisco" is far from representative of the culturally rich state of WI. As much as I enjoy your mission on this blog, your constant war cry against WI is petty and ignorant. Gentrification and NYC-identity assaults have been a constant battle, but a little WI in NYC isn't something to be afraid of. In fact, it's already here - if you go to any of the grown number of German bier halls, had a cheese curd, or bowl a few frames, you've already basically enjoyed it. If you are going to bemoan every brat, beer or cheese curd that pops up in NYC, you might as well complain about every new St. Louis BBQ joint, Cali-Mex taco, Kentucky bourbon bar, or Seattle granola bar. WI-ites are not the yuppies tearing down brownstones for condos or buying up Coney Island. I think your fear of WI-ites IS a fear of strangers, because you obviously don't know any.

Anonymous said...

Nah I'd say my hatred of "Little Wisco" is that it is already a neighborhood with a name. I don't fear strangers, I fear dbags that come into my neighborhood saying it was broke and how fabulous they made.

laura said...

interesting concept: nordic people came here 200 yrs ago? right? the only difference was they came from sweden (or where ever) & ate cheese. these people come from wisco & eat cheese. hmmm. i wonder if theres some racial thing going on here. is state to state migration problem? no they should not be @ the little italy fair, as they are not italian. other than that, somehow we feel that big blonds dont belong in new york. (unless its a model).