Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Recession Specials of the Day

Given that we're bang in the middle of a recession, I thought I'd
provide you with a few how-the-recession-is-affecting-our-lives links:

1) NY Mag's famed Grub Street has effectively been retitled, "Recession
Is Your Friend," and they're telling us that high-end New York
restaurants are slashing their prices in an effort to entice us to come
in (with unemployment checks or otherwise)

2) Also, those same restaurants are being much, much nicer to us,
because all of a sudden, it's realllllly easy to get a table at a
Chanterelle, or one of Batali's 200 Italian eateries

3) Excellent set of recommendations from NY Mag's recession-special
"Live Cheap" guide on how to "Eat Like a Prince at a Pauper's Price"
(catchy title, that).

I would personally recommend the $28 lunch at Jean Georges - I
completely agree that it's "the best $28 you can spend on food today."
If you have $28, that is. On the other hand, that could also get you 4
lamb-and-rices and 1 gyro from the world-famous Chicken and Rice cart on
53rd and it's a toss up, really.

4) My favorite of NY Mag's "Live Cheap" suggestions: why waste money on
dates, when you could just microwave Ramen and bang your ex. Good times.

Oh, read the comments too. Especially this one: "I have sex with my ex
all the time. I trained him too well to let another relationship get in
the way."

5) If you want to make a quick buck, move to Croatia, have a child,
threaten to give him or her a non-traditional name, and BANG!, just like
that the Croatian church will give you 1000 kunas to name your kid Luka
(no, not the one who lived on the second floor...I hope).,27574,25010512-401,00.html

Links courtesy Tong, BC BC


  1. It is hard to walk to the corner in Manhattan without running into a restaurant,or a take-out joint. For New Yorkers, dining out is the most important part of living in the city. However, due to the ongoing economic crisis, they are eating out less frequently than they did a year ago. On last weekend, I went to Jaya Thai, a popular Thai restaurant, I was surprised to see only a few people were dining; but a large section of the restaurant was empty. All of sudden, it has become easy to get reservation in three star restaurants such as Tabla, Nobu, CamaJe Bistro in the West Village (popular for blind dining-eating without seeing the food) and in upscale restaurants of the city such as Per Se in Time Warner center where earlier,one has to book two months in advance for a table. Salman Rushdie’s restaurant, At Vermilion, a high-end Indian and Latin fusion restaurant at Lexington Avenue and 46th Street, is also struggling to keep the restaurant open. Rushdie may have realized by now that writing is a lot more profitable than running a restaurant in a recession. I would recommend eating out at restaurants in upper west side near Columbia or in Village delicious, reasonable prices, warm and friendly, definitely a bargain in this economy.

    A great recession survival advice for people who have abandoned their kitchens.It is high time they should pull out kitchen appliances that are gathering dust, hit the grocery store and start cooking because nothing can beat the home cooked food and eating in is certainly much cheaper and healthier than eating out. Home cooking equals love and of course saves money.

  2. Recession has taken its heavy toll on some of the landmarks of the city such as Rainbow Room, located above NBC Studios, at 65th floor of Rockefeller Center. This high-end, revolving restaurant, owned by Ciprani family, mogul of restaurants, had a glamorous history of witnessing performances of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones. It is unfortunate that this landmark had to shut down after operating for nearly 80 years.