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BELLINO & MINETTA BURGER vs OZERSKY & BLACK LABEL BURGER

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MINETTA BURGER “IT’S BETTER THAN THE BLACK LABEL BURGER”

Minetta Tavern, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

“Yes,” Minetta Tavern’s Second-Tier Burger, The “Minetta Burger” is without question thee “Better Burger” served at Minetta Tavern. Noted Foodie, Writer (The Hamburger) Burger Authority Josh Ozersky would disagree. Well, Mr. Ozersky is entitled to his opinion, as well as I and Thousands of others and the majority who like the Minetta Burger better than the now Highly Touted Minetta Tavern Black Label Burger, who some feel is the top burger in New York, even the World some say.

So, I’m wondering if some say the Minetta Black Label Burger is New York’s Best and even the World’s, does that make The Minetta Burger, according to myself and the majority of those polled, “New York’s” even the World’s Best Burger. “Not quite.”
This is a very subjective matter and one of personal taste. I can see why Mr. Ozersky loves the Minetta Tavern Black Label Burger so much, proclaiming it New York’s Top Burger and I believe he “May” said it is The Best in The World, but I’m not absolutely sure, so don’t quote me on that. Yes it is a Good Burger, and if you feel it is Great, than Yes it is Great to You and Everyone else who says it is Great. As for me, without question the “Minetta Burger” is Better, “Hell, It’s Tastier” and that’s all that counts isn’t it. And I’ll tell you why it’s tastier.
First off, the Blend and Quality of meat in the Minetta Burger is “Better for a Burger.” Note that I don’t say that the meat is just better, but better for making a Burger. Why? Well, Dry-Age Meat with it’s powerful gamey taste is not the best taste for Ground-Meat and a Hamburger. Fresher Meat that has not been aged, is much Better for a Burger, an it Taste a Hell of a Lot Better than ground dry-aged beef which did you Know that in it’s aging process is actually deteriorating? Some people like that taste. Fine. I do not, especially in ground meat and in my Burger. I’d much rather have my ground meat for a Burger Fresh.
And did you know that the Ground Meat Blend from Pat La Frieda for the Minetta Burger is a Blend of Prime Beef Short Rib, Beef Brisket, and Beef Clod, and this blend was La Frieda’s “Premium Blend” before he came up with the Black Label Blend which is Dry-Aged Rib Steak, and cost a lot more, thus the more Expensive Price of Minetta Tavern’s Black Label Burger at $26.00 for the Cheaper and Superior $17.00 “Minetta Burger.”
Just because something is more Expensive, does not make it better, and the Minetta Burger vs The Black Label Burger is a Classic example of more Expensive not being better than cheaper.
Why? Well, because of our current state of a bad economy, New York Steak Houses, Restaurants, and Meat Purveyors such as Pat La Frieda and others found that expensive cuts of Beef like Prime Sirloin Steaks and Prime Dry Aged Rib Steaks were not selling as well as they used to. Expensive, people have less money. Put 2-And-2-Together. So, these meat purveyors found themselves not selling as much as the High-Ticket Cuts. What to do? Well, as a result of a Bad Economy and Boggers Loving Burgers for there Affordability and Blogability, Burgers have become Insanely Popular in the past four years or so. Pat La Frieda has a great idea, make and Market Ground High-End Cuts of Dry-Aged Beef, give it a Fancy name, “Black Label,” and the rest is part of Hamburger History.
As for me, I’ll take the Better Tasting Burger that just so happens to be substantially cheaper to boot, the Minetta Burger.
 
 
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
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R.I.P. JOSH
Sadly since this posting Josh Ozersky passed away … Josh was greatly loved by Foodies and Gourmands everywhere, but nowhere more than from his home-town fellow New Yorkers who called Josh our own .. Josh had a wonderful down-to-earth everymans look at the World of Food and dining out, and as a food-writer Josh had no equal with his special brand of food-writing and reporting that was uniquely Josh Ozersky. You’ve sadly passed Josh, but you’d be happy to know your great food jounalism is till remembered and much loved, as are you.
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KEITH McNALLY CREATED The MEATPACKING DISTRICT

Keith McNally is a Restaurant GENIUS

 

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Keith McNally created the Meatpacking District? Yes Boys and Girls, I’ve been saying this for years. Never heard anyone else make this statement that I’ve been saying for the past 10, 11 years or so (remember where you hear this FIRST, Me! Daniel B Z), Keith McNally created the Meatpacking District! Well pretty much to what it is today, the booming, hip neighborhood of Trendy Restaurants, Trendy Designer Boutiques, Clubs, Hip and Cool Boutique Hotels, an Apple Store, The Chelsea Market, this that and every other thing, Keith did it. Well with a little help from Eric Goode and the Maritime Hotel which sprung up around the same time. The Maritme Hotel a Hip and Cool Boutique Hotel created by nightclub impressario Eric Goode of Area, on of New York’s coolest and longest lived Night Clubs (I had many a great time there), MK, and The Bowery Bar, Eric is now partner in The Bowery Hotel, The Maritime, and other projects. Yes Eric helped create “The Meatpacking” but it was mostly Keith McNally once he opened the doors of the venerable restaurant Brasserie / Bistro “Pastis” Even before, as Keith always gets 12 to 18 months advance publicity, once he obtains a space, has a concept and before “Bolt # 1” goes into the place, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Daily News, the Post, Time Out, and the entire restaurant, food, and social press are all over the story, “Keith McNally’s Latest Restaurant” (place). 

    I’ve said it befor, and I’ll say it again, “Keith McNally makes neighborhoods. He made two neighborhoods that were previously nondescript, boom, spring trendy restaurants and shops, increase real estate values, and spark “The Cool Set” to move in. Yes he has, first with Tribeca and his opening and huge success of the Odeon way make in the early 80’s, and now in the 21st Century, Mr. McNally Created and Made The Meatpacking District of New York Hot, Cool, trendy, the “Place to Be and Be Seen In.” The neighborhood is booming. Since McNally opened Pastis way back in 1999, the neighborhood has seen tremendous growth, spawning the Hugely Sucessful “Hignline,” The Ganesvoort Hotel, Soho House, The Standard Hotel, an Apple Store, other hot and hip restaurants, Nightclubs, and a slew of expensive designer boutiques like; Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and others, “Everyone wants to be in the Meatpacking District and it’s largely due to Keith McNally and his fine French Bistro/Brasserie “Pastis.”

    Yes, there were others before Keith, but the neighborhood did not explode until McNally’s arrival. Florent was the first great pioneer, way back in 1985, a good 13 years or so before McNally opened Pastis. Florent  Morellet was a wonderful 24 Hour Bistro (Diner)  “Florent” on Ganesvoort. Yes Florent was way ahead of Keith in terms of when they opened their respective restaurants in the Meatpacking District of New York which was just that, New York’s Meatpacking District filled with a hundred or so commercial Meat Purveyors. Floent operated for a dozen years or so before any restaurant of great substance moved into the area. Florent was the King of The Meatpacking District and had no competition in terms of any other hip restaurants in the area. Relatively anyway. But the district never boomed under Florent’s rule of the district, that happened after Keith Mcnally moved in with the opening of Pastis in 1999. Eventually, after more than 20 wonderful years in operation of “Florent” Florent Morelett lost his lease to another “Greedy Landlord” wanting insanely high over-inflated rates for their properties. The Original King of The Meatpacking District Florent Morelett was booted out. And now Keith. What? Yes, Keith Mcnally and his Bistro Pastis that created the boom of the Meatpacking Distric, The Highline, The Standard and Soho House Hotels, an Apple Store, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney, this man may lose his lease, and New York and the Red-Hot Meatpacking District may lose the man and the place (Pastis) that made the neighborhood. “We may lose Pastis.”

 

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