Aziz Ansari on line for fried chicken at Le Fooding.
For anyone who didn’t score a ticket to the two-day all-out foodie extravaganza at PS1
in Long Island City, NY, it’s hard to understand the allure of Le Grand Fooding
. The lines are long, even by NYC Shake Shack
standards. The NY vs SF theme was played out nine months ago. (A he said/he said blog
between Momofuku’s David Chang
and Daniel Patterson
, chef at San Francisco’s remarkable Coi
restaurant, devolved into nothing; Patterson said Chang was his best friend there.) So why is it such a super fun event? My main theory is that less, not more, top-flight chefs, pizza-makers and mixologists make them all the more memorable. Here are a few other reasons I loved Day 1. My Highlights of Day 2 coming tomorrow.Most-Worth-It Line
: For fried chicken, from Seersucker
in Brooklyn, NY. Some people said they clocked an hour waiting. Still, the chicken was outstanding, crispy and hot and well spiced.
: Jake Gyllenhaal
(in full beard camouflage); Aziz Ansari
, who smartly positioned friends in every line so he got to taste everything, then left to go to the secret Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs concert
: Jim Meehan
, the brains behind F&W Cocktail books
. He patiently shook about a million Belvedere Parkside Fizz cocktails to fortify the line-standers.