OP has never been to mainland China.
Every animal, domestic and imported, pet and wild, is on the menu in China.
R1, that has nothing to do with the fact that a greasy, nasty, smelly, potentially disease-ridden rat was sashaying through expensive food at a popular urban eatery.
According to the news report, they just transferred the food from one location to another. That's pretty nasty.
That rat was big!!!
At least this is a gourmet rat. I'll never forget seeing a dozen rats scurrying around the floor of a DC Popeye's I walked by late at night.
As the USA becomes increasingly Chinese owned, expect more of this. "Gourmet" Dog and Cat too.
We are everywhere in NY. Mice too.
You just don't see us.
Eli Zabar sells the most overpriced, flavorless food in the world. Rat urine would at least give his pastry a zesty, tangy taste.
Rats are the "in" thing among the high earners. With socialist Obama about to raise their taxes, rat is the only thing they will be able to afford.
I wonder how much E.A.T. charges for fresh rat?
I worked briefly at Eatily...the overpriced Italian place.
More vermin in that place than anywhere in NY.
R2, it's an overcrowded island, of course there are rats everywhere
[quote]Eli Zabar sells the most overpriced, flavorless food in the world. Rat
Agree. I had lunch at E.A.T. once a year ago. Never again. Flavorless and overpriced (the bread on the table is considered a side order, so you have to pay for it). And the waiter was an asshole.
I love how they took the potentially contaminated food and moved it to their store and donated some to City Harvest. It doesn't seem like they threw anything out.
Every fancy, delicious, yummy, yuppie restaurant has mice and rats or bugs. Of course the greasy and average places have them, too. Can't really romanticize restaurants or food places.
At Smith & Wollensky's on Philly's posh Rittenhouse Square, on a nice night, you can see rats scurrying in and out of holes in the garden surrounded by the parking lot in front of the high-rise where the steakhouse is located.
So they have started eating Bankers in NYC....
This is nothing. Come to Honolulu. Place is crawling with rats in Chinatown and elsewhere. All caught many times on vid. Comes with the territory.
It's a mystery to me how Eli manages to remove all flavor from food. When a new bakery opened on Third Ave a number of years back, we bought some nice looking items and brought them home. As soon as each of us chewed a bite we immediately knew "Eli Zabar owns that place." Stale tasting, flavorless, dried out nothingness, just like The Vinegar Factory, just like E.A.T., just like Eli's.
They should change the name to R.A.T.
Zabar moved the rat-infested food from one restaurant to another. What sort of cheap motherfucker...
I think the Third Ave location is not open to the public and sells to retailers. So you could be buying the ratty food from places besides those directly owned by Zabar.
[quote]According to the news report, they just transferred the food from one location to another. That's pretty nasty.
You don't think old Eli is going to risk losing money, do ya?
Hopefully everyone sees the report and will avoid the other place like the plague - no pun intended.
There aren't any cats in New York city?
The reason rats are everywhere in the city is because there aren't any natural predators like cats to kill them. Even Ancient Egyptians knew this so that's why they had cats roaming all over their palaces: to control rat and mice population.
NYC rats are the size of cats.
r22 has it. NYC has plenty of cats.
But cats are smart enough to avoid these rats, which are huge and would fight back with tooth and nail... and likely win.
If New York is the #1 capital in the U.S. for rats, what is #2? L.A.? Chicago?
I used to go to this place all the time when I visited NYC in the 80s and 90s. It seemed such a great spot for lunch, just around the corner from the Met, and I thought that bread was delish back in the day... So glad I found other places and haven't been back in years, but still....
I ate ratty bread!!!! And liked it!!! Waaaah!!!
I doubt r9 worked at EATALY since he doesn't even know how to spell the name of the place that issued his pay checks. I suppose you also worked for Mario Andretti, the owner?
Fairway Market on the West Side had the same problem. A small rat was seen frolicking in the open olive bar and a larger rat was seen running around the store in broad daylight. Both incidents were caught on cellphone video. Rats are nocturnal. You know the workers who stock the store at night see much worse, but probably don't care, since they can ill afford to buy anything they sell. Someone who shopped at Black Hound in the East Village, another pricey shop, watched a roach crawl out of the shopping bag after he got his baked goods home. Honestly, I wouldn't shop at any of these stores.
[qoute]Someone who shopped at Black Hound in the East Village, another pricey shop, watched a roach crawl out of the shopping bag after he got his baked goods home.
I didn't need to hear that. At least, Black Hound gets fresh pastry daily. Still, roaches... ewww.
[quote]Zabar moved the rat-infested food from one restaurant to another. What sort of cheap motherfucker...
Jew. There's your answer.
Tell me about it, r28. I had planned to order the poppy seed cake and the Fall cake sampler, as well as the Savory Snack Tin, from Black Hound for Christmas. After reading that Yelp review I was glad I didn't drop a small fortune at that place. Zabar's is out too.
Citatella's is another place that puzzles me. Bad food, super-high prices.
ff for you, R32, now choke on a dick.
So Eli Zabar is that guy Ina Garten keeps raving about on her shows and are good friends. Will she continue to promote his rat infested eateries?
Paula Deen Y'all
[quote] ff for you, [R32], now choke on a dick.
What are you, a member of the Citarella family?
Why are r1 and r5 so stupid they think rats on the menu in China has something to do with this story? The Zabar's rat was not on the menu, fucknuts, it was alive and running loose on the food--which, frankly, is much worse, but probably not all that uncommon in city restaurants/food shops at night.
r30, go die in the proverbial grease fire.
I have no doubt Ina will continue to plug Zabar, in exchange for a discount. They're a lot alike.
Why do rats and mice poop so much? They seem to shoot a turd every 5 seconds.
Have NONE of you seen RATATOUILLE, for goodness sake. There are such things are RAT gourmands!
There used to be a segment on the local news hosted by a very popular on air personality. It was the weekly rat and roach report. He would report on the findings of health inspectors in restaurants throughout the city. Once he showed video of the exterior of a small neighborhood Chinese restaurant. Running up and down on the drapes in the large front window were several rats. I don't know if they were later served to diners.