I don’t ask for a lot. OK, well, maybe I do — but you know I’m kidding when I wish for eternal youth and for Breaking Bad to continue forever and ever. And I’m not big on gifts. I have enough ugly holiday sweaters, coasters and picture frames to last for at least 10 re-giftings. But in terms of the food scene in New York City, there are a few things I’d love to get. If you could get around to it sooner rather than later, that’d be just swell …
♦ A Cronut, just to try it and see what all of the hysteria is about. Then I would like to never hear the word “Cronut” again.
♦ An end to ridiculous reservation policies like that of Sushi Nakazawa — you know, that New York Times four-star sushi bar that’s impossible to get into? Upon actually scoring a seat, you pay a non-refundable $50 (per person) deposit. There are no refunds even when you cancel with, say, a week’s notice … even though those seats could be filled within seconds. Good sushi (I’m told); bad karma.
♦ For OpenTable.com to offer reservations besides 5:30pm for popular restaurants such as ABC Kitchen. It hurts that they even think that I’d consider dining at the time my parents do.
♦ A better non-flash camera for dish posts. Please get on whoever’s running Apple these days. Ed note: Please!
♦ A moratorium on the opening of Italian restaurants. We have enough, Marone!
♦ Chefs who cook … in a kitchen … without a camera in front of them.
Thanks, Santa! Have a great holiday! Newyork.com loves you,
P.S. The black and white cookies are for you to share with the reindeer.
Read more of our 2013 year-end wrap-ups here.