NYT critic Sam Sifton has a lot of fun writing about dishes he doesn't like. Here's a collection of the 15 best burns, barbs and zingers from his 2010 reviews:
1) The Bayberry Sorbet at Choptank: "tastes like a candle."
2) The Oyster Ceviche at Nuela: "like something off a bus-station floor."
3) The Veal Cutlet at Kenmare: "essentially a breaded and fried laptop case."
4) The Steaks at Peels: "giant flaps of crust-free, overly chewy meat the flavor of nickels."
5) The Fettuccine at Balaboosta: "tastes studied and drab, redolent of long shifts at the food co-op"
6) The Bang Bang Chicken at Le Caprice: "comfort food for rickshaw riders."
7) The Eggplant Parmigiana at Mia Dona: "a sandwich interior taken from a deli in Anywhereville."
8) The Food, in General, at Plein Sud: "room-service fare that leads to increased loneliness"
9) The Steak Frites at Ca Va: "the texture and flavor of a bound collection of Ibsen rescued from a house fire."
10) The Cabbage at Xiao Ye: "tastes of cardboard and water"
11) The Fried Artichokes at Nello: "tasted of shirt cardboard."
12) The Veal at Lavo: "shirt-cardboard veal Milanese"
13) The Truffle Cream at Osteria Morini: "a paint bubble drying, no longer wet, not yet dry."
14) The Grilled Prawns at Kin Shop: "tastes of hotel cooking and evokes mild depression."
15) The Roasted Lobster at Tamarind: "managed to appear on the plate as if it had been prepared in a wood-chipper."
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