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Critic Is Sick of Food Being Politicized

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Plus, Pizza Rat is back — and more intel

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Cuozzo has found something else to rant about

“Welcome to the demented world of Food Politics,” Post critic Steve Cuozzo writes in a new article complaining about food becoming an increasingly political topic. He doesn’t really seem to have a point, other than to file his objection to it happening, and points to stories in the New Yorker, Eater, and San Francisco Chronicle that he believes have “lurched far, far leftward.” He also calls Anthony Bourdain the leader of this alleged movement, saying, “But in proclaiming his socially aware, “woke” bona fides, the chef [Bourdain] egged on a hysterical radical claque who believes that almost anything we eat, think or say about food puts us on board with colonial oppressors.”

Openings, closings, and coming attractions

In Park Slope, a new pasta and natural wine restaurant has opened at 341 Fifth Ave. called Terre. Dive bar Dive 106 is now open on the Upper West Side at 938 Amsterdam Ave. The East Village Bareburger at 85 Second Ave. has closed to make way for a smaller location nearby at 173 Orchard St. Cooking store Whisk will open on May 1 in the old A Cook’s Companion space at 197 Atlantic Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn. Italian grocer Mulberry Market is moving into 251 Mulberry St. in Little Italy with prepared foods, organic goods, and beer and wine.Coming to 167 First Ave. is popular Los Angeles ramen chain Tatsu, bringing its iPad-ordered noodle soup across the country. Long-vacant 90-96 Stanton St. will soon be a falafel shop called Falafel Fix. Meanwhile, bread and cake shop Bakeri at 627 E. Sixth St. is now closed, though locations remain in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. On the UWS, coffee and chocolate shop 2Beans closed at 461 Amsterdam Ave.

Pizza Rat is back, and hungry

New York City’s beloved and unofficial mascot Pizza Rat is back. The hungry critter, known for scurrying around the subway in search of pizza and willing to fight for it, was spotted Sunday on the 6 line at the Lexington Avenue-59th Street station. Long live Pizza Rat.

Two new stunty foods

New Yorkers can now eat a cheeseburger in a purple bun. Tama in Bed-Stuy has the colorful dish, colored that way with ube. It’s only available as a special, so call ahead. In the East Village, Bruno Pizza has added pizza crust ice cream to the menu, made by infusing crust into the ice cream base, and it’s already a mini sensation with a spot on The Chew.

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