A critic and a blogger both have beef (pork?) with The Bowery (the recently opened fancy hot dog joint from Richard and Tiffanee Ellman of Oak fame and John Paul Valverde of recently closed Campo) today.
Scott Reitz's review of the upscale sausage spot is out in the newest Observer and the headline says it all: "Bowery's Bogus Dogs". The links simply don't measure up, especially for the prices, says Reitz. The hot dogs that The Bowery has chosen are "molded and processed", lacking the snap that a naturally cased dog would have, and he says the housemade sausages don't fare much better, citing a "dry and mealy" lamb and duck versions housed in "bland and dense" buns. The critic concludes that the concept is a "great idea" in a "fantastic space" and dogs and bread should be fairly easy fixes to make.
Meanwhile, Pegasus News has posted a piece by blogger Almost Veggie asking The Bowery to please hire more servers. A severely understaffed dining room on a recent weekday led to multiple tables walking out and an uninterrupted butt crack viewing on the patio. But there's plenty of good things going on, says the blogger, if management would just "work out the kinks".
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