“Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?) Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.”
One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)
GO THE FUCK OFFFF
. . . is this a thing up North or something? Because I can’t think of any ethnic food spot near me that I actually think of as cheap. It’s all mid to high range. It’s fair prices too for what you get so I would never complain, but if I can afford to go out I can look around and go HEY I want to eat out! Do I want Thai, Indian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, actual Chinese or a burger.
… wallet voted burger. Fantastic. >.<
I never hear anyone complaining about these places being too expensive UNLESS you hit the white owned famous chef type places and then I’m when we go we are all side eyeing those prices because we know the Japanese place downtown makes better food for less.
We do here though side eye expensive burgers and steaks because WTF I live in Texas and there is no way you need to charge $40.00 for steak and potatoes. I literally (and I MEAN literally) have two cattle ranches near me, so don’t tell me about import costs. The sushi places can tell me about import costs because I don’t know how you get fresh fish to Dallas. Magic I assume. So that can be expensive and I accept that. I do not accept crazy expensive burgers because no.
So I’m blaming New York for this one, Because when in doubt, blame New York. But this can’t be a thing all over 0.o