With the news of Meehan leaving the NY Times, I feel this is the perfect time to inaugurate a column dedicated to the downfall of its Dining section. This is sort of an offshoot of the famed (now sadly defunct) Bruni Digest, but is dedicated to the Times in general, not just Bruni.

It all started for me about a year ago when I noticed the slow decay of Meehan's $25 and Under column, and exacerbated by the recent 99 cent store cover story. WHO the HELL are they writing for???? They are clearly going through an identity crisis.

To the Times Dining's credit, I am a loyal reader, and have been consistently BUYing the print edition ($1.25 now!) every Wednesday morning for my subway ride to work for the past 5 years. My mind can easily recall articles and restaurants reviewed from years past. It's sort of pathetic, but there's no better person to be able to make fun of it now.

Here's a few things I noticed in today's edition:

- Moskin uncovers Pinkberry ingredients: Sorry Julia, but UM's Yamahomo discovered this LAST SUMMER after many trials of duplicating Pinkberry in his own home. Not only that, but the ingredients, as you mention, has been on the i n t e r n e t for months. SHOCKER. I'm sorry but why are we still talking about this? Pinkberry is so last year. And they are making fun of us in LA because to them this is so 2005.

- Bruni's friend asks Rusty Knot bartender, "what kind of really interesting beers do you have?" Fucking DUMB! I'm surprised the bartender didn't punch her in the face. Wouldn't you?

- Read Meehan's great farewell interview with Eater. Meehan, I have had a huge crush on you for years, and we will all miss you very much. Off to greener pastures, I am sure. Will someone please hook us up on a blind date?

*Did I miss anything? Put it in the comments please.


  • of course- him and every other man on this island. i’m moving upriver, i’ve had enough.

    kayoko on

  • Meehan is all shacked up. Sorry.

    Anonymous on

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