info 12.20.04

The Worst of MUG

A collection of the worst people, places, things, and events passing through MUG in 2004: some trivial, some serious, plus a little bad taste, funky Karma, and things we'd be happy not to revisit in 2005. Tomorrow, the best of MUG.

Oh, the wretchedness, or, perhaps retch-edness of Sushi Samba's New Ringotoni. With its dire mix of coconut rum, apple cider, creme de cacao, and pineapple juice, all for $10, it might well be the worst cocktail in history. We felt obligated to remind readers that there are cheaper emetics available. January 20

While the first Manhattan outpost of Home Depot was greeted with enthusiasm by many, MUG found the company's long trail of unsavory business practices—consumer fraud violations, employee discrimination and retaliation, and widespread consumer complaints—a deal-breaker for our business. September 13

Drunken party-goers inflicted damage on the TWA terminal at JFK that was housing the eagerly anticipated art exhibit Terminal Five and got it shut down. October 6

We noted the contrast between what food publications had to say about a restaurant and the review from the Department of Health. One example from February 26:
Shun Lee West, 43 W. 65th [Col/CPW] 212.595.8895
Front of House: "For Chinese food with glamour, it's hard to beat this solid-gold Westsider…" (Zagat)
Back of House: Failed inspection. "Canned food product observed swollen, leaking, rusted, severely dented. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service. Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored." (Health Dept.)

And speaking of Zagat, we couldn't resist sharing some warm, personal reminiscences of publisher Charlie Suisman's many happy months (seven) plucking pithy quotes out, and popping peppy quips in, from Zagat surveyors to Zagat books under the twinkly eye of Tim and Nina. October 18

The news that Spalding Gray had committed suicide was yet another reminder that depression is such an insidious, terrible affliction. January 15


On the subject of making stuff up, Jayson Blair protested he didn't know how to say he was sorry to the New York Times and, early in the year, kept turning up in the media to work his gloating contrition act. MUG had a suggestion for how to say he's sorry: Shut up, get well, and do good. March 10

An extension to the 7 line, an addition to the Javits Center, and development of the Hudson Yards are all good things. But the stadium plan is filled with dubious assertions and the evidence is overwhelming that a stadium is a great idea, but not in that location. November 18

Justice Department attorney Sheila M. Gowan made the disgusting argument before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, on the subject of medical privacy, that "individuals no longer possess a reasonable expectation that their histories will remain completely confidential." February 13

Daily Candy's Editor-at-Large, Dannielle Romano, sent us what she thought was an anonymous email (and got her friend, Allison Griffin at Conde Nast to write one, too) that took schadenfreude to a nasty new level after we made an error in one of our articles. Funny thing, the very next day, Daily Candy had to apologize to its readers for sending them to a Jimmy Choo sale that had already occurred. Did MUG enjoy the Karma? We did. December 3

The Shops at Columbus Circle opened and confirmed our view of malls as soulless, somnolent, and creepy. February 6

La cage aux folles: Pale Male and clan got the cruelest of eviction notices from 927 Fifth Avenue's coop president Richard Cohen and wife Paula Zahn. It was the worst of New York arrogance. But the story may have a happy ending, as New Yorkers, normally so shy and reserved, came to the hawks' defense. December 14

Christmas/New Year's Restaurant Info
CE=Open Christmas Eve
CD=Open Christmas Day
NYE=Open New Years' Eve
NYD=Open New Year's Day and/or Evening

Bayard's, 1 Hanover Sq. [Pearl/Stone] 212.514.9454
NYE

Craft, 43 E. 19th [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.780.0880
NYE

Hearth, 403 E. 12th [1st] 646-602-1300
NYE

Joseph's, 1240 6th [49th] 212.332.1515
CE, NYE

Kittichai, 60 Thompson [Broome/Spring] 212.219.2000
CE, CD, NYE, NYD

Lever House, 390 Park [53rd] 212.888.2700
NYE

Orsay, 1057 Lex [75th] 212.517.6400
NYE, NYD

Starfoods, 64 E. 1st St. [1st/2nd] 212.260.3116
CE, NYE

Tamarind, 41-43, E. 22nd [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.674.7400
CE, CD, NYE, NYD

Tocqueville, 15 E. 15th [5th/Union Sq. W.] 212.647.1515
CE, NYE

Water's Edge, 44th Dr. and East River [Vernon] Qns 718.482.0033
CD, NYE

'wichcraft, 49 E. 19th [Bway/Park Ave. S.] 212.780.0577
NYD

Zo�, 90 Prince [Bway/Mercer] 212.966.6722
CE, NYE, NYD

And on Christmas Day, Makor's 2nd Annual Christmas Day Chinese food and a movie, doors open 7:30pm, $30. All the Chinese food you can eat, plus a choice of The Royal Tenenbaums (8pm) and Zoolander (10pm) or Blazing Saddles (8pm) and Young Frankenstein (9:45pm)


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