People are always asking, “Where should I eat when I visit New York City?”
How about a suggestion of where you definitely should not?
Park Avenue Autumn, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is famous for changing their menu and decor each season. (It was called Park Avenue Summer until a couple of weeks ago; I think you catch my drift.)
Chef Kevin Lasko has included venison and date syrup, a noted Iraqi delicacy, on this season’s menu. What’s wrong with that, you ask? Nothing…except he and artist Michael Rakowitz are serving the dish on plates once owned by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The restaurant attempted to explain their decision to use the china in a press release, saying the plates “represent the rich and complicated history of a place long misunderstood by its invaders.“
I’m sure they do. Doesn’t mean I want to eat off of them.
You’d think a restaurant would have a bit more taste.