Alert reader Sigmund (a contributor and also creator of Sneer Review), who lives in Europe, took his family to New York City this week. He asked me for restaurant recommendations (I sent him to the Lower East Side, of course), and I also called upon food writer Josh Ozersky, a reader of this website.
Today, a bit heftier in the midsection, Sigmund sent me a report of his culinary peregrinations in NYC:
My favorite was the pastrami at Katz deli – although it filled me up so much I wasn’t able to manage a knish to go along with it!
The Texan barbeque at ‘Hill Country’ was good but a bit too carnivorous for my taste – we found a few great korean barbecues that were easier to manage (I like eating meat but the US barbeque style makes it feel like you are eating a whole cow at one sitting!)
The Korean restaurant was the New Wonjo, on West 32nd street, ‘Korea-Town’. We tried a couple of K-barbecues in that street and this was the best (there are plenty more to try in the vicinity, so there may be better options!) Apparently it’s open 24 hrs a day and was very busy when we were there. If you go, avoid the chicken (it’s just OK) and stick with the beef and pork barbecue.
I also found that Economy Candy shop you featured —and bought some WEIT themed candy: picture attached.
We managed to get to a couple of decent Chinese restaurants too – ‘Joe’s Shanghai’ for dumplings and Dim Sum Go-Go for (surprise) Dim Sum – although the latter was forced upon us, as our original choice, The Golden Unicorn, was being raided by the police when we turned up!
Speaking of cat butts, Sigmund had an unexpected encounter with a famous accommodationist:
PS We went to the Natural History Museum last week and the only downside was the sudden appearance of Francis Collins (in a video) in the Human Origins section – who proceeded to needlessly inject his own religion into things. There was absolutely no need for this in the exhibition – it is essentially a sectarian sermon in a museum devoted to science. I can understand the possible value of this in an evangelical church setting but not in a science museum.
In his looped video in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, Collins seems to be either promoting one type of religion (that which involves belief in a personal God) or, alternatively, extolling the value of cognitive dissonance:
“I’m a scientist who believes the tools of science are the way to understand the natural world and one needs to be rigorous about that. But I’m also a believer in a personal God. I find the scientific worldview and the spiritual worldview to be entirely complementary. And I find it quite wonderful to be able to have both of those worldviews existing in my life in a given day, because each illuminates the other.”
But belief in a personal God is not compatible with other religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism or multiple other faiths. Why privilege evangelical Christianity above all others in this setting?
JAC: This sort of thing really ticks me off: it’s not science but theology. Let people reconcile their faith with the truth on their own time. And I wouldn’t be surprised if some public money went toward creating this exhibit, which if true would violate the First Amendment.