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The Vanderbit ripping off The Wing Bar

HypeKiller Mar 2, 2010 06:18 PM

Last weeks overly clever Brooklyn Vs. MAnhattan issued highlighted the Vanderbilts deep fried brussels sprout dish which is way to similar to the delicious version served at the Wing Bar. The Wing Bar was serving there dish for months before the Vanderbilt was open. Furthermore the Wing bar is located a short stumble away from the owners of the Vanderbilt's flagship restaurant Saul. I am disturbed and saddened for the lovely family that owns the Wing Bar home of the best bar food in the city.
275 Smith St
(between Degraw St & Sackett St)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 237-2728

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    chow_gal Mar 11, 2010 10:55 AM

    "I am disturbed and saddened for the lovely family..."

    No one died, dude. This is Brussels Sprouts.

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    1. re: chow_gal
      StheJ Mar 11, 2010 11:14 AM

      Word. I mean unless they had a patent or copyright or something... Can you trademark a brussels sprout?

      1. re: StheJ
        jen kalb Mar 11, 2010 12:13 PM

        uh, no.
        this has been sort of silly from the get-go but at least it further raises the visiblity of the brussel sprout!
        who would have thought it? that veg was on most-hated list for years.

        1. re: jen kalb
          HankyT Mar 11, 2010 12:27 PM

          My thoughts exactly, Jen. Half way down this thread, I had to remind myself we were actually using such passionate prose in service of Brussels sprouts. When's someone going to deep-fry a kohlrabi?

          1. re: HankyT
            Nehna Mar 12, 2010 03:50 PM

            Hahaha, this turned into a very funny thread indeed. I hadn't realized Saul's new place was open. Might have to investigate.

            And I love, love, love brussel sprouts.

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      ginsbera Mar 10, 2010 01:21 PM

      The Vanderbilt's sprouts are mixed with lime, honey and siracha, not to mention they aren't battered or floured and fried, but more flash fried. Are The Wing Bar's served with any flavor combination similar to that? I've never been, but in looking at the menu I can guess they are very very different.

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      1. re: ginsbera
        EJC Mar 10, 2010 01:25 PM

        That sounds more similar to the Momofuku fried Brussels, which are actually the best in NYC. :)

        1. re: EJC
          ginsbera Mar 11, 2010 10:19 AM

          Good point. I do love the Ssam bar sprouts, though sometimes they are too salty for me. The Vanderbilt's actually have a nice acidity and sweetness. Another place to go for sprouts is Motorino for their Brussels sprouts pie.

          Clearly different The Vanderbilt and Ssam Bar's are different than the ones being referenced by the original post.

          1. re: ginsbera
            Mike R. Mar 13, 2010 03:43 AM

            I've wondered about this for the past six months: How many Brussels Sprouts does it take to cover a Motorino pie? I'm guessing ONE (or two) should do it. They've hit on something.

            Still, Motorino's $10-buck Billyburg lunch is a deal.

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        ShanDeez Mar 3, 2010 08:51 AM

        CGeats: Saul is very close to The Wing Bar.

        Lambretta: Have you had the sprouts at TWB? I don't know how you can classify the Vanderbilt's dish as "composed", whereas TWB's is "good old junk food", when they are extremely similar dishes.

        HypeKiller is probably bringing up his point, due to the fact that The Vanderbilt gets credit for something TWB has been doing for a while, yet this esteemed publication only takes notice of the higher end restaurant. Quite similar to the age old debate: High Art vs. Low Art. The Wing Bar has fabulous food, and it should not go unnoticed as mere "good old junk food".

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        1. re: ShanDeez
          Bob Martinez Mar 3, 2010 09:40 AM

          "Saul is very close to The Wing Bar. "

          I just looked it up. Saul is 7 blocks away.

          "... the Vanderbilt gets credit for something TWB has been doing for a while, yet this esteemed publication only takes notice of the higher end restaurant. "

          This esteemed publication does in fact have a thread on Wing Bar. It would probably raise their profile if you had posted about it there.

          BTW, Google has 426,000 hits on "deep fried brussels sprouts."

          1. re: Bob Martinez
            ShanDeez Mar 3, 2010 12:28 PM

            Is 7 Smith St. blocks considered far?? Glad I go to the gym..

            I wasn't referencing Chowhound as the publication, I was referencing Time Out New York - the root of this thread - their blurb on The Vanderbilt's sprouts.

          2. re: ShanDeez
            CGeats Mar 3, 2010 09:45 AM

            "The Vanderbilt gets credit for something TWB has been doing for a while, "

            And Dumont Burger in Williamsburg ( another " High Art" joint" ) gets credit for something ______________ (fill in the blank with any burger joint) has been doing for s while.

            So what? There is a high art version of -everything-.

            1. re: CGeats
              CalJack Mar 3, 2010 10:53 AM

              Dumont Burger gets credit for helping me gain ten highly artful pounds this winter.

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            CGeats Mar 3, 2010 03:02 AM

            Sorry but you can't patent a dish thats been an arab food staple for thousands of years.

            Deep fried brussel sprouts? Yummy but how does the Vanderbilt doing the same dish 2 neighborhoods away constitute a rip off? What about the Wing Bar's onion rings, hamburgers and um, wings? Does Wing Bar have a patent on those? I'd say no.

            No diss to Wing Bar; I've never been.

            And Saul is a bit more than a short stumble away.

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            1. re: CGeats
              lambretta76 Mar 3, 2010 04:36 AM

              Gotta agree - I used to eat deep-fried brussels sprouts over 25 years ago in western PA. Plus, it's hard to compare these two dishes - Vanderbilt is a composed dish with different layers of flavor (sriracha, lime, etc.) where the Wing Bar's is just good old junk food. (I've had an even better version at Highland Cafe in Somerville, MA.) I don't think anyone is copying anyone else, it's just a fairly standard "gastropub" menu item these days.

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