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Nov 13, 2012 05:53 PM


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  1. Why would anyone eat here?

    1. That was a fun read. And pretty much in line with how I imagine I'd feel about the restaurant, if I were to ever eat there, which I don't think I will.

      1. People are still lining up outside Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken to buy some of the crappiest baked goods on the eastern seaboard, just because of the Cake Boss franchise. Never underestimate the value of publicity, I bet this place will be mobbed.

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        1. re: buttertart

          I've seen the Carlo's Bakery line with my own eyes, but check out the main picture that accompanies the review. My first thought - before I'd read a word - was "I wonder if it's always so sparsely populated." My second thought was "I hope I don't have to read Dexter's opinion of this shitshow" (no! sigh of relief).

          1. re: small h

            Oh no, Dexter. That nauseating trope seems to have been quashed. Hard to say when the photo was taken, no?

            1. re: buttertart

              Judging by the bluish light visible through the front window, the photograph was taken during the day. And since four of the patrons are gazing raptly at something out of frame on the left - most likely a television broadcasting a sporting event - I'd say it was a Sunday afternoon. That's probably not the restaurant's busiest time. Note also that the image is framed so that the most prominent object in it is the empty table in the center. Also very eye-catching are the two unoccupied bar stools in the foreground, one with a big ugly purse (or maybe someone's dirty laundry) plunked down on it. A closer inspection reveals that save for the people at the table in the upper left corner, no one is eating. And three things make the photo feel even more bleak and un-balanced: there's a pumpkin leaning to the right, which is mirrored by the angle of the stairs and the body of the hostess, who's starting to sprint away. This is simply not a picture of people having a good time at a restaurant, and that sets it apart from other recent images (of Talde, for instance, and Yunnan Kitchen) that accompany the Times' restaurant reviews.

              1. re: small h

                Fiendishly clever, those NY Times people.

                1. re: buttertart

                  I'm telling you. No accidents, buttertart, no accidents.

        2. The link leads to the second page. Thankfully, there are several other threads with the same topic.