New York – NYC Restaurant Reviewer Skewers Israeli Eatery For $24 Tomato Dish

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    New York – An Israeli chef  who was skewered by a food critic for a $24 tomato appetizer said he received anti-Semitic hate mail in response.

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    Eyal Shani opened the upscale HaSalon, known for its party atmosphere, in Hell’s Kitchen three months ago. A review on Tuesday in the New York Post said of the appetizer tomato cut into eight pieces and drizzled with olive oil and sea salt: “Its red/green/brown hues and sea of swirling seeds thrilled my eyes. Its deep, nutty-and-sweet, late-August, just-picked flavor pleased my palate. Its appearance on the menu offended my wallet.”

    The review concluded: “HaSalon translates as ‘the salon’ or, as applied to this venue, ‘the living room.’ But it might as well mean, Ha, suckers! The joke’s on us.”

    The New Yorker magazine also took note of the high-priced produce, noting, “It was a very nice tomato, but, for that price, it should come with a massage and a pedicure.”

    Following the publication of the Post review, Shani said he received an anonymous anti-Semitic letter which read, in part: “Majority of Americans despise Israel. We did not want your Soda Stream. And only stupid kikes would eat at your overpriced pit.”

    The letter also accuses Jews of not paying taxes and not paying their employees, and states that the “measles outbreak was spread by your Orthodox cult freaks.”

    The letter concludes “Jews are not wanted here! HaSalon days are numbered.”

    The letter was posted on Twitter by Shani’s business partner, Shahar Segal, under the heading in Hebrew “Good Morning America.”

    Shani, who also owns the popular New York restaurant Miznon, was a judge on Israel’s “Master Chef” and has frequently talked about his love for tomatoes.


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    fat36
    fat36
    5 years ago

    I guess not everyone has the same love for tomatoes.It always blows my mind how one guy does Something and he so happens to be a Jewish person a whole race of people got cursed out.

    ELEPHANT
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    ELEPHANT
    5 years ago

    Thanks to anti vaxers

    Cricket
    Cricket
    5 years ago

    Thank you for printing the letter image. I learned many swear words from it.

    5 years ago

    Blinded by pure hatred and prejudice. Fact is there are plenty of non-Jews who are anti-vaxxers, while abuse is way more rampant among catholic clergy. Not excusing it; should be non-existent in our society. Same with white collar crime. Humans are susceptible across the board. But the haters will single out the Jew and ignore the vast number (in comparison) of non-Jewish law-breakers. The nature of the beast since the beginning of time. Nothing to do, nothing to say. Falls on deaf ears anyway. We have one Defender, the only One that counts.

    StevenWright
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    StevenWright
    5 years ago

    Of course, what nobody ever mentions is that many of those who hate us for being anti-vaxers probably have AIDS.