Review: Art is on ‘The Menu’ as biting satire serves up some mean cuisine
An epic “The New York Times” cover showing a waiter with a knife and fork in hand might make you think — I don’t know, is it a little bit morbid? But the front page cover of The New York Times on Wednesday is far from that. In fact, it’s arguably more artful than an episode of “Seinfeld.”
This art-y “Times” cover is designed to be a biting satire that serves up some kind of mean cuisine.
Here’s the lead:
“This New York Times restaurant is famous for its food, but the menu is famous for the other way around,” the cover reads. “When you come to The New York Times, you’re guaranteed to find the real deal. The New York Times has been around for more than 130 years and is still going strong. In fact, it will be here long after you’ve departed. We’re the paper of record: our news, our news, our news.”
As if to further drive home that point, there’s a picture of a waiter with his knife and fork in his hand that could almost pass for a photo of an actual waiter.
And the text?
“You thought you were getting The New York Times because of the food — but you’re getting the New York Times because of the food.”
It’s like the classic “Klopstock! Klopstock! Klopstock!” line from the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Except here it’s the food serving up the news story.
And by food we’re not just talking about the food itself, but the people who make it.
So here’s how the Times describes the waiter’s menu:
“This New York Times restaurant is famous for its food, but the menu is famous for the other way around. When you come to The New York Times, you’re