Eating Out Is Good
It’s possible to capitalize on the notion of “not eating out” or from deeming that “takeout sucks” in the blogosphere. People have sold books based on these premises.
Restaurant culture is alive for a reason: we want to experience another world when we dine out and in places like Paris or New York or Tokyo, these dining establishments shape the urban life. Without these culinary talents, how else would we mark these cities as unique?
I want to fall asleep and know that someday, yes, I will eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Japan.
Or know that Momofuku’s small empire will continue to exist in the East Village.
Or that a perpetual dim sum will be offered in Chinatown rain or shine.
Or that Les Halles serves steak frites for nearly three-quarters of a twenty-four-hour day.
This is why I love New York City. Not eating out would be an affront to Gotham’s culture.