A Few Choice Food Moments From the Mayoral Campaign
Who politicked over that burger?
We'd bet our last cronut that it'd be hard to find a New Yorker undecided in this election, but if you are a member of that elusive breed -- and you haven't been to the ballot box yet -- consider voting with your stomach.
Herewith, a few choice food- and drink-related moments from each campaign to help you today at the polls.
Lhota likes Tito's vodka. Asked his favorite drink by New York magazine, Lhota divulged that he sips vodka on the rocks. Grey Goose before, but Tito's now because it's made in this country. Just not while he's running for mayor, because he has to be "as alert as possible."
Lhota eats sausage and omelets for breakfast every day. Including during Hurricane Sandy, according to the Observer, who quoted him saying: "Even in the middle of the storm, I had what I always have -- an omelet with two sausage patties. It's what I eat every morning." Would that be a cheese omelet? the Observer asked. "Is there any other kind?" Lhota continued. "I don't put shit in them. Who needs onions in the morning? It's all protein, no carbs for breakfast, and that's the only thing I eat until dinnertime."
Lhota greeted Russian voters outside of Brighton Beach night club and restaurant Tatiana. Though whether he ate there yesterday is unclear, the Republican did say he hangs out at Tatiana's all the time.
Last night Joe greeted patrons at Donovan's in Bayside pic.twitter.com/VJMQ8Gepvr
— Joe Lhota for Mayor (@JoeLhota4Mayor) November 3, 2013
Lhota made the rounds at Donovan's, a Bayside grill with a pretty good burger. Just a little politicking over steak.
— Joe Lhota for Mayor (@JoeLhota4Mayor) October 25, 2013
Lhota made an appearance at O'Neill's, a Maspeth bar and grill. The GOP mayoral hopeful communed with union members in this spot, which just re-opened after a fire.
— Erin Durkin (@erinmdurkin) October 21, 2013
Lhota loves the buffalo chicken pizza at Aldo's in Jamaica. "Best buffalo chicken pizza there is!" he declared, according to the Daily News.
Prost! Joe enjoys a refreshing beverage on a humid day pic.twitter.com/rEVvK8CxHF
— Joe Lhota for Mayor (@JoeLhota4Mayor) September 21, 2013
Lhota drinks beer. He also once fought for lower-priced beer. And, uh, this sort of contradicts that statement about not drinking during the campaign. Unless beer doesn't count?
Every New Yorker has an opinion on pizza -- Bill de Blasio likes Di Fara.
Di Fara via Facebook
Bill de Blasio
De Blasio took the POTUS to Junior's. Obama bought two cheesecakes. De Blasio made the rounds.
De Blasio took a number of interviews at Bar Toto near his home in Park Slope. The Daily News helpfully points out that most dishes here are around $14.
Denino's via Facebook
De Blasio dropped into Denino's in Port Richmond. According to the Staten Island Advance, he ate pizza with black olives and peppers, and he called the calamari "exceptional." He also called himself a calamari connoisseur. Fun fact: De Blasio is even leading the polls in Staten Island, a traditional Republican stronghold.
De Blasio talked business at Haveli Restaurant in Forest Hills. According to his campaign, he toured the kitchen and met small business owners, outlining his plan for supporting entrepreneurs.
De Blasio threw his primary victory party at the Bell House. Lhota went the traditional route: midtown hotel.
De Blasio's favorite pizza comes from Di Fara. Or so he tells the Reddit community, touting the buffalo milk mozzarella. This declaration also got the Democrat some heat from his opponents, who decried Di Fara's pizza as pizza for the 1 percent.
Bill de Blasio via Facebook
De Blasio drinks beer. At least the candidates have that in common.
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