The window of Harrie’s is a gold mine of visual malapropism.
I’m a sucker for any kind of plastic model of food. In fact, if I had it to do over again, I might choose to be a commercial food modeler instead of a paid tongue and scribe. So I was immediately attracted to the sumptuous display in the windows of Harrie’s, a combination diner and bakery just south of Times Square on Broadway. Though established in 1948 with what was presumably a normal diner menu, now half the space in the display windows is devoted to Korean fare.
When was the last time you saw a “cheese steak delux” with eggs and hot dogs?
When I sidled up to the display, however, I discovered that the models were all kinds of strange and greenish. What’s more, many of the tags totally blew the identification of their corresponding dishes. There was a pattern here, too — it was the regular diner standards that tended to be misidentified, in general. Anyway, it makes some very entertaining goggling.
To begin with, that’s not a roll, it’s sliced white bread!
Though it looks suspiciously like a cold-cuts hero …
Glad it’s not a normal club sandwich.
Not sure what a “Lumberjack” is, but this isn’t it!
This is the place!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 9, 2010