After Anthony Bourdain put Los Hermanos on the radar for non-Bushwickians, it was the primary source of a culinary love-hate relationship in the neighborhood. On the one hand, the food remained tantalizingly irresistible, but, on the other, the establishment sold out completely for the sake of “exposure”—thus allowing them to hike the prices (as high as $2.50 for a goddamned chicken taco) and slack off on service (you’re liable to wait up to thirty minutes even when it’s not crowded).
However, Los Hermanos may be able to curry new favor with Bushwickians in the wake of Northeast Kingdom making it on to CBS local news for its renowned bougified tater tots soaked in duck fat. The head chef at the restaurant, Rotunda Potata, a 27-year-old from Southern Italy, gloated to The Burning Bush, “It’s always been my goal to get Northeast Kingdom recognized on a national level–even if it does mean appearing on a channel for olds like CBS.”
Even though other restaurants on the same par of overpricedness (see: Dear Bushwick New Year’s Eve menu) have tried to usurp Northeast Kingdom for the title of most extravagant, nothing can touch the latter now that it’s been called out on the premium geriatric channel. Once the aged set hears about something, they glom onto it, tell all their friends about it and then it’s all over for everyone else. But at least it’s given Los Hermanos a break from being the scapegoat for restaurant commercialism in Bushwick.
Written by Genna Rivieccio