The Bib Gourmand list for the Michelin Guide is generally considered a “let’s throw them a bone” award to “neighborhood” restaurants with “affordable” entrees under $40. While many establishments outside of the Bushwick vicinity received it for just cause, the motives behind giving such eateries as Linguine and Falansai the distinction stems not necessarily for their goodness, but for the fact that Bushwickians are like giant babies, and therefore need bibs to eat.
“Yes, the food at these places are ‘good,’ but what it comes down to is a somewhat overt dig at the childishness of Bushwickians and their according undeveloped palate,” said an unnamed insider at Michelin. “We just thought, ‘Well it can’t hurt to give some of the restaurants the honor–it’s not like they’re going to know we’re making fun of them.'”
The manager/owner at Linguine, Gino Adoronapoli, indicated his offense over the recent discovery of the award being somewhat illegitimate. “My restaurant deserves this honor because of its food, not as some sort of cruel joke. Michelin will be hearing from my lawyers.” In the interim, Adoronapoli has refused to put the Bib Gourmand sign in the doorway of Linguine. “It’s not worthy of being associated with my business,” he asserted as he placed a bib on one of his regular customers, Bushwick millionaire Quentin Ruffian.
Written by Genna Rivieccio