Because the name David Chang causes some foodies in this town to wet their pants, I wanted to highlight this comment that just came in on last Friday's Artichoke entry:
When I stopped in yesterday afternoon, the fellow ahead of me was telling the pizza makers, "My sous chef says the cauliflower fritters are amazing." This fellow recently opened his third restaurant, and he wanted to extend good wishes to a new business in his neighborhood. The guys at Artichoke -- Francis, Sal, and Carl -- hadn't heard the name "Momofuku," but they were glad that this fellow, David, stopped in to introduce himself, and to pick up a few pies. No joke.
Just a thought: Isn't this strangely reminiscent of the early days of Momofuku, when none other than Mario Batali trumpeted the then-unheralded upstart as one of his—and his staff's—favorite lunch spots?
Related: Momfuku Master David Chang [Serious Eats]