Bacon Burgers & East River Views: Watermark Bar Opens, Unofficial Summer Begins

With a frothy strawberry margarita in one hand, a bacon-Vermont cheddar cheeseburger in the other, and your eyes fixated on the crystalline-lit Brooklyn Bridge and East River, one thing is clear: Watermark Bar is now open, and summer may commence. OK, so we haven’t yet made it to the June 21st-summer solstice, but we can sure act like we have.

Watermark’s opening on Pier 15 at South Street Seaport triggers the beginning of several different sensory experiences:

  • One glance across the 3,500-square-feet of waterfront cherry-red bar stools and boats sailing across the river – and it hits you that oh my gosh you actually live in this city.
  • The seamless transition from Magic Hat beer to a creamy chocolate, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone thanks to the neighboring Cones Café.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows separating the indoor/outdoor options allow for maximum suntanning and cover from those sunny summer rains.
  • Debating moving to Brooklyn after drinking four-too-many watermelon cocktails while gazing at the Brooklyn Bridge and majestic Dumbo… but then realizing you don’t like kale.
  • Spicy Buffalo chicken fingers.

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Ben & Jerry’s Is Sorry About Their Jeremy Lin Fortune Cookie Flavor

Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavor honoring Asian-American Knicks star Jeremy Lin caused a stir this week.  Sold only at the Harvard Square location and called “Taste The Linsanity” the original recipe called for fortune cookies which had many calling racist. Now the liberal company, famous for it’s crunchy promotion of the environment and support for sustainable food systems, is apologizing.

Though the flakes were replaced with waffle cones because they kept getting soggy, it didn’t stop Internet commentors from raging about the inclusion of everyone’s favorite prediction-making, take out cookie. 

Ben & Jerry’s is very, very sorry and released the following statement. "We offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-Sanity flavor. We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities and we are huge sports fans. Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin’s accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate.”

Do you forgive them or is there still a bad taste in your mouth?  Were you even upset in the first place? The Asian American Journalists Association, in their media guidelines about how to cover Lin in the wake of several offensive headlines, asked, "Is there a compelling reason to draw a connection between Lin and fortune cookies, takeout boxes or similar imagery?  In the majority of news coverage, the answer will be no." You could of course argue that ice cream is not news, and fortune cookies swirled with lychee honey sounds delicious. 

It’s Hard to Get Your Hands on Schweddy Balls

The Ben & Jerry’s flavor, named after the famous Delicious Dish SNL sketch starring Alec Baldwin, has gotten a lot of flack for its name. The American Family Association group One Million Moms called for a boycott, claiming that the name was too vulgar. It seems that the idea of America’s children’s precious eyes being tainted by the glow of the frozen aisle has kept the limited edition flavor from selling in many grocery stores.

It’s unclear if all of those moms have pressured chains to keep the ice cream out of their freezers, but the company claims that it’s actually a big hit:

Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood told the AP that Schweddy Balls “has quickly become the most popular limited-edition flavor the company has produced.” (Seriously, who could resist them?!) Greenwood, who noted that roughly one-third of the retailers that already carry Ben & Jerry’s other flavors are offering Schweddy Balls, also acknowledged, “Yes, some supermarket chains decided not to carry Schweddy Balls. That is true, possibly because they found the name too irreverent. We respect their decision.”

Are you desperate for those balls? Ask your local grocer to stock them! And in the meantime, watch the sketch that inspired the controversial flavor: