In another clarifying cultural moment, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented about his $78 “meal” at Newark Liberty International Airport. Turns out 80% of that bill was due to his alcohol consumption.
David Brooks Laments His $78 “Meal” At Newark Airport
Brooks writes a column for The NY Times and is a regular commentator on The Newshour on PBS. His politics lean moderate right, though he is difficult to shoehorn into a box. Taking to Twitter (X) on Wednesday, he complained about his “meal” at Newark Airport:
This meal just cost me $78 at Newark Airport. This is why Americans think the economy is terrible.
This meal just cost me $78 at Newark Airport. This is why Americans think the economy is terrible. pic.twitter.com/1qeV9qOBL3
— David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks) September 21, 2023
Wow, that is an expensive hamburger and French Fries, isn’t it…?
Well, perhaps not. Brooks was dining at 1911 BBQ in the beautiful new Terminal A and you might notice a dark liquid in his glass. That’s not tap water…
The restaurant left a pithy response on Facebook:
Looks like someone was knocking back some serious drinks – Bar tab was almost 80% and he’s complaining about the cost of his meal keep drinking buddy – we get paid off everything.
Oh, David. Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…
His tweet has gone viral (over 25 million views at time of writing) and some of the responses and memes on Twitter have been hilarious.
His tweet likely resonated with many people because we’ve all gawked at paying $5 for a bottle of water at an airport that is $1 in a grocery store. Indeed, airport pricing tends to be higher (and there are both valid and invalid reasons for this).
But the hamburger and French Fries at 1991 BBQ actually is only $17. That means Mr. Brooks either had a lot of liquor or consumed some top-shelf stuff.
And while $17 for a small burger and fries may seem like a travesty, it is quite a different story than $78.
Fittingly, the restaurant is now offering a David Brooks special: a burger with fries and a double shot of whiskey…for