Feeding Frenzy: Why Restaurant-Goers Are Going Whole Hog, Literally

March 28, 2016

Chicken can be a spectator sport. We learned that at Le Turtle, where flaming whole birds floating across the dining room are met with rubbernecking and jaw dropping from every table in the house. It’s half the fun of the place, a buzzy new restaurant from FreemansTaavo Somer and The Smile‘s Carlos Quirarte on New York’s Lower East Side. When the entire, intact bird finally hits the table, piranha-like diners have at it—no delicate carving, no civilized divvying up of chicken breast for one person and a wing for another. It’s a straight up demolition zone, albeit served to…