• Published: May 3rd, 2011
  • Comments: 49

A Casual Sunday Lunch

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On the first of May we hosted a “luncheon” on the L line of the New York City subway. The subway is a familiar place, providing a necessary means of transportation for many New Yorkers. Its stairwells, turnstiles, platforms, trains and unpredictable elements are all-too-familiar to its dedicated patrons. One begins to know the exact time of travel from one destination to another. One begins to intuit the conditions of a ride, anticipating smooth stretches and knowing when to brace for a jarring turn. Through a series of familiar gestures, presented in commonplace locations in unfamiliar ways, we set out to challenge a habitual experience.

We wanted to serve a meal in a dynamic and strained location, to give ourselves a challenge that could only be overcome through teamwork and partnership. It is with great honor and pride that I say that this event born in the mind of Mr. Cigar in the back of a luxury car somewhere lost in the bowels of Los Angeles came alive when it was brought to team of creative and inspired people below. I am honored to have such good friends and compatriots that can take such ridiculous ideas and bring the into fruition no matter the adversity.

It is with that that I am honored to say thank you to everyone listed here below as this event could not have taken place without your energy, effort and support. No matter how big or small a roll you thought you played without you this would never have happened.

Aboard the L Train, Luncheon Is Served
“Aboard the L Train, Luncheon Is Served” – New York Times, May 2011 – Click on photo for full article

My sincerest thanks go to:

Daniel Castano – founder  – a razor, a shiny knife
Jonny Cigar – Winetology
Mike Lee – Studiofeast
Linda Lou – The Cheeky Chef
Andrew Rosenberg – a razor, a shiny knife
Ronen V – Pictures, Videos, Stories, Friends and Cool Projects

CK
Michelle Cortez
Zach McGeary
Kristen Hager – Snooth.com
Carissa Cirino – Tutus over French Fries
Dominic Musacchio – @dominicjohn
Alex Davidowski – Mirador Studios
Keith Haskel – Videographer
Steph Goralnick – Steph Goralnick Design and Photography
Emily Cavalier – Mouth of the Boarder
Drew Altdoerffer – Photography
Katie Hawthorne
Hannah Newbury
Cathy Erway – Not Eating Out in NY
Chad Griffith – Photography
Michael Opalensk
Simona Picco
Maurcio Vargas - The Blaaahg
Dan Vallejo
Alex Schulten
Andrew Warman
Alexis Ames – nineteen84 Design
Joe Levine – Studiofeast
Marissa Ain
Laura Huben- Studiofeast
Danielle Gould – Food + Tech Connect
Dave Christiansen – Pop-up Studio
Benjamin Lambert – Ben Lambert Chef
Ivana Kottasova
Derrick Yuen – Studiofeast
Soomin Baik – Studiofeast
Mihir Desai – Cross Species
Danny Zlobinsky
Joseph Yoon
Jana Philips
Nora Lidgus
Helena de Pereda
Katherine Wheelock

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The Brooklyn Kitchen

We will be releasing our photos and videos over the course of the next week so please stay tuned. We are committed and determined to push ahead, boats against the currents, providing unique and unforgettable experiences… And so we leave you to ponder what might be next…

Michael J Cirino

Founder – a razor, a shiny knife

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49 Responses to “A Casual Sunday Lunch”


  1. L Train Dining | WINETOLOGY
    on May 3rd, 2011
    @ 19:28

    [...] Cigar (myself), The Noble Rot @noblerotNYC Michael Cirino and Daniel Castano, A Razor, A Shiny Knife @ashinyknife Mike Lee, Studiofeast @studiofeast Dr. Andrew Rosenberg @andrewmaxr Linda Lou [...]


  2. Serving a Six-Course Meal on the L Train in 22 Minutes — Mouth of the Border
    on May 4th, 2011
    @ 08:29

    [...] Links: Read A Razor, A Shiny Knife’s post on the event View my other photos from our Sunday morning adventure My post on the awesome supper clubs of NYC [...]


  3. marta apple
    on May 4th, 2011
    @ 11:04

    Amazing. How did you get this idea? What were your biggest challenges and food inspirations?
    I would love to interview you about your experiences doing this on my subway blog.
    http://www.subwaysubculture.blogspot.com


  4. Fine Dining on the NYC Subway
    on May 4th, 2011
    @ 12:06

    [...] thirty minutes later the event had finished after diners enjoyed a six course gourmet meal complete with dishes like “an amuse-bouche of fluke crudo with bone marrow mayonnaise and trout roe” and [...]


  5. "Best $100 I Ever Spent" Fine Dining On The L Train
    on May 5th, 2011
    @ 09:53

    [...] [Via] [...]


  6. Chris
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 08:11

    Stunning, simply stunning. Awesome. I can’t believe you did this. :) I am speechless…


  7. 6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car | Luxury Brand
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 12:47

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  8. 6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car | Info Hot Travel
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 12:51

    [...] month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife. Diners rode from Manhattan‘s 8th Avenue station on a Brooklyn-bound L train, feasting on [...]


  9. 6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car | InfiniStreams.com
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 13:02

    [...] month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife. Diners rode from Manhattan‘s 8th Avenue station on a Brooklyn-bound L train, feasting on [...]


  10. 6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car | Gadling.com
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 14:06

    [...] month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife. Diners rode from Manhattan's 8th Avenue station on a Brooklyn-bound L train, feasting on caviar, [...]


  11. Doreen
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 14:59

    You guys should definitely make this into an NYC attraction! I’d love to be able to enjoy that experience when I visit NYC :)


  12. ChubbyChineseGirl
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 15:03

    seriously one of the coolest dining concepts Ive seen lately! Even in a city where there’s all sorts of new fun hip ideas, this is above!! bravo guys! awesome job! love it


  13. Heather Antonelli
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 15:05

    I am speechless. Oh, and hungry now.


  14. Matt C
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 15:09

    incredible! congrats


  15. Lisa Skye
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 15:47

    …having worked in some of NYC’s top restaurants (and the restaurant biz in general), I feel confident saying this was no small feat! BRAVO to you all – when and where is the next feast?!


  16. Jay
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 16:24

    You folks are geniuses.
    I don’t think I have ever been so jealous of anybody in my life.


  17. Subway Dining Car of the Day - The Daily What
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 17:00

    [...] Car of the Day: On May 1st, members of several supper clubs decended on a Brooklyn-bound L to host a six-course fine dining experience for a number of NYC subway [...]


  18. Nancy
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 17:32

    Ingenious! And soooooo delectable I could almost taste it. I can’t wait until I can “experience” one of your events here in Los Angeles! Please put my name on the list NOW!!!


  19. fannie
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 17:42

    i love NY


  20. Popup Restaurant Serves 6 Course Meal on NYC Subway L Train
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 18:04

    [...] theatrical culinary group A Razor, A Shiny Knife recently organized NYC Dining Car, a popup restaurant that served a 6 course meal on the NYC Subway L train. Here’s a New York [...]


  21. Popup Restaurant Serves 6 Course Meal on NYC Subway L Train | The Wall Street Geek
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 19:40

    [...] theatrical culinary group A Razor, A Shiny Knife recently organized NYC Dining Car, a popup restaurant that served a 6 course meal on the NYC Subway L train. Here’s a New York [...]


  22. Popup Restaurant Serves 6 Course Meal on NYC Subway Train | LauraJul
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 19:53

    [...] theatrical culinary group A Razor, A Shiny Knife recently organized NYC Dining Car - a popup restaurant that served a 6 course meal on the NYC Subway L [...]


  23. Popup Restaurant Serves 6 Course Meal on NYC Subway L Train | LED World
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 20:01

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  24. 6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car | Hop Stop
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 22:02

    [...] month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife with participation from “culinary collective” and Gadling favorite Studiofeast. Diners [...]


  25. Food+Tech Bytes: L Train Lunch, New Apps, Funded Startups, Social Vending Machines | Food+Tech Connect
    on May 9th, 2011
    @ 22:47

    [...] the creativity, planning, and people that made the nearly-impossible, possible. Michael Cirino writes, “We wanted to serve a meal in a dynamic and strained location, to give ourselves a [...]


  26. May 10, 2011 Quick Hits
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 00:06

    [...] You have got to watch this.  And then let me know who is up for lunch on the metromover.  First course?  Shark fin [...]


  27. Subway Dining Car of the Day | weeklypop
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 07:05

    [...] Car of the Day: On May 1st, members of several supper clubs descended on a Brooklyn-bound L to host a six-course fine dining experience for a number of NYC subway [...]


  28. Subway Dining Car - The Awesomer
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 08:01

    [...] Language) We’re not quite sure how they pulled it off, but a group of supper-clubbers recently took a ride on a NYC L train for an elegant six-course [...]


  29. Your Move, Portland: Haute Cuisine on NYC's L Train | HyperVocal
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 09:41

    [...] of joy, it was only a matter of time before all of those elements came together. And thanks to A Razor, A Shiny Knife, this unique dining experiment was made [...]


  30. joel r
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 11:45

    MTA is very desappointed due to the fact NYC subway is notorious for getting mugged and home of the shoplifters .
    Finally real people did something highly civilized , funny , and requiring great timing . Congratulations ti all ,
    GOOD JOB.


  31. NYC Dining Car Serves Three-Course Meal on the Subway
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 14:04

    [...] on the L subway train with a six-course meal. The brains behind the stunt were the members of A Razor, A Shiny Knife, a group that stages social, theatrical and educational culinary [...]


  32. cat farrell
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 16:40

    A Razor, A Shiney Knife ~ Rock! So well executed ! So awesome ! So original ! What TeamWork ! So NY !


  33. Aaron
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 17:57

    Well done and congratulations. Why I miss NYC. See you in LA?


  34. NYC Dining Car…are you on board? « The Subwayfarer
    on May 10th, 2011
    @ 17:59

    [...] Read more about the project here. [...]


  35. Un dîner gastronomique dans une rame du métro de New-York | golem13
    on May 11th, 2011
    @ 10:11

    [...] gastronomique organisé le 1er mai 2011 sur la ligne L du métro de New York. Organisé par a razor, a shiny knife. Comptez 100$ le billet-repas. [...]


  36. mycool – cultura, comportamento e cool hunting » Blog Archive » Quebrando o gelo no metrô de Nova York
    on May 11th, 2011
    @ 15:20

    [...] que tal sair da normalidade um pouco, nem que seja uma vez no ano? Essa foi a idéia do pessoal do a razor, a shiny knife,  um grupo de americanos em busca de experiências gastronômicas que usou o metrô de Nova York [...]


  37. Sair do Lugar Comum « Dez Informada
    on May 16th, 2011
    @ 09:01

    [...] que tal sair da normalidade um pouco, nem que seja uma vez no ano? Essa foi a idéia do pessoal do a razor, a shiny knife, um grupo de americanos em busca de experiências gastronômicas que usou o metrô de Nova York [...]


  38. “A Casual Sunday Lunch” | the lay gastronomer
    on May 21st, 2011
    @ 11:24

    [...] over several cups of coffee, so eating on-the-go is the last thing I would associate with a casual weekend repast. It never occurred to me to me to pair a proper meal with a subway ride, but I thought it was a [...]


  39. שף בבית
    on May 26th, 2011
    @ 04:42

    NY is amazing. i’ll have to visit myself to believe it


  40. East Village Eats » East Village Represented At Meatopia
    on May 26th, 2011
    @ 10:39

    [...] Josh Ozersky, aka Mr. Cutlets, is trying to procure a whole buffalo for chef Mike Cirino of A Razor, A Shiny Knife (click for a video of the 6 course meal he served on the L train recently), that would be worth the [...]


  41. BIG POP UP: BMW Guggenheim Lab in NYC | Openhouse Gallery
    on Aug 4th, 2011
    @ 17:36

    [...] 7-8 pm: A razor, a shiny knife are essentially a group of pop-up magicians. A few months ago, they turned the L train into a restaurant and Saturday they’ll show you the black magic in clear water. More at the BMW Guggenheim Lab [...]


  42. A Casual Sunday Lunch | GlobalBoring
    on Sep 2nd, 2011
    @ 08:33

    [...] a razor, a shiny knife eine “kulinarische Performancegruppe” hat die New Yorker U-Bahn in ein Nobelrestaurant verwandelt und ein delikates 6-Gänge-Menü serviert. Coole Sache! Dieser Beitrag wurde unter Allgemein veröffentlicht. Setze ein Lesezeichen auf den Permalink. ← Nah-sehn? Fernsehn! Rolltreppen Hacking → [...]


  43. Sentirsi a casa in metropolitana: basta un pranzo a sorpresa e tanta allegria | blog.casase.it | se ciò che cerchi é sentirti a casa.
    on Dec 6th, 2011
    @ 13:50

    [...] deliziosa sorpresa è infatti si è infatti realizzato il progetto educativo ideato dal gruppo A Razor, A Shiny Knife e descritto come un’esperienza teatrale, sociale e culinaria, in cui il luogo più familiare [...]


  44. Ashley
    on Jan 4th, 2012
    @ 13:10

    Love this! I do not want to miss out on an invite to the next one! Talk about thinking out of the BOX!


  45. Architizer Blog » Food Meets Architecture at the James Beard Awards
    on Jan 13th, 2012
    @ 11:49

    [...] The ultimate urban dining experience: A Razor, A Shiny Knife serves lunch on the L train. Image courtesy A Razor, A Shiny Knife. [...]


  46. Pausa pranzo in metropolitana… con sorpresa! | Il blog sui buoni pasto | Tavola rotonda sulla pausa pranzo | Informazioni sul mondo dei buoni pasto | Blog
    on Jan 16th, 2012
    @ 12:42

    [...] non ci credete provate a date un’occhiata al video del progetto educativo che il gruppo A Razor, A Shiny Knife ha ambientato nella metropolitana di New York, descrivendolo come un’esperienza teatrale, [...]


  47. Dining on the L train | chubby's new york food diary + some travel eats
    on Feb 1st, 2012
    @ 22:29

    [...] idea, even in a city where there’s seems to be everything! LOVE IT!!! read more about it on a razor, a shiny knife Posted in: Festivals & Events, [...]


  48. Tracy Evans
    on May 9th, 2012
    @ 00:40

    When will you be doing this again?


  49. Food + Art « Conscious Food Choices
    on May 9th, 2012
    @ 15:11

    [...] by Michael Cirino of the blog, A Razor, A Shiny Knife, who is responsible for the recent “A Casual Sunday Lunch” event, which was not casual at all, but a extravagant 6-course sit down meal served on the L [...]

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