Savor the Season is a new column from Burger-A-Day where writers discuss seasonal favorites. Today, we’re breaking down mozzarella sticks that we found in Bryant Park.
Mozzarella sticks are a food for drunk people and children. If you’re sober and order mozzarella sticks, you’re trying to recapture some childlike sense of wonder or the emotions of being borderline blacked out at a dollar slice pizzeria. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this. Mozzarella sticks are a simple pleasure that the appetizer gods have bestowed upon us mere mortals. Big Mozz captures that and only that.
Let’s be honest, this was hard to screw up. They’re mozzarella sticks. They’re breaded. They’re cheesy. Some bites you get a mouthful of stretchy mozzarella; some bites you just get a breading air pocket. They’re good. The garlic seasoning is stronger than your typical diner mozz sticks, and the marinara is warm are welcoming. They’re served hot; it’s worth letting them sit for a moment. These were better than ones I tried on a rainy summer day at Brooklyn’s Smorgasborg, but I can’t really push them one way or another. If you want to keep a kid occupied, order them. Keep an eye and make sure they don’t choke on the cheese. If you’re wasted in Bryant Park this holiday season, no one is going to stop you from buying them, unless you’re not allowed in Bryant Park.
All that being said, this kiosk is BIG MOZZ. Yeah, these are large mozzarella sticks. They’re bigger than normal, and they only give you four. These aren’t monster mozzarella sticks of my dreams. I would accept less mozzarella sticks if they were bigger. I think they should have nixed the idea of four sticks and just given one giant churro of a mozzarella stick. I don’t want to say false advertising, but if someone promises you something big, you’re probably going to be at least a little disappointed.