City-wide Linsanity has taken hold, at Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack grab a Lintastic take on the classic mint chocolate chip cookie, the Jeremy Lin-mint Shake for $5.75. As the promotional sign clearly states, the shake “is Lin it to win it.”
Need a drink to unwind while watching the game? Enjoy a Lintini or Lin and Tonic at Arctica Bar and Grill. If you’re close to Madison Square Garden, stop in Lugo Caffe for their take on the Lin and Tonic. The drink is thoughtfully garnished with a brown olive to symbolize a basketball. For another Jeremy-inspired cocktail the Village Pourhouse at 3rd Avenue and East 11th Street is offering a “LINtoxicated Bomb” for $10. The bomb consists of a shot of Japanese drink Shochu, dropped (or dunked in this case) into a Chinese Tsingtao beer.
Jeremy isn’t only inspiring creative bartenders but also restaurants. West 33rd Street’s Blarney Rock’s menu now includes a Lin Burger topped with bacon, cheese, and barbecue sauce for $9.95. The restaurant’s manager, Michael Higgins has “seen a 7 to 10 percent bump in business during Knicks games recently.”
Basketball aficionados will appreciate the blog Food Republic’s “Your Jeremy Lin Party Planner” for Chinese New Year which created a number of dishes in accordance to Lin’s basketball stats so far. The list includes 10 coconut pork egg rolls (most assists per game), 38 roast chicken buns (most points scored), and ginger fried rice made with a logical 643 grains of rice (.643, Lin’s best field goal percentage at the time of the original article). The list does not neglect to find a dessert suitable for your Lin feast, a Linzer tart.
Chinatown, in support of their new found hero, hasn’t altered their menus but restaurants like Nom Wah Tea Parlor has hosted MSG-sponsored viewing parties while also increasing their number of flat screen TVs to accommodate the crowds of Lin fans wanting to watch Lin ‘lin.’