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As Americans, we aren’t used to getting shit for free, so when we do, we often act completely inappropriately. It’s not our fault really, the Capitalist system we grew up in has reared us towards an “I’m gonna get mine motherfucker!” mentality, and living in New York only exasperates this. Just go to Costco on a really busy day, and watch as grown ass men slyly try to cut in front of each other for their third sample of Annie’s White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. So it’s with this shirking of culpability in mind that I relate to you The Cottage’s policy of giving out unlimited free wine with dinner.

Just as inviting me to an open bar event is the surest way of getting me in trouble, offering me all the wine I can drink with dinner only assures my inevitable response, “None of this is my fault.” Yes, I know that it was my choice to drink carafe after carafe of the Dionysian drink, and that this decision led to me eventually being cut off, arguing for more wine, getting kicked out, and ultimately puking dumplings and sweet & sour chicken all over 77th St., but it’s not my fault. It’s capitalism’s fault; I was never taught to say “no”; ok, maybe it was a little bit my fault.

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The Cottage
360 Amsterdam Ave. @ W 77th St.
[Upper West Side]

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, Geek.com and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.