A visit to Stoned Gourmet Cannabis Pizza

Text
and
photos
by
Stacie
Joy




I’m
meeting
local
artist/creator

Sara
Ann
Rutherford

and
her
boyfriend,

Eastwood

bartender

Glenn
Gallagher
for
their
dinner
date
at Stoned
Gourmet
Cannabis
Pizza,
which
is
located
“somewhere”
in
the
East
Village.

Owner
Chris
“the
Pizza
Pusha”
Barrett
is
understandably
concerned
about
giving
out
his
exact
address,
although
he
is
quite
forthcoming
about
other
details
of
his

yet-to-be-legal
business that
opened
here
earlier
this
fall.
(He
has
been
in
business
for
several
years,
with
a
location
in
New
Jersey
that
previously
offered
a
sit-down
service
as
well
as
several
delivery
outposts
in
the
five
boroughs.)


I’m
there
for
the
next-to-last
night
of
indoor
dining
before
the
city
shuts
down
once
again,
in
hopes
of
slowing
the
second-wave
spread
of
COVID,
and
the
place
is
booked
at
its
25-percent
max
capacity,
mostly
with
couples
like
Sara
and
Glenn
for
a
date
night,
and
small
birthday
celebrations.
The
patrons
appear
to
be
happy
(even
before
the
THC-laced
food
and
drink
are
consumed)
and
relaxed,
speaking
of
a
difficult
year
and
a
desire
to
“let
loose.”


Everything
felt
somewhat
illicit,
probably
due
to
the
blacked-out
windows,
the
“are
you
on
the
list”
check-in,
the
illegal
consumption
of
cannabis,
and
the
fact
that
it’s
indoor
dining
on
its
last
night
for
now.
Plus,
there’s
the
small
private
smoking
chamber,
where
people
enjoyed
prerolls
and
other
smoking
materials.


Chris
is
no
stranger
to
controversy,
being

combatively
arrested
as
recently
as
two
weeks
ago,
and
granting
media
access
to

Vice,
as
well
as
hosting
parties
for

rap
notables
and
Instagram
influencers.
Chris,
a
Bensonhurst
native,
mentions
he’s
being
profiled
by New
York
magazine
for
an
upcoming
issue
as
he
rolls
a
giant
joint.
He
is
seldom
seen
that
night
without
one
in
hand.


I’ve
arrived
ahead
of
Sara
and
Glenn
and
am
shown
the
restaurant’s
kitchen,
food
prep
areas,
cold
storage,
basement
and
the
office,
where
delivery
orders
are
being
rung
up
at
a
startling
clip.


Chris
and
his
manager
of
operations
Niko
Santos
introduce
me
to
the
staff
and
I
ask
about
their
comfort
level
in
having
me
take
pictures
for
local
media
coverage.


I
am
shown
the
garlic
ganja
knots,
with
100mg
of
THC
(the
active
ingredient
in
marijuana)
per
order
of
six
pieces,
and
sticky-icky
wings,
a
chicken
lollipop
dish
with
150
mg
THC
per
order.
The
chef
points
out
the
entrees:
vegan
pizza,
the
medical
margarita
pie
(vegetarian),
as
well
as
the
wildly
popular
sativa
sausage
pie.

I
watch
as
guests
arrive
and
undergo
COVID
screening
rituals

temperature
checks,
log-in
of
personal
information
for
contact
tracing,
hand
sanitizer
being
dispensed
before
people
are
led
to
their
seats.
Staffers
are
masked,
and
explain
how
the
process
works.




It’s
a
two-hour
unlimited
or
all-you-can-eat
tasting
menu,
with
appetizers,
entrée
and
dessert
and
well
as
non-alcoholic
beverages
(including
choices
like
Sour
Sprite,
Orange
Kush,
Canna
Cola),
all
made
with
marijuana.
Baseline
cost
is
$100
per
person,
with
add-ons
available,
like
the
popular
birthday
cakes
that
I
see
lined
up
ready
for
the
night’s
celebrations,
or
prerolls,
tinctures,
and
cartridges.

The
meal
ends
with
a
dessert
platter,
canna
cannolis,
Girl
Scout
cookies,
and
brownies,
along
with
three
flavors
of
gelato
(flavors
rotate
daily).
By
this
time,
everyone
appears very high,
there
is
a
lot
of
laughter,
and
folks
do
not
seem
to
want
the
evening
to
end.




“The
pandemic
has
been
hard
on
people,
everyone
is
stressed
out,
worried,”
one
Harlem-based
couple
tells
me.
“This
was
a
nice
night
out
for
us,
before
a
grueling
work
week
ahead.”

You
can
keep
up
with
Stoned
Gourmet
Cannabis
Pizza
on
social
media

here.
Although
the
restaurant
is
currently
closed
due
to
the
Cuomo-mandated

shutdown,
delivery
options
are
still
available,
and
Chris
hopes
to
reopen
for
indoor
dining
when
it
is
safe
to
do
so.

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