Here’s something from a previous post I wrote concerning the food-related repartee in that restaurant, though I don’t know if the eatery was fictional or not:
Have it the way you want, Meadows!
In The Last Detail (1973), Randy Quaid s Seaman Meadows, a real sad sack being escorted to jail by Billy Buddusky, played by Jack Nicholson, explains exactly how he likes his hamburger. It s a simple little thing& not too much to ask for& something about butter on the roll, as I recall.
However, when they go to a luncheonette and the much anticipated hamburger arrives not quite the way Meadows had hoped, the poor soul just shrugs off the disappointment. He is ready to accept it.
But, Buddusky just won t have it. Well, you know how Jack gets when the food doesn t arrive just right (i.e. – Five Easy Pieces ). Demanding that Meadows stick up for his rights in this matter, Buddusky orders, Get it the way you want, Meadows! The counter man knows exactly what he better do.
the scene had taken place at the penn station
at 7th ave and 32nd. street.
it was filmed in 1973.
sorry, that’s all the info i could get.
oh, and the kid ate a hot dog, not a sausage.
To review the plot of the film:
"Two Navy "lifers" and one military innocent briefly attempt to thumb their nose at Authority in Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail (1973). "Badass" Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and "Mule" Mulhall (Otis Young) are assigned to escort young sailor Meadows (Randy Quaid, who beat out John Travolta for the part) from their Virginia base to a New England military prison, where Meadows will serve an eight-year sentence for attempting to swipe the commander’s wife’s polio donation can."
They travelled by rail. And in between beating up some marines in a public restroom and getting drunk ("President Kennedy drank Heinekins." said Buddusky), our boys ate at a place that grilled Italian sausages and served them on a bun along with grilled onions.
Pardon the pun but there just seems too much detail for that restaurant to be fictional. As if the screenwriter Robert Towne, or the novelist Darryl Ponicsan ate there.
Does anyone know if such a place exists or existed? All I can guess is that it has to be near to a major railroad station. As soon as I saw those sausages sizzling on the grill I wanted to eat there.
Thanks in advance
Sausage Place from “The Last Detail”?
It’s now Ben’s Pizza 123 W Mcdougal NY City. Down the block from NYU Dorm. Interior looks the same on yelp!
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