He doesn’t have the chops!
In yet another food-based bungle, Mayor Bill de Blasio struggled with a pair of chopsticks when he went for Chinese food in Queens Thursday — and even resorted to using a fork and his hands.
Hizzoner — at Flushing as part of an effort to ease anxieties about the coronavirus — was spotted manhandling the utensils and dropping large chunks of grub onto his plate as he attempted to dig into dim sum at the Royal Queen in New World Mall.
At one point, the mayor grabbed a fork in an apparent attempt to slide some food onto his chopsticks, as some of the dozen gourmands at his table giggled.
Two of his seatmates gracefully jumped in to assist — with Peter Tu, executive director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, even grabbing the top of the utensils to demonstrate the proper usage.
Jo-Ann Yoo, the executive director of the Asian American Federation, meanwhile, was seen helping the mayor identify some of the dishes in front of him.
Although he wasn’t the most adept student, de Blasio never gave up trying to use the chopsticks during the grueling 45 minute meal.
He did, at one point, pick up a piece of seaweed-wrapped dim sum with his hands — one of the few bites to actually make it into his system.
Asked about de Blasio’s apparent inexperience with the utensils used by countless New Yorkers every day, a City Hall rep tried to laugh off the situation — while urging residents to ignore misplaced coronavirus fears and keep eating at Chinese eateries
“As they say: you win some, you dim sum,” said press secretary Freddi Goldstein. “Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get to Chinatown and get in the game.”
Many Chinese eateries say business has been down, with the virus keeping patrons away — although there have been no cases in New York and public health officials say the disease poses a very low risk to locals.
De Blasio’s chopstick struggles are the latest in a long line of mealtime mishaps.
Twitter roasted Hizzoner last month for posting that his favorite bagel a toasted whole-wheat bagel with extra cream cheese. His staff quickly deleted and reposted the tweet with the same order — and without the trip through a toaster oven.
But that doesn’t compare to his 2014 blunder on Staten Island, where De Blasio committed his most famous culinary gaffe — chowing down on a slice of pizza with a fork and knife.