01/14/2013 07:51 am ET Updated Jan 14, 2013

Sonia Sotomayor: D.C. Is 'A Really Beautiful City' But Has Lackluster Restaurant Delivery


WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who moved to the nation's capital in 2009 to serve on the high court, has learned a thing or two about living in D.C., especially about the fine art of complaining about local quality-of-life issues.

In an interview with The New York Times' Adam Liptak, she says that restaurant delivery in the nation's capital isn't all that great compared to her native New York:

"I go to New York, I order food, it's at my door in 10 to 15 minutes. O.K.?" she said in an interview in her Supreme Court chambers. In Washington, she said, "there isn't a place I call where it doesn’t take 45 minutes.”

"And then getting the food delivered to the Supreme Court? They've got to stop at security, security has to call you, you’ve got to go downstairs. By the time you get downstairs you may add another 15 minutes to the 45 minutes. And the food is ice-cold."

Although Sotomayor's gripe about delivery is a valid one, she did express her appreciation for the nation's capital. But it took "eight months of grieving" about her move from New York to discover some of the nice things about living in D.C.:

"I thought to myself, 'This is a really beautiful city,' " she said. "It's a very different life than New York. The pace is really different, and for the breakneck speed at which you live in New York, this could be a little slow at times."

Sotomayor lives off the bustling U Street corridor, which the Times describes as a "scruffy part of town." Several local observers took the Times to task on Twitter for its "scruffy" declaration, especially since the Gray Lady also said that the Brookland neighborhood was "shabby" in a lengthy magazine piece this weekend.



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