Saturday, June 26, 2010

NYC Day 7 and only one full day left...

OK. We've been anticipating this the whole trip. Day 7
and it was time for a totally creative food experience.
Anthony Bourdain said Momofuku was one of the top 10
food experiences to enjoy before you die. We took his
word for it and had our first Momofuku moment last
summer. We simply couldn't wait for round two!
Honestly, I promise you cannot compare any dish to
anything you have ever tasted before. These are
geniuses we are talking about here. The following
details what we shared for lunch; every bite
unbelievable. I had the spicy pork sausage and
rice cakes with Chinese Broccoli and crispy shallots.
I know what you are thinking... Rice Cakes? Throw
away everything you know about them. These looked
like little delicate marrow bones among the delicious
crumbled sausage and Chinese broccoli. They were
crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Texturely fantastic. Randy had the diver scallops
with xo, bok choy, and black garlic. Wow!
We shared two small plates as an appetizer --
the steamed pork buns with hoisin, house made
pickles, and scallions + the Newman's Farm BBQ
rib sandwich with pickled red onion slaw. For
dessert we shared a slice of Grapefruit Cream Pie (!)
and a Thai Iced Tea Parfait. Nothing ordinary
about anything here. Truly a dining treat.
Please visit if you ever have the experience.
The place is very casual and unassuming,
but filled with one surprise after another.
OK, I'll shut up now.
Another re-visit was The Strand. 18 miles of books --
rare, old, and new! If you are book lover, you could
easily spend hours here. Some great finds today!

I'd been reading rave reviews for Ricki Stern's new documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, so I've really been looking forward to seeing it as I am a longtime fan. I knew it would probably be a long time before it reached my neck of the woods (if at all), so we decided to check it out while were were here. It is fantastic! If you turn up your nose at Ms. Rivers, I urge you to watch this documentary and not be converted. Now I love her even more!


  1. Just caught up on your posts-what a trip! You may have a bit of a problem returning to Mount Starvation. Culinary culture shock! Glad you're having such a great time.

  2. Wow- what a fantastic blog travelogue! Thanks for sharing. This all looks amazing. So glad you had a wonderful time.