Sometimes it feels like I live in Grand Central Station. Tonight I’m not taking no calls cause I'll be dancing. <3 Gaga
Took the subway to Chinatown to chowdown at the famous Joe's Shanghai!
Joe's Shanghai is probably the most authentic/best tasting soup dumplings (xiao long bao) on this side of the globe. Don't mind the old lady across from me, they stick you in big circle tables with other patrons so that everyone sits awkwardly together... just like in China! It's still VERY, very far off from the actual ones in Shanghai. Xiao long bao is one of my favorite foods, ever. I'm insane enough about them that the last time I went to Shanghai, I kept a "xiao long bao report card" of every place I had them at and then ranked them. Yes.
What's any meal without dessert? Went to the much raved about Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. Ended up getting the egg tart and black sesame flavors. Egg tart tasted like vanilla, and black sesame was pretty darn accurate, except I don't even like black sesame. I only got it because so many Yelpers hyped it up. Well now I know what the hype was about; it tasted just like black sesame.
Later that night and after a quick outfit change, went to the famous Nobu 57.
From the street, you'd never know where this restaurant was located, because there are no signs outside. It's one of those New York things where only those in the know, would know where it is. Luckily for me, I had google maps on my iPhone and a nice bum on the street pointing to the door (and ready to make some change from it too).
Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno; ...and crap. I forgot what this second dish was. But I just now noticed the decor on the white plate. It was to dark in there to notice.
Rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce. The shrimp was crisp and fresh, but the taste was underwhelming. Honestly, it tasted like something from PF Changs with better quality seafood, not something that came out of a world acclaimed kitchen. Don't get this.
The FAMOUS black cod with miso, and my absolute fave. When I tried this dish for the first time last year, it sent me on a crazy cod fish craze where I constantly wanted it all the time, nonstop, to the point where I even tried to imitate this dish. My own version still needs some tweaking, but I'd say it'd get maybe a 7/10 in terms of likeness.
For dessert: the banana soy toban yaki. It was banana caramelized with with soy sauce. Surprisingly good mix of salty and sweet.
Theeeeennnnnn after dinner, did a photo session on the way back to the hotel along 5th Avenue.
My feet were ready to fall off that night. Walking from 57th to 45th is no problem. Walking in those shoes felt like I was walking through the whole island of Manhattan.
More to come!
First Outfit: Forever 21 tank; black pleated skirt from China; Forever 21 black tights; Kenneth Cole Reaction black flats; Arden B. leather jacket.
Second Outfit: Kenneth Cole black dress; H&M blazer; Forever 21 black tights; Guess by Marciano shoes.