These detailed restaurant posts are overwhelming me, so I will highlight a few I have visited for the first time that make me happy.
One thing I have realized since moving up here is that the level of spicy that the New York restaurant can handle is way below par when comparing it to Houston. When I ask for spicy in Houston, I’m ready to grab my water. When I order spicy here, in New York, I get the normal heat…BOO!
Shanghai Cafe is great place for soup dumplings. Sometimes there’s a wait, but take a number, go walk around Chinatown for a bit and come back. Be sure to order some stuff that looks interesting and something you never had before. If not, have a friend do it for you, they ordered the sticky rice and lo mein beef which turned out very different than what I expected – very delicious.
Virgil’s Real Barbeque isn’t too bad. Their train wreck fries are a great start and my two meat combo was pretty good, even to this Houston-born-and-raised boy. I must say though, this is decent bbq for New York.
Everyone from Houston, including myself have knocked on BBQ here. C’mon one place is called Dallas BBQ, what an oxymoron! If you have BBQ in Texas, you have to go to Austin or Houston! It’s like going to a Mexican restaurant and trying to order a really good caipirinha – FOOLS!
Peking Duck House was kind of far and felt even more distant walking in the rain and cold. After a long day working on a Saturday, I was ready to fix myself up with food. We had the Peking duck made three ways – regular sliced roast, soup, and something else I can’t remember. If you like duck, you must go here, plus it was pretty inexpensive.
Wonjo is a nice place for Korean BBQ, especially because they use wooden charcoal. They come out on two metal trays and the person bringing them out only use a pair of tongs to put them in place. I’m sure they’re pros, but it still freaks me out. They cook the meats for you and hate it when you try to flip them yourself. Drop in a few cloves of garlic and slices of jalapenos to enjoy them with an extra kick.
While Joseph and his cousins were in town, we went to a baseball game. Not just any game, Astros at the Mets! We were already ahead two games and ready to sweep, but as a true Houston team, we lost the game, 1-9. At first, we went to check out the upper deck view and it’s quite amazing. In just over one inning before we decided to get out of the freezing cold, get our food and find our actual seats. It didn’t help much – we still ended up in the cold and windy area.
After finishing Round 1, we headed down to walk around and just hopped in some section that seemed quite nice and warm. It took us a little while to realize that we were in a restricted area, but we were so cold, we decided to stay. That’s when we found the jackpot: spicy italian sausage! It was nice view of the game, but seeing the Astros get crushed made me sad.
I feasted on…
- Round 1
- Decked out hotdog with onions, fresh jalapenos, ketchup, mustard, and even corn
- roasted peanuts
- Round 2
- hot spicy italian sausage, also decked out with onions, fresh jalapenos, ketchup, mustard, and corn
After some walking around, we all had a craving for some cookies, so we went to Insomnia Cookies. They have the best and freshest cookies ever! I obviously had to get some milk and enjoyed my double chocolate chunk and white chocolate macadamia nut.
Along the way, a Borders was selling, literally everything for $1.99 or less, so you know I had to stop by! I bought three.
- Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design
- How Toyota Became #1: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Car Company
- Violent Phenomena in the Universe
As much as I love my Kindle, there will never* be sales like this. The world digital everything will definitely change the model of sales. Liquidating for bankruptcy can’t occur online, that’s an idea I can wrap my brain around just yet.
*never is a strong word, maybe this will change over time…