I love food. One of my favorite things to do is eat out at new restaurants. I am lucky enough to live 15 minutes by train right across from New York City, so I have limitless options.
One of my least favorite things to do is eat out by myself. Yes I have one or two friends and family that I can force into coming out with me, but there is almost always schedule or financial issues. Why spend the money? In my haste to press the issues, I usually offer to pay, not realizing that sometimes offends people. I consider myself fairly frugal, but when it comes to saving, I think spending money on good food, ambience, and exploring new places while disconnecting from home and work life is well worth it, so I am always happy to eat out, often doing it alone. Usually the good food distracts me. Such is life. I think it ties in to my travel bug. Finding a new place to eat and hang out in for a few hours is almost a mini-vacation in itself.
I found myself in the city yesterday afternoon, and the feeling of needing an escape hit me pretty hard. Luckily my friend and his girlfriend were in the city as well but had already eaten, so I decided to grab lunch at a place that I had been to before, but wanted to try again. Yes, I know it's not new, but it's always difficult for me to just walk into a new place by myself. I'll circle the block 3 times before finally opening the door. Didn't feel like dealing with that nonsense, so I went back to a familiar place I had been to once before.
Noodle Bar, cash only. Cheap but good Asian comfort food. Guilty pleasure. Coconut shrimp and spicy noodles.
After a late lunch, I met up with the friends to walk around and they invited me to tag along for dinner. Normally I hate being the third wheel, but I was able to brush that off that day.
Coffee from Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar
We had drinks at Whisky Tavern while waiting to get into one dim sum restaurant, but ended up getting screwed because we didn't have reservations. It worked out fine for me, as we got into one place that I'd never been to.
Crispy garlic chicken, dim sum dumplings, and Peking duck from Golden Unicorn.
What better way to end the cold winter day, but by getting shaved ice cream from Snowdays in the East Village. I had never heard of this stuff, but it was great. Very light.
For me, I will always appreciate days like this.