So these blog posts aren’t really in chronological order (which I’m sure you’ve gathered). I’ve been enjoying the freedom of editing whichever images strike my fancy and/or time permits. After scanning back to the images from the flight into NYC, a few caught my eye. Especially the odd and ethereal lights coming from the sky around the plane wing and some of the city light images.
Living only 1.5 blocks away from David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar made it too irresistible to not try. It was good in that the execution was spot on. Their operation is a well oiled machine. All of the kitchen staff know what needs to be done and how to execute in an efficient way. And that opinion is helped by the fact that I was sitting not 3 feet away from all of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen at the bar. My only qualms over the meal was that it didn’t “wow” me. Being from Vancouver has spoiled my palate and this shows with foods like sushi and dim sum. In my own humble opinion authenticity has nothing to do with how tasty a dish is and how enjoyable the meal experience is. With that said, I found the momofuku ramen broth to be a bit on the salty side. The pickled vegetables were a great contrast though and the noodles themselves were firm and held up great through out the meal. The spicy cold noodles also had the nice contrast between fiery bites and the sweet crunchy texture of candied cashews. Service was fast, knowledgeable and friendly. When all is said and done, Momofuku Noodle Bar was a solid dining experience, but you will only be disappointed if you think it will blow your mind after having had good ramen elsewhere in the world. I take the meal for what it was: a fun and satisfying pitstop in NYC.
Yes that’s right. The American Natural History Museum & hot dogs. One was enlightening and the other was uplifting. I kid you not.
The Grey’s Papaya frankfurters were like an oasis in a barren desert of hunger.
This also marks the first time I’ve ever had to use an ISO setting higher than 3200. Scrolling the the wheel all the way to 5000 I was still only able to manage a 1/10th of a second shutter speed on my wide angle lens (which isn’t all that fast at f/3.5 at the wide end). The image is grainy to say the least, but I think it still gets the message across. And if you can’t tell which image it’s suppose to be then all the better! The last image in this set is just an image of the street our NYC apartment is on. It will be sorely missed once this trip ends.