I only had three full days in New York this time. The last time I was there, I got food poisoning after mixing cheese ramen and alcohol. I know, that really was my fault right there. So, NYC Goal #1: Don't get all pukey and shit (like, literally). I know, t.m.i right?
NYC Goal #2: Don't go bat-shit crazy and try all the things I wanted and didn't get to try last time, because that would've just ended up frustrating me. New York isn't Hogsmeade; I could come back anytime I want to. Hell, I could live there if I wanted to. And Hogsmeade is real the same way Bruce Jenner's face is real. So the Kardashian references begin.
Since the lodging was in Harlem, hell yeah I was going to get my soul food on! Oops, sorry Jesus, I meant heck yes. I heard that Amy Ruth's had some mean fried chicken and waffles. Laaaaaawd Jesus, it was good!
I have a feeling I will get smitten down by lightning pretty soon.
|Crispy chicken and hot waffles at 9 AM? Amen.|
|Yep, it's raining alright.|
|Oh how true.|
|Dude who cut his ear off...and his paintings.|
Of course, this moi didn't stay there for days, because this moi was hungry for some good chow. But since it was pouring rain, just ran into the nearest restaurant in sight, which ended up being a good ol' Greek-ran diner. That's, like, every diner I've ever seen featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I got the bison burger that was pretty much still pulsing. It was that raw. I said medium rare, but hey, it was still good, albeit a tad iron-y.
|That is all.|
|Meet F.A.O door guy. He's my new friend.|
|Doing "Chopsticks" like Tom Hanks in Big. Like a boss.|
|That's my best shot of Danny boy from the stage door. He's so short and pale.|
|John Laroquette! Yes, that evil guy from Richie Rich.|
After Nathan's for dinner, we end an incredibly fulfilling and exhausting Friday.
|Fat and butter. Yum.|
Then, some strolling around lower Manhattan, witnessing first hand the second week of Occupy Wall Street near WTC. Even then, during its nascent stage, OWS definitely felt different from witnessing other protests.
|The new World Trade Center|
|The OWS marchers.|
|Yup, that's the line for burgers and shakes. And we wonder why Americans are such a bunch of fatties.|
|Thankfully there was a great bluegrass concert going on nearby.|
|My reward: Shake Stack and Red Velvet Custard|
After this delicious lunch, I took the stairs all the way up to Empire State Building's observatory. And Kim K. and Kris Humphries' marriage was for real. ESB was another tourist trap that was actually very fun. You kinda had to shove your way through the throng of people, but I eventually got some premium views of a beautiful, even if a little foggy, Manhattan. You can really feel the density of the city from this vantage point, of eight million people living on top of each other, breathing each other's air, sharing each other's life stories.
|Once again, the new WTC|
|Shiromaru Hakata Classic with extra braised pork belly. PURE ECSTASY.|
|Fries were amazing, burger was delicious; Onion rings, meh not so much.|
|Shredded beef, black beans, cotija cheese. TD4.|
|Breakfast crepe of goat cheese, spinach, and bacon. Heavenly sunshine.|
As that narrator on Enchanted would end, "...and they lived happily ever after." And yummily, too.