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Eating With The NYPD – Lantern

Ok, so I technically wasn’t eating with the NYPD, but I was eating with people that were working with the NYPD, so by the associative property, I was practically eating lunch with the NYPD. We took a short walk from the NYPD police academy to Lantern, a thai joint.
It’s a cool and sleek place. Modern and shiny, with living trees on the inside!
They have a kick ass $8 lunch special. Who knew you could find such bargains in NYC for lunch? And it’s not from a truck, it’s a proper sit-down joint. The special comes with your choice of appetizer. J and L got these dumplings. Man, these look… toothsome.

I got the spring rolls, because I’m drawn to fried appetizers in thai restaurants. It’s like a sickness. These little babies were hot and tasty.

Everyone ended up getting a noodle dish of some kind. Three of us got drunken noodles. L got chicken, J got shrimp, and I got calimari. M got the pad se-ew, which is pretty much just like drunken noodles, except not spicy, so not drunken. I love me some drunken noodles. I love thick rice noodles and I love the kick of spice in this dish. It’s never too much, it’s just enough spice to go with the sweet. And when given the option, I love squid in pretty much any form. A lovely thai meal for lovely little prices!

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Sushi In NYC – Matsu

The day before snowpocalypse 2 of 2010, I went up to NYC for a quick overnight work trip. I met up with J in his Lenox Hill neighborhood to grab some sushi. We went to Matsu, which is a little sushi joint. The shrimp shu mei. I’m not the craziest shu mei fan, but these little babies weren’t half bad. Quite shrimpy.

A bunch of rolls and sushi. Very delicious and also not expensive. None of this was new york city prices, it was just normal!

I got some tempura udon, which was just fine. I liked that it came with a whole bunch of random fixins thrown in, in addition to the plate of tempura. It was kind of funny, when I ordered tempura udon, the waitress said to me, you know that’s a noodle soup, right? Um… yeah… considering I ordered it from your noodle section and it was clearly marked as noodle soup, ¬†yeah. Do I look like a person who wouldn’t know what udon is? And it’s not like it was august, it was a freezing february evening, who wouldn’t want noodles in soup? Weirdo. Service was fine otherwise. Is it extraordinary? Certainly not. But it’s definitely good food at good prices, especially for NYC.
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Momofuku Noodle Bar – NYC

The plan was to actually eat at Ippudo. We got there at 3:35. They close at 3:30. And there were still people waiting to be seated that had arrived before 3:30. Drat! So we were denied! So we walked a few more blocks over to Momofuku Noodle Bar. If they were closed, I was going to freak! Luckily, by there time we got there around 4, we grabbed the last two seats at the bar! Score! There’s bar seats in the front, bar seats in front of the open kitchen, and a bunch of shared tables with benches. The place is clean, modern, and cute, yet still fairly no frills. They have a fixed price lunch special, and the chalkboard on the right lists all the farms where they get their ingredients from.

This place is like super famous, you know it is. And for a place called a noodle bar, there’s actually very few noodles. There’s very few items on the menu, period. But there was really no use in perusing the small menu at all. You come here for two things.

The famed steamed pork buns. Were they all what they were cracked up to be? In a word, YES. The steamed bun is warm and soft. The pork belly is absolutely gluttonous, and melts in your mouth. There’s a hint of hoisin and sliced scallions and some sliced quick pickled cucumbers. It’s everything I thought it would be, and more. This lived up to the hype! We could have eaten many many more of these! I would not mind if I had these every day.

As famous as the pork buns are, the momofuku ramen is just as famous. So we split a bowl of that. They’re all about the oink here, so it’s a pork based broth, with more of the pork belly, and some pulled pork shoulder. Also there’s some nori, soft boiled egg, fish cake, bamboo shoots, and scallions thrown in there as garnish. The noodles are extremely firm here, or as A called them, “toothy”. We both enjoyed this ramen very much. For your veggie heads, don’t even bother coming in here, as it caters to the meatatarians.

Coincidentally, my bro and his wife just gave me the momofuku cookbook for my birthday. They had no idea I had eaten at his restaurant, but just thought it was a cool cookbook. Cool, indeed! I can make the pork buns and the ramen now, if I felt so inclined! But really, I’d rather just go back to NYC and eat it!
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