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In A New York Minute

When I am planning for travel, I don’t like wasting any time being idle. I am incredibly lucky that my other half/adventure partner is extremely organized, keeping up with making a tidy list with my verbal vomit of ideas. We only had four days together in New York but we made the most of our trip with a tear-jerking Broadway show, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, exploring through upstate New York, walking across (almost) the Brooklyn Bridge, and spending quality time with family in Long Island.

We booked our stay with friendly hosts through Airbnb and even got lucky with a wonderful Norwegian culinary experience at an accommodation tucked away by the Hudson River in Dutchess County.

We grabbed coffee and bagel sandwiches for breakfast at Uncommon Grounds in Albany before driving down to New York City in our blue Buggy rental. We spent the evening exploring Brooklyn, dropping by Catbird (for me) and Twenty Sided (for Cheuk). Before we headed back to catch our Broadway show, Les Misérables, we stopped by Fiore for handmade pasta and pizza.

On the morning of Thanksgiving, we headed straight to Chinatown for brunch at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodles for a warm bowl of beef noodle soup and dumplings (my favorite). We ate our food with contentment while listening to the loud smacking of the dough to the table as a man went to town with his noodle-pulling skills.

Before we left New York City for Albany again, I made plans to catch up with my cousin. We haven’t seen each other since our trip together through Japan and South Korea in 2012. He initially recommended a really popular pancake spot by St. Marks Place but with a 2-hour wait, we decided to skip the line and walk around for a suitable spot. It turns out, luck was watching out for me. We stumbled upon Dumpling Man where you can buy an endless supply of XLBs (Chinese soup dumplings). I wanted to bury myself under those handmade pillows of goodness filled with piping hot soup.

Uncommon Grounds
1235 Western Ave. #5
Albany, NY 12203
Lam Zhou
Handmade Noodles
144 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
284 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Dumpling Man
100 St. Marks Pl.
New York, NY 10009

We also stopped by some amazing dessert shops, which included ice cream made with liquid nitrogen and a cheesecake situated in a terra cotta pot topped with Oreo “dirt” that you had to “water” with black milk tea, yeah, I was into it.

-321° Ice Cream Shop
288 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks Pl.
New York, NY 10003

There are so many things to see and foods to try in New York, I can’t wait to go back and eat my way through the city!

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