My new reporting job has me in the ‘burbs of Westchester County 24-7. I miss Manhattan! So I’m making a point to get down there and explore the city through its food.
Taking a bite of the Big Apple has been an education in just how much dining in New York has evolved. Here are photos from two of my latest adventures.
Lotus Blue is a sweet restaurant in the trendy downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. It features an upscale take on dishes from Yunnan Province in China, a still unexplored cuisine. As regular readers know, my friend Kian Lam Kho put together the menu. Mmmm.
At first, I wondered why the interior of this cozy place is done up in chic Asian red. Kian explained that the restaurant’s name refers to an elevated state of Buddhism. Okay….got it. Kian has a really nice post about opening Lotus Blue on his blog. You can read it here. I also posted a review on Yelp.com.
After Lotus Blue, it was onto a foray into food trucks. The meals-on-wheels concept first took off on the West Coast. Like in Los Angeles, the scene here has gotten incredibly fancy — and dangerously tasty…
As you know, I’ve been taking weekend cartooning workshops at the Art Students League on West 57th Street, right across from Carnegie Hall in mid-Manhattan.
Well. A few blocks in the other direction, there’s a Belgian waffle truck parked at Columbus Circle. It’s strategically located between the big vertical mall and Central Park. You can smell these freshly-made griddle goodies all the way down the street.
Serge, one of my classmates, had been raving about Wafels & Dinges. So during the lunch break at our last workshop, a few of us followed him there. Our hungry crew included instructor Greg Follender, who treated us. How nice to be a student with a generous teacher! I could get used to this role reversal. :)
Follow the @waffletruck on its Manhattan rounds.
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