Monday, December 2, 2013

East Village Sights

It was a lovely warm day and I went on an outing.  East Village used to be grungiest of the grungy Manhattan neighborhoods.
It's quite a mind bender seeing it so very gentrified.  If there is a Chipotle there, it is pretty dang gentrified.
It retains a bit of its old character and charm though.
Of course the day was largely about food.

We rolled along back to St Mark's Place and had some dessert:
They had a large table set out where they were assembling some confections:
The above turned into this, a molten chocolate cake with some delectable oozing green tea center accompanied by green tea ice cream.
We walked over to nearby Alphabet City

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Even a densely populated city has its natural habitants.  Cute sparrow in Thompkins Square Park.


Either an exhortation to come into the hot dog restaurant or something filthy
No hot dogs were eaten, but takoyaki was scarfed up.  Unfortunately, the takoyaki was eaten too quickly to be photographed.

Hope you each had a wonderful weekend (and a long one for those in the US)!  Monday time!

18 comments :

  1. Ah New York, how I long to be back for aother trip! I know it's either love or hate for most, but for me it was pure love! I find New Yorkers much nicer than people from major European cities, to be honest. And man, the amount of things you can eat/do there!

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    1. New Yorkers have a brusque charm! :) Also nothing sounds so good as a New Yawk accent, too. So many delicious goodies all over the city, whatever your craving.

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  2. thanks for sharing this!
    new york city is always more beautiful through other new yorkers' (or even tourists') eyes. why is that? lol.
    this inspires me to go out and experience the city more.
    have a great week! :)

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    1. When you are here all the time, it's so easy to forget how nice the city is, right? I like doing touristy things. So much to love and enjoy and ogle at! :) Hope your thanksgiving was wonderful! Have a great week!!!

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  3. yummy, i always enjoyed st. marks. I went to NYU so i lived around union sq and bowery/houston the whole time! sometimes i totally miss it!

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    1. oh, joyce! come back so we can grab some yummies. the neighborhoods have all changed so much. going down broadway is like walking through a shopping mall. all the thrift stores and stuff are all gone. on the other hand, still so much to see and have fun with! and eat! :))

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  4. !! which restaurants / which dishes did you get? the noodles and the dessert look amazing - i will have to go and order exactly what you ordered!

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    1. hi susah!
      rai rai ken for the char siu (the pork dish), and for the miso ramen. I actually like this place better than Ippudo, but that's probably a minority opinion. The desert is from The Spot on St Marks Pl. That choc/green tea thing was to DIE FOR!
      Also strongly strongly recommend getting takoyaki/oknomiyaki at Otafuku which has the best takoytaki all freshly made.

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  5. Hello- what a lovely pictorial - That dessert looks yuma liscious! where did you get it from? Arriving in 2 weeks - what would your top 5 must do's be incl cupcake spots too:)

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    1. Jo, I'm not much of a cupcake fan actually, but of course, you must get to Magnolia bakery for cupcakes. Also strongly recommend checking out Vinieros which is an old school italian bakery with AMAZING AMAZING sweets. The dessert in the post is from a Asian-Fusion kind of place called The Spot located on St Marks Place in the East Village. So many many deliciousness in the East Village.

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  6. Ahhh, I miss NYC. Thank you for sharing, Belly. <3

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  7. Love it whenever you post pictures of your day trips! :D I actually spent my junior year in the city, which commenced Sept. 2011. It was a difficult year, to put things mildly, but I ended up loving the city so much that even when I returned to pastoral New England, I took weekend trips to NYC when others went to Boston. Now that I'm back in the States, I try to go at least once a year. Hope to meet up with you properly one day! :-*

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    1. oh! that was a horrible and tragic time in the city. Come see me. We have much foundation matching to do and menny yommies to be shared. :D

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  8. Belly,thank you for the lovely pics! These places brings back undergrad memories and *ahem* drunken blurs of friends tumbling down from UWS to harvest all the goodness that is near NYU. We would scuttle in and out of food places like naughty raccoons. The only two reasons to sludge back up the 1 train at 4 AM are because 1) we are too frozen 2) food babies have grown exponentially within our bellies! Good times!

    - Josie

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    1. Ah, I recall stumbling throught those streets. I passed by the sake bar decibel that day and realizing it's been almost twenty years since I've been there and no real opportunity to ever go back! :D those were good days.
      I loved your description of that subway ride. Mo' food babies. More noodles!

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  9. I<3 <3 this type of post from you, Belly, I'm living vicariously through you. Being a New Yorker is always a dream for me..

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    1. Huh. My own comment eaten by blogger.
      I would love to see the yums and sights of PNW!

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