Our trip to the City started with a quick stopover Friday night to my best friend/sistah’s place. She was just getting off of work when we finished grabbing some food from the Shoprite in Chester, NY for a quick dinner.
We had hot dogs. The kind with skins on them. Hooray! I ate two, and a bunch of nachos (Albany John also made nachos. Yummy). And a box of Almaden wine. I always like stopping at a grocery store to keep my budget in check. I was able to feed a bunch of people for around $16 (or, $30 if you count the wine). If we’d eaten out, that would have probably been my dinner alone. I love the fact the I can just go over my Sistah’s and use her kitchen as if it were my own.
The next day we woke up early and were out of the door by 9:30 and on our way into NYC! We got into Woodside, Queens by 11 or so and were shortly on our way to Flushing, Queens. My YehYeh recently moved from his place in Woodside to a new place in Flushing, so we stayed in his old place in Woodside. That worked really well since it was more than enough space for four people and the street parking is free. It also probably helps that I just love riding the subway.
Once we arrived in Flushing we got the grand tour of the new place, had a Heineken, and headed out to New East Cuisine Manor (3702 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354) for dim sum. It was close to 1 pm by that time, but Benny and Slick(aka, the Little Guy) had never had dim sum and I really wanted them to try it.
Har Cheung!!! Shrimp rice rolls. Just when I think my stomach is about to reach its limit, the har cheung come out and I magically find more space. The noodles were thick but very soft and the shrimp were perfectly cooked. Love that sweet soy sauce, too.
Two orders of a peppery pork belly (behind the two steamed spareribs with black bean sauce). Again, too peppery for me. The pepper flavor was aggressive and pretty much drowned out the flavor and didn’t seem to help cut the fat. Yeh Yeh really liked this, though.
But of course, we weren’t finished eating. Yeh Yeh and my Uncle ordered 2 beef noodle dishes to really be sure we’d had enough to eat (that excellent Chinese food hospitality can be a dangerous thing for ones waistline). One is crispy noodles and the other is chow fun. The chow fun was excellent – tender and smoky noodles, with crisp and refreshing bean sprouts. I was too full to try the crispy noodles. I did steal a veggie though.
We waddled our butts over to the 7 train and took the long ride into Manhattan. I fell asleep for a little bit and was groggy by the time we’d gotten to Grand Central and had realized we all needed to get off exactly as the doors closed. Just a minor inconvenience, though. We got off at the next stop and made our connection to the Upper East Side.
After also begging off one of Manhattan Maka’s fabulous lattes for my sleepy ass, she took us up to the roof of her building to view Manhattan. Gorgeous views of Manhattan. Maka mentioned which sides were which (ie, “there’s Brooklyn, there’s the Bronx”), but I forgot which those were. Still, I really enjoyed the view and the wind. They even had chairs and lounges up there.
Quite a nice view on the left as soon as you walk out of the door! It really hits how high up you are.
Slick on the left, and Albany John whipping out his camera on the right. Uh oh, the photographing begins! I’m sure he’ll have some awesome snaps.