A few weeks ago I met up with some friends in Noho after work. Labeled with what one would perceive as just a cute nickname, Noho perfectly represents the place that it stands for — the little area that is north of Houston Street. It’s a fabulous part of the city, just blocks from some of the best shopping in the world, Greene, Prince, Spring and Bleeker Streets, and home to the best-dressed people I've ever seen. just walking down Broadway to get to work each day, I feel like I pass at least five models, two athletes, a designer and maybe an actor or two. and that’s at eight thirty in the morning. In addition to the incomparable shopping, which can endanger your wallet, especially after a stressful day, Noho is also known for it’s fresh and trendy food. As a side note, nothing in this area is cheap in any respect. Sure, you can find a delicious meal at a good price, but that requires some seeking out. It’s great to have a few reliable places that will provide you with exactly what you want, but let’s be real, you’re in NYC, if you stay in one place you’ll miss out on so many more. So this particular night, we decided to try somewhere different. We walked through Washington Square Park and past Waverly Place on the hunt for a cute eatery that none of us had ever been to. apparently, starting our hunt to find dinner at 8 o’clock was the first mistake we made that night. Everywhere we went had a wait that sounded torturous to our impatient stomachs. Finally we came across a place that, from the outside, looked so fun that we couldn’t pass it up.
[ Things I Learned #2: Do not be a naïve city-goer. Choosing a place to dine requires more thought than a love for the atmosphere — at least look at the menu before you sit down. ]
Through the window of the small Pilipino restaurant a fun, colorful atmosphere seduced us. The interior was packed with people, but there was also the option to dine out back in the romantically lit-up garden. There was a younger hip crowd at the bar that was bordered with orange, yellow and red lights. None of us had ever tried Pilipino food. We were pumped. In retrospect, we should have left after waiting that first half hour. Something didn’t feel right. After one full hour, our stomachs were still growling, my friends and I had rationed off my water bottle, and I felt like my shoulder was going to fall off because I was still carrying half the contents of my desk in my bag. An hour and a half later. Finally, we are brought to our table. Well, our request to dine in the garden had been forgotten — or entirely ignored — and we were stationed at a table in the corner near the kitchen and bathrooms. Whatever. We were starving. we examined the menu as quickly as possible. After much indecision, I selected an entrée with greens, chicken grilled in coconut oil and nuts. Even in times of despair, I make it a priority to keep up a classy etiquette. So, I waited for the waitress to leave before I started to laugh at my food. It turns out that I had misunderstood the menu (no shame, I had never even seen half of the ingredients before). I had ordered a chicken soup. Served in a coconut. I’m glad you’re laughing. It was actually pretty good. Nothing like I had wanted or attempted to order, but it wasn’t a total failure. There are pictures in my Photo Album if you want to see it for yourself. But I should’ve stopped there. Unfortunately my friend and I decided to share a traditional Pilipino desert. There were two classy looking ladies at the table next to us celebrating a birthday, and their desert looked to die for. Sadly, though we asked for exactly that, we were brought something different. I describe it as a grand $10 bowl of cereal, milk and flakes with a couple of tapioca-like balls on the side made out of some sort of vegetable. We were almost in tears from laughing at ourselves. OK, so maybe it wasn’t what we were expecting. But we did try something new! We got to experience a pretty cool crowd and atmosphere, and a new kind of food. That itself is a success. That’s what the city is all about!
Don’t forget to check out the pictures in the Photo Album! Thanks for reading, stay classy! xx