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I visited my little brother last weekend. I live in Montreal. My parents were on the trip but they live in California. I made a list of places to go but the Sunday rain slowed my progress.

Saturday 7am - Bus pulled into the Port Authority. I wanted to try mooncakefoods but the parent unit wanted to drop off the bags at the Hilton Garden Inn (a great location btw).

There was the Revlon run/walk for women blocking Broadway so we went to eat breakfast at a cuban diner (I don't know the name) on one of the side streets. Parents ate cheese omelets and I had yellow rice + pinto beans + chicken. 8/10

We went to the Met for 1 hour - my brother's kid has been going to some art for children program there. We walked back to his UES pad going by Vosges Haut-Chocolat then Jamba Juice and Two Little Red Hens. The velvet cupcake was really good but the chocolate pudding inside chocolate cupcake was normal. I also indulged in Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi (not available in Montreal :( )

We had a small dinner at home with a cousin and her family but after I went to do my own eating.

I arrived at Shake Shack at 9pm, waited 40 minutes to order the Shack Burger, Fries and Red Velvet frozen custard. 15 minutes later I got my order: the burger is great, the fries is hohum (it's frozen after all) and the custard is ok. The burger is worth 30 minutes wait imho. The line was half as long when I left the area at 10:15pm.

I visited the Whole Paycheck location and got my fix of Odwalla OJ. Too full from the Shack meal I didn't keep on to get something at Momofuku Noodle bar.

Sunday 8am - took the NRQW line to Union Square and walked to Trader Joe. I wanted to get some cookies but at 9:15am the store was full and the line too long.

We headed to Momofuku Bakery and picked up 3 each of Pork Bun, Pork+Egg Bun, English Muffin. My brother's family joined us at the hotel. I liked the Pork+Egg bun best but I would have eaten all myself if I could. I took a cold Pork Bun for the bus ride back, it's good even cold!

We decided to walk towards NYU in the rain. I picked up the pulled pork and spicy catfish sandwiches from Num Pang. Both were great but the chili mayo was too much for me.

We had lunch at Lombardi's. Parents had a small pepperoni and me and the brother's family had a meatballs + garlic spinach. I wasn't thrilled with the crust but everything else is top notch, especially the cheese.

We went to Rice to Riches after and got an "epic" of French Toast (yum) and Strawberry (glum).

I went to Matsugen for dinner while the rest went to Korean bbq. I decided on Matsugen over Sobaya for their Spring promotion ($35 for dinner). Overall I was disappointed because I expected something more traditional.

Soy Milk Soup with Chicken Breast - a plastic (!) bowl of salty soy milk with 2 small pieces of chicken. The chicken was good but I didn't taste any soy in the milk soup. They gave me a small wood ladle which intruded more than served. It seems gimmicky.

Field Greens with Crab Meat - standard micro greens with lump crab meat.

Sashimi - 2 small squares each of tuna, salmon, hamachi, kampachi - no gari. The whole thing was on metal tray in a wooden box with ice. I usually eat my sashimi non-frozen so this was not the best. Also there was a metallic taste in the tuna (it's rare I don't sense it).

Tempura Roll - shrimp, salmon, asparagus rolled in nori then a thin batter deep fried. Everything inside the roll was rubbery so I just enjoyed the crunchy nori.

Hot Mushroom and Mt. Vegetables Soba - soba + mushrooms + soup, nothing to wrie home about. The wood spoon was useless. As I tried to drink the soup from it, I had more wood than broth in my mouth.

Vanilla Caramel Pudding - a soft pana cotta texture with creme caramel like sauce and whip cream.

Next time I will try to get more Momofuku and get the rest of the list covered. Below is my wallet cheat sheet.

an choi | 85 Orchard / Grand & Broome | 212-226-3700
mmfk noodle| 171 First Ave / 10-11th | 12-4:30, 5:30-11pm
mmfk ssam | 207 2nd Ave / 13th | 11:30-3:30, 5-midnite
jacques torres | 350 Hudson / King | 10am-6pm
vosges | 1100 Madison UES | 10am-8pm
shakeshack|Madison Ave / East 23rd | 11am-11pm
num pang | 21 East 12th / University Place
baoguette | 61 Lexington Ave / 25th
seoul station | 81 St Marks Place / 1st Ave | 12-10PM
matsugen | 241 Church St / Leonard-Worth | 212-925-0202
spice market | 403 West 13th / 9th | 212-675-2322
mooncakefoods | 263 West 30th | 212-268-2888
chikalicious / pinisi / dessert truck / two little red hens
kyotofu / sakagura isakaya / mitzy's macarons / porchetta

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