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It’s dread you’re feeling, chick.

Yep, nothing like a trip to New York to inspire feelings of, well, dread in me.

Chris lived there for nine years and loves it. We joke that New York is his mistress. Ray loves it there. Jess loves it there. All of Chris’s college buddies who still live there seem to love it. Me? Not so much with the love.

I’ve made an uneasy peace with New York. I don’t want to stab it in its filthy heart when I land or anything. I can appreciate its allure; the culture, the campiness, the subway. There’s no Katz’s Deli in Seattle. I know New York has its features, it’s just that I don’t really want a pedicure at 2am so the fact that I could get one if I wanted to doesn’t give me that thrill it gives some people.

I just can’t share the enthusiasm when I have to listen to all the starry-eyed New York lovers swoon about how gorgeous and wonderful and open all night and perfect the city is… like boys who have been won over by the pretty party girl and just don’t understand why I don’t find her as cute as they do when she toddles home hiccuping and covered in her own oh-so-adorable puke. There are no piles of garbage as high as my head on the streets of Seattle. No attitude of “Rudeness? Welcome to New York, that’s just the way things are, rube!” either. My bus might not be as reliable as the subway but it also doesn’t smell like pee. You can ask someone if they know what time it is in Seattle without being immediately greeted with The Scowl that trained New Yorkers have perfected, not just wary of the scam but fully expecting it. I’m just not smitten with this good-time girl and I know admitting that puts me squarely into the cretin category for the millions of people who worship New York and its Greatest City in the World mystique. Ah well, no hipster points for me then.

Of course, it’s not just my generalized New York ennui that has me dreading this trip. Because I wanted to take a non-stop red-eye (no sense paying for more nights in Manhattan than you absolutely have to) we’re flying on… JETBLUE. (This is the only flight they make from Seattle to New York!) Yep, the airline that’s been completely screwed all week because they couldn’t figure out how to handle a snow storm that didn’t involve holding their passengers hostage on the tarmac for 6-12 hours. They’re still canceling flights and trying to clear their backlog a week later!

Then there’s the job I’m going to New York to do: work New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, floor hours for ten and eleven hour days. Nothing thrills me with dread like the prospect of working until 8 or 9 at night and then getting up to do it again the next day. A show like GenCon is busy enough that time passes swiftly but Comic Con is a tangential show for us, like the ALA show was. Time is not going to pass swiftly.

I’m consoling myself with the slim chance that I might get to see Steve Colbert. More likely, I’ll just see Gary Coleman.

65 comments to It’s dread you’re feeling, chick.

  • Sympathies. I visited NYC in 94 and found it pretty intimidating. I never felt safe riding the subway, even during the day (and we didn’t even CONTEMPLATE riding it at night). The youth hostel we stayed at was 6 blocks south of Harlem on the upper west side.

    We had fun there, but it was SUCH a relief to get out and head to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

  • Sympathies. I visited NYC in 94 and found it pretty intimidating. I never felt safe riding the subway, even during the day (and we didn’t even CONTEMPLATE riding it at night). The youth hostel we stayed at was 6 blocks south of Harlem on the upper west side.

    We had fun there, but it was SUCH a relief to get out and head to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

  • Sympathies. I visited NYC in 94 and found it pretty intimidating. I never felt safe riding the subway, even during the day (and we didn’t even CONTEMPLATE riding it at night). The youth hostel we stayed at was 6 blocks south of Harlem on the upper west side.

    We had fun there, but it was SUCH a relief to get out and head to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

  • Sympathies. I visited NYC in 94 and found it pretty intimidating. I never felt safe riding the subway, even during the day (and we didn’t even CONTEMPLATE riding it at night). The youth hostel we stayed at was 6 blocks south of Harlem on the upper west side.

    We had fun there, but it was SUCH a relief to get out and head to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

  • Sympathies. I visited NYC in 94 and found it pretty intimidating. I never felt safe riding the subway, even during the day (and we didn’t even CONTEMPLATE riding it at night). The youth hostel we stayed at was 6 blocks south of Harlem on the upper west side.

    We had fun there, but it was SUCH a relief to get out and head to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

  • dhw

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had to do the Seattle-Boston red-eye a couple of times already this year, and Jet Blue is my choice of airline to fly.

    Of course, I wasn’t stuck in their bad-weather-lack-of-planning disaster; but in general, my experiences with Jet Blue have been quite positive.

  • dhw

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had to do the Seattle-Boston red-eye a couple of times already this year, and Jet Blue is my choice of airline to fly.

    Of course, I wasn’t stuck in their bad-weather-lack-of-planning disaster; but in general, my experiences with Jet Blue have been quite positive.

  • dhw

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had to do the Seattle-Boston red-eye a couple of times already this year, and Jet Blue is my choice of airline to fly.

    Of course, I wasn’t stuck in their bad-weather-lack-of-planning disaster; but in general, my experiences with Jet Blue have been quite positive.

  • dhw

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had to do the Seattle-Boston red-eye a couple of times already this year, and Jet Blue is my choice of airline to fly.

    Of course, I wasn’t stuck in their bad-weather-lack-of-planning disaster; but in general, my experiences with Jet Blue have been quite positive.

  • dhw

    For what it’s worth, I’ve had to do the Seattle-Boston red-eye a couple of times already this year, and Jet Blue is my choice of airline to fly.

    Of course, I wasn’t stuck in their bad-weather-lack-of-planning disaster; but in general, my experiences with Jet Blue have been quite positive.

  • Hm, sorry you’re not a Big Apple fan. Me, I love it here.
    And a reminder–give me a holler when you guys get in. Maybe we can find a time to get together for lunch or something. I’d happily do Katz’s Deli. :)

  • Hm, sorry you’re not a Big Apple fan. Me, I love it here.
    And a reminder–give me a holler when you guys get in. Maybe we can find a time to get together for lunch or something. I’d happily do Katz’s Deli. :)

  • Hm, sorry you’re not a Big Apple fan. Me, I love it here.
    And a reminder–give me a holler when you guys get in. Maybe we can find a time to get together for lunch or something. I’d happily do Katz’s Deli. :)

  • Hm, sorry you’re not a Big Apple fan. Me, I love it here.
    And a reminder–give me a holler when you guys get in. Maybe we can find a time to get together for lunch or something. I’d happily do Katz’s Deli. :)

  • Hm, sorry you’re not a Big Apple fan. Me, I love it here.
    And a reminder–give me a holler when you guys get in. Maybe we can find a time to get together for lunch or something. I’d happily do Katz’s Deli. :)

  • Having been to New York 3 times, I must confess that I find it pretty underwhelming. Oh sure, parts of it are great, but large parts of it are a shithole. It’s an ok city, but it’s certainly not perfect.

    If it was perfect, it would be San Francisco:)

  • Having been to New York 3 times, I must confess that I find it pretty underwhelming. Oh sure, parts of it are great, but large parts of it are a shithole. It’s an ok city, but it’s certainly not perfect.

    If it was perfect, it would be San Francisco:)

  • Having been to New York 3 times, I must confess that I find it pretty underwhelming. Oh sure, parts of it are great, but large parts of it are a shithole. It’s an ok city, but it’s certainly not perfect.

    If it was perfect, it would be San Francisco:)

  • Having been to New York 3 times, I must confess that I find it pretty underwhelming. Oh sure, parts of it are great, but large parts of it are a shithole. It’s an ok city, but it’s certainly not perfect.

    If it was perfect, it would be San Francisco:)

  • Having been to New York 3 times, I must confess that I find it pretty underwhelming. Oh sure, parts of it are great, but large parts of it are a shithole. It’s an ok city, but it’s certainly not perfect.

    If it was perfect, it would be San Francisco:)

  • I went to NYCC last year and it reminded me of GenCon in one important respect: lines everywhere. At one point they closed admission to the dealer’s room because the fire marshal was having conniptions. I hope they’ve arranged a much bigger space this year.

    My advice: this is definitely a comic-centric crowd. The AR guys did more business in Cthulhu stuff than in all of roleplaying merch combined. (Even the newest Munchkin supplement, not yet available in stores, was pretty flat.) Treat this as a networking-cum-socializing opportunity and don’t have huge expectations for great sales. That way, if they happen, you can rub my face in it later.

    Having said all that, I think you’ll have a good time. I can’t wait for your foodbloggage.

    • Oh yeah, we’ve been to San Diego Comic Con and we’re definitely not there for the sales. We are debuting our Mutants & Masterminds intro product there anyway. Figure it can’t hurt to try. :)

      I have high hopes for the quality of foodbloggage that Manhattan might provide.

      • I’m told one should check out Nobu, not sure what your price range is. Most of the places I’m familiar with are in the 50s or 60s, which tend to be pricy.

        If you like Thai, I’m fond of Topaz on West 56th, but you have to get there exactly at noon to get a table.

        Bar Americain on 52nd had an amazing chicken gumbo, andouille, green onions and rice.

        Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th is a great rodizio.

        You should have dim sum in Chinatown at some point.

        I will excuse your dissing of New York as a temporary derangement brought on by the prospect of encountering thousands of rabid comics fans. Hence, the dread. :)

        • I give your recommendations thumbs up! We’ve done Nobu in Vegas and had more than one fantastic dinner there, and Churrascaria Plataforma is on the short list for a gathering we’re trying to organize if we can actually convince any of the NY natives to meet us there instead of a Chinese place near Times Square. Thursday after set-up we’re hoping to hit Vegetarian Paradise’s Chinatown location if I can confirm they’re still open (Vindigo only lists the location for VP2).

  • I went to NYCC last year and it reminded me of GenCon in one important respect: lines everywhere. At one point they closed admission to the dealer’s room because the fire marshal was having conniptions. I hope they’ve arranged a much bigger space this year.

    My advice: this is definitely a comic-centric crowd. The AR guys did more business in Cthulhu stuff than in all of roleplaying merch combined. (Even the newest Munchkin supplement, not yet available in stores, was pretty flat.) Treat this as a networking-cum-socializing opportunity and don’t have huge expectations for great sales. That way, if they happen, you can rub my face in it later.

    Having said all that, I think you’ll have a good time. I can’t wait for your foodbloggage.

    • Oh yeah, we’ve been to San Diego Comic Con and we’re definitely not there for the sales. We are debuting our Mutants & Masterminds intro product there anyway. Figure it can’t hurt to try. :)

      I have high hopes for the quality of foodbloggage that Manhattan might provide.

      • I’m told one should check out Nobu, not sure what your price range is. Most of the places I’m familiar with are in the 50s or 60s, which tend to be pricy.

        If you like Thai, I’m fond of Topaz on West 56th, but you have to get there exactly at noon to get a table.

        Bar Americain on 52nd had an amazing chicken gumbo, andouille, green onions and rice.

        Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th is a great rodizio.

        You should have dim sum in Chinatown at some point.

        I will excuse your dissing of New York as a temporary derangement brought on by the prospect of encountering thousands of rabid comics fans. Hence, the dread. :)

        • I give your recommendations thumbs up! We’ve done Nobu in Vegas and had more than one fantastic dinner there, and Churrascaria Plataforma is on the short list for a gathering we’re trying to organize if we can actually convince any of the NY natives to meet us there instead of a Chinese place near Times Square. Thursday after set-up we’re hoping to hit Vegetarian Paradise’s Chinatown location if I can confirm they’re still open (Vindigo only lists the location for VP2).

        • I give your recommendations thumbs up! We’ve done Nobu in Vegas and had more than one fantastic dinner there, and Churrascaria Plataforma is on the short list for a gathering we’re trying to organize if we can actually convince any of the NY natives to meet us there instead of a Chinese place near Times Square. Thursday after set-up we’re hoping to hit Vegetarian Paradise’s Chinatown location if I can confirm they’re still open (Vindigo only lists the location for VP2).

      • I’m told one should check out Nobu, not sure what your price range is. Most of the places I’m familiar with are in the 50s or 60s, which tend to be pricy.

        If you like Thai, I’m fond of Topaz on West 56th, but you have to get there exactly at noon to get a table.

        Bar Americain on 52nd had an amazing chicken gumbo, andouille, green onions and rice.

        Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th is a great rodizio.

        You should have dim sum in Chinatown at some point.

        I will excuse your dissing of New York as a temporary derangement brought on by the prospect of encountering thousands of rabid comics fans. Hence, the dread. :)

    • Oh yeah, we’ve been to San Diego Comic Con and we’re definitely not there for the sales. We are debuting our Mutants & Masterminds intro product there anyway. Figure it can’t hurt to try. :)

      I have high hopes for the quality of foodbloggage that Manhattan might provide.

  • I went to NYCC last year and it reminded me of GenCon in one important respect: lines everywhere. At one point they closed admission to the dealer’s room because the fire marshal was having conniptions. I hope they’ve arranged a much bigger space this year.

    My advice: this is definitely a comic-centric crowd. The AR guys did more business in Cthulhu stuff than in all of roleplaying merch combined. (Even the newest Munchkin supplement, not yet available in stores, was pretty flat.) Treat this as a networking-cum-socializing opportunity and don’t have huge expectations for great sales. That way, if they happen, you can rub my face in it later.

    Having said all that, I think you’ll have a good time. I can’t wait for your foodbloggage.

  • I went to NYCC last year and it reminded me of GenCon in one important respect: lines everywhere. At one point they closed admission to the dealer’s room because the fire marshal was having conniptions. I hope they’ve arranged a much bigger space this year.

    My advice: this is definitely a comic-centric crowd. The AR guys did more business in Cthulhu stuff than in all of roleplaying merch combined. (Even the newest Munchkin supplement, not yet available in stores, was pretty flat.) Treat this as a networking-cum-socializing opportunity and don’t have huge expectations for great sales. That way, if they happen, you can rub my face in it later.

    Having said all that, I think you’ll have a good time. I can’t wait for your foodbloggage.

    • Oh yeah, we’ve been to San Diego Comic Con and we’re definitely not there for the sales. We are debuting our Mutants & Masterminds intro product there anyway. Figure it can’t hurt to try. :)

      I have high hopes for the quality of foodbloggage that Manhattan might provide.

      • I’m told one should check out Nobu, not sure what your price range is. Most of the places I’m familiar with are in the 50s or 60s, which tend to be pricy.

        If you like Thai, I’m fond of Topaz on West 56th, but you have to get there exactly at noon to get a table.

        Bar Americain on 52nd had an amazing chicken gumbo, andouille, green onions and rice.

        Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th is a great rodizio.

        You should have dim sum in Chinatown at some point.

        I will excuse your dissing of New York as a temporary derangement brought on by the prospect of encountering thousands of rabid comics fans. Hence, the dread. :)

        • I give your recommendations thumbs up! We’ve done Nobu in Vegas and had more than one fantastic dinner there, and Churrascaria Plataforma is on the short list for a gathering we’re trying to organize if we can actually convince any of the NY natives to meet us there instead of a Chinese place near Times Square. Thursday after set-up we’re hoping to hit Vegetarian Paradise’s Chinatown location if I can confirm they’re still open (Vindigo only lists the location for VP2).

  • I went to NYCC last year and it reminded me of GenCon in one important respect: lines everywhere. At one point they closed admission to the dealer’s room because the fire marshal was having conniptions. I hope they’ve arranged a much bigger space this year.

    My advice: this is definitely a comic-centric crowd. The AR guys did more business in Cthulhu stuff than in all of roleplaying merch combined. (Even the newest Munchkin supplement, not yet available in stores, was pretty flat.) Treat this as a networking-cum-socializing opportunity and don’t have huge expectations for great sales. That way, if they happen, you can rub my face in it later.

    Having said all that, I think you’ll have a good time. I can’t wait for your foodbloggage.

  • Oh yeah, we’ve been to San Diego Comic Con and we’re definitely not there for the sales. We are debuting our Mutants & Masterminds intro product there anyway. Figure it can’t hurt to try. :)

    I have high hopes for the quality of foodbloggage that Manhattan might provide.

  • I’m not a big fan of NYC either. My whole family is, and can’t understand why I ever moved away from the city. I just don’t get it – Manhattan is too tall, too crowded, too smelly, and too dirty. Sure, it has the Met, but that’s no reason to linger.

    We just got back from ToyFair at the Javitz. Let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations – we ate at some fabulous (and reasonably priced) restaurants. Oh, and one that’s populated by ninjas.

    • How was Ninja? I’ve heard the schtick is funny but the food isn’t that good when you get down to it.

      • Actually, I have the reverse opinion. The food wasn’t bad at all (if a bit pricy), but the schtick needed some work.

        I admit that I’m spoiled due to being an RPGer and a LARPer, but really – more ninja was needed. If you ask me whether I want to take the short way or the dangerous way to my table, I at least expect smoke and someone to jump out at me. What’s dangerous about a dark, winding, hallway and my server telling me to watch my step? If you make a big deal over people being ready for me before I get into the elevator, I expect something ninja-tastic when I exit the damned elevator.

        And please, Ninjas of the World – don’t break character. I don’t care if you’re really from the Bronx. Don’t mess up the illusion your restaurant is trying to create. You have such a great decor and I love having a private room for every table – work with it.

        So…less fun and schtick than Jeckyll and Hyde, but much, much better food. We had one main dish for the table and an assortment of appetizers. Our sushi was great, the chocolate dessert was fabulous (and rose-scented), presentation was wonderful, and I didn’t need a knife for the lamb. The crab cake was meh – not bad, but not up to the quality of everything else. Anything with a ninja star next to it means it’ll probably involve fire at your table.

        Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant). http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html. Dirt cheap, yummy, on-street parking available and there’s a 111-year-old pastry place one block over for dessert.


        • Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant).

          DING! If there’s anything that would be a winner with me while I’m off balance and uncomfortable in NYC it’s an assortment of comfort food. :)

          • Everything at S’mac that we’ve tried so far has been great, and you can make your own combos, but I recommend the Brie.

            Don’t be fooled by the size of the pans – the smallest size is perfect for one person.

  • I’m not a big fan of NYC either. My whole family is, and can’t understand why I ever moved away from the city. I just don’t get it – Manhattan is too tall, too crowded, too smelly, and too dirty. Sure, it has the Met, but that’s no reason to linger.

    We just got back from ToyFair at the Javitz. Let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations – we ate at some fabulous (and reasonably priced) restaurants. Oh, and one that’s populated by ninjas.

    • How was Ninja? I’ve heard the schtick is funny but the food isn’t that good when you get down to it.

      • Actually, I have the reverse opinion. The food wasn’t bad at all (if a bit pricy), but the schtick needed some work.

        I admit that I’m spoiled due to being an RPGer and a LARPer, but really – more ninja was needed. If you ask me whether I want to take the short way or the dangerous way to my table, I at least expect smoke and someone to jump out at me. What’s dangerous about a dark, winding, hallway and my server telling me to watch my step? If you make a big deal over people being ready for me before I get into the elevator, I expect something ninja-tastic when I exit the damned elevator.

        And please, Ninjas of the World – don’t break character. I don’t care if you’re really from the Bronx. Don’t mess up the illusion your restaurant is trying to create. You have such a great decor and I love having a private room for every table – work with it.

        So…less fun and schtick than Jeckyll and Hyde, but much, much better food. We had one main dish for the table and an assortment of appetizers. Our sushi was great, the chocolate dessert was fabulous (and rose-scented), presentation was wonderful, and I didn’t need a knife for the lamb. The crab cake was meh – not bad, but not up to the quality of everything else. Anything with a ninja star next to it means it’ll probably involve fire at your table.

        Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant). http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html. Dirt cheap, yummy, on-street parking available and there’s a 111-year-old pastry place one block over for dessert.


        • Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant).

          DING! If there’s anything that would be a winner with me while I’m off balance and uncomfortable in NYC it’s an assortment of comfort food. :)

          • Everything at S’mac that we’ve tried so far has been great, and you can make your own combos, but I recommend the Brie.

            Don’t be fooled by the size of the pans – the smallest size is perfect for one person.

          • Everything at S’mac that we’ve tried so far has been great, and you can make your own combos, but I recommend the Brie.

            Don’t be fooled by the size of the pans – the smallest size is perfect for one person.


        • Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant).

          DING! If there’s anything that would be a winner with me while I’m off balance and uncomfortable in NYC it’s an assortment of comfort food. :)

      • Actually, I have the reverse opinion. The food wasn’t bad at all (if a bit pricy), but the schtick needed some work.

        I admit that I’m spoiled due to being an RPGer and a LARPer, but really – more ninja was needed. If you ask me whether I want to take the short way or the dangerous way to my table, I at least expect smoke and someone to jump out at me. What’s dangerous about a dark, winding, hallway and my server telling me to watch my step? If you make a big deal over people being ready for me before I get into the elevator, I expect something ninja-tastic when I exit the damned elevator.

        And please, Ninjas of the World – don’t break character. I don’t care if you’re really from the Bronx. Don’t mess up the illusion your restaurant is trying to create. You have such a great decor and I love having a private room for every table – work with it.

        So…less fun and schtick than Jeckyll and Hyde, but much, much better food. We had one main dish for the table and an assortment of appetizers. Our sushi was great, the chocolate dessert was fabulous (and rose-scented), presentation was wonderful, and I didn’t need a knife for the lamb. The crab cake was meh – not bad, but not up to the quality of everything else. Anything with a ninja star next to it means it’ll probably involve fire at your table.

        Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant). http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html. Dirt cheap, yummy, on-street parking available and there’s a 111-year-old pastry place one block over for dessert.

    • How was Ninja? I’ve heard the schtick is funny but the food isn’t that good when you get down to it.

  • I’m not a big fan of NYC either. My whole family is, and can’t understand why I ever moved away from the city. I just don’t get it – Manhattan is too tall, too crowded, too smelly, and too dirty. Sure, it has the Met, but that’s no reason to linger.

    We just got back from ToyFair at the Javitz. Let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations – we ate at some fabulous (and reasonably priced) restaurants. Oh, and one that’s populated by ninjas.

  • I’m not a big fan of NYC either. My whole family is, and can’t understand why I ever moved away from the city. I just don’t get it – Manhattan is too tall, too crowded, too smelly, and too dirty. Sure, it has the Met, but that’s no reason to linger.

    We just got back from ToyFair at the Javitz. Let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations – we ate at some fabulous (and reasonably priced) restaurants. Oh, and one that’s populated by ninjas.

    • How was Ninja? I’ve heard the schtick is funny but the food isn’t that good when you get down to it.

      • Actually, I have the reverse opinion. The food wasn’t bad at all (if a bit pricy), but the schtick needed some work.

        I admit that I’m spoiled due to being an RPGer and a LARPer, but really – more ninja was needed. If you ask me whether I want to take the short way or the dangerous way to my table, I at least expect smoke and someone to jump out at me. What’s dangerous about a dark, winding, hallway and my server telling me to watch my step? If you make a big deal over people being ready for me before I get into the elevator, I expect something ninja-tastic when I exit the damned elevator.

        And please, Ninjas of the World – don’t break character. I don’t care if you’re really from the Bronx. Don’t mess up the illusion your restaurant is trying to create. You have such a great decor and I love having a private room for every table – work with it.

        So…less fun and schtick than Jeckyll and Hyde, but much, much better food. We had one main dish for the table and an assortment of appetizers. Our sushi was great, the chocolate dessert was fabulous (and rose-scented), presentation was wonderful, and I didn’t need a knife for the lamb. The crab cake was meh – not bad, but not up to the quality of everything else. Anything with a ninja star next to it means it’ll probably involve fire at your table.

        Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant). http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html. Dirt cheap, yummy, on-street parking available and there’s a 111-year-old pastry place one block over for dessert.


        • Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant).

          DING! If there’s anything that would be a winner with me while I’m off balance and uncomfortable in NYC it’s an assortment of comfort food. :)

          • Everything at S’mac that we’ve tried so far has been great, and you can make your own combos, but I recommend the Brie.

            Don’t be fooled by the size of the pans – the smallest size is perfect for one person.

  • I’m not a big fan of NYC either. My whole family is, and can’t understand why I ever moved away from the city. I just don’t get it – Manhattan is too tall, too crowded, too smelly, and too dirty. Sure, it has the Met, but that’s no reason to linger.

    We just got back from ToyFair at the Javitz. Let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations – we ate at some fabulous (and reasonably priced) restaurants. Oh, and one that’s populated by ninjas.

  • How was Ninja? I’ve heard the schtick is funny but the food isn’t that good when you get down to it.

  • Actually, I have the reverse opinion. The food wasn’t bad at all (if a bit pricy), but the schtick needed some work.

    I admit that I’m spoiled due to being an RPGer and a LARPer, but really – more ninja was needed. If you ask me whether I want to take the short way or the dangerous way to my table, I at least expect smoke and someone to jump out at me. What’s dangerous about a dark, winding, hallway and my server telling me to watch my step? If you make a big deal over people being ready for me before I get into the elevator, I expect something ninja-tastic when I exit the damned elevator.

    And please, Ninjas of the World – don’t break character. I don’t care if you’re really from the Bronx. Don’t mess up the illusion your restaurant is trying to create. You have such a great decor and I love having a private room for every table – work with it.

    So…less fun and schtick than Jeckyll and Hyde, but much, much better food. We had one main dish for the table and an assortment of appetizers. Our sushi was great, the chocolate dessert was fabulous (and rose-scented), presentation was wonderful, and I didn’t need a knife for the lamb. The crab cake was meh – not bad, but not up to the quality of everything else. Anything with a ninja star next to it means it’ll probably involve fire at your table.

    Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant). http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html. Dirt cheap, yummy, on-street parking available and there’s a 111-year-old pastry place one block over for dessert.


  • Tangentally, I heartily recommend S’mac (an all Mac’n'Cheese restaurant).

    DING! If there’s anything that would be a winner with me while I’m off balance and uncomfortable in NYC it’s an assortment of comfort food. :)

  • Everything at S’mac that we’ve tried so far has been great, and you can make your own combos, but I recommend the Brie.

    Don’t be fooled by the size of the pans – the smallest size is perfect for one person.

  • I’m told one should check out Nobu, not sure what your price range is. Most of the places I’m familiar with are in the 50s or 60s, which tend to be pricy.

    If you like Thai, I’m fond of Topaz on West 56th, but you have to get there exactly at noon to get a table.

    Bar Americain on 52nd had an amazing chicken gumbo, andouille, green onions and rice.

    Churrascaria Plataforma on 49th is a great rodizio.

    You should have dim sum in Chinatown at some point.

    I will excuse your dissing of New York as a temporary derangement brought on by the prospect of encountering thousands of rabid comics fans. Hence, the dread. :)

  • I give your recommendations thumbs up! We’ve done Nobu in Vegas and had more than one fantastic dinner there, and Churrascaria Plataforma is on the short list for a gathering we’re trying to organize if we can actually convince any of the NY natives to meet us there instead of a Chinese place near Times Square. Thursday after set-up we’re hoping to hit Vegetarian Paradise’s Chinatown location if I can confirm they’re still open (Vindigo only lists the location for VP2).