May 31 2016

Jukai – fake flowers

237 E 53rd St., New York, NY 10022
(212) 588-9788

I love Jap food but not this one. This Japanese restaurant is in the basement, six steps below the street, under a barber shop. Their tasting menus – Chef’s tasting course – are $55 and $95, which includes:

    1. Assorted starter
    2. Oyster
    3. Five kinds of sashimi
    4. Seafood of the Day
    5. Special sushi
    6. one of 6 choices
    7. Udon
    8. dessert

Phew, that’s the list of food for a dinner – much of them aren’t to my liking. The Oysters are too big and meaty.  The 5th picture below – left piece of the special sushi is fatty tuna. It’s bit too fat, even for me who likes fatty stuff.

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Seafood of the Day has lobster too. I picked lamb chop which adds extra $5. Interesting to note, four out of six choices require extra $5, such as duck. So I’m thinking, why bother? Just raise the price to $100? Maybe their mentality is like the fake flowers … Whatever, I won’t return, even they’ve very nice chopsticks. The udon didn’t smooth out my belly, the soup tasted raw, unseasoned.

The decor is minimalist and functional, but fake flowers are everywhere, which is a huge turn off, especially in a basement. Service is bit tardy: the girl in white shirt never came to refill my sake, only when they came to clean the table, did the woman in black jacket empty the bottle.

As with Cafe China, tipping isn’t necessary. They cite: Following the custom in Japan, Jukai’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary, therefore, gratuities are not accepted.


May 31 2016

Little Neck Bay from LIRR

Southern tip of the bay and Cross Island Parkway.

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May 30 2016


Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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May 30 2016

Beer Garden

At the Tavern On the Green in Central Park, they serve pretty good beers.

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May 30 2016

Geeses and turtles @ the Lake

From Jackie O we walked to the Lake in Central Park.


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Shakespeare in the park.

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May 30 2016

Cooper Hewitt and the Church of the Heavenly Rest

Cooper Hewitt Design (one of 2 Smithsonian in NY) and Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York.

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May 30 2016

Central Park – Jackie O

From Guggenheim, we walked in Central Park to get to our next destination. Plenty birds in the park.

The southeast corner of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir; in 2014.


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The Lake


May 30 2016

Guggenheim Collection

The exhibits – mostly paintings in the Guggenheim / Thannhauser Gallery in New York are permanent.

Piet Mondrian Composition 8 and Joan Miró

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Vasily Kandinsky Small Pleasures and Picasso Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit.

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Paul Gauguin and Monet

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Paul Cézanne Still Life and Camille Pissarro The Hermitage at Pontoise

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Paul Cézanne The Neighborhood of Jas de Bouffan.




May 30 2016

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Fischli n Weiss are gone, in place is Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946): Art, Design, Play. just opened on Friday, May 27, till September 7. The Guggenheim Collection is permanent.

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Thanks to Hitler, so many talented people from all walks of life came to USA, to survive strive and thrive. He came to Chicago in 1937, first directed the New Bauhaus, which would close within a year. He then started School of Design (what is now the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology). He died of leukemia in Chicago.

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May 29 2016

Town dock @ Port

Port Washington’s town dock is next to Louie’s, which is convenient to get to.

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