Jan 30 2019

Boulud Sud


20 W 64th St,
New York, NY 10023

Before Ax’s concert, we dined. Very delicious food (big portion) with nice presentation, so is the service, just right. Our waitstaff has a trainee follows her around. The single dinning hall is bit jammed tho. The freebie sweet – sesame square reminds me of the candy we had when I was little in Beijing.

Bathroom. My friend went to downstair who has no complain but I went to the one on the same floor and it smells so bad – like the gas station bathroom. Pls keep it clean …


Jan 30 2019

Emanuel Ax @ Lincoln Center

Ax has been a long time accompanist to Yoyo Ma. Now seems he’s striking out on his own more. We love him the same. He walks slowly on the stage @ David Geffen Hall, and looks older than his ad photo … same as Radu Lupu & András Schiff, ha ha ha. Dinner at Boulud Sud is very good.

Regarding the look of the male musicians, Hindman wrote in her memoir “There he is, Itzhak Perlman, looking older than the photographs on your CD jackets.” -:)


Jan 8 2019

MoCA Asian Bistro


107-18 70th Rd,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Probably will return. More of 3.5.

It’s on the one way street between the Queens Blvd and Austin Street, that filled with restaurants: Aged, Cabana, Narita etc but I like this one the most. Tastefully decorated with different seating arrangements, divided by the lattice screen doors.

Ok service – our waiter clearly doesn’t know how to serve wine, and never refill. They list a ‘Sterling Vintner’s Collection’ with a price. Since I like Sterling, their various wines are dependable. But the waiter brought Sterling Merlot, and insisted that it’s the merlot I ordered. Whatever.

Their food are delicious and nicely presented. The edamame could use some trimming.

Not crazy about their short disposable chopsticks, feels like eating a $5.99 takeout dinner.

Street parking is challenging.

 


Jan 3 2019

Noon and afternoon

I stopped by the beach @ Sea Cliff before and after the workshop. Both times it looks wonderful.


Jan 1 2019

2019

Jan 03 @  Tappen 

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Dec 28 2018

Atria on Roslyn Harbor

100 Landing Road
Roslyn, NY 11576

This retirement home is next to a tennis club I used to play often.

      


Dec 27 2018

Sunset @ Harry Tappen Beach

This Sea Cliff park is pretty at sunset.


Dec 22 2018

Pearl East


1191 Northern Blvd,
Manhasset, NY 11030

Maybe will return. 3.5.

I’d dined there more than a decade ago. Found them to be expensive for the sake of expensive. Low ceiling in their private room in the back. Taste was really average.

     

This time my impression improved. The new deco (don’t really now how new or how old) is warm. The kimono by the entrance is a nice touch. The bathroom is crispy. Fresh flowers (extra point). I ordered the volcano beef which tastes to my liking. But the rice is horrible- unevenly cooked. One of my companions ordered the tasting dim sum (?) – an elaborately presentation – do they reuse them, I wondered. The carving skill is good but … I’m kind of caveman who likes her food less massaged.

The waiting staff said it’s the same owner, which is good. Keep up the good part and improve on the short. Best of the luck.

Parking is easy in their lot.

 


Dec 11 2018

Central Park at the year end

It’s my last visit to the Park in 2018, and I walked from the bottom to the top, 11.1 miles.

This quiet little corner hides a huge crowd – such a surprise.

  

… and more

 


Dec 11 2018

Grand Centeal


I haven’t been there for a long time. One turn I face the Apple sign.
“Oh how long have you been here?” I asked.

“6 or 7 years?” The Apple employee said.

Holy moly. That long?

Anyway, the terminal, as well as Jobs’ shop look great, especially during the holidays.