|Main Street, Flushing, Queens|
|Restaurant window, steamed squid for sale|
|Lamb and squash dumplings|
|Main Street, Flushing|
|Main Street, Flushing|
|Geoduck in center of photo, white shell. Razor clams to the right.|
On our way back to the subway station we stopped at a large shopping mall at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street. I got a back massage (wonderful!) and Zac rested while eating a very spicy noodle dish. I can only guess it was spicy based on all the peppers on the top!
After leaving the Flushing Chinatown area, we went to visit Flushing Meadows. Only 1 stop away on the 7 train, headed back towards Manhattan - We got off at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park stop. We had another day of perfect weather! Wandered around the park, visited the tennis facility, then back to Manhattan!
Our evening plans consisted of dinner reservations at 8pm at Sushi Yasuda, just a short walk from our hotel. Our hotel was on 52nd between 2nd and 3rd avenues, close to 3rd avenue. Sushi Yasuda is on 43rd, also between 2nd and 3rd avenues, so not far of a walk at all. We left a bit early to have plenty of time to meander around midtown on our way south. I will take this opportunity to express my obsession with the buildings of NYC. Maybe it is the engineer in me, who knows, but I could not get enough of just looking at interesting buildings, particularly the landmarks. One of my absolute favorite things about walking around was seeing the expected and unexpected, such as looking left vs right down a street and seeing things like the photo below! We walked west on 52nd, crossed Lexington, over to Park Avenue. This is a view of the Chrysler building while crossing Lex. Stunning!
At 47th we turned back east, then south on 3rd avenue, nearing our destination. On our right at 46th street Zac sees this giant blown up rat, and the awning for Sparks Steak House. Another very fun thing about our trip - Zac knows everything about everything. I would see this and think, how odd, a giant rat, but he sees the restaurant, understanding the significance in the mob history of NYC. Right out in front of this restaurant, by that Lincoln town car, a major Gambino crime family hit went down in 1985. Crazy! I would go into details, but just go to Wikipedia and you will then know all that I know. Oh, back to the giant rat - some of the staff was on strike, this is to draw attention to their strike, I can only guess!
We've worked up an appetite by now, and arrive at Sushi Yasuda at 7:45pm. We don't have to wait long for our 8pm table. The restaurant interior was quite nice, lots of wood everywhere, fresh and clean looking. They were undergoing some sort of renovation at the time, but I would have never noticed had we not had to go in a different entrance. We opted for the Omakase menu, meaning "selected by the chef." We are by no means sushi experts, but have had our fair share while traveling and locally. I could positively tell that what we were eating at Sushi Yasuda was on a completely different level - the freshness, presentation, taste, and buttery melt in your mouth quality to the fish; all of these contributed to what was an amazing dining experience! And so it begins.....
|Soft Shell Crab|
|Another photo of the soft shell crab|
|Cucumber and seaweed appetizer|
|Cooked fish appetizer with fish cake flower|
|Sushi platter (we ate a few before remembering to take a photo :)|
|We alternated seats half way through so we could both watch the sushi chefs at work|
|Sushi assortment, Top = Sea urchin, Bottom = oyster|
|Sushi assortment - eel two ways|
Our sights are set on Spot Dessert Bar on St Marks Place in the East Village. We hop on the 6 train down to Astor Place, then take a short stroll over to St. Marks Place. We discover Spot Dessert Bar on several "best of" lists including best dessert in the city, notably their green tea lava cake. While walking down St Marks we first stumble across what we think is the restaurant, a small narrow store with cases full of sweet treats, all of which I want to devour at once. The nice young man at the counter realizes we are not regulars and lets us know this is there "to go" location, the sit down service restaurant is a few doors down. So on we walk.
|Spot's To Go location|
|So many tasty treats!|
|Can you tell we are having fun?|
|It was even better tasting then it looks!|
Third up, and lastly, we ordered the Yuzu Eskimo. I can't recall if I'd ever had Yuzu before, but am now a huge fan! Quite refreshing and a good contrast to the richer chocolaty dish. This dessert consists of frozen Japanese citrus creme bar, fresh strawberries, chocolate pearls and the Yuzu sorbet/creamy element.
We only discovered Spot Dessert Bar that afternoon when researching possible dessert options, and boy are we glad we found it. The entire experience from the presentation, to taste, service, atmosphere, everything was perfect. It was an very nice and unexpected addition to our gastronomical adventure! Would recommend to anyone traveling to NYC.
And that concludes our 3rd day in NYC! Stay tuned for Day 4, Wednesday April 29th, which includes Katz's, Russ and Daughter's, Chelsea neighborhood, Brooklyn, and Peter Luger's Steakhouse!