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2nd-May-2008 10:28 pm
Travel: 1933 Ford
plumtreeblossom and I are here in New York. Our hotel (which we got on Priceline) is excellent. We're staying at Gild Hall (NB spelling) in the Financial District. The room is just really pleasant and comfy, and the staff are friendly and relaxed and very helpful. It was a really good deal.

Our bus ride down was nice (despite me running very late and almost making us miss the bus). The bus wasn't full, and it was didn't smell bad, and it got us here in very good time, so it was a pretty good Fung Wah experience.

(I basically skimmed LJ on the bus because my net connectivity wasn't very good, by the way, so feel free to call my attention to anything you particularly want me to see.)

We had a very good dinner (actually it was breakfast for me since I hadn't managed to get food before getting to the station in Boston, and the bus didn't stop on the way) at a Sichuan place right next to the bus drop-off. I had particularly good General Tso's and dun dun noodles, and our fried pork dumplings were quite possibly the best I've had; I usually like them steamed but I'm glad plumtreeblossom wanted them fried.

Then we made our way to the hotel, which took a bit of wandering around because Google Maps had a confused idea of the street numbers, and checked in and unloaded. On our way from the subway to the hotel we had discovered that there's a small branch of the Strand in the neighbourhood, so we spent a couple hours there. (I picked up a book on the history of the English language, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang, on which the nearly eponymous movie is based, and a book about the prehistoric origins of language, as well as a few post cards. We both got Strand messenger bags to carry our haul away in.

Then we stopped in at an Irish pub around the corner from the hotel. We were a bit underdressed; I wasn't even wearing a tie. The place was very nice, with very traditional décor, and the bartender was friendly, but things shut down very early. At 9 when we got there, there were three or four other clumps of people; by 10 when we left there was only one, and the staff was cleaning tables and putting stuff away. At 10pm on a Friday night. We felt like we were back in Boston! I guess the place caters to the after-work crowd.

(After close to twenty years in Boston, it feels weird to be someplace where people are cheering the Yankees.)

Anyway, delightful trip so far!
3rd-May-2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I've lived in NY most my life, and when I went to NH for school this year, it felt really weird that everyone was cheering for the Red Socks. "I don't care for baseball, but why do they like a team that's so bad at winning?" Was my first reaction.
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3rd-May-2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
3rd-May-2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Financial District is really open only M-F, and on the weekends pretty much shuts down totally.

Call if you want to! Maybe we can all hook up for coffee or something :) And enjoy your visit!

3rd-May-2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
You have higher standards for Fung Wah than I do! I consider it a pretty good experience if the wheels don't fall off! ;-)

Actually, I've taken them any number of times, and I love the Chinatown-to-Chinatown routing. Sounds like you're having a grand visit so far!
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