I’m Here!

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I had planned to do a whole bunch more Hawaii posts after I moved here, cause there’s simply no other way to account for the abundance of awesome food on our island. But. And doesn’t there always seem to be a ‘but’? But Shann and I have been running around crazy trying to get an apartment since we arrived in Manhattan. And I really do mean crazy. We’ve inspected everything from studios in the east village to 2-bedrooms on the lower east side, using brokers, no brokers, some sketchy people, and some nice people.

But between running from apartment to apartment where our emotions ran from scared/horrified to delighted, we’ve eaten. Of course we’ve eaten!

In seach of free wifi in an air conditioned place this morning, we headed to Think in the village for breakfast and some Cragis List-ing.

To get our energy up and brains revving, Shann and I split a bagel with…what else? Nutella! Butter and cream cheese are sure stable options, but today just called for something more exiting at 9am. They really laied on the nutella which is a very good think, thick chocolatey smears melting over the warm, crusty bagel.

We also shared a pumpkin spice muffin. I forgot Shann doesn’t like raisins (Shann: sorry for picking a muffin with so many raisins)! But I looove raisins, and these were a critical factor in keeping this baby moist and tender. The muffin top had a thin, crisp sugar dusted surface, but the innards were too airy and light – the crumb more akin to a cake than muffin.

In between looking at apartments in the village, we stopped in at Saint Alps for a cool refresher. In the back is Shann’s gingerbread boba, while I went with a black sesame boba, my favorite drink there. This was a particularly welcoming drink given the insanely hot weather today. You know how in Hawaii when it’s hot, it’s never just hot hot? It’s always hot + trade winds. Here it’s just HOT. H-O-T.

For a late (3pm) lunch, we headed over to Boky in Chinatown.

I’ve already mentioned that this is hands down, my favorite Teo Chew noodle shop in the city, and since it’s bean nearly a year since my last visit, I felt the need come back and make sure nothing has changed.

For a mere $3.50, the wonton mein makes an insanely delicious and complete (minus dessert) meal. I like how prices never seem to change here. The wonton mein was $3.50 when I first visited Boky over six years ago. And it’s still $3.50 today!


While their noodle soups are fantastic and reliable on their own, it’s really this sauce you see above that gives Boky the extra push. It’s chunky, somewhat spicy, there’s definitely peanuts inside, and I don’t know what else…but it’s GOOD. Some people mix a spoonful in with their noodles. But I like to spoon it into a dish and dab on as much as I want onto the wonton and spoonfuls of noodles.

Here’s Shann’s curry chicken with funn, another one of my personal favorites.

After arriving in the city, I seriously ran down to Shake Shack for a cup of the raspberry chocolate custard. The burger line was too long (hungry, and no patience!), though I’ll be back soon!

Melting…it’s melting sooo fast! But good, very good. Aside from a few tiny ice shards it was super creamy with a predominate chocolatey flavor, the raspberry component toned down quite a bit.

Well I better be off now! I’m blogging from Bryant Park, and can’t find an electrical outlet…computer is going to shut off right about now! :)

Think Coffee

248 Mercer St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-6226

Saint’s Alp Teahouse
39 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 598-1890

Shake Shack
nr. Madison Ave. at 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600

Bo Ky
80 Bayard St
NY, NY 10013
(212) 406-2292

12 Comments
  • Jenny
    August 27, 2007

    Glad to see a new post Kathy! I hope you enjoy New York and I look forward to all the great new posts from there! :)

  • KirkK
    August 27, 2007

    Hey Kathy – I can imagine how busy you are! Thanks for taking the time out to post.

  • Kat
    August 27, 2007

    hi Kathy! I’m sorry Hawaii has lost such a great food blogger but it’s New York’s gain I guess! I’m sure there are a lot more food adventures out there for you :) Anyway, hope all is well and that you find a great place to live! I still look forward to all your posts and best of luck to you there!

  • K & S
    August 28, 2007

    Glad to see you made it safely, hope you find a new place to live soon :)

  • kelly
    August 28, 2007

    Finally a post! Ahh I wish I was in NYC with you guys, it all sounds so exciting and grown up. I can’t wait for you guys to pick a place, I want to be one of the first to know!

  • anonymous
    August 28, 2007

    here today gone to NYC….or something like that.ditto with Kat’s comment.

  • Alice
    August 28, 2007

    I go to Bo Ky all the time!! I think once my parents said that it used to be like some obscenely cheap price like 2 bucks a bowl!

  • anonymous
    August 28, 2007

    hi kathy! hope you find a good place to stay. look forward to seeing all the great food in NYC whenever you’re settled!wow. $3.50 wonton noodle soup in NY? amazing!

  • anonymous
    August 28, 2007

    Oh, free WiFi in a park. I wish we had that in Hawaii. Instead, we get free WiFi whenever we sit close enough to one of the Apple Stores. Booooo!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 28, 2007

    Hey Jenny!Thank you! I’ll start posting on a regular basis once we get settled into an apt! :)Hey Kirk!No problem! Posting can get to be an addiction, no matter how little/lot time you have – the need to post is always there! :)Hey Kat!Thanks! I wish I could still do hawaii posts, there’s bunch more I never got too…they’re in reserve though – will put them out one rainy day! :)Hey Kat!Thank you! Keep your fingers corssed! :)Kelly!omg, i’ll call you – good news, i think! :)Hey Ron!Thanks! – off for more apt hunting!Hey Henry!thanks! hehe, who’d guess that hte wonton mein would be cheaper here than in LA?Hey Mavro!lol, doesn’t Glazers Coffee on King St (near TCBY) have free wifi? not sure…but it looks like the type of place too have wifi?

  • anonymous
    August 29, 2007

    wow. a NY food trip. definitely something!

  • Chubbypanda
    August 29, 2007

    Soooo jealous…

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