Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tax Day 2010 and surprise match celebration

We got our taxes done yesterday and as is customary for tax day, we planned to eat out afterwards.

My Lenscrafters follow up appointment got canceled that morning because of flooding in the store, so Mabel took me to Shopsin's for the first time.

I thought it was great. We got an Orange Julius, the Poached Modern, and fried Brussels sprouts. I couldn't believe it took me 8 years to eat here. I love it. There was a long wait (for an hour after arriving at 9), but otherwise this is my kind of restaurant. The Orange Julius reminded Mabel of her California mall days. I used to think that David Chang brought fried Brussels sprouts to New York but given its presence on Shopsin's menu, I was probably wrong about that. But the star of the breakfast was the Poached Modern. It starts with toasted cheese bread which would be great just by itself, but then they cut it into pieces like they're croutons, toss them in a bowl, and add 3 poached eggs to it so you eat it with a fork. Brilliant!

We continued our love of the modern by going to MoMA for the fantastic Marina Abramovic retrospective. I have a new appreciation for performance art. Mabel was intrigued by the naked people door (we didn't end up going through it). We skimmed a few of the other galleries and came upon a painting I haven't seen before.

(Magritte, The Portrait, 1935)

I wonder if that's what vegetarians see whenever they are faced with a plate of meat.

We got a drink and a nice radish salad at the MoMA cafe before leaving.

I really like this cafe and wish that something like this place existed outside of the museum. You order at the counter and they give you a number that you place on your table. There's self-serve free water and the food is delicious.

It was such a nice day that we decided to walk down to Ssam Bar from the museum. We stopped by a few stores on the way and for some reason she was especially concerned about getting to Ssam Bar earlier than later. We ended up taking a cab part of the way and I didn't begin to suspect why until I saw Diana waiting outside of the restaurant. I wasn't quite sure it was her at first and then I thought what a coincidence. But it turned out that Mabel set up a dinner to celebrate the match and we were all going to have Bo Ssam.

It was all wonderful. Afterwards, we got dessert at Milk Bar and had some mojitos back at the apartment.

Cafe 2 MoMA
9 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 333-1299

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