I think the appeal of places like Ichiumi is as much to look at food as it to actually eat it. Either way, you’ll have fun.
(Ichiumi, 32 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)
If you love coffee, what better way to enjoy it than inside a store that’s basically a giant coffee machine? And it’s open 24 hours, no less.
(Roasting Plant, 75 Greenwich Av, Manhattan)
Because I am just barely middle-class economically, I shop at Ikea instead of Crate & Barrel. Which is just fine by me, because I’m frugal by nature and have a penchant for assembly and particleboard.
I also have a soft spot for cafeteria dining, which dates back to numerous family outings to the Hot Shoppes Cafeteria at Willowbrook Mall in the 70s.So it’s no wonder that Ikea is one of favorite stores. Cheap furniture? Pushing trays of food? I’m all over it.
But our recent move has meant three visits to these big blue wonders in just two weeks. (Brooklyn, Hicksville, and Paramus, for those of you keeping score.) Which also means three big plates of Swedish meatballs. Which also means…overload. It’s too much, even for a fan like myself.I’ll see you in 2009, my Swedish friend. Maybe late in 2009.
(Ikea, Paramus, NJ)
After 9/11, the world changed for Americans. If New York and Washington could be attacked so easily, just about anything was possible. Hurt, scared, and angry, it was easy to be persuaded that this new world of endless possibilities could only mean bad things for us. We acted accordingly, and with disasterous results.
After 11/4, the world has changed again for Americans. We see again the endless possibilities for this country and this planet. We’re still largely hurt and mostly scared, but I like to think we’re no longer angry and we’re sick of being scared. I like to think that instead of fearing the possibilities, we now will embrace them.
(Woorijip, West 32 St, Manhattan)
When in DC at 2am, ya gotta do as the natives do, especially when it means scarfing down a half-smoke with a side of chili and cheese fries. It was worth the 20 minute wait in line.
(Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, DC)