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Heading back to Tokyo

This is my last post until I arrive back in Tokyo. I'm leaving today, but due to the time difference, I'll arrive Sunday afternoon. Until then, here are a few things I'll miss about New York:

•   Riding the subway and seeing people of four different ethnicities sitting next to each other in a row.

•   Watching people from around the world exercising their right to free speech:

•   Having breakfast at Monk's Diner from Seinfeld, which in real life is called Tom's Restaurant.

•   Going to the new Monty Python musical "Spamalot" one night, and then running into the lead actor, Fraiser's David Hyde Pierce, the next day on the street.

•   Watching a mom from Tennessee having dinner with her New York daughter at Tomoe. Mom: twangy accent, asks for a fork, won't eat "raw fish". Daughter: no accent, uses chopsticks, orders sushi deluxe.

Thanks for enduring this lighter "vacation edition" of Riding Sun. I'll be back to normal posting soon.


Anonymous said...

I was struck in your notes from New York that at least twice, even in such a short trip, you went to sushi/Japanese. My girlfriend thinks I am crazy that when we go to Manhattan, I want to go imediately to Chikubu and Inagiku and for a drink at the bar at Naniwa, where the people are so nice and the karei kara age is good in that favorite izakaya sort of way. What was at Tomoe that you missed? Was it "Philadelphia rolls," or the equivilent specialty, or the pepole whom you could update about your life in Tokyo and see how they have been? Anyway, hope you didn't forget to tip (and to close the cab door after getting out!) while back in NYC. 

Posted by tokyobk

Anonymous said...

Well, I also went to Cuban, Spanish, and French restaurants while in town. However, I am a big sushi fan, and Bar Masa is a new place I wanted to try. Tomoe has been around a long time, but I had never eaten there.

Of the two, Tomoe wins hands-down, with succulent, massive slices of fish with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery texture — and all for much less money than Bar Masa (to say nothing of Masa itself, where dinner can set you back over $300 per person). 

Posted by GaijinBiker



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