Skyscrapers and everything! (A Seattle Sweet Snob moves to New York City)

danieltalsky | Self-Referential | Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Portishead

I'm going to have to change the "Seattle Culture" heading soon since I leaped off a metaphorical cliff and moved to NYC, for any readers who do not know me personally. (Are there any?)

First observation? It's a lot harder to get a truly good cup of coffee here! I did find at least one nice place in Manhattan where I'm staying though, at Cafe Grumpy. Not bad. Not bad at all. It's no Vivace though.

I've been exploring the Manhattan neighborhoods: Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen, etc.

I love the street food. I got a kabab (bbq'd chicken on a stick, in a hot dog bun with BBQ sauce or ketchup) which was serviceable but sadly raw enough to give me salmonella. Then I had "chicken and lamb over rice" with some white sauce on top which was hot, vital and amazing. It's sort of like arabic teriyaki.

Lastly, my first night in NYC I went to see Portishead at Hammerstein. That was some serious shit. Always wanted to see Beth sing, and I was not disappointed. She did a stripped down no-beat version of Wandering Star that just blew me away! If you have never listened to their newest album, Third, and you like the idea of Portishead a little more abrasive and adventurous, I highly recommend it. They are still a hell of a band after all these years.

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4 Comments

  1. Screw trying to find anything like Vivace. Just go where the locals go, get your coffee at Dunkin Donuts and be done with it. When in Rome, you know?

    Well, in Rome they have espresso. New York has coffee.

    Go wander around Houston in the Lower East Side. Its where all the cool skate shops, clothing shops (Reed Space is a must to check as is Recon), as well as a bunch of great music shops, too.

    Comment by Sean Glenn — October 7, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  2. The coffee may suck, but on the bright side you should be able to get good pizza again 🙂

    Than again, compared to a great Chitown style stuffed deep dish, NY style pizza is kind of like greasy cheese on a cracker…

    (New Yorkers: Please feel free to commence smack talk at will)

    hehehe

    Comment by Graumagus — October 7, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  3. "Than again"? I really need to not comment anywhere before coffee….

    Comment by Graumagus — October 9, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  4. There's better than Dunkin' Donuts. So far I've had pretty good luck finding decent. Thanks Sean for the suggestions.

    Comment by danieltalsky — October 11, 2011 @ 7:58 am

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