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  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:29 pm on June 1, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , K-Town, , Perspective control lens   

    A Bucket Of Manhattan Bytes 

    A building in K-Town has this evil looking beaver above its entrance. The only explanation I can think of is that the owner of the building went to MIT and really HTFP. Having to fill out this form probably got to him or her.

    Formerly known as “BOYS-ONLY-BVILDING”. This photo also reminds me that I really want a digital SLR with a tilt/shift lens.

    A firehouse door had this sign on it in case you would like to report a fire in an old-fashioned way. The information might be a bit outdated – if I remember correctly alarm boxes (which are actually alarm telegraphs) are not operational anymore.

    View from outside:

    View from inside:

  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:21 pm on July 31, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , grilled food in., International availability of McDonald's products, K-Town, , , Koreatown, Lettuce, Samgyeopsal, Sandwich wrap, Sandwiches, unusual food, ,   

    Culinary Adventures In K-Town 

    One of my favorite places to eat out when I feel depressed is the row of Korean restaurants on 32nd street. My life seems to be saturated with tsures lately, so I dragged my wife there on Monday.

    That area is known as K-Town, Koreatown or Little Korea even though it’s just one city block (32nd between Broadway and 5th). It’s a very interesting place. Towering over it is the Empire State Building.

    The street is composed mostly of traditional Korean restaurants,

    gleaming cafes (I wish I could have some bubble tea or other types of the sweet sweet goodness that they sell there)

    and other businesses sprinkled in between.

    What I usually go for is Korean BBQ. It works like this: you sit at a special table with a fire pit in the middle. The waiter places hot coals into it with a well practiced movement. Every time I see that maneuver I think about how much their insurance must cost them. Then they bring you your choice of raw meat, seafood or vegetables and you proceed to grill it. You also get a ton of little side dishes, souses and very fresh lettuce leaves to wrap your grilled food in.

    I really like food wrapped in lettuce. I even thought about opening a little street vendor cart selling lettuce wraps. Lettuce wraps in my opinion are much better than burgers. They are Atkins friendly too.

    Korean BBQ is not extremely cheap – expect to pay $15-20 per dish (and even though you don’t get a lot of meat, combined with side dishes and lettuce it’s a filling meal). You also have to order at least two dishes to be seated at the grill table. I highly recommend marinated tongue.

    Another unusual food that I tried there is raw beef. It’s very fresh and is served marinated and very cold. Great stuff.

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