Fish at Oushins, Nogizaka, Tokyo
Check out this super presidential photo of one of my best friends, BJ, taken at Jean Georges. We took lunch there (a modest 2 course lunch starts at $38, but you can quadruple that a little too easily), and was unquestionably one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had– the food and service almost purely a learning experience.. less so in innovation (though JG is certainly known as an innovator in the kitchen), rather in the art of perfection– to put it simply, it was nice to see where the bar is set.
Also, DO Jean Georges if you want the full experience– Nougatine is half stepping.
The first three of the following photos was from a skate-shop called KCDC just a couple of blocks from my home in Williamsburg. They hosted a showing of the Epically Later’d adventures in Mexico video and then gave out a lot of free drinks. Diane and I missed the showing, but still made it for the ensuing debauchery that free tequila guarantees.
A few hours later, I headed into the city and met up with my friend Mark who was in town from Portland. We are old university buddies, and I don’t see him often as he stayed in Oregon (and holds it down for Nike SB). We managed to run around town a bit, and made sure that Mark would lack any possible freshness required for his big media presentation and event the next day.
I would miss both unfortunately– one which featured Gucci Mane, shit!
So the last 9 photos are of the after party scene at The Jane Hotel (the crowd, Mark himself, the shoes and reason for the season, Jill, Heron Preston with a pillow on his head), the sleep-over line of only Chinese people (not singling out a specific race here, just stating a fact) waiting for “the release of the iPhone 4” as I was told by one person, and my new late night food obsession “South Brooklyn Pizza”– the unmarked spot on 1st ave.
I kept hearing about this coffeeshop on Redchurch St. that was meant to be new and quite terrific– I of course assumed that like most of the places I’d been it would prove to be a delicious espresso– yet one that didn’t quite meet the high bar set by Prufrock. The guys at Hostem quickly corrected me, telling me that they were a filter coffee only establishment also warning that there are specific rules to the whole process, but also that it was cool and worth a visit.
Sure enough, it was all of those things. Beautiful storefront– super minimalist, small– seating around 7. Additionally, there is no take away, so when the place first opened it was a long wait to get seated. Once you get your seat, you see how the time was used: in a careful intimate process of serving and enjoying drip coffee in just about the finest establishment that exists outside of the comfort of your home kitchen.
The brew, like practically all of the East London coffee specialists, use Square Mile Roasters. However, Penny U. happens to be Square Mile’s first experiment at running a cafe, and they only signed a few months lease so check it out quick !
The Penny University
5 Redchurch Street
Ps. Sorry for being a little slow on the blogs lately– travel tends to slow this shit down.. but now that I’m back in the New York I’ve got a few stories to tell.