I just returned from a last minute trip to NYC. I saw old friends (although not as many as intended because of the storm), new friends, and one special friend.
The city was under a deluge for most of my time there. A highlight of the tip was a Sunday lunch in Chinatown at an amazing Vegan Kosher Chinese restaurant, Buddha Bodai. Located at 5 Mott Street, Buddha Bodai recreates authentic Chinese dishes using artisan made bean curd and tofu. Sounds horrible? Far from it. The place was full of native Chinese eating Dim Sum. The food was simply amazing. Prices are very reasonable and portions too large for the average person.
The next time you're in NYC, give Buddha Bodai a try. You'll really enjoy it. I did – even though I had to walk almost a mile in a torrential downpour to get there. My shoes and coat are still wet 34 hours later.
Special thanks to the crew from New Haven for this amazing lunch, and for braving the worst storm NYC has seen in a century to get there and back. Word has it the return trip to NH took 6 hours, much of it spent standing outside in a torrential downpour waiting for a train. Waaaaay above and beyond the call of duty. Great people, too.