Studiofeast and Near Death
Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
9Trip End Apr 25, 2010
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In the evening we headed to the Strand Bookstore in the Village, which is paradise for a book lover like myself, except that I would have kicked all of the patrons out and just sat in there by myself. On the way there, we saw a young Tom Waits type singing "St. James Infirmary Blues" in Union Square. I really liked him, and if I hadn't just been swindled out of five bucks by a group of 7-year-old children claiming to need money for their basketball team, I would have stuffed a Lincoln in the pocket of Tom Waits, Jr.s' thrift store vest. We also stopped in Max Brenner for five minutes, but I'm hoping to go again tomorrow and maybe buy a chocolate syringe. The place smells heavenly.
For dinner we went to a private supper club, which was a first for us. We participated in a dinner held by Studiofeast at the Angelo Donghia Materials Library at the Parsons School of Design. Studiofeast collaborated with Warm Engine, an architectural duo, to create a multimedia dining experience. It was an eight-course meal and wine was included. Aside from the food being amazing, and Chef Mike Lee somehow managing to work a white cube into each course, we also enjoyed great conversation with the people at the table.
The table itself was an interesting piece, because it was made of reused materials found at the local Whole Foods and cost about $20 to make. In the picture, there are three of these tables pushed together.
After this thrilling meal and conversation, we decided to finally see Times Square at night. It was just as crazy visually as you would imagine, but it was amplified by the fact that we ran into a no-good character who was rude to us, and we almost got into an old school brawl in the middle of Times Square. Did I mention we'd been drinking? Yikes.
When we were almost home, E dropped his sunglasses while crossing the street, and C almost got himself killed by dashing in front of a car to retrieve them. I'm hoping that will be the end of our misadventures.
On the agenda for tomorrow: the Guggenheim (finally), Chinatown, and Little Italy.