ntang (ntang) wrote,
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Hamburg and Momofuku

Last night I went to the Met with some out-of-town friends who were visiting, and after I took them on a whirlwind tour of the museum (we didn't even make it to the second floor, there just wasn't time) we saw the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra perform. It was their New York debut (and only NY concert) and featured Robert McDuffie on violin during the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

All I can say is that it was amazing - maybe I was just in a good mood, maybe it's just been too long since I've gone out to see an orchestra perform live, but wow. I was tired, and hadn't had any caffeine all day - but it was enthralling. I need to do that sort of thing more often. (Any other symphony orchestra fans in the audience?)

After dinner, we went to the much-heralded Momofuku Noodle Bar downtown, which turned out to not-quite deserve all of its heraldeeing. It wasn't bad, but the food was around twice as expensive as it should've been. The steamed pork buns were delicious - really, really good - but the ramen was only so-so, and at $9 for 2 pork buns and I believe $16 for my bowl of duck-leg ramen, woah. For $9 I could've had around 30 steamed pork buns in chinatown, and these were good - really good - but not that good. (They were done peking duck style; a few rich pieces of fatty pork, tucked along with some cucumber and hoisin sauce into a steamed bun - nothing like the standard ones, but excellent. But for $9 I could've gotten half of a peking duck at some places - not two small buns.) If the prices were lower I'd go back again and again for the buns, but as it is, it strikes me as more of a curiosity - and maybe once a year I'll go back to have a couple of plates of ridiculously overpriced buns to ease my cravings.

Oh, earlier in the day we went to a late, late lunch at Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Gallerie - not bad at all. A little pricey, but frankly nothing out of line for an UES in-museum restaurant, and we had a pleasant time. (It also tied well into the Hamburg theme.) I'd go again, if I was in the area, and the food is certainly better (and more grown-up) than the crap in the downstairs Met Museum cafeteria. (I haven't eaten at the sit-down restaurant or the Trustees Dining Room in the Met, yet, mainly because I suspect they'll be somewhat disappointing... but maybe I ought to. I really need to get to the Met more often, every time I go I wonder why I don't go more often. Yesterday was no exception. There are so many other museums and galleries up there as well, it seems a shame not to spend more time up there. If only it was closer to Brooklyn... but still, if my son ends up going to Hunter College High School, it'll give me an excuse to be up there more often.)
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