This post originally took place on April 15, 2010.

Today was a day spent strolling around St. Mark’s and the East Village. I started off with a quick lunch at Minca, voted one of the top ramen shops in the city.

Minca - Spicy Basic Pork Ramen

Spicy Basic Pork Ramen

While I generally prefer a slightly stronger broth, there was good heat, and the ramen was a perfect al-dente delicious. I don’t like bean sprouts as well (and forgot to tell them to not add them), but even these bean sprouts went really well with the ramen. I’ll definitely find my way here again. The charsiu here is the best; two slices of artery-clogging stewed fatty pork. Yummy.

Afterwards, I walked a few blocks to Abraco, a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop I’ve heard much about.

East Village - 7th St (Btwn. 1st Ave & Ave. A)

7th Street, btwn. 1st Ave. & Ave. A

I tried a Caffe Latte to go, and it was amazing. The best latte I’ve ever had.

The moment I put a lid on the latte, I regretted it. My precious, precious bitter foam! I took the lid off as I left the shop.

This is some strong, fine espresso folks.

Abraco - Caffe Latte

Caffe Latte, after a few sips

I’ll admit, I licked the foam off the lid and the sides of the cup. It was that good.

Taking my latte to nearby Tompkins Square Park, I sat down on a bench and relaxed for a bit, before meeting V.

Tompkin's Square Park

"Charity"

Tompkin's Square Park

"Watchu starin' at?"

Meeting V. and intending to go get some fro-yo, V. drags me into Baoguette instead for some Vietnamese sandwiches.

V.: “This is my third time here this week.”

Me: “What?!”

I understand now, it’s the best Vietnamese sandwich I’ve ever had.

Baoguette - Original Baoguette, no spice

Original Baoguette

Taking a walk through Union Square, I did some window shopping before heading home.

Union Square - 14th & Broadway

Union Square, 14th St. & Broadway

At home, I had a great dinner cooked by a loving relative. It featured some of my favorites:

Home - Steamed Egg with Soy Sauce

Steamed Egg with Soy Sauce

Home - Pig's Ear

Marinated Pig's Ear

.Home - Soy Sauce Chicken

Soy Sauce Chicken

Home - Dau Miu (Snow-pea shoots)

Dau Miu (Snow-pea Shoots)

For dessert, I had some much loved bubble-tea, soy milk, putjai gao, and gong sao bhagn.

Home - Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea

Home - Soy Milk

Soy Milk

Home - Rice Cake

The Remains of the Putjai Gao (Rice Cake)

Home - Rice Cake-Cracker

Gong Sao Bhagn - Rice Cake-Cracker

What a delicious day.

ADDRESSES

Minca
536 E. 5th Street (btwn. Ave. A & Ave. B)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 505-8001

Abraço
86 E. 7th Street (btwn. 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-9731

Baoguette
37 St. Mark’s Place
New York, NY 10003
(347) 892-2614

 

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