Tribeca turns stunning whenever the sun comes out. The pre-war Italian / neo-classicism buildings sharply cut and cast sunlight onto the streets and leave the defined, lonesome shadow on the ocher-colored walls. Unlike in Soho, the space here is wider and quieter, blocking the noise from Canal street and offering an exclusive feeling. No wonder so many celebrities chose to live here.
Neutral tone suits the clear-cut sunset perfectly. A simple, color-patch straight-line dress is a truly effortless piece. Whenever I am lazy in mixing things from wardrobe, which is all the time, I pull over the structured dress, zip up, and go.
S.J. is obsessed with heavy-weight shirt lately. It was indeed an ideal piece for trans-season, getting rid of bulkiness while keeping you warm and comfy. The stripe is a classic, an easy-breezy resort essential.
Oh, and I heard that the platform oxfords are brought back by Stella McCartney, so I dug out my old ones from years ago. Speaking of cycles of fashion.
We stopped by Steven Alan Home store to check out some utensils. I'm obsessed with the scent in his store, so I tended to overspend my time wandering among his collection.
Back to the point of our trip to Tribeca. We were there for Nobu Next Door, a name we had heard for long. Known for its Japanese-Peruvian fusion as well as celeb owner Robert De Niro, it’s a long-time fine dining place in NYC. We headed there with high expectation. Following the recommendations, we ordered Tuna Sashimi en Jalapeño, New Style Sashimi, Squid “Pasta” and Rock Shrimp Tempura.
Disclaimer: The following review is biased on the fact that reviewer is familiar with real Chinese food (not the Orange Chicken Chinese take-out). Please take it with a grain of salt.
The sashimi reminded me of sloppy Chinese seafood that even I could put together (FYI I don’t cook). Spicy and lukewarm half-cooked fish totally destroyed the soul of Japanese cuisine — lightly processed food that reveal the original taste of each ingredient.
Squid “Pasta” (not even a real pasta) and Rock Shrimp taste like typical Chinese stir fry, except that I could order 6 times from Dragon Lady compared to one small plate at Nobu.
How it could turn the Japanese into mediocre yet sort of authentic Chinese was beyond my understanding. Plus this place looks and smells old, with round wood tables that are commonly seen in Chinese restaurant. Very, very bizarre feeling.
Well, at least we tried and checked it off the list forever.
GRADED BY SYCOMORE