Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2007/08/23 Israeli and Korean restaurants in NYC

Since I travel a lot, I have lot of opportunities for meals on an expense account. I rarely approach the daily expense limits, though, because I prefer Asian and ethnic cuisines over European and western food. In New York, the variety of choice is huge. I like the choice of restaurants in the Murray Hill area.

One discovery that I really enjoyed was Olympic Pita, on West 38th Street. I visited Israel in the late 1990s, so I know what the food should be like. Olympic Pita makes its own pita and laffa — a bread that I hadn’t previously tried — in an oven at the front of the store. The laffa is brought hot to the table as stacks of bread 12 inches in diameter.

20070823_NYC_OlympicPita_oven.jpg

Waitresses invite guests to help themselves from salads and pickles at the garnish bar. I ordered a falafel sandwich, and declined to have french fries stuffed into the middle. Even then, the portion was huge.

20070823_NYC_OlympicPita_garnishes.jpg

In the evening, I walked down to 32nd Street, where there’s a dense block of Korean restaurants. Lots of places advertise BBQ beef, and I was thinking about having pork bone soup. Many of the restaurants seemed too grand for my dining alone.

20070823_NYC_W_32nd_Koreatown.jpg

Mandoo Bar seemed more modest. It’s a narrow storefront, decorated in a hip style, with rows of tables and benches. I ordered some mandoo dumplings, and japchae. There were large posters overhead of people who I assume were the managers of the store — definitely a young group. The waiters and waitresses were young. However, in charge of the preparation of mandoo in the front window was a woman who wasn’t as young … and maybe someone’s mother!

20070823_NYC_Mandoo_Bar.jpg

In my long career of business travel, I’ve spent relatively little time in Manhattan. My impression is that farther north of Times Square, the restaurants are more expensive and less diverse. I’ll try to get into hotels in this part of the city when I return.

  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • RSS on Coevolving

    • Classes of executive functions: homeostatic, mediative, proactive | Zaleznik (1964)
      The idea of managers being proactive only dates back to 1964, as classes of functions described by Abraham Zaleznik: homeostatic, mediative, and proactive. Predispositions may or may not be altered through educational development.
    • Inquiring systems and asking the right question | Mitroff and Linstone (1993)
      Fit the people around an organization; or an organization around the people? Working backwards, say @MitroffCrisis + #HaroldLinstone, from current concrete choices to uncertain futures, surfaces strategic assumptions in a collective decision, better than starting with an abstract scorecard to rank candidates.
    • Doing, not-doing; errors of commission, errors of omission
      Should we do, or not-do?  Russell Ackoff, over many years, wrote about (negative) potential consequences: There are two possible types of decision-making mistakes, which are not equally easy to identify. (1) Errors of commission: doing something that should not have been done. (2) Errors of omission: not doing something that should have been done. For […]
    • Systemic design agendas in education and design research
      The final publication of the October 2016 Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium workshop "Some Future Paths for Design Professionals: DesignX and Systemic Design" was published as “Systemic Design Agendas in Education and Design Research” in FormAkademisk, following 2 years of rewrites, reviews and revisions.
    • A federated wiki site on cPanel
      Federated wiki is deployed on a node.js server, an environment which has become available on some cPanel shared hosting providers. Here are some instructions written while restoring a wiki site originally installed in 2014-2015 on a cloud provider.
    • Artificial intelligence, natural stupidity
      Reading The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis, reminded me of a PhD course at UBC with Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, before they were recognized as Nobel prize candidates.
  • RSS on Media Queue

  • RSS on Ing Brief

  • Meta

  • Translate

  • 
  • moments. daviding.com

    Random selections from the past year
  • Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
    Theme modified from DevDmBootstrap4 by Danny Machal