Small plates and tapas are becoming more and more popular within New York, likely due to the fact that it’s a format of eating that caters well to large groups who are also looking to get together for drinks. Or, if you’re like me and my friends, the chance to just try everything on the menu. Atoboy came up on my radar as a recent opening in New York, and what makes it unique is not only it’s small plate offerings but it’s exclusive focus on actually my favorite part of Korean cuisine: banchan, the side dishes.
It’s no secret that it’s easier to get a table at popular eateries if you have fewer people. Four people or less is recommended. Two is ideal. One is best. But, to me, brunch is a meal that isn’t as fun when eaten alone. Fortunately, a friend was available to visit Penelope with me. Despite the long brunch hours – from 8AM to 4PM – Penelope still can’t take all the hungry New Yorkers fight to get a table. And it’s pretty packed in there. Even more so than Good Enough to Eat.
Arriving pretty late in the day, around 11:30AM, we ended up waiting almost two hours for a table at the back counter for two. Be warned as well: they’ll stop taking names if they know they’re going to have enough capacity until 4PM, so definitely get your name down for a table before 2PM or even 1PM. So was the wait worth it?
I’ve previously written about the meal that was eaten after my friends and I successfully completed our spelunking experience. But what about the meal before? Well, we ended up just finding a restaurant nearby where we saw the sculpture of Shoes along the Danube. Café Vian ended up being an affordable meal that didn’t stuff us too much before our adventure. Plus, this sculpture was located right across the street.
I love Paris. I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and the food is, of course, amazing. And despite the stereotype, Parisians are extremely nice as well. There’s just one thing: I don’t find the Louvre enjoyable. The museum building is fascinating. It used to be a palace, so its architecture has a wonderful grandeur. And the glass Pyramids designed by I.M. Pei in the main court are iconic. However, the artworks housed within the museum were generally just not memorable for me. What I remember more was the dinner we had that night at Le Vieux Bistrot.
My roommates and I were talking about Smorgasburg again recently, so I began to reminisce about another similar outdoor food market that I had really enjoyed in the past: Camden Lock Market. Camden Lock is located right by Regent’s Canal in London, and the market has both food and craft items. We were really only interested in the food, though.