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Posto

Spicy Garden, NO CHEESE, Pesto base from Posto's
Spicy Garden, NO CHEESE, Pesto base from Posto’s

Posto Thin Crust Pizza
310 Second Avenue
NY, NY 10003
http://www.postothincrust.com

I’m not a pizza lover even though I know loving pizza is as trendy as loving Lebron James or Kanye. And especially New York pizza, which to me is far too sloppy, cheesy, gooey — everything someone wants in a slice of za.

But Posto is a pizza joint I miss so, so much now that I’m back in Toronto.

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Ruby’s

Bondi Burger from Ruby's
Bondi Burger from Ruby’s


Ruby’s

219 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
http://www.rubyscafe.com

There was this one time in the office, when I was interning in SoHo, that Shannon and I planned on going for lunch. We were office brats, eager to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. (The day before she dragged me onto the blocked off street to catch a glimpse of Zach Efron filming his new movie.)

She talked about moving into the city, and I vented my visa woes.

For two people that only met for less than a few weeks, we had become really good friends already. On our work emails, we’d send each other funny LOL gchats and smirk across the office. You know, work gal pal stuff. (Hi Shannon, if you’re reading!)

It was nearing Shannon’s last day and we decided we’d explore the east side of Nolita more. We ended up at Ruby’s.

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BCD Tofu House

Veggie Soondubu
Veggie Soondubu


BCD Tofu House

5 W 32nd St, New York, 10001
http://www.bcdtofu.com

BCD Tofu House has a cult following, and not just with drunkards stumbling into ktown after a night out. (Hello, open 24 hours!)

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Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour
Nom Wah Tea Parlour

Nom Wah Tea Parlour
3 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
http://www.nomwah.com

Nom Wah is hidden in the nooks and crannies of New York’s Chinatown. Even after walking through these allies in daylight several times, I still get lost and rely on extra time to get me there. They boast to be Chinatown’s first dim sum parlour, opening in the 1920s.

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Congee Village (Allen Street)

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“House” Congee from Congee Village

Congee Village 
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
http://www.congeevillagerestaurants.com

There’s nothing more comforting than congee, scalding in temperature, for when you’re feeling sick. Cantonese congee is boiled for such a long period of time that each millet of rice has melted into a porridge state. The balance of the rice’s earthiness and salt is delicious and goes down just right, even if it’s pipping hot and making you wince.

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Union Square Cafe

Lunch at Union Square Cafe
Lunch at Union Square Cafe


Union Square Cafe

21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003
http://www.unionsquarecafe.com

Union Square Cafe is an institution in New York City. At least one that won’t break the bank like Per Se or Eleven Madison.

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Via Quadronno

The Non Ti Scordar di Me panini
The Non Ti Scordar di Me panini

Via Quadronno
25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
viaquadronno.com

I never thought there’d be a day when I’d say “I hate this sandwich.” But today might be that day. Unfortunately, it cost me $16 and I ate it on the bench outside the tiny cafe.

I’d like to think sandwiches are the universal way to everyone’s stomach, except those who don’t like bread.

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Balthazar

Balthazar's Ginger Citrus Tea
Balthazar’s Ginger Citrus Tea


Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
http://www.balthazarny.com

If I couldn’t afford to eat at Balthazar’s, at least I could get a drink from their to-go shack, I thought to myself. Although shack isn’t quite the appropriate diction to describe a place like Balthazar. To preface this place, this famous SoHo French patisserie serves up a small raspberry chocolate tart at $6.50.

On Instagram, a stranger raved about Balthazar’s ginger citrus tea and it stuck with me. I doubt a tea can go beyond $5 and decide to get one.

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Urth Caffe (Santa Monica)

Santa Monica, Urth Caffe, Los Angeles, Brunch
Broccoli Quiche at Urth Caffe

Urth Caffe
2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
http://www.urthcaffe.com

On my trip to LA, there were a handful of places I had FourSquared and Yelped. Like any trendy New York cafe, I needed to try Urth Caffe. (I believe I read on the menu that things were organic and locally sourced.)

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A Group of “Us”

I wonder if there’s really a group of “us”? (No pun intended on the title, of course.)

I came across a bunch of blogs and websites for “life after new york”. Aside from the Thought Catalogue pieces written by 20-somethings that already are smitten by this city, the nostalgic trap of leaving New York City is a thing. It’s a very real thing that people flock together in groups together to lament. They write blogs and make lists of what they miss about New York. They post pictures of the street they used to live on and the most of them are in possession of an Instagram photo of the Manhattan night line from the Brooklyn side.

By group of “us”, I don’t strictly mean transplants. I mean international students that have been cloaked in the good and bad of New York and have just started to feel like a New Yorker, whatever that means.

I sent a few of those blogs to my friend Aby and he replied, “Yikes, there’s a group of US?” But I’d like to be a different group from that group. I don’t want to return home/be deported home with a New York crown. Living in this city doesn’t make me better than anyone else, but it sure puts you on your A-game all day every day. I will depart with joy and gratitude — because they are choices I can make