O Ya: Not Your Average Sushi

O Ya is one of those β€œhot” restaurants in NYC right now, and they have good reason to be. Their original restaurant is in Boston, and they recently opened up a NYC location just a few months ago, bringing their unorthodox Japanese omakase menus with them. Despite the popularity and well-received reviews, it wasn’t hard for me and David to get a reservation about three weeks out – you can either book on OpenTable, or if you want a seat at the counter (which I recommend), you can call the restaurant directly.

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Asia Trip (Part 2): Taiwan

Finally continuing about my trip to Asia! (Read Part 1 on Singapore and Hong Kong here).

After our three days in Singapore, Joyce, Kuangli, Saahil, and I flew to Taiwan, which was the bulk of my Asia trip in terms of actual sightseeing. Taiwan has been one of the top places on my travel bucket list for years, so I was super excited (and mentally prepared myself to binge eat for the next six days). After checking in to our fabulous Hello Kitty themed hotel, we headed to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial and nearby Yong Kang Street for our first taste of Taiwanese street food.

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Tiny Pinecone: A Pop-Up Tea and Pastry Shop

One of the things I love most about New York City is randomly finding new places just by walking around. Tiny Pinecone was one such serendipitous discovery in the West Village. It sits in the space formerly known as Matsunosuke, a Japanese pie shop that I had actually wanted to try, but never got a chance to before the owner closed up shop and moved back to Japan. Then while walking one day I passed by Matsunosuke’s old signage and discovered that the interior was now Tiny Pinecone, a pop-up shop (only there until February 21!!) From what I could tell by looking in the window and some quick googling afterwards, it totally looked like my kind of place. Dessert and tea in an adorably decked out cafe? Sign me up!

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