We dropped off my bags at his place and then went to a place called The Burger Joint for dinner. The burgers were really good, but probably the coolest thing about this place is that it's totally hidden--literally, behind a curtain--within a French hotel called Le Parker Meridien. We both had a couple burgers and some fries and cokes--it really hit the spot.
Then we wandered over to a place called Billy's Bakery in Chelsea where we were the only two straight men munching on sweets at 10:00 p.m. They also have coffee there, so I got an 8 oz. Americano and Lan got an iced soy latte. They have a cute little dual-group La Marzocco there. The coffee was good, but it didn't knock my socks off like the apple pie did. Wow, it was AMAZING.
Then we went into Brooklyn via subway to watch TV Torso play at a little hipster oasis called Goodbye Blue Monday. Beers weren't too expensive (for NYC)--$4 for a PBR tall boy. Met DO there, who is a pretty great guy--born in Brooklyn himself. TV Torso was awesome, but Austin, the bass player, got shocked really bad by the microphone which very nearly ended the show.
We headed back to Midtown-East to see what kind of trouble we could get up to. For some bizarre reason Lan was hungry again, so the three of us went to Pho 32. A few minutes after we sat down, a group of four showed up next to us and before long the seven of us were belting out Bon Jovi songs in the middle of the restaurant. . . .
Fast-forward forty minutes and we're a block away at a Korean karaoke joint with private rooms rocking out with a bunch of strangers and drinking canned Coors Light. The strangers LOVED Texas (especially Austin), and were down for a good time. When it was time to go it was 5:00 a.m., and me and Lan trudged back to his place where I immediately passed out on the couch. Amazing day.
Today: Going to Rockaway Beach with Li Li, more food and coffee, and then an encore TV Torso performance (get to see them twice here!). More + pics soon!