RWA National, here in New York City, is coming up. For people who might not know, RWA is the Romance Writers of America, and our national conference is 2000+ people strong, plus this year it’s in my hometown!
(Which just means, sadly, I am not rooming with Risky Carolyn, instead staying at home, since justifying a hotel room wasn’t within my powers of persuasion.)
But on a happier note, it does mean I can see my writing friends. Even though they might think of me as their ‘non-writing friend,’ since I haven’t done more than poke at my mss. in the past few months, since taking on the new job. The agent is still out with several projects, so hope springs eternal that something will happen, writing-wise.
Okay, fine, yay me. But if you’re coming to NYC also, we should be announcing plans for Risky get-together, plus you’ll get to be in NYC! Where the food is amazing and despite rumors to the contrary, cheap. You just need to know where to go, and where not to go.
I heartily recommend Carolyn and her mad baking skillz find time to visit Momofuku Milk Bar, which offers the Crack Pie. In addition to other insanely good cookies, etc.
Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that includes a baguette, pork, pate, jalapenos, cilantro, pickled carrots and is pure nom. There are many, many places to obtain this sammie, and it is well worth it (not likely worth the French colonial domination of Vietnam, but the collision of cultures is obvious, and delicious).
Apparently, Koreans kick butt on making fried chicken, although I haven’t tried it yet myself. It’s on the list. There’s a Koreatown right near Macy’s.
And when in doubt, go ethnic; it’s cheap, it’s usually delicious, and can be found all over the city.
And now I am hungry. Darn.
You’re making me hungry, too! And sad that I have to miss this year’s RWA. The good thing is I am managing a little writing every day. Maybe next year…
I hope I can get out of the hotel and try all of these, Megan!!!
And I hope we can devise a Risky get-together.
I confess to only venturing outside the hotel for publisher events in Orlando (too dang hot, and I didn’t want to do the Disney thing at that point), but I *will* be getting out a lot this year. It’s NYC! How could I not?
I found this place online and am planning to go there one evening, since I love Carolina ‘cue almost as much as the Alabama kind I grew up on: http://www.virgilsbbq.com/
Minar’s on 31st at 5th has a yummy, affordable Indian lunch. mmmm
Alas, I shall be waving goodbye from the plane on 6/27 as I fly home from dropping off daughter at SAB. Sob.
It’s good incentive to write more books so I can attend next year in Anaheim!
Elena: Yay for writing every day! That is the best news.
Diane: yes, and see Susanna’s comment below for a good place near the venue.
Susanna, Virgil’s is quite good, not the best bbq in NYC, but very, very good.
Jane, I don’t even know Minar’s! Must check it out.
NYC is on the list for “one of these days.” We have found when we travel, the small local places are usually your best bet for food. I hope we get there sooner than later.
I know the Korea town block very well (32nd St btwn 5th and 6th Aves, steps from Herald Sq. and Macy’s) because its near a subway station I use often. It’s dense with Korean eats.
Yes, Megan, there is a Korean fried chicken place on the corner of 5th ave and 32st. I forget what the pitch was, but they fry it a bit differently than Popeye and Col. It was good, but I have not been back. I enjoy more the other places I’ve been to on 32nd St.
Cafeteria style. The noodle bar takes cash only, not sure if buffet is cash only
12 W 32nd St, New York 10001
Dumplings, table service, credit cards
2 W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001
Opens at 5:30 pm
A casual roof bar on the 14th fl of the La Quinta Inn, 17 West 32nd St. It has an awesome, and neck straining, view of the Empire State bldg. which is just one block uptown.
Food Gallery 32
32st. Btwn 5th and 6th aves, As are the all the places listed. A food court with many stalls, a Red Mango, and seating upstairs