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It’s coming up for finals at NYU, so I have spent a significant amount of the last week on campus, writing papers and studying up for exams. I had an opportunity to eat dinner at Cafetasia, the new Thai/Asian restaurant on East 8th Street, on the first floor of the NYU Cantor Film Center. I suppose it’s a good location, being close to NYU, it attracts its share of students looking for a meal on the cheap. It’s also in competition with neighborhood incumbent Thai spot, Spice, where I have been buying Thai food since I was a freshman.
Overall, I have to say that I’m impressed with Cafetasia. I took a seat by the windows facing the street. Probably to accomodate parties of one or two, the window seating is arranged counter-style along the windows, so patrons are looking directly out–and passers-by are looking directly in. The seating arrangement for the rest of the cafe is communal. Think Republic, but on a slightly smaller scale.
Others I have spoken with haven’t enjoyed sitting at the windows so much, but I enjoyed it; I could stare out the window with impunity, having nowhere else to look.
Cafetasia’s interior decor is quite spectacular. Very trendy, with dark wood panelling covering all the walls and the ceiling, with mirrors at irregular intervals throughout. The floor is black, and overhead incandescent lights and steel chandeliers provide ambient light. For an inexpensive restaurant, Cafetasia extremely stylish and well-executed.
Most importantly, the food was very good. My standard benchmark Thai dish — Pad Thai — was very good, though I recieved a whopping two shrimp in my dish. In fairness, I wasn’t actually expecting any shrimp at all–just chicken–though upon closer inspection the menu advertises both in a standard-issue order of Pad Thai. The noodles’ presentation was decent, though what can you really do with a pile of chicken-and-noodles to make it look more fancy? Overall, I’d give the entire experience four out of five stars. For eight bucks, I really can’t complain.
I should start this story with a little background information. I work for NYU, out of a building on East 12th Street. If you’re paid by the hour and you haven’t got any cash on you, there aren’t that many options for a cheap lunch in the neighborhood from a place that takes credit cards. Consequentially, I have, for the past eighteen months, been a somewhat frequent customer of Cafeteria 61, a pretty generic deli at 5th Avenue and 13th Street. A little more expensive than comparable establishments, perhaps, but generally okay, and they took credit cards.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my coworkers, who also paid relatively frequent visits to the deli, mentioned that he’d run around the corner for a sandwich or drink, or some such thing, and was told by a burly-looking guy standing outside, “Hey, asshole! It’s closed!” Apparently, for some reason or another, the deli had been shut, and its tenants evicted. I walked around the corner myself to have a look, and hastily-written signs had been posted on the windows: “Closed. Store for lease.” Clearly, the occupants had left in a hurry; all the merchandise was still on the shelves, and the salad bar was still stocked. It felt sort of ominous, like someone hadn’t paid the rent in a while. The guy my coworker had mentioned early was still standing outside. The entire situation seemed a bit off-balance, even shifty.
Between that day and this morning, I must have walked by the deli twenty or more times, and nothing seemed to be very different. In fact, the fridges still seemed to be filled with soda and beer, and the same hand-written signs touting the property for lease were still taped on the windows. The bouncer outside the door had long gone, though.
This afternoon, when I arrived at work, I saw today’s Washington Square News, and today’s front-page article: Fire engulfs closed deli. According to the article, “Sixth Battalion Chief Edward Bergamini said [...] the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.”
I shall be interested to see what the cause turns out to be.
There are pictures in the gallery.
Update: Gothamist included the story in their “Extra! Extra!” Post.
Last week, NYU released housing assignments for Fall 2006/Spring 2007. This is the first year the University is giving sophomores priority over everyone else. Assignment of housing prior to this year was based on a seniority system, with sophomores effectively at the bottom of the totem pole. Now, juniors are instead.
It came as no surprise to me, then, that my request to remain in my current apartment next year was pretty much ignored. Next year, I will be living in University Court, at 24th St. and 1st Avenue. I had only ever been to the area once before. This will be the first time I’ve lived above 14th Street, so I walked up to 25th St after work on Wednesday. I took a bunch of pictures, but the light was pretty poor, so not very many of them came out. The ones that did are here.
I posted them in the gallery, here.
The place itself looks a bit like a jail, though I’ve never been inside. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet, though walking a block or two west takes you to more interesting surroundings.