New York City, New York
Our first meal in New York was probably the most memorial. I had received an email from Kim, a reader, who wanted me to know that Bourdain just profiled Wah Fung #1 fast food on The Layover. She had gone and loved it and said it was a large meal for a very cheap price.
The shop is tiny and the menu limited – meat on rice or noodles. Pretty simple but the line is long and filled with locals, and none of them speaking English. The three of us awkwardly stood out and when it was our turn to order one of the locals tried to yell her order on top of ours. The owner smiled, said something back I did not understand and took my order.
Fair is fair in any language.
The food was salty, sweet and delicious and the portions ridiculously large. But what made it so sweet was that it was the first thing we did after we put our bags down. If it had gone any other way we may have started the trip thinking New Yorkers aren’t as nice, but instead we realized that fairness is universal.