Prior to travelling, our only certain plan was seeing The Lion King on the Wednesday evening as I’d bought the tickets a few months beforehand. The Minskoff Theatre is three blocks from Times Square Subway station so we didn’t want to stray too far out of Manhattan for our 7pm show. We stayed in an apartment in Harlem booked through Airbnb (we stayed here – highly recommend) which offered us use of their kitchen and breakfast making facilities. Having that option was really handy on the days Julianne and I just wanted to get up and go.
After our selfie shoot, we headed across Central Park to the American Museum of Natural History. The museums are massive as expected and our energy from breakfast was well and truly depleted.
I found our lunch spot, Mandoo Bar, on Instagram after seeing it posted by @clerkenwellboyec1. I’m all into dumplings and dim sum at the moment so I was super excited to find out ‘mandu’ are Korean dumplings.
My main was the Ojing-O Bibimbob; spicy sautéed squid and vegetables over rice in a sizzling hot stone-bowl. If you’re not good with hot food (by temperature and flavour) then I do not recommend you order this. The stone bowl kept the food super hot so it’s easier to decant some onto the side plate to cool and eat from that. Super delicious, although I did need a fair bit of water towards the end.