The Best Cheap Dumplings in NYC: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou

After frequently binge-eating dumplings during the last 10 years throughout lower Manhattan, I’ve found that the best cheap dumplings in New York City can be found at Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine at 118 Eldridge St.

White styrofoam plate, chopsticks on left, and 10 dumplings on plate Pork dumplings (10 for $3.50) at Shu Jiao

Most Important Visitor Information

  • Order: Pork and Chive Dumplings, 6 for $2.50, 10 for $3.50
  • Cash Only: No credit cards, but WeChat might be accepted
  • Hours: 9:30am to 9:30pm, 7 days a week
  • Location: 118 Eldridge Street, NY NY on the SE corner of Broome and Eldridge

New York City street corner. Shows a building with Chinese characters The outside sign only says “Fu Zhou Cuisine” in English. “Fu Zhou” or “Fuzhou” is the name of the town in China where this restaurant originates. This picture was taken by me on 1 June 2019.


2019-06-03T11:12:03-04:00 June 2nd, 2019|General|

My Review and Tips For Visiting the St. Regis in Puerto Rico

Hot tip: Visit the “secret” locals-only restaurant right near the entrance of the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort near San Juan, Puerto Rico.

As you are driving into the property and about to turn off the highway, look for El Verde BBQ. Order the chicken and the plantains.


Hi! My name is Nick. The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort is my favorite hotel in the Caribbean. I’ve stayed here a few times and these are my notes.

White guy (me) wearing a cowboy hat, black long-sleeve shirt, and shorts sitting in a chair on the beach in the shade Me lounging at the “hidden beach” area at the St Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Email me if you want to know where it is!


2019-05-31T08:37:12-04:00 May 31st, 2019|General, Hotels|

Hypatia and the Heathens

My friends Harry Einhorn and Lia Tamborra with orchestrations by Bálint Varga wrote an excellent musical about Hypatia, the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria

For any production inquiries: email They’re looking for producers and a passionate team of supporters to nurture this story and bring it to the world.

Last night I got to host them and 20 of my friends for a reading at my apartment in NYC.

Cast of Hypatia and the Heathens in NYC inside my apartment
Lia Tamborra, center, plays Hypatia. She also co-wrote the music, lyrics, and book with Harry Einhorn.

Set during the apocalyptic end times of the Roman Empire, this immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experience is based on the raucous festivals of ancient Rome and Egypt. One thing is for certain: it’s like no toga party you’ve attended before.

2019-05-01T16:59:56-04:00 May 1st, 2019|General|

I Met The Founder of Book It! And Here’s How It Started

When I first met Bud Gates at a dinner party in Kansas in 2017, I had no idea that he was someone who had changed my life — and many others. His weaponry: books and pizza.

As we chatted at the Wichita Art Museum after hours, which had been transformed into a private swank candlelit dinner venue, I learned that Gates helped create the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

Buttons from Book It!, two circular buttons each saying Book It! on them Sample vintage buttons like I used as an elementary student in the Pizza Hut Book It! program


2019-03-28T12:09:29-04:00 March 28th, 2019|General|

Tasting a $60 Cup of Green Tea

Have you ever had a cup of $60 Japanese green tea?

I have, and it tasted super fresh.

Man in black turtleneck, many long-stemmed champagne glasses, and a pretty pink floral arrangement behind him. Tea master serving a special gyokuro during our tea tasting.

My friend Ramit Sethi and I attended an exclusive green tea tasting in Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday night, 7 March 2019.

Here are some of my notes and photos from the Yame Gyokuro event at 29B Tea House.


2019-03-08T14:57:58-04:00 March 8th, 2019|General|

My Pictures and Notes from Tokyo (2019-02)

Anthony Bourdain’s warning about the biggest city in Japan rings true:

“What do you need to know about Tokyo? Deep, deep waters… The first time I came here was a transformative experience. It was a powerful and violent experience.”
from the Parts Unknown: Tokyo intro, sent to me by Dan Lerman

I feel well-equipped to handle large cities as an 11-year veteran resident of NYC.

But Tokyo is still a challenge for me.

Jump ahead: Capsule Hotel, Food Pictures, Friends In Town, teamLab Borderless, Green Tea, To-Do List for Next Time.

Street with lots of lights in Tokyo Street in Shinjuku, snapped while quickly walking to look at a new capsule hotel (9H).

There’s simply so much. So much people, restaurants, lights, sounds, trains, and more. It can be overwhelming for even the most experienced travelers.

And because I was coming from a week in green-lush birdsong Hawaii (Hilo and Kauai), the culture shock was especially strong for me.


2019-03-01T13:50:29-04:00 February 25th, 2019|General|