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Is This Goodbye? Really?

It’s after midnight, and I’m over 1,000 miles away from the Upper East Side..but I can’t stop thinking about the news I received only moments ago.  My favorite restaurant, Jasmine, has closed.  Can it be true?  Couldn’t the internet and my super city-savvy friend be wrong?

Pad Thai

If you don’t love food then you probably won’t understand the heart-sinking feeling I have right now.  Jasmine’s Pad Thai was easily the best in the city in my opinion, and the beef satay was life-changing…but I loved so much more than the food.  Some of my fondest memories of New York include that place.

Pad See Yew

The first full week I spent in New York was fun, but exhausting.  After walking up four flights of stairs (88 steps to be exact) I was so tired that I opted not to eat dinner one evening.  My friend, Scott, who has loved Jasmine for more than 10 years introduced them to me. And they were the only restaurant that delivered to the door (you know, up the 88 steps.)

 This was one of the last times I ate at Jasmine..I think? Probably Summer of ’10.
 Aria was my favorite server there. I hope she’s doing well in school and that the closing didn’t affect her negatively. In this photo, I had lost 27 pounds. Now I can say that I’ve lost more than an entire Aria. 🙂
 Goofy pic with my friend, Scott, but that’s what happens when you fall into a food coma..;) This was after the first taping of Rachael Ray that I ever attended and before I began my weight-loss journey.

The food was magnificent too.  During the three years I lived in New York I brought countless people to that restaurant, and everyone always loved it.  Following dinner at Jasmine, I would often walk to M. Rohr’s (a coffee shop only a couple of blocks away.)  Lord, please tell me that it’s still open! 🙂

 This is what a caramel macchiato should look like! =)

Anyway, I realize that it’s silly to be so dramatic about a restaurant, but it was my favorite.  And I miss many things about New York that I have to accept as gone forever..my precious dog, Sadie..my bicycle, a few friends and even my ex-boyfriend who, in truth, was my best friend.  And now it looks like I have to add my favorite spot to that list too. It’s amazing how drastically and quickly things can change.  Perhaps a restaurant closing is trivial, but I had so many special moments there.

I celebrated my 29th birthday there with friends..took the best picture ever outside that evening after spending the day being drenched on a sailboat on the Hudson. My friends and I ate there after attending tapings of The Rachael Ray Show and The View. I met my friend and fellow blogger, Jen, there last year when she was visiting from Utah, and I was reunited with my friend, Ellen, who was an exchange student at my high school when we were in 10th grade.

 With a few of the girls at my 29th birthday dinner..

That place is filled with fond memories, and I’m sad that it’s gone.  I don’t really believe it yet..I was looking forward to eating there again in the next month or two. I suppose it will just take some time to wrap my head around this information.  I know there will be new places with new memories to be made, but tonight I’m sad to know that Jasmine is gone..And I’m counting on my super city-savvy friend to find the next best Thai food in town…

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  • Reply
    brad gansberg
    January 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Kenz, I totally understand what you mean. I am sorry that it is gone. It is hard to see your past fade away (even though you will always have the great memories). On the plus side, it is a bit like James Dean. Sad he died young, but at least we don't have to see the inevitable decline.


    P.S. The Pad Thai really was the best.

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    January 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I can relate. Here in our little town, two locally-owned restaurants closed at the end of the year. One we tried and didn't care for, but the other was a favorite. Plus, the owner went to high school with my husband. Her restaurant would collaborate with our community theater to have a special dinner menu on play nights. It is sad to see the economy claim another victim. At The Neighborhood Bistro my favorites were the Cajun Shrimp Pasta and the Stuffed Pork Loin (stuffed with mashed potatoes – that's what I'm talking about!). I loved the green beans, too. My husband loved one of their desserts, Turtle Surprise. It was two ice cream sandwiches topped with caramel and whipped cream! Except for dessert, there was always enough to bring home leftovers!

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    January 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks Brad..:) I wasn't kidding when I said I needed time to mourn. LOL But I am looking forward to Shanghai Gourmet..sounds like there are some new memories to be made there!!! And I'm going to trust that the food is incredible too. =)

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    January 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    And Tammy, Turtle Surprise? I guess I should be glad we didn't get to go to that place when I was with you in Memphis. I'm pretty sure I just gained a pound thinking about it. hehe

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    January 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I mourn your loss :). I totally understand both your attachment to Pad Thai, and the fact that the Best version is pretty irreplaceable once you've found it.

    On a related note, I recently found a Pad Thai recipe that is supposedly healthy and delicious (I am tempted to be skeptical on the second point) that i plan to try soon–I'll keep you posted.

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    Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia
    January 18, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I feel so relieve. I though this only happen to me. Is like the coffee house closing on "Friends" it HURTS. Hopefully you will find a new place to make even more great memories

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    January 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Oh I LOVE Thai food, I totally feel your pain. It just cannot be recreated at home.

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    January 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I get what you are saying and feeling. And obviously from the photos this WAS a very special place to/for you and yours.
    Big sigh.


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