Wandering along Hester Street this morning I came across a store which sells plastic display food. Not just sushi, which they have in all its many forms, but plates of glistening noodles with shredded meat on top, incredible garnishes fashioned out of vegetables and fruit, and numerous other dishes. They are set out in perfect rows on narrow spot-lit glass shelves. At first I thought it was a restaurant advertising their wares, but then I realized these *were* their wares. Maybe its the contrast to this dusty part of town-- its right on the corner gleaming like a fantastic, radiant jewel box -- but the effect is astonishing and gorgeous, and rather surreal. The Cartier of plastic display food.
Okay so its not chow you can eat, but lets say you were going along Hester Street for the purpose of picking up some chocolate-covered grahams from the candy store on the corner of Ludlow (not that I ever do that mind you) its worth going by just to gawk. Its called 888 Enterprises, SW corner of Hester and Allen.