I must admit that thanks to my guilty pleasure — watching the “Snooki & JWOWW” show online — I first found out about Ninja Restaurant in NYC. Being from the New Jersey, I should really dislike these shows for the false stereotypes they bring upon my good ol’ state. Although I secretly admire the characters a bit for their ability to have so much fun, I’ve genuinely never met anyone from NJ who acts like that. Even so, I have to thank them for the introduction to this restaurant. After doing some research on Ninja Restaurant, I decided it was an ideal addition to my “Dining” bucket list.
Caitlyn, a friend of mine from school, is currently doing an awesome internship in NYC. I asked her if she would want to meet up there to go to Ninja. We picked a day and I took the train, then a taxi, to Downtown New York, where I eventually met up with her. The first taxi driver kept pointing to my phone (which, naturally, I wasn’t smart enough to fully charge beforehand), asking me to give HIM directions — it turns out we were going in the opposite direction — so I hopped out of there, found a new taxi, and arrived in Downtown New York.
Because I got there about forty minutes early (which is shocking for me, as I’m notorious for rushing to everything), I killed some time by asking twenty strangers what the number one item on their bucket lists is. If you want, you can check out that article here. Because I had some of my pink flowered sticky notes in my bag, the aftermath of my “Leave inspirational
Eating at Ninja was a great experience. Not only was it nice seeing Caitlyn, who I hadn’t seen since school ended, but it was also a blast walking through the mini Ninja village to our table. The waiters (ninjas) had great personalities, were happy to take photos with us, and even gave us both nicknames (Jersey for me, and for Caitlyn, the name of where she is interning).
Although it’s a little bit pricey, I thought it was an amazing deal for a themed restaurant in NYC. I got the lamb and Caitlyn ordered a seafood meal; we also both got drinks. Plus, I got to watch them set my meal on fire in front of me, while they asked all of the people eating there to chant things so the “dragon egg” would appear.
If you want to try something different and live around or happen to be in NYC, I’d definitely recommend checking out Ninja. My food was awesome, and combined with the good entertainment; it was well worth going to. Although I’m pretty old to be saying this, I also got to cross something else off my bucket list: riding a train by myself for the first time. With the good food, friends, and an adventure, I couldn’t ask for a better bucket list experience.
Oh, and I apologize for being MIA for a few days; I’ve been moving stuff into my new apartment again and visiting some friends down at school this weekend!
So has anyone else ever been to one of the Ninja restaurants? Do you have any other theme restaurants you enjoy? I’d love to hear from you guys!