***Dinner took me downtown to Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles on Doyers Street in Chinatown. There are several hand-pulled noodle shops around Chinatown, but this is one that falls farther west in the area. The place is barebones, not quite a hole-in-the-wall, but don't expect atmosphere, unless you consider brusk service and a view into the kitchen your kind of atmosphere. (The view into the kitchen was actually quite fun because we could see a man stretching the dough into noodles.)
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. The moment we walked in the door we were asked for our orders as they were on the verge of closing. I tried for my favorite flavor, almond cookie, but it was mostly gone. So we chose a scoop of red velvet chocolate chip and a scoop of red bean and ended up with an all pink cup. The ice cream here is on the icy side, but they have interesting (mostly Asian) flavors and I almost always come here just for the almond cookie. The red velvet was the better of these two, though it was a long way from Shake Shack's version. The red bean was mild, but recognizable if you know what red bean tastes like. But I managed to get dessert after dinner, so I was a satisfied diner.