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An Article for Newsletter of Rennert Bilingual
Jan. 26, 2007

One of the biggest concerns for those who live in New York would be: "Where can I have lunch today?" Personally, the best place is a deli, which offers definitely quick, usually cheap, and relatively nutritious food. However, it might be a fantastic idea to spend an enjoyable time at nice restaurant with your friends at lunch time. Let me introduce a few Japanese and Korean restaurants.


211 East 43rd St (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
(212) 953-7253

After you enter this hideaway basement restaurant, you will enjoy not only authentic Japanese food but also Japanese spirits and atmosphere. Most waiters are well-trained expeditious Japanese. They don't throw the menu, they don't put their fingers into the food, and they don't yell customers even if their pronunciation is not correct. "Daily Special Set" for lunch is $10.95. Its dessert is awesome. You can try a large variety of Japanese sake at night, too.


125 E 39th St. (Btwn Lexington & Park Ave.)
(212) 867-6999

This restaurant is famous for shabu-shabu and sukiyaki, both are typical Japanese food using beef. However, you can enjoy delicious fish or chicken dish for less than $15 at lunch time. The dining room on the 2nd floor is just so modern, clean, bright, and cozy. Its sushi is worth trying, too.


Gam Mee Ok
43 W 32nd St (Btwn 5th Ave. & Broadway)
(212) 695-411

If you want to have good kimuchi in NYC, you have to go to this restaurant in Korean town, unless you have an important appointment or a meeting in the afternoon. Don't forget, kimuchi has pungent incense. Oops, you might be surprised when you see the waiter cut kimuchi with scissors at the table. Sul Long Tang and Bibimbap are also recommended. On the whole, the price is inexpensive.


350 W 50th St (Btwn 8th & 9th Ave.)
(212) 582-4446

If you have some money in you wallet, there must be no reason not to go to a fantastic, stylish, sort of upscale Korean restaurant. You will definitely have wonderful time with cook-it-yourself Korean barbecue and huge variety of trendy Asian-fusion side dishes. The service is friendly and attentive, and the quality of interior is noble. Just go there.

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About friendship

-Writing Assigment of Rennert Bilingual
About friendship
Jan 11, 2007

It is difficult for me both to define a friend and cite qualities that I require in my friends. Each of my friends has his own personality, and I like and respect all of them. However, I completely agree with the notable people who described the difficulty and preciousness of finding real friends. Fortunately, I met a nice guy at Rennert, here in New York, and I'm convinced that I can call him a good friend. I would like to write about him in this essay.

This guy, whose name is Wook, is Korean, and he has a unique character. If someone asks me to describe him briefly, I would answer: "He is funny." I believe one of his unquestionable strengths is that he is able to loosen things up, in some cases intentionally, in other cases unintentionally. For instance, when we are having lunch together, and no one talks, he tries to say something funny, or his simple actions or words, which he does naturally, make us laugh. I think he is a talented person in a sense.

Needless to say, we have a quite a few differences in various aspects. For example, he gives consideration to his feelings or emotions of the moment, whereas I'm relatively organized and I prefer to set schedules. If he feels exhausted, he sleeps late and comes to school about noon. If he feels inclined to buy a nice coat, he goes shopping for four days straight and finds one. If he is in the mood to travel, he goes anywhere he wants. As a consequence, now he is in Europe with a brand-new $800 cashmere coat. I have to admit that I'm occasionally envious of his free-spirited nature.

Nevertheless, I assume that we have a similar fundamental way of thinking, though it is extremely difficult to explain this idea specifically. He understands what I say even if my expression is wholly inadequate and he agrees with me in most cases, and vice versa. He is funny, and I am silly. However, I guess, both of us are basically serious - serious enough to talk over how to improve our English skills for three hours at a ramen restaurant in the East Village on Christmas Eve together alone.

He finished his Rennert program last week, and we have fewer chances to meet each other now. In addition, each of us is planning to go back to his country this year. However, I believe it is possible to forge links of friendship between us forever. Nothing can make us drift apart. I really do think I am lucky to have met him. Someone said "Friendship is a plant which we must often water." Another person said "Friends are born, not made." I feel that friends are born and made, and I will be willing to water the plant. Our fairest flower, named friendship, will hopefully never be withered.

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