Last night Jett took me to Biang! (157 Second Ave.), an affiliate of the Xian Famous Foods chainlet. Subtly lighted and reasonably priced, this is easily the most exciting Chinese place I’ve visited in years. The Spicy Cumin Lamb Biang-Biang Noodles was the most startling, alive-tasting entree I’ve had since visiting Hanoi’s Pho-Thin and Bum Cha Dak Kim in a single day. (Here’s the HE summary.)

I would have the William McKinley $500 bill in circulation again. It was officially discontinued by the Nixon administration in ’69.