The middle school boys group had an exciting afternoon in Chinatown. We used the Moovit app to find the most efficient travel route and took the 6 train downtown to Canal Street. When we got off the subway, we used google maps to navigate our way to the restaurant. On our way to Chinatown, group members engaged in reciprocal conversation about their weekend plans as well as what food they were going to order when we arrived at the restaurant.
After arriving at the restaurant, one of the group members asked the waiter for a table. Once we sat down, we discussed what we were going to eat. The menu was extremely appealing to everyone and we struggled with deciding what to order. Group members used their advocating skills to ask for help from the waiter regarding some of the menu items. Some of the group members decided to share meals in order to avoid ordering too much food and not having enough money. We discussed the importance of being aware of tax and tip when deciding what to order in order to help budget our money. Group members discussed what food they wanted and some ordered entrees, while others ordered a variety of dumplings for the table. The pork soup dumplings were a huge hit with our group and we had to order more because we couldn’t just stop at one. We were extremely proud of some of the group members for stepping outside of their comfort zones and trying new foods as well as offering to share their meals with their peers. After we finished eating, the group used the Tip Calculator app to help them figure out how to split the bill and how much of a tip to give the waiter. The group had a wonderful time in Chinatown and enjoyed their delicious meal at Joe’s Ginger. Even though everyone left the restaurant feeling full and satisfied, we still had room for dessert. We stopped at 10 Below for a special dessert and group members did a wonderful job budgeting their money for lunch so they had enough for dessert. On the subway back to Bread and Butter, group members discussed their highs and lows for the day. Some of these included lunch, trying new foods, having ice cream and socializing. We can't wait to go back to Chinatown and try some new foods in the future!