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I'll be at the McNally Jackson bookstore tonight for a panel on health-care reform. Details here. The event starts at seven. In theory, it ends at eight, and I'm wondering how totally impossible it would be to run by Momofuku noodle bar, eat some ramen, and get back to Penn station in time for a 10pm train.

By Ezra Klein  |  November 19, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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Trip there is easy, back to Penn station is decently easy, I'd say your primary trouble is likely to be the lack of reservations. Wait time could hit an hour and then you just lose. Possibly easier if you're willing to get takeout, though.

Posted by: dbfclark | November 19, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't miss the pork belly buns.

Posted by: PorkBelly | November 19, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The only healthcare panels I've heard of are death panels. Et tu, Ezra?

Posted by: etdean1 | November 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It's possible, provided you take taxis, but misspent effort. If it's Noodle Bar you want, get one of the plates, not the ramen. If it's ramen you want, go to Setagaya, on First Ave. near 9th Street.

Posted by: PoorForm | November 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Was there on Monday, as dbfclark points out your problem is going to be the wait. My buddy and I got there at 930 and still had a 25 minute wait. But if you got there at 815 it would maybe be doable, but close. Definitely cab from the bookstore and to the train station.

and DEFINITELY get the pork buns. I dream about them

Posted by: slapshot57B | November 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

With this crew on the panel how can you keep it to an hour and have a reasonably thorough discussion?

Posted by: chipjh | November 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

also, I'd vote momofuku Ssam bar of noodle bar, the ham they have there is stellar.

Posted by: slapshot57B | November 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Agreed--should be totally doable. The wild card is the wait at Momofuku.

Would actually recommend Momofuku ssam bar (2nd Ave and 13th Street) instead of noodle bar. Ssam is bigger, and you're more likely to score a seat. Downside: much less noodle oriented. Upside: really great plates, which is what you should be eating anyway instead of noodles.

Cab it from the bookstore. See how bad the wait is. When you sit down, order everything you want, and tell the waiter you have a train to catch. Get a cab by 9:30 and you're golden.

Posted by: theorajones1 | November 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The only solution I see is for a New York reader to bring the man some food.

Posted by: Castorp1 | November 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

There's a story making the rounds that covers the intersection of economics and frozen food.

Apparently there's a nationwide Eggo frozen waffle shortage. This may be a worse crisis than Peak Oil! When are the Congressional hearings going to start? When is Barney Frank going to look into the attacks on our precious supplies of frozen foodstuffs?

Is the Vermont Mafia involved and, if so, how?

Best review of Going Rogue:

Posted by: wiredog | November 19, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Have a friend call you at 8, and then check in on your own state of being, if you can!

Posted by: HalHorvath | November 19, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there's a canned pumpkin shortage as well. Thanksgiving is doomed.

Posted by: wiredog | November 19, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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