1. Ramen, especially the Akamaru Modern variety, from Ippudo.
(Photos by James)
Yes, the wait can be ridiculous, but it's worth it to skip lunch and get there right at five. The ramen are that good. Frankly, I think it's a better bowl than Momofuku (if you want David Chang, go to Ssäm Bar for lunch.) The appetizers are good, yes, but the ramen are amazing.
Also, you may want to bring James since he takes such great photos of ramen. And since you are bringing James you may want to bring me since I eat such great ramen.