Thursday, May 15, 2008

New York, New York!! Day One and Two

I love New York. And I love being in New York with good friends and Jerry. We just have the best time!!!. Peg flew in from Ohio, Colleen from New Hampshire, Linda trained in from Princeton, Em and Sue drove in on Tuesday, Caryl, Mariadela, Marda, Linda V, Marcie, and Terry drove in on Wednesday for the day. Girlfriends from all over! (and guitar to follow once I'm home...I forgot my memory card reader).

Tuesday we went to the Kips Bay Design House at 66th and 2nd Ave on the Upper East side. 6 apartments turned over to Manhattan designers...some a bit bizarre(one appeared to have stucks thousands of bent pins into the ceiling for decorations)...many not very user friendly...but a few were interestingly lovely. One apartment turned out to be the apartment of Daniel Boulud...of manhattan restaurant fame (cafe Boulud, Daniel's, DB Bistro moderne). Appropriately it was almost just one big kitchen and dining area!. The man himself was there and perhaps not surprisingly for a successful manhattan chef and restauranteur...he had not parked his ego at the door. He even had a mural of himself in the entrance way .

Tuesday evening we ate at Artisanal on 32nd near Park Avenue. GREAT meal! Peg's mussels were the most tender I've ever tasted. The hanger steak and frites were perfect. Em's spring vegetable risotto was refreshing and not too heavy. The cheese plate for dessert (Artisanal is famous for it's cheeses) was perfect...we all agreed the Humboldt Fog goat cheese was fabulous. But the Tarte Tatin...was sublime...perfect after the cheese. Wine menu was extensive and had quite a few reasonably priced bottles...a nice surprise.

Thoughts of visiting our favorite bartender, Colin, at the Rainbow room vanished with our completely full stomachs and the results of all the wine. A cab ride was all we had the energy for!

Wednesday was Wawa day...when we all met for the Theatre and lunch (although one car load got stuck in a gigantic traffic jam trying to get through the Lincoln Tunnel). We had lunch at Ruby foo's one of our favorite places for Wawa lunchs (good food, easy location, and great large round table perfect for catching up on everyone's lives). For theatre we saw, Country Girl with morgan freeman, frances mcdourmand, and peter gallagher (yes, there is life after The OC). it's a revival of a Clifford Odett's play (made famous by GraceKelley, William Holden, and Bing Crosby as a movie). It was a very good play. A few thought the first act was a bit slow but not because of the acting which was first rate. Really good.

Then it was back to food again...drinks at the marriott marquis on Times Square where the Cosmo was 18 dollars????? I shudder to think of what drink prices have gone up to at the Rainbow Room. We at at Caramia on 9th (between 46th and 45th). Excellent homemade pastas, the chicken special was exactly that...special...not just another chicken dish. service was attentive and very pleasant. wine by the glass selection was good.

All in all a great day.

To the Left and Above: Some of us waiting to get into the theatre.
To the Left: Wawas at Caramia

Peg, Colleen, jerry and i are still in the city until tomorrow. so check back for continuing adventures in manhattan.

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