Spoiled Rotten in NYC, Two days well-spent – Part 1

Here is a rundown of two wonderful days in Manhattan:

Brrrr! In spite of the bone-chilling temperatures and biting, hurricane-force winds on Fifth Avenue that almost knocked us down, my dear friend Olivia and I spent two days of pure fun and magic in Manhattan.

Day 1 – February 4, 2015
The Pierre Hotel, a TAJ HOTEL
2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue, overlooking Central Park,  New York, NY.

ELEGANCE AND COMFORT

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The Pierre Lobby / Photo: The Pierre Hotel

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Our room / Photo: The Pierre Hotel

We were upgraded to a Signature Room, lovely park views, and a glamorous bathroom.

View from Signature room
View from Signature room

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Another beautiful view from room

There was a table filled with grapes, pears, apples, wine, mineral water. So happy we had the Nespresso machine in the room for our morning coffee.

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Our amenities table: fruit, wine, mineral water

Our driver Tarek, (chauffeured car available on a first-come, first-serve basis,) was a perfect gentleman. Front Desk personnel were very polite and accommodating. Nothing was overlooked, professional hospitality.

Thank you very much Pierre staff for a memorable stay, we will be back!

Lunch: SIRIO’s restaurant is in the hotel.

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I had a gorgeous black truffle (it’s the season) risotto, yum! My starter was hard-to-make just-right crab cakes. Sal, my waiter, took very good care of me. The dining room with those low ceilings and warm decor is inviting and comfortable. Anything Sirio Maccione touches in the restaurant world is wonderful. (Oh, such fond memories of Le Cirque and Circo.)

 

Matinee: CONSTELLATIONS, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, 261 West 47th Street, New York, NY

NY Times Review, January 13, 2015, aptly called “Nerds in Love, Rewriting Destinies”

The story of one relationship with infinite possibilities, real and imagined. With just two people on stage for 70 minutes with no intermission, it explores the infinite possibilities of a first encounter, the potential in situations, the what-ifs of friendship, love, life.

CONSTELLATIONS

 

 

Drinks after the matinee: MORRELLS WINE BAR & CAFE
1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

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FullSizeRender-23 Morrells wine glass

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Dinner: GATO, 324 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
A Bobby Flay restaurant

Simon, the Manager took excellent care of us,  The atmosphere is very animated with a crowded hipster bar.   We loved the unusual menu, the food is described as Mediterranean, there were also hints of Turkey and the Middle East for sure.

We started with Gato Spreads and buckwheat pita,

greek yogurt/charred green chile pesto,

chickpea, meyer lemon/smoked paprika,

and white bean, feta, garlic/walnut-piquillo relish

Entrees:
Kale and Wild  Mushroom Paella, crispy artichokes, egg
Charred Beef, Valdeon blue cheese, brown butter, red wine, broccoli rabe-faro
Charred Carrots, parsnip chips, harissa, mint, yogurt, this dish was fabulous, will look for it in one of Bobby Flay’s cookbooks.
Fromage blanc cheesecake, burnt orange, pine nuts and 2 glasses of champagne, compliments of the house, thank you Simon!

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photograph courtesy of Gato restaurant

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Bobby Flay with his cat TACO           photograph courtesy of Gato restaurant

unless otherwise noted all photography by ladyalicephotography.com

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