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Hey Folks,

My wife and I headed into New York city To visit my Sister in Law and just chill out.Took Metro North in from CT to Grand Central,All seemed very normal except for some military presence outside.
Took a taxi to the west side to my sister in laws place "across from Lincoln center"We freshned up had some apps and wine and headed out to central park...people were running,riding there bikes,roller blading enjoying family.Someone had a stereo blazing and tons of people we're roller blade dancing,And then we went down to the fountian and a street performer was doing a unicycle,juggling,comidy act.hundreds of people came to watch and we all felt so good to be in New York.This all cleared are heads and we headed back to janices place to get ready for our night out. Plowed through some Vino and more apps,jumped into a cab and headed out.Stopped by Olives for some cocktails (Kettle one martini:)). The room was really nice,great space and open kitchen...Took my drink over to the kitchen and parked myself to watch the chefs gear up for a busy saturday night. Olives is in the W hotel and money for decor was not an issue.
We then walked over to Craft (Tom Colicchio)Gramercy tavern,Union Square,Danny meyer fame.There was a three story glass wine celler,curved walls of tucked leather and thin hanging lights...Very cool space.We all opted for the tasting menu ($72)before tax,wine and tip. We started with cured artic char with baby arugula and preserved lemon,Fragrant,nice texture and refreshing. I ordered a vingnoir with the first 2 courses.Next came a pan roasted halibut with braised chard and petit green lentils,third was the crispy skinned baked rare salmon with simmered Broad Romano beans and creamy polenta.Keep in mind everything is served in it's own vessel and you serve your self (so to speak)Next came boneless braised short ribs with farror. I ordered a Ribera del duero that was great.The dessert was pear crisp with frsh cream,However out came jasmine,raspberry and Caramel ice creams...A Steamed lemon pudding and a warm intence chocolate cake.service was very good,the food was also very good.After dinner we went back to the Apt and had a little more Vino and called it a night.Sunday morning My sister in law made Jill and I scrambled eggs with brie and smoked guida,multi grain toast and pumpkin muffins. We then headed down town on the subway..We went to Chelse,soho,Greenwich village and Tri beca.We did find ourselves drawn to the area of the sept 11th disater,We looked around and just stared into space. I don't know what else to say about that expereance.
We headed back to the west Village and had lunch at Chumleys on bedford around bleeker.It was an old speak easy with all it's charector and charm in tact.
Hit the subway back to the west side grabbed a cab to grand central and home we are.
After everything that has happened as of late..New York City is still the best city in the world.
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Baruch ben Rueven / Chanaבראד, ילד של ריימונד והאלאן
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post #2 of 19
What an obscenely delicious experience CC, and a small victory for New York City. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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Thank you for coming to NYC! It's been hard for us here, but it's great to know that people are still able to come and have a good time. (If you want more suggestions of places to eat, especially in Tribeca and points downtown, just ask...) Do come again soon!
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post #4 of 19
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Anneke,
Your welcome.

Suzanne,
I plan on returning to your wonderful city many more times.
I think maybe I'll try layla next time,What do you think?
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post #5 of 19
That sounds wonderful. Weather-wise, it was a great time to be wandering around the city. New Yorkers are such strong-spirited people.

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the food and drinks at these restaurants. Chumley's is a lot of fun. I haven't been there in 12 years.

I was at Layla 3 years ago, and the food was excellent. There's also bellydancing, which is a personal fave of mine. In fact, we hired the dancer from Layla to dance at our wedding!! I can't say enough good things about that restaurant. (Unfortunately, the view outside has changed a bit). I beleieve they changed chefs a year or so ago.

Is the Bubble Lounge still there across the street? Anyone know? That's a cool place to go before or after dinner.
post #6 of 19

86 it!

Rumor has it that Chumley's is where "86 it!" got its start. The main entrance was on Barrow Street. During Prohibition, when the cops showed up, someone inside would yell "86 it!". This was the patrons' cue to head for the back door at 86 Bedford Street. Who knows how true it is but it makes for a fun story and Chumle's is a great place. CC I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend in our fair city:)
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post #7 of 19
I'm so glad you are enjoying the Big Apple again. Nothing better than Big Apple during the fall season. I do look forward to going again soon and I will go in the TriBeCa area, which is one of my favorite places.

CC, bet you gained weight! :eek:
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post #8 of 19
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Yes, The bubble lounge is still there..It's my sister in laws fav spot:)

Regarding chumleys...It's address is also "86"

A few years back I attended a chefs round table at the cornell club in New york,Michael lomanico,Bobby Flay,Drew neinport,samulson From Aquvit,the chef from Quitys and the opening chef of Layla. he was a young guy who went throught the Nienport program,Can't remember his name however.

But Layla it is for my next new York adventure
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post #9 of 19
My office is at the end of Nieporent Blvd. TriBeCa Grill is on the corner, two doors down is TriBakery, on the next corner is Nobu and Layla is only one more block down. Montrachet is one block south of Layla. Katie Sparks is the Lady of the House at Quilty's. It is a truly wonderful experience.

RE Chumley's: That was kinda my point CC;)
"At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals." D. Barry
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post #10 of 19
The opening chef of Layla was Joey Fortunato -- yes, quite a young guy. He is now the chef at The Tonic, following Chris Gesualdi, who was the chef at Montrachet following Debra Ponzek, who followed David Bouley and who was married to Bobby Flay for a while (Debra, that is). Are you following all this?! Good. Next: the chef who followed Joey was Mina Newman, who then became chef at Dylan Prime, which used to be called Laight Street when Drew Nieporent owned it before. Isn't this fun?

I am also an alumna of the Nieporent empire (Zeppole, which was located IN Tribakery), and would love to work for Drew again. He is a great guy, very concerned for his employees as well as his business interests. That's rare in this business.

BTW: we used to joke that there should be a soap opera called "186 Franklin" -- the address of Zep/Tribakery. The info above gives a hint why! :lol:
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post #11 of 19
6 degrees of seperation:) I used to love lunch @ Zeppole!
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post #12 of 19
I just figured out why you're a BIGMOUTH , Suzanne! :lol: :roll: :rolleyes:
K

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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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K

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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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post #13 of 19
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Sorry KyleW,
Brain fart!!!!LOL

Suzy,
Thanks for all the imformation.
The next time I come in I hope that we can all get together for a drink.

Suzy,Any way you can join us in CT on the 27th? Would love to meet you
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PS..katy sparks used to work with Barry wine at the quilted Giraffe..hence the name quiltys
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Really enjoyed this conversation. I'm engaging one very long and vigorous dope slap when I think of my former attitude about NYC: too big, too busy, to expensive to bother with. Imagine! You guys have educated me. Sadly, it's the counterpoint to Midwesterners' opinion that people in New York and Los Angeles think there's nothing worth seeing in the Heartland.... Seriously, thanks for opening my horizons! Can't wait to experience a fraction of it for myself.
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post #15 of 19
Mezz- I look forward to serving as your Big Apple Welcome Wagon on the 27th:)
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Brad what and awesome experience (always with the Kettel). The wine tower sounds very hip, is it similar to the one Charlie Palmer has in his Vegas property?
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post #17 of 19
Dear New Friends,

Wish I could meet you all on the 27th, but I will be in Santa Monica attending the annual Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) conference. Perhaps another time!

BTW, Mezz, I went to college in Wisconsin. And I think Chicago is a terrific place (I'm just a city girl at heart).
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post #18 of 19
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Suzanne,

I hope you fill us in on the WCR conference,Have a good time and hopefully at the next go around.
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For soussweets

just bringing this back up to the top
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