Bonding with New York’s dining scene started as a little girl on business trips with Dad a long time ago.
Mad memories of Manhattan 1960’s. Train from Springfield, Massachusetts. Dining car with formal tablecloths, waiters, silver, china. First plane ride on a PamAm prop to Idlewild Airport (now JFK) from Bradley Field.
Lunch at Toots Shor watching an already drunk Jack Lescoulie at the bar during a day of buying men’s clothing for Dad’s New England retail stores at the Sperry Rand building on 1290 Avenue of the Americas. Lescoulie was Dave Garroway’s sidekick on the Today show.
Sardi’s for dinner, then Jilly’s singing around the piano bar with Nancy Wilson into the wee hours. Memories priceless.
Copa Cabana to see Sammy Davis, Jerry Vale, lots of Italian singers named Frankie or Johnny or Tony. The bocce court at Il Vagabondo. P.J. Clarke’s, Elaine’s, Sign of the Dove, Le Pavillon. Stayed at City Squire Motor Inn with Red Coach Grill. Those were the days.
Remember Chelsea Place? An unassuming antique shop across from the original Barney’s. Became a kitchen with fresh produce and then a covered courtyard restaurant. Cool.
Love Affair with Manhattan rekindled in the early 80’s. Met the amour of my life, Dr. Husband in the West Village. Courtship faves. One Fifth. Buffalo Road House. Montana Eve. Sevilla. Keneret. Tavola Calda da Alfredo. The Wok. El Coyote. El Faro. Chumley’s.
Memorable NYC Tables 2005-2015
Del Posto, Meat Packing Regional Tavolas
Sushi Nakazawa, West Village All Omakase
The Mermaid Inn, Upper West Side Exquisite raw bar
Da Silvano, West Village Fun old standard; closed
Eleven Madison Park, Flatrion Special event
Colicchio & Sons, Meat Packing. Fabulous roasted octopus; closed
Bobby Van’s on 50th, Mid–Town Theater Lobster app
Lure Fishbar, SoHo Consistently fresh fish
ABC Kitchen, Flatiron Special lunch spot
Ilili, Flatiron Lebanese Lively and tasty
44andX, Hell’s Kitchen Sophisticated excellent
Nobu Next Door, Tribeca Fabulous black cod; closed
Maysville, Flatiron Interesting and creative dishes
Pomodoro Rosso, Upper West Side Friendly neighborhood Italian
Ocean Grill, Upper West Side Was great, succumbed to scaffolding
Moved back to NYC July, 2016
Culinary adventures continue.
August 2018 Update
Scaffolding is killing off restaurants on every block
Seems like one a week