Bonding with New York’s dining scene started as a little girl on business trips with Dad a long time ago.

toots-shor-bar1Mad 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’sElaine’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

During those Northampton-Manhattan weekend roundtrips on the parkways and stays at Hotels Giraffe and Excelsior– we did what we always like to do. Eat!

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, MidTown Theater  Lobster app

Gramercy Tavern, Flatiron  Best of best

Blue Hill, West Village  Not up to hype

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