Bonding with New York’s dining scene started as a little girl on business trips with Dad.
Mad memories of Manhattan
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. Moved to West 76th Street. Met the amour of my life, Dr. Husband. Moved down to his West Village loft.
Courtship faves. One Fifth. Buffalo Road House. Montana Eve. Sevilla. Keneret. Tavola Calda da Alfredo. The Wok. El Coyote. El Faro. Chumley’s.
1985 – 1995
Even from San Francisco, made it to Manhattan for special occasions.
1995 – 2015
Del Posto, Meat Packing Was great, Not in 2018
Sushi Nakazawa, West Village All Omakase Five Star
The Mermaid Inn, Upper West Side Exquisite raw bar
Da Silvano, West Village Fun old standard; closed
Eleven Madison Park, Flatrion It’s An Event
Colicchio & Sons, Meat Packing Fabulous roasted octopus; closed
Bobby Van’s on 50th, Mid–Town 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
44 and X, 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
Central Park West
Oxbow Tavern, UWS Consistently Good Quail, Duck, Lamb
Osteria Cotta, UWS Great Fresh Pastas and Brick Oven Pizza
The Milling Room, UWS Beautiful Dining Room & Fun Bar
Sushi Kaito, UWS Five Star Personal Performance Art
Sushi of Gari, UWS Excellent High Quality
Nougatine, Columbus Circle Lobster Burger, Fried Calamari
The Ribbon, UWS Extremely Noisy & Dark, Average Heavy Fare
Seasonal Trek to Gramercy Tavern Still Best of the Best
Isabella’s, UWS Fun people gathering spot, succumbed to scaffolding
A.G. Kitchen, UWS Friendly good neighborhood food, succumbed to scaffolding
Scaffolding is killing off restaurants on every block
Seems like one a week