Jazz @ Time Warner
View from the windows of the River Cafe under the Brooklyn Bridge
Door to the River Cafe
Gramercy Park is one of the few private parks remaining in the City, and we were fortunate to stay on one visit at the Gramercy Park Hotel--which has a key to the gate. It was pretty neat one Saturday morning to stroll the flower-bordered sidewalks within the Park, enjoying the tranquil setting with a few of the nearby residents who also have access. On our last trip, we strolled from the Chatwal to Bryant Park, behind the mammoth public library, and rested a while to watch the world go by. Our visit was on a sunny Saturday, and the park was full of walkers, joggers, and many who simply sat or reclined on the lush lawn. A Buddhist group was performing a ceremony in one corner of the park, and their chants and music lent an otherworldly charm to the moment.
Grammercy Square Park
Lobby of the the Gramercy Park Hotel
It's very eclectic
Performing in Bryant Park
We saw three shows on our last trip--the ebullient Anything Goes, the thought-provoking War Horse, which is sure to jerk a tear from anyone breathing, and the astounding Zarkana, a Cirque de Soleil production at Radio City Music Hall. To combine the surrealism of a Cirque production with the immense Radio City art deco theater was quite a spectacle. Before Anything Goes, we enjoyed cocktails at Sardi's upstairs bar and eyed the caricatures of the many performers, producers, and directors which line the walls. Post-theater, it is hard to beat Carmine's for a healthy fix of Italian food in portions as large as anything I've ever witnessed.
Radio City Music Hall Marque
On our final day of the trip, we visited the Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel. The huge and beautiful murals on opposite sides of the bar evoke another time and place--particularly after the second drink. We found another bar, with a similar atmosphere, in the Pierre Hotel nearly kitty-corner from the Plaza. The bar had a terrific 'feel' and one of the most innovative cocktail menus we've seen--which is saying something in New York City.
One of the murals in the Oak Room @ The Plaza
Another mural in the Oak Room Bar, my favorite place
Ceiling of the grill at the Plaza
Chinese zodiac sculptures on display in the circle outside the Plaza, by artist Ai Weiwei.
Plaza front door
From past trips, here are some other recommendations: Katz's Deli in the lower East side (where the famous scene from 'Where Harry Met Sally' was filmed); a Circle tour through New York harbor--yes, I know it is touristy, but it gives a completely different perspective to the City; The Natural History Museum--if the exhibits here don't impress, don't bother visiting other museums; the fountains, at night, at Columbus Circle and the Plaza Hotel which seem magical when bathed in soft light.
The sandwiches are enormous!
Waiting fir the Harbor tour
The fountains At Columbus Circle at night
Time Warner and the fountains
As you've concluded by now, we are New York City aficionados and I could write several more posts on the City--the High Line elevated park (built on an abandoned rail line), the captivating art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Frick Collection, housed in the Frick mansion, itself a work of art. But the joy of New York is discovering what you like, to turn down a street you've not been on before and discover the hidden museum, the amazing restaurant, a man strolling along with a cat perched on his head. At some point, you're bound to find yourself muttering, "Only in New York..."
5th Ave. at night
Hold you're horses, Pat La Frieda Black Label Burgers!!! Doesn't get any better!
National Arts Club on Gramercy Square
Cat going for a walk on it's owner's head
The lobby of the Met
An entire Egyptian Temple in the Met
The skirt is fabric!
China Town and Dim Sum, Yum!
More of Times Square
NYC, beautiful in the morning mist
Columbus Circle and The Park
And just as beautiful at sunset
And the best French Bistro next to the Chatwal, great surprise find, but that's the Big Apple
And you'll be right.