“For me, New York is comfortable, not strange.” –Karl Lagerfeld
We decided to do a quick last-minute weekend trip to New York, thanks to a great flight deal at United. Lucky
me us. While I greatly love big cities and adore west coast, there is nothing that could ever beat New York. If I were to live in the city, it would be either New York or Paris. Hands down.
Jason and I spent two and half awesome days in the Big Apple: did some shopping, enjoyed some most delicious culinary pieces of art, soaked in the hustle and bustle of the city… The city that never sleeps managed to keep us busy, hence there will be two postings about our New York trip.
But let’s get started. Especially in NYC, I usually prefer the small(er) luxury boutique hotels over the chains. Simply because I have seen Marriotts and Hiltons way too many times, and most of them look and feel about the same after hundreds of nights I have spent in them. This time we booked a suite at London NYC: a luxury hotel just a couple of blocks from the Central Park but still conveniently away from the craziness of Times Square. Awesome service and staff that paid attention to every single detail combined with our suite that was absolutely gorgeous made our stay a great experience. On the 17th floor with the city view we really couldn’t have been happier. The simple yet stylish room was a real treat. French doors opened from the living area to the bedroom that had beautiful light fixtures with dimming. The living area had the cutest oval sofa ever – something that I will now be hunting for my office….
The added bonus of the hotel was its restaurant: London NYC is home of world famous Gordon Ramsay restaurant. We looked at the reservations at Ramsay’s restaurant before heading to NYC, with no luck. However, little discussion with the extremely friendly hotel staff led to a dinner reservation for Saturday night – at a restaurant that was supposed to be booked. Making restaurant reservations can sometimes be almost art: more than once I have been able to get a reservation in a fully-booked restaurant either by playing the hotel guest card (which, by the way works very often), or I have successfully used the concierge service that my credit card provides.
The dining experience at Ramsay’s restaurant was simply amazing . We were treated like royalty: the service was top notch, and the food…. delicious. We ordered food from a la carte as well as enjoyed the Chef’s five course tasting menu. Very chic, French style menu was extraordinary, creative, and visually stunning. On our dinner, we enjoyed Turnip Velouté (the second picture on the upper row), Beet Root Salad (on the left, first row) with quail egg and goat cheese, Black Sea Bass (second row, left), Veal Chop, and dessert was Dark Chocolate Decadence.
The only real shopping experience on this trip was in Lower Manhattan. I was thinking of going to photographer’s mecca, B&H Photovideo as well but chose the photo opportunities over the store. And besides, I pretty much know what photo gear I need – easier to have FedEx bringing my stuff to the front door than dragging stuff through airports myself. So we headed out to a yarn and fabric store, Purl Soho after a fun-filled day in Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purl Soho is a gorgeous, little yarn and fabric store in the heart of SoHo, surrounded by little shops and art galleries. Purl’s yarn selection is fabulous: there is no way to walk out of the store without buying something . I found the multicolored yarn for yet another scarf project ….. as well as came up with ideas to make some soft toys either for home decoration purposes, or gifts to friends’ kids. Purl Soho has some pretty neat patterns on their website! For example the little Teddy Bear would look great on my reading room’s shelf. Or maybe I should have turtles taking over the guest bedroom. And this little sheep would be totally awesome on the couch!
Stay tuned for part 2 of our NYC adventures: tomorrow we will visit Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lady Liberty.