After hours, the standard was cocktails, dinner, then more cocktails. This trip was less about visiting my old favorites than it was about trying new things. Luckily, I had friends to guide me through the evenings (Thanks V and Hayley!) and led to discovering a whole new slew of hot spots. Some old revisited favorites included the St. Regis and Peninsula Hotels for after work drinks, however I visited the Peninsula's rooftop bar for the first time and it was a blast. Being surrounded by the skyline at sunset was quite a nice way to end the day after working for nine hours, and a great place to see old faces and meet new ones.
After apres-work drinks, came delicious Italian feasts! Forget the sceney Da Silvano's... instead we opted for local favorite Nello's off Madison, where the Calamari was the best I ever had, and the Asparagus special was too die for!! Our second night we were treated by our friends at The Palace Hotel to reservations at the uber-swank and nearly impossible to get into Il Molino downtown. Not only was the food and ambiance just what I look for in old school italian places, but the staff was so sweet I can't imagine going back to NY without visiting this fine eatery. Now if only I could get back in! Thanks to manager of 27 years Claudio, yours truly can rub elbows with celebs and socialites again...
Some other notable New York moments include:
-Bendel's making the change of becoming all accessories!! Sad but true
-Crumbs Cupcakes on Madison, they made it to California and STILL taste like heaven!
-The Blue Room at the W on Lexington for late night cocktails was the place to be
-brunch at The Peninsula is a great way to start off a busy day of work
-the Redeye to Newark is the only way to go
-my adorable new red patent leather clutch from Bendel's
-the always delicious street dogs, New York City's finest food!!