Category Archives: Restaurants

Morning Tea at PATISSERIE MARGOT

The ANSONIA HOTEL was opened in 1904………opulent………some apartments had 20 rooms.  Chickens were raised on the roof…….and fresh eggs delivered to each resident every morning.

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The hotel had a dining room that could hold 1300 people……….a ballroom…and the world’s largest swimming pool [where Bette Midler started her singing career.............the pool was a gay spa at this point].

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The architect was a Frenchman named Paul Deboy…….. the owner of the hotel was William Earl Dodge Stokes and he decided to dump his architect………paid him $5ooo and shipped him back to France.

 

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On the ground floor……..tucked away in a tiny space is my favorite spot for morning tea.

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The charm of Patisserie Margot begins before you even get inside.

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How true!

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Two tourists found a  nice quiet place to read their New York Times……..and have their morning Joe.

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OH GOSH………….lemon curd tart……….one please.  [Maybe two].

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Blackberries……….I can’t resist!  As a child growing up in Georgia…….we had an acre of thorny blackberry bushes.  I picked and ate them by the bucketful.

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Margot sells her sweets in containers that I designed!  Nice.

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Check her out online.

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The BRIE sandwich is the one I can’t resist.

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Simple setting…………no fussy frou-frou…….no Eiffel Towers on the wall…….

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The peach tart……….at $28………..is a steal………..[on the east side of Manhattan is goes for $45] .

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Sitting next to me…….with her expresso and muffin…….sata dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet………..chic…….sweet……..but I dare not reveal her name………..she was late for class and hurried off.

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Is that not the strangest little white beard you have ever seen…………his name……..I dare not reveal it!

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Do drop in………..Margot is in the kitchen.

 

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL • 2014 NYC

The Tribeca Film Festival’s artists dinner  was held last night at BRASSERIE BALTHAZARS in SoHo. Hoards of film makers and their stars packed into the restaurant.

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Sophia Loren.…..looking marvelous for her 80 years.

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Robert De Niro, the founder of the festival with his wife Grace.  Love her outfit!

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The model, Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret “angel”…….you may remember her from the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue.

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Harry Brandt is a cutie.  Not really a celebrity but he shows up at all the Galas in New York and has thousands of adoring fans.  I usually catch him at Lincoln Center events.

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Julianna Moore……four times Oscar nominee……and now has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Her husband Bart Freundlich is the guy on the right.

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Greta Gerwig…..the actress…….in her pink and white Chanel……and a platter of oysters.

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Matthew Modine.……..actor……….best remembered  for his role in “Full Metal Jacket”

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Jean Pigozzi.……Stephanie Seymour……looking down at his cute little bunny.

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Lauren Santo Domingo [on the right]…….is a contributing editor for Vogue.

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Ron Howard..………memories of HAPPY DAYS………..linger in my head.

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JR.……..French Artist/Director………..[ he has a commission with the NYC BALLET ].

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I love BALTHAZARS when it is NOT so crowded…..which is almost never.  I don’t eat shell fish so I always get their awesome burger.  They serve 10,000 guests every week…….thanks to the chef Shane McBride.

 

PALM SUNDAY BRUNCH with Ilona

PALM SUNDAY and a stroll thru Greenwich Village.

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” THE PLACE”.……… is THE place for a Sunday brunch.

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Tucked away in a townhouse in the Village on West 4th  street.  Charm!!!

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The BRUNCH SPECIAL here is really special.

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The Donald and Shel spent two hours talking about their favorite operas.

 

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Ilona and Margo……always keep us laughing.

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Eggs Benedict……….an old standby…..here with a potato cake.

 

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The “Full Monty”………and NO………..the waiter does NOT do the ‘full monty”.

 

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French toast and pancakes are not to be missed.

 

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Time for Easter prezzies.

 

 

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With our KAREN WALKER sunglasses……..taking in some rays……..and the ILONA is always radiant

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Margo and Ilona…………always entertain us.  Love them both.

 

 

 

 

Gallery

CHELSEA………Saturday Afternoon

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GILA’S NOSH / ART GALLERY

 

On Friday, Don and I dropped in at GILA’S for a nosh. ……[on East 23rd street].
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GILA’s menu is authentic Mediterranean…….and worth the schlepp on the 23rd street crosstown bus to get there.

 

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Her rugelach is sublime……….puff pastry, strawberries, raisins, walnuts and a touch of love.

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It is a simple Continental Cafe…………no pretense………. just delightful cuisine.

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GILA lets her walls serve as a gallery for students down the street at The School of Visual arts.  This painting [a New Yorker] was on exhibit.

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MEET THE ARTIST:  Paul Thiesing…….a student in the Illustration Department at the SVA.

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Paul’s painting is now in our collection……..on the wall of my art studio………hanging next to the Picaasso.  Marie Laurencin [Picasso's lover ] is the painting in the bottom right corner.

 

 

 

 

STANDING ON THE CORNER of 26th st. and 7th ave.

Dozens of people……..standing on the corner………waiting for the traffic light to change.  A fun chance for me to “people watch”, snap some candids………and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Sitting in the window at the  CAFFÉ BENE.……….banana waffle and a green tea…………just watching New Yorkers go by.  A delightful afternoon.

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And the waffle was a killer.

ILONA’S 94th Birthday Party / PART 2

Ilona’s 94th Birthday celebration at the TREMONT RESTAURANT in Greenwich Village was a happy occasion………. a gathering of her dear friends.  She kept us entertained.  Tom Casesa with his portable wind pipe piano was a pleasant surprise………..as he piped out HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

ILONA’S 94th Birthday / TREMONT RESTAURANT

It was a joyous celebration…….Ilona’s 94th Birthday.  Friends gathered round to wish her many many more.  Tremont Restaurant in Greenwich Village hosted the party……….and it was beautiful.  The pastry chef, Elona [no relation to Ilona] baked a special cake……….chocolate ganashe with a deliriously delicious butter creme frosting!

Our waiter, John…….treated us all so royally………we feel like he is now one of our family.

CLICK ON THE CAKE.……to see it in all it’s glory.

Annual MACARON DAY in NYC

Francois Payard brought this annual celebration from France six years ago.  15 restaurants will be giving away FREE MACARONSScreen Shot 2014-03-20 at 3.28.32 PM

I got mine at EPICERIE BOULUD on Broadway and 64th street.

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DANIEL has chosen a very select group of delicacies for this emporium.

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One per person please.  Additional purchases will benefit CITY HARVEST.

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Please buy at least a dozen……..then continue your “macaron crawl“.

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Grab a cappuccino……..

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The quiet before the crowds appear ……the special password [“Macaron Day NYC”.

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So!  What is a MACARON?  A sweet meringue-based cookie………eggs…..icing…..lots of sugar…..ground almonds and food coloring.

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Some people call the “Luxemburgerli“.

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This one was “over-the-top”.

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I bought a dozen of these……..RASPBERRY is always my fave.

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How can you live without a jar of Morello Cherries in Kirsch.

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The sous-chef……..around the corner……a ciggie break.

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I ate them all………except one.  The Donald got the last one.

RAT ATTACK / Tavern on the Green

The Tavern on the Green is under a complete renovation……….being restored  it to it’s original splendor…..when it was a Sheepfold.  It was built in 1870 by Calvert Vaux  In 1934 it was turned into a Restaurant.

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The unions refused to negotiate with the chefs who were trying to re-open the Tavern after it was bankrupted by the unions.

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So…..the RAT is back!  The friend of the unions.

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So now what are they complaining about!

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Uh OH !  Two rats……..double trouble.

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Maybe we should hire the flute of the Pied Piper to rid of these RATS.