Monthly Archives: November 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

MM and I will be driving to Pittsburgh this afternoon – hopefully it won’t take us 12 hours! We got stuck driving due to far too many plane tickets purchases during these months – Italy (2 times) and Pittsburgh for Christmas.

Anyhow. I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving and plenty of good eating!

I will post all about MM’s 2nd “TURKEY DAY” and how he wears gloves to stuff the turkey because he hates the feeling of raw meat when I return to NYC!
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Level V

If you decide to go to Level V, be prepared to deal with a ridiculous door policy. If you make it past the grouchy doorman, you’ll head downstairs below the Italian eatery, Vento. Next you’ll enter a dungeon-like space with stone walls and caves for private parties and bottle service. But you won’t find any gruff prisoners among the abundance of revelers who are proud to have made it downstairs. The only problem is, the guests look more like bridge and tunnel folks than exclusive New Yorkers. Towards the back, a D.J. spins old school music by a small dance floor – he could use a lesson or two about what’s current and what New Yorkers actually like to dance to. We’re surrounded by good music with worldly influence, so “Vanilla Ice” and “Poison” are hardly exciting to us. Also beware: your cell won’t work, so your friends who are probably stuck with the grouchy doorman won’t be able to call you to let you know they can’t get in.
We had a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend on Saturday here – I have the right connections to get a party of 50 people through the door. But, after a couple of hours of reminiscing with my pals, we were ready to head out. This place used to be fun, but now I’m over it – I’ll let other people deal with the wait at the door while I go some place better.

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Gold Bar

This lounge is actually true to its name – gold skulls embedded in the walls, gold chains separating the rooms, gold ceilings, and golden “love bracelets” for drinks tables, engraved with Latin sayings. The paintings on the wall seem like antique nobility, but they actually depict GoldBar investors, contractors, and the photographer’s accountant. The running theme of the cocktails is honey—also gold—and it works very well. There are fantastic drinks including: Gold Rush (bourbon, honey, and lemon) and the smooth and sweet Bee’s Kiss (aged rum, honey, and cream).

The ladies and I had fun at GoldBar on Saturday evening – but I think repeat visits may feel like a gold overload…

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Wetbar

So…the ladies and I met up at BUtterfield 8 last night, but there was a “networking” event in the back, which crammed up the front bar. Even though there were plenty of attractive and successful looking young men for my girls, we decided to head somewhere else so we could sit and actually chat (which is the point of girls’ nights – no matter what men think!)

Being that we were in the unfortunate area known as midtown, we walked East and ended up at Wetbar in the W Court Hotel on 39th and Lex. After you enter through the black curtains, you realize it has sexy potential to be a nice lounge. We had to wait a bit, but we ended up getting a cozy horseshoe couch.

Everything was pleasant except the attitude of the bartender – long black hair and very well-endowed – she had something stuck up in a dark place. Also, the prices of their drinks were pretty shocking. MOH and I got our typical (non saketini option) vodka martini straight up with a twist (usually with Kettle, but they didn’t have it, so we went with Absolut) and it put us out $15 each. I have been shocked with a higher price per drink before (1OAK) but this place isn’t justified to have those prices.

It was nice to have a place to sit, but I think they need to rethink their niche in Manhattan!


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Ladies Night @ BUtterfield 8

Being that MM is in LA for the week, I have no excuse but to see all of my girlfriends! No too bad of a deal! So, tonight I’ve made plans with a few of them. While debating on where we should meet after work, my objectives were:

  • stay in a neutral zone – aka “midtown” – since we’ll all be coming from our offices
  • make it classy and fun for us professional women
  • good and not too expensive martinis

I gave the ladies a list of my recommendations, and we decided on BUtterfield 8, a 100-year-old restaurant & lounge with dramatic crown mold ceilings that bring the nostalgic turn of the century feel of the classy New York speakeasy. A 35-foot granite bar and wide plank walnut floors contiue the theme. Back lit walls of white onyx and dark mahogany along with five massive Chandeliers creating a warm semi-formal setting.

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LA versus NYC

MM is in LA for work this week. He’s staying at the a fantastic hotel and enjoying martinis at the pool in between meetings and jobs. He said its 80 degrees and gorgeous there right now…besides the wild fires, which MM could see from the airplane when he was landing.

Considering the fact that we are experiencing the coldest day of the year so far in New York, hearing about MM’s fabulous experience made me jealous. This made me think. I love the seasons of NYC. I grew up in Pittsburgh and Fall was always my favorite season. How could I live through Halloween, my birthday, and Thanksgiving without smelling the Fall air and seeing the gorgeous colors nature produces? What would it be like to put up a Christmas tree and sing carols about snow without the reality of it outside?

If I could wear a bathing suit all year long, I think my life would become more one dimensional without the affect of nature on my actions and lifestyle. I love that in NYC, everything that we do is dependent on the weather and the season. From the food offered at restaurants to the clothing in the store windows, New Yorkers live the seasons.

I love it

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Bed, Bath & Beyond in NYC

Why is it that MM and I constantly feel the need to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond for one simple thing yet come out with a receipt for over $300? How is that possible?

Between the countless TV gadgets lining the aisles to the endless amount of necessary home objects, you’re bound to find at least five more things you can’t live without! By the time you get to the register you look down at a full cart of things you “need” to make your apartment more organized and your life better…huh???

This past weekend, MM and I went there for throw pillows and came out with a laundry hamper, some sticky things to hang his belts on, new pillows for the bed, 4 throw pillows (to match the couch to our new storage bench), a curtain rod, an extension cord, and I forget what else! When we got home, we realized the throw pillows were all wrong, so we have to return the only thing we actually went there for.

Hopefully, when I go to return them, I don’t spend another $300!

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