I’ve blogged about my fun birthdays in New York City before. Some have been low key and relaxed while others have been more on the rowdy side. This weekend, I celebrated another year gone by, and a fun-filled start to my birthday week. The past few days went like this…
Friday, I watched one of my favorite documentaries, Every Little Step. The film tells the story about making the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line, how the musical came to be through mastermind, Michael Bennett, and a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Broadway performers, including the audition process. I love everything about this film! I saw it in the Lincoln Plaza Theater when it opened in 2008, and I could watch it again and again. If you love the theatre, you must see this movie. I won’t tell you anymore about it, but here’s the trailer.
Saturday morning was relaxed too. I had breakfast at my local diner, and then got a killer blowout from Santa at Salon West and prepped for my birthday date. Early evening, I went to Nougatine at Jean-Georges, one of my go-to special occasion bars in the city. I had a couple of cocktails and chowed on truffle popcorn, wasabi nuts, and soft pretzel sticks… yum!
After eating too many wasabi nuts, it was time for dinner downtown at Bobby Flay’s Gato. Located in the hip NoHo neighborhood, Gato offers a lively, party-like atmosphere, a huge bar, and a spacious dining room. It’s not like a lot of the smaller, more quaint restaurants downtown. Besides the food, which I’ll get to in a moment, I spotted Bobby Flay standing outside the kitchen! (No photo on this go-around.)
I tasted a bit of everything, including the Burrata, peperonata, harissa; Piqillo filled with raw tuna, saffron sauce; Beef crudo, pickled fresno chiles (3 for $17); Roasted octopus, sour orange, bacon, oregano ($18); and the Kale and wild mushroom paella, crispy artichokes, egg ($28). All I can say about every bite, is WOW! Amazing food. It you’re looking for a trendy downtown spot with a lively scene, Gato is it. You can go for drinks and nibbles at the bar, or sit in the dining area and have a decadent dinner.
After dinner, I headed to Midtown to meet my mom and cousin, Danielle, at Joe Allen. They ate a post-theatre meal, while I had dessert. But it was late, and although my birthday had officially begun, it was time to hit the hay until morning. I grabbed a quick ride up Broadway and returned home in a flash.
It was time to get dressed and head downtown to the High Line to meet my mom, aunt and cousin. We strolled on a picture-perfect afternoon, and the rain managed to hold off until later in the day.
After our outing at the High Line, we wandered through the prettiest part of Chelsea. By this time, I was starving, so I meandered down to the West Village and had brunch at Mémé on Hudson, and it was delicious. The menu is mostly Mediterranean with Moroccan influence, and a few staples like a burger and French toast thrown in. I had the lobster and eggs – Maine lobster potato hash, two eggs over easy, bacon, spicy hollandaise, brioche, ($18). I definitely want to return to Mémé to try the dinner menu.
After, I went to meet mom and Danielle for some birthday vino. I snapped a few shots along my way. I traveled to the city by bus many times over the years and came into New York through the Port Authority. I couldn’t help but stop there for a quick selfie.
After a glass of wine, we crossed the street to Deacon Brodie’s for another round.
The clock read almost 8 p.m. After a quick change, and I was off to meet Lauren Malamala at Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District for a NYFW party featuring Georgine. (More on the fab fashion later.) We sipped the Piscine, a classic and elegant drink from the South of France with sparkling wine, served on ice with fresh strawberries.