|The Waldorf Astoria Hotel|
Yeah, yesterday was totally rainy all day. I would have braved it for a walk last night had it not been pouring buckets most of the afternoon and evening. I’ll still may have braved it but I had to pack and I didn’t want to pack wet tennis shoes. (Yes…I think of these things.)
I’ve been eating on the cheap since I’ve been here, from food carts to drugstores but no real restaurants. So I thought I’d jump in a cab and go somewhere really nice for dinner. At first I considered Mesa Grill which is one of Bobby Flay’s restaurant and one at which I’ve always wanted to eat. Nope…too far. I did make my co-workers promise to go with me when we come back in November…it will be more fun with a group.
Then I considered The National, which is Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant (he’s the newest Iron Chef and sometimes judges on Chopped on the Food Network). It was directly behind my hotel (I was at the Waldorf Astoria.) Nope…booked. Unless I wanted to eat at 9:30 pm. I’m from the South, we’re generally in our pajama’s at that time.
How about Mario Batali’s Babbo? Nope – too far and also booked.
Arron Sanchez’ Centrico? Too far…but he and Mario should totally hang out.
I’m such a wimp when it comes to weather.
So what did I do? I ordered a mediocre but stupidly expensive wrap from room service, treated myself to a side of fries with plenty of ketchup and a diet coke. Then I just vegitated and watched the limited TV selections (thank GOD they had HGTV) and read up on my hotel. (The Waldorf is steeped in history, not the lease of which is the fact that Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra lived their at one time.) Then I went to sleep early. All in all, not a bad evening.
Yes, I missed visiting Tiffany’s and Central Park but it’s okay because I’ve been there. I’ve had drinks at the Oak Bar at the Plaza and dined at Tavern on the Green. All that is really left for me to see in NY is the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, and Mood (the fabric store on Project Runway). I’m sure I can hit all of them on my next trip…or the one after that.
This morning I packed up to go home, checked out, got a pumpkin spice latte from Starbuck’s and will joyfully board a plane this afternoon and by 9:30 be in my PJ’s and in my own bed.