I have collected and stored some worthy pieces of advice throughout my married years. Someone once said, “Its most important to schedule weekly date nights with your spouse and every few months a night or two away sans kids.” For the most part, we have adhered to this important point of view, but now that we’ve added a pup to the mix, things are about to get interesting. Now combine that with a recent move, it wasn’t really the best time to sneak off; however our anniversary was on the calendar, so we felt obliged to honor it.
A Romantic Weekend Getaway
For the past few years, we have spent a night or two, celebrating our anniversary, at The Standard Highline. This hotel has an “oh so sexy” feel, with unique room features, including standing peek-a-boo rain showers and free-standing tubs. The standard rooms aren’t particularly big, but the studios are awesome, with sweeping views and an open air layout. The only issue with the studio line is that it happens to be underneath night club hangout, Le Bain. If you are up for late night enjoyment, this will not be a bother and bonus… they supply ear plugs should you decide to roll the dice.
We usually start our evening, as creatures of habit, and dine at brushstroke. I adore this Japanese gourmet establishment. It is one of Bouley’s properties and although I am not particularly fond of restaurant Bouley itself, this one is top of list for us. I absolutely adored Danube (was also Bouley), which also happened to have lived in the same space years ago. Sadly, we were not able to reserve a table at brushstroke because my husband was closing a project which left him working later than usual. We decided to try Michelin starred La Sirena, instead since it was closer to his office.
La Sirena had an interesting concept menu in addition to their à la carte selections. Four courses of rhubarb or asparagus, infusing that very ingredient into each course from beginning to end. I chose the rhubarb with the one standout being the shaved foie gras with rhubarb accents. My husband opted out and went with a couple of their solo items. Overall it was good, but I would not consider it a Michelin worthy contender in my opinion. brushstroke definitely was, but recently lost one of its two stars, so I cannot confirm if it is still up to par, but hope to do so soon.
The following morning, after coffee and a very tasty croissant from room service, we headed to Williamsburg. I had planned a surprise for my husband by arranging a super special, one of a kind experience at Martin Greenfield Clothiers. It was here my husband would be measured for a one of a kind, custom tailored suit.
Martin Greenfield himself crafted suits for former presidents including Eisenhower, Clinton and Obama. His story is profound having escaped Auschwitz during the Holocaust. In the years following, his uncle found him on the survivor list and sent him a ticket to the United States. He arrived in Brooklyn in the 1940’s and started working in the very factory he went on to buy and still works in today.
My husband was absolutely thrilled with this opportunity. Upon arriving, you walk into a discrete entryway, so he really didn’t know anything until we walked into the factory, where there are suits and fabrics strewn about. You can instantly imagine the factory bustling with workers decades ago, a time when New York was manufacturing 78 percent of the world’s apparel. We perused fabrics and linings and after a quick series of measurements, we were finished. In just a few short weeks we will head back and he will try on his made in New York suit.
Directly after the fitting we headed back into the city and over to The Whitney. We were determined to finally visit after several failed attempts. Before entering the museum we made a detour for Untitled, their highly spoken about eatery, for the well noted burger. I urge you to try it for yourself along with a Bloody Mary. We walked off our lunch with a stroll around several of the museum’s floors, then headed back to the hotel to chill out for a while.
Later that night we had planned to dine at another Michelin rated restaurant but, decided why bother? The Standard Grill is one of our favorites, with solid food, that has never disappointed. Nor did it this night, if anything it exceeded our expectations. I started as I always do, with my most favorite drink in the world, the penny drop. Fab oysters, steak, an excellent, herb crusted pork chop, and rhubarb crumble followed, paired with a bottle of one of our most beloved wines from Robert Sinskey. One last shared Sauterne, ended the night perfectly.
Brunch ensued the following morning at Paowalla in Soho. A welcome change from the traditional fare most typically served. This Indian gem serves up food with heart and soul. I find these days, it’s rare to find cooking with passion in NYC with most experiences being overpriced and pretentious. There was none of that here. Everything from the china to the service to the food was delightful. Standout items were their naan, pea tendril salad, and pakoras.
In a New York Minute
We shopped for a bit after and we spotted my potential anniversary gift, a piece of street art that I am still pondering and will potentially give the green light on, once we move. I also picked out a Kristen Espeth, bracelet that I discovered in the boutique at the Standard. Note… it’s made in L.A.
And just like that we are renewed, feeling the endorphins flowing like our early days of courting.
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