4 steaks 4 us…

IMG_3146 IMG_3144POW!  We love dining with fellow meat lovers, and there is no better place to gobble tasty slabs of meat than at Raoul’s on Prince Street in the Soho section of Manhattan, New York City. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

Raoul’s recently turned forty years old so you know it’s good. . .a restaurant does not survive this long in New York without rockin’ and rollin’ it each and every night.  The steak au poivre is the most famous dish here…all four of us order it cooked a perfect medium-rare with extra au poivre sauce on the side and a healthy mound of fries cooked in duck fat or some kind of fat that makes them ultra-delectable.  All of this goodness is washed down with a red burgundy chosen by our waitperson, Alex. . .jaaa!!  This meal makes us happy…real happy.

We hope that Raoul’s lasts at least another forty years or so. . .and we especially hope that you will pop into this place some time and experience all of the goodness that they have to offer you: great atmosphere, great staff, great drink, and great food. . .you deserve all of this right NOW.

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It’s lovely and tasty out there.

Best play? Best actor?–

IMG_0904 IMG_0903 IMG_0902IMG_0906BAM!  Frank Langella is rockin’ n rollin’ on Broadway at the moment in a new play called The Father…not Strindberg’s version, but a new play that a person called Florian Zeller has decided to call The Father (‘Le Pere’ in French).

Florian is a French novelist and playwright. . .the current Broadway version of his play is a translation by Christopher Hampton–the same dude who translated Les Liaisons Dangereuses for us, plus so many more. . .the set is focused and fluid. . .the sound is alluring and haunting. . .the lighting is kinetic and alive. . .and the performances are efficient and engrossing. . .but the real shining light in this production is Frank Langella–he is magical, involving, subtle and purposeful…everything he says and does has meaning in this show.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to see this dude ROCK IT live onstage in this tight and heartfelt production. . .in short, I love this actor. . .there is no better male actor onstage anywhere in the world at the moment.  If you love theater, then you should be booking your tickets NOW to see the guy who will win the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in the 2015/16 Broadway season.

What’s this show about?  It’s about a woman’s father dealing with, managing, and becoming enveloped by Alzheimers disease.  Bring your tissues…you’re gonna need them.

I send you cathartic vibes from the Friedman Theatre on 47th Street and Broadway. . .feel them. . .they will help you keep your feet on the ground.

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#1 bloody mary…NYC–

IMG_3096 IMG_3091IMG_3094We can’t believe it, but we think we have just tasted our favorite bloody mary in all of New York City and quite possibly anywhere in the country…it is here in the Russ & Daughters shop in the basement of The Jewish Museum located on Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street. . .mmm, aaahh!…this baby is GOOD!  We are told that the Russ & Daughters folks juice their own tomatoes, add caraway seeds that have been soaked in vodka for twenty-four hours, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, black pepper, celery salt, probably some pickle juice, and horseradish, and all I can say is that the result is extremely tasty and delectable.  I…love…this…bloody…mary.

Please pop on up to The Jewish Museum, check out some exhibits–which are all wonderful, and then pop down to the snack stand and sip on a bloody mary or three while gnoshing on bagels, lox, cream cheese, and anything else that looks good to you.  Let me know what you think.

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Uplifting optimism…jaaa!

IMG_3003 IMG_3017 IMG_3064POW!  The Isaac Mizrahi retrospective is happening at The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street right NOW, and it is fun, magical, and uplifting.  Mizrahi is an optimistic soul who freely admits that fun, easygoing, and colorful clothes can help folks stand a little taller than normal and face the day-to-day baloney of existence in an excited and forward-looking manner. . .mmmm. aaaahh!  I say “bravo” to Mizrahi and his retrospective. . .if you want a pick-me-up that doesn’t involve alcohol or drugs, then head on up to The Jewish Museum and check out this exhibit. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaaayy!  Plus, you can pop into the Russ and Daughters snack shop in the basement of the museum after you view the exhibit for some of the tastiest food and drink known to mankind: smoked salmon, bagels, cream cheese, smoked whitefish chowder, salmon tartar, egg creams with whiskey, and quite possibly the most delicious bloody mary we have ever had. . .jaaa!

I send you stimulating vibes from the Mizrahi show at The Jewish Museum here in New York City. . .feel them. . .they will make you feel special.

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Lunch as it should be–

IMG_2925 IMG_2921 IMG_2933 IMG_2967MMM!  The Four Seasons Restaurant here in New York City is closing at the end of July, and we have popped in to say ‘farewell.’  The bar here has always been one of our favorite places to have a drink or three…the rooms were designed by Philip Johnson and decorated by Mies van der Rohe, and it all makes us feel kinetic when we sip and eat in here.  The food is delectable…above you see the dover sole and a burrata salad, just two of the dishes that we gobble while taking in the vibes of this soaring space surrounded by staffers who are hipping and hopping from table to table to be sure that all is well with us and our fellow lunchers.  And all is most definitely well with us.

A tenant-landlord dispute has led the Four Seasons folks to pack up shop and move their operation elsewhere. . .where exactly, no one knows, but as we sit in here chit-chatting, enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the passage of time together, and sucking down tasty food and drink, I can only feel extreme gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to be on the ride of life with my lovely wife and to be lucky enough to eat in places like this once or twice a year.  With so much nastiness going on in so many places, it is wonderful to feel the beauty that exists at the moment in so many more places. . .if only everyone could have a great lunch once a year with a loving companion in safe confines, then there would be less conflict everywhere. . .if only.

I send you gracious vibes from The Four Seasons Restaurant. . .feel them. . .they are full of magic and vitality.

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The Four Seasons for lunch–

IMG_2920 FullSizeRender IMG_2969 IMG_2916MMM!  This place is gorgeous, and it is closing at the end of July this year, 2016.  Another landlord-tenant dispute, and The Four Seasons Restaurant on 52nd St. here in New York City has decided to move on…BOOM!

After 27 years of living here I have finally made it to the Pool Room for lunch.  Yes, we know that the Grill Room is THE place for lunch here with all of the power brokers and business folks doing deals over duck soup and dover sole, but we want to lunch with the revelers and gawkers in the Pool Room who are here to admire the magnificent space designed by Philip Johnson and decorated by Mies van der Rohe, have photos taken by the pool, chit-chat with the ancient staff members, suck down champagne, slurp down Sancerre whites, and sample whatever delectable items that happen to be on the menu today.  We do all of the above and gobble foie gras, artichoke and burrata salad, rabbit, dover sole, a cheese plate, and a Grand Marnier souffle…everything arrives efficiently with smooth simplicity AND everything tastes great. . .tons of flavor in each and every dish that we lunch on. . .we are surprised because we read that things aren’t “what they used to be” here, but all is good enough for us peasants–absolutely no complaints at all.

We love lunching at The Four Seasons Restaurant here in New York City. . .get on over here and enjoy this space, these people, and this food before it all closes up at the end of July. . .you will love it, too–I gar-ron-taaaay!!

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Gettin’ durty in Boston–

IMG_2909 IMG_2913 IMG_2914BAM!  We are finished with dinner over at Neptune Oyster, one of my favorite dining spots in Boston, and now we want a nightcap or three…so we head over to Durty Nelly’s in the Haymarket section of North End Boston for a cold and crisp draft Sam Adams Lager…mmmm, aaaahh!  We are even more happy now. . .there are kooky characters chit-chatting in this place, the sun is going down, the Boston breeze has dissipated, and we are feeling the glow of being alive and enjoying the passage of time.  When you come to Boston you gotta find Durty Nelly’s and have a drink or three here…she’s located just a block or two away from the Union Oyster House and waiting to welcome you with open filthy arms.

I send you soiled vibes from Durty Nelly’s. . .feel them. . .don’t worry, they will come out in the wash.

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