Last week it was visiting my parents in Utah. This weekend ATrain and I spent the weekend in the city that never sleeps: NYC babe!
Unicorns and I were talking a month back about how much we wanted to see each other…and meet each others new beaus. She found a great deal on hotel rooms on our company CorperatePerks website. We booked the rooms, bought tickets for the The Book Of Mormon show and the plan was made. In addition to meeting up with Unicorns, GFP also happened to be in NYC with his new girlfriend…So, we had ourselves a “Meet the Significant Others” weekend in New York City!
We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria, a great older hotel with larger than normal rooms. We upgraded our room to get a King+ junior suite so the room was bigger than normal. It had additional space that had a couch and a few chairs (and a unstocked wetbar). It was really nice.
Friday night we all had drinks at the Waldorf then off to dinner at a great French Bistro on the Upper East Side. Saturday we all did our own thing during the day. ATrain and I met up for drinks/dinner with Unicorns and her new beau. GFP did his own thing with his girlfriend….
Sunday was a lazy day but we had to meet early for dinner because we wanted to eat before our show, which started at 7pm. We had dinner at Becco. I have to say that I wouldn’t go there again. The food wasn’t that great, the service was o.k.. our waitress was great but the restaurant was way too crowded. Why? Because they put up to 6 people at a 4-top. They sat a family down next to us, where one of the diners basically was sitting in Katie’s lap… It really wasn’t kosher. This set ATrain off and he let the waitress know that given the overcrowding already, that it wasn’t really reasonable to put more than 4 people on the 4-top. The waitress basically said they always do this (as I looked around the room and sure enough, they indeed do). We did end up moving to a corner in the room, in the back. It was very tight – waiters had a hard time getting to each table .. and they couldn’t even get to me. I had to lift my plate up to be served…. It was slightly embarrassing that ATrain made a big deal about it given that the restaurant does indeed do this (seemed like we were the only ones not in the know). But I do think that the restaurant has just gone over the top with their seating there is a line that needs to be drawn with the overcrowding for a buck. Given that the food wasn’t that great, we will not be going back there.
The Book Of Mormon musical was so much fun. I haven’t been to a show for a very long time, and this was so funny, I’ve not laughed that hard in a long time. There are mormon quirky things that I wished had been in the play – like how Mormons love their sugar and anything jello, the way there is a mormon caste system (born mormon is better than a converted mormon), etc.
Oh, and I saw Maya Rudolph at the play. I said hello to her, that I loved her work. She gave me a smirk, an eye-roll, and then just walked off (or continued walking, I don’t think she ever really stopped). Now here is the thing – If you want to be a star, and you become a star, and then someone recognizes you, why don’t you just say “thank you”? Why be an asshole about it? I’ll never get it. You spend your entire life to become a star, you dream to be a star, and when you finally become one AND people recognize you as one, you snub them. So stupid.
Anyway, I’m on my way home now, enjoying every minute on my Virgin America return flight. Thank you Virgin America for having customer focused and happy employees and the nicest, cleanest planes on the market.
Paula it sounds like an amazing trip. Great friends, mostly good food, amazing entertainment and the company of someone you care for and obviously cares for you. I think you missed your calling as a travel reporter instead of what ever it is you do to keep the high tech wheels spinning. See if Anthony Bordain Samantha Brown are looking for a swap.
One of my favorite things is having a cocktail at a good bar and then going some place else for dinner. Makes me think it’s the 50’s and thats how sophisticated people dine.
You are so correct about celebrities, they are odd ducks. Actors especially different from the rest of polite society. Once they become famous they get such an intiteent complex. I worked in TV commercials in my youth (behind the camera, way behind) but the people involved, actors and directors, acted is if they were making The God Father, instead of selling floor plolish. Just odd.
If you travel again to the city that never sleeps try to get to Keens. It’s the real thing for a steak house. So old that the people who made New York in a modern seance dined there. Not for the vegiterian by any seance.
Sounds like life is pritty good so enjoy every moment.
Be well H.S.