Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York Weekend

I just got back from a long weekend in New York. The New York Marriott Marquis’ Times Square location is great for a theater weekend. The rooms are reasonably sized and well maintained. The elevators are my favorite: computerized system efficiently assigns you an elevator based on your floor to avoid too many stops and overcrowding, and they're glass overlooking the Atrium, letting you enjoy the view on the way up.

Arrived on Friday afternoon and enjoyed a Greek seafood dinner at Kellari Taverna. Then went to see “That Championship Season” at the Jacobs Theatre. It was fun to see this all-star cast (Lost Boys’ Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric reunited, along with Chris Noth, Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan), but the play was just OK.

I did some shopping on Saturday and had dumplings for lunch at Mandoo Bar in Little Korea (near Macy’s).  Dinner was at Hell's Kitchen, a 'nouvelle Mexican' restaurant. The late show of Shamekia Copeland at Iridium was amazing. You should check out her Blues originals.

Sunday Brunch at Friend of a Farmer in Greenwich Village was good (I recommend the Pumpkin Pancakes).  Finally made it to Babbo (Mario Batali’s first New York restaurant) for an early dinner. It did not disappoint!

Monday morning, I headed to the FROSCH headquarters at 909 Third Avenue to meet with my colleagues and get some work done. Then I headed to the Heartland Brewery at Times Square for dinner with many old friends.

Worked a few hours on Tuesday morning before hitting the road. I’ll be back at my desk Wednesday morning.