NYC: Honey’s Big Apple Recommendations

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By: Honey Good 

“We’re going to New York!” said my husband as I walked into his office. I was thrilled!

Some occasion or someone always spurs our trips. I am “the someone” who comes up with an idea. Luckily I am married to a man who likes to travel and has never said “no” to me. This time my husband, Sheldon Good, had a meeting at the United Nations. He is a NGO (non-governmental Organization) representing The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) housed in Paris, France. Luckily for me that means we are often off to the Big Apple!

I am married to a very interesting man whose many involvements expose me to unlimited opportunities. I have visited The United Nations with my husband often. I have been fortunate to attend meetings with him and listen to him speak (once with Princess Margaret of London whose diamond broach pin almost blinded me), lunched in the beautiful dining room overlooking the East River with dignitaries from all over the world and toured the building several times. I suggest you take a family tour if you have the chance and… you must book in advance.

I love to share everything, so come along with me for four fun-filled days in the Big Apple!

9/11 Tour. I highly recommend taking a guided tour. The cost is about $30.00 and you can buy your tickets online at 911memorial.org. Our tour lasted one hour and there are no more than twenty people in a group. The guide was well trained and the headsets were great. The museum was built to explain the history of what happened at ground zero, the phrase used to describe the scene of great devastation. You learn, in detail, about the first responders, what caused the Towers to fall, why the museum was built seven stories underground, etc. I suggest taking your children and grandchildren.

Broadway. New York is the home of Broadway. We were able to squeeze in three shows during our short stay. Don’t miss American in Paris and The Audience, with academy award star, Helen Mirren. We decided not to see Fish in the Dark with Larry David because my husband said to me, “We can watch him on TV!” I laughed. We were spellbound by the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. The acting and the set designs were breathtaking. We did not see The Rockettes, but if you visit, I do recommend planning an afternoon or evening at Radio City with your children or grandchildren to watch their kick-line in New York Spring Spectacular.

Night time is for romance. Shelly says, “You are the best company I have. I prefer my time alone with you.” After 24 years of marriage I feel the same. We dined at the romantic La Grenouille, a gorgeous French restaurant in Mid Town East that you must experience at least once in your lifetime. With delicious French wines, a menu to match and waiters who are not pursuing an acting career, this is the way to dine. The beautiful restaurant is 53 years old and thriving. We always order crab cakes for an appetizer, frog legs for our main course and a white chocolate soufflé for desert! We have had the same waiter for the last 24 years. He orders our wine. I suggest you book well in advance; ask for a table in the front part of the restaurant and dress for the occasion. Men wear ties!

Polo Bar. It is gawgous! The king of American fashion, Ralph Lauren, fashioned his eatery around comfort food and equestrian nostalgia. It is impossible to get a reservation, so book a month in advance. It is also located in Mid Town East. (The picture above is from Polo Bar!)

Harry Cipriani and Elios. These are our favorite Italian eateries for flavor and atmosphere. The chefs prepare state of the art Italian food, but the people make the atmosphere! Another favorite of ours is the older of the two Il Molino restaurants.

Our home away from home is The Regency Hotel. It is located at 61st and Park. We love it for many reasons. It is small and the staff calls you by name, which gives a personal touch. Their concierge service is A+, the rooms and baths are large and state of the art; the hotel soap makes your skin feel silky, free coffee in the lobby until 10:00am and the location is perfect! We walk around the corner, one block, to our little coffee shop where the owner, George, greets us with our second cup of coffee; the most delicious oatmeal for yours truly and two sunny side up eggs, a slice of ham and a poppy seed bagel for my honey!

After four days we board our flight to beautiful Chicago, our hometown, for business and a week with family. Then out west to our adorable dog, Orchid. Life is “good” and “The Big Apple” was fun! As always, I am so grateful.