Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Postcards from NYC

Written by Patti on June 7th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

You know Eric and I had the best time visiting New York. Our sweet friend, Johnny P., lent us his Brooklyn Heights apartment and upon arrival, saw the most breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty. Amazing.

I though you all would like to see some photos.


View from Brooklyn!

I was on the hunt for the best black and white cookie.

My now-NYC Darlings, Taruan & Chioke, hang with Eric outside of SpiNYC. A ping pong emporium.

We met the owner and chef of SpiNYC’s restaurant, Ducks. Yum, ducks….

Inside SpiNYC

This place had the best mac and cheese I have ever eaten. Seriously.

Duck's Mac and Cheese. Mmmmmm.

Chioke and I visited while Eric and Taruan played ping pong.

Eric takes a turn.

Taruan's turn.

Then we left to catch “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, at NBC. This was a blast. Seeing The Roots and Jimmy Fallon live was a major treat. But first, we popped into Magnolia Bakery to see what was cooking.

Lets go inside!

Check out the light as air treats!

After Jimmy Fallon, we went somewhere for a drink…I think. And then Chioke found this amazing spot for dinner, Gemma. I adored this place, it was like eating dinner with the Addams Family. Candles dripping wax everywhere, fabulous pasta. Loved it.

I neglected to mention that on our first night there, Taruan chose The Collective for drinks and then Chioke chose Pastis for dinner. The Collective had the coolest decor – everything was made from recycled materials. Seeing Rob Corddry at dinner was pretty neat, too.

Eric and I visited Momofuku’s Ssam Bar and to our surprise, there was no line. Wow. We ordered at the counter and the server brought out the most magnificent duck I have ever eaten. All cooked on a rotisserie. I need a rotisserie. Now.

That duck. Ohhh, that duck.

On Friday night, Chioke, Eric and I went to see Chris Rock’s new play on Broadway. It was fantastic. Afterwards, we popped into legendary restaurant, Joe Allen. Coming into the theater and leaving the theater the same night we ran into Nathan Lane. How cool is that?

After dinner, we went to Don’t Tell Mama, a wild piano bar, where we stayed, sang and listened to others sing until 4 a.m. What does one need in Times Square at 4 a.m.? McDonald’s of course!

We also attended a comedy show at The Comedy Cellar where we met Louis C.K. and saw Colin Quinn. There were a lot of celebrity sightings this trip.

Saturday morning, Chioke took us to the Brooklyn Flea and a food festival. Lots of fun.

This fellow was shaving ice from this huge block to make Italian Ice.

Eric and Chioke compare notes.

Fresh lobster rolls.

Eric and I dined Saturday night at Petrossian, the caviar palace. It was divine. No pictures were snapped, because I was a bit intimidated to take photos in there. But trust me, it was fantastic. Thank you Honey!!

Sunday found us with my buddy, Steve Hayes at the Met to view the Alexander McQueen exhibit. It was beyond words. Stunning. If it comes to your town, you must not miss it.

That gives you a good idea of how we spent our time. It was wonderful and I cannot thank Johnny P, Taruan and Chioke enough for showing us the best time.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Ace Frehley – Back in the NY Groove


5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    I <3 NYC! Great article! Yummy pics!

  2. danny says:

    Looks like it was a very nice trip Patti. Awesome pics and great seeing Taruan and Chioke again.

  3. Patti says:


    Just let me know if you need anymore specifics and I will get them right to you!


  4. Patti says:

    Thanks, Melanie! xxoo, P

  5. Patti says:

    Thanks, Danny! Love you! xoxo,P