FIREBIRD RESTAURANT once the fashionable home of a Russian gentlemen you lunch in the exquisite dining room adorned with exquisite china, crystal and family tokens and collectibles or dine in the library among shelves of rare Russian books and Russian Icons. As you enter you may expect to find turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg, instead you are on Manhattan’s restaurant row. Sample from 160 different vodkas, I choose Gold Standard and had a mouth-melting salmon while my companion had a meat specialty sitting in a delicious borscht soup. At 365 West 46th St. Tel: 212.586.0244. The gift shop is a treasure trove of unique Russian items.
LE PERIGORD, Restaurant Francais, is located in the tony East Side enclave of Sutton Place and for years I avoided dining there because it was so terribly exorbitant. Restaurant week opened up its doors to the ladies who lunch with a truly delicious sampling a la Francais. The Sole Anglaise Meuniere (Dover sole, lemon butter) was a gourmet treat while my friend had Rognons de Veau a la Moutarde (veal kidneys with mustard) an organ meat specialty that she raved about. The ambiance is chic, the service is pristine and the sun filtering through the windows warmed a rather chilly afternoon. The dessert wagon was tempting so I chose a truly exceptional berry tart with cafe espresso. Voila!!! 405 East 52nd St. Tel: 212.755.6244.
VILLA BERULIA Fine Italian Dining in Murray Hill section of NYC is a favorite local restaurant frequented by regular diners and welcomes many newcomers to its doors on the busy East 34th Street thoroughfare. The welcome mat is always open here and guests are usually greeted warmly and escorted to a table while waiters quietly bustle around carrying trays of delicious aromas. Italian fare is typical here, you’ll recognize your favorites, but even the simple spaghetti seems ultra special and the fish dishes do not disappoint, especially the salmon. 107 E. 34th St. Tel: 212.689.1970.
CUBBY is my dream answer as to what to do with my stuff as I make my appointed rounds in NYC. So instead of lugging heavy shopping bags or backpacks, suitcases or whatever CUBBY, a new concept for weary workers, daytime travelers, takes in your stuff and lets you unload those heavy things before going to the restaurant or other divine places. CUBBY, at 303 Park Avenue South @ 23rd St. is your bag check, luggage storage and personal courier all in one, open from 9am-10pm 7 days a week. Here’s how it works (1) Just walk right in to the store and drop your things off, or Cubby can pick your stuff up from you, wherever you are. (2) Cubby watches your things in a secure environment. (3) When you want them back, you can either: come back to pick them up or notify Cubby and they will send them right to you wherever you are. Prices: $7 small item, $12 large item, Pick-up or Deliver my stuff +$20. Holding prices are good up to 24 hours. www.gocubby.com Tel: 347.231.4159
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