It starts with the Acela train that lets me arrive moments before departure, allows me to use the phone and internet for the whole ride, has adult sized chairs and actual legroom, and then deposits me in midtown without so much as a wrinkle in my shirt.
There are so many things I love about visiting New York City, though I don’t think there is much I would enjoy about living here. For the next few days, however, I am going to walk her streets, dine in her restaurants, drink in her bars, and, yes, take a meeting or three.
I’m going to hit the BlueNote, the Vanguard and the Algonquin for a little hot & cool swing.
I’ll roll through Circa Tabac, a place that was speakeasy cool years before that trend got annoying, for a cigar and a proper cocktail.
The aforementioned cigar will be purchased from the Davidoff store which, as the best cigar shop in the country, is like Mecca for cigar smokers.
There will be dinners at four stars, pizza at corner joints, very serious sushi, some uptown soulfood, and probably the most amazing dumplings I’ve ever tasted.
In truth, I am not sure I will get to all of the things I want to do as this is still a work trip, but I am looking forward to trying. I’ve rarely been grateful for my insomnia, but this is one of those times.
By the by, I know that I owe you another installment of the Second Chances with New Vintages Series, I am working on it.
On another note, there is still time to nominate someone for the Valentine’s Contest