We were flagging a bit by this point in the week and were finding it hard to get up as early as previously so it was about 9.30 before we headed out this morning. Under instruction to find a knicks top for one of our friends back home and a Yankees catchers mitt for our son, we headed towards 42nd St to Modells. We soon passed the Red Flame Diner which rang a bell in my head, after another fantastic big breakfast (even better than the Cheyenne IMO) we found Modells. Friend back home wanted a knicks top that wasn’t baggy (!!) so after disregarding all of the ones in Modells (all down to our ankles) we gave up and left with a mitt and baseball.
Andy went back to the hotel to drop off the bags and I called into Papyrus to get the wedding gift for our friends wrapped. What a fantastic shop, it almost made me wish I was getting married/having a baby/having a bar mitzvah or anything that gave me a reason to spend more money in that shop.
Then it was up to the Buckingham to meet our friends that were getting married. After a few steadying glasses of champagne the car arrived to take us all to Staten Island. What is it with private car companies? The drivers either don’t know where they’re going or they change the price, well in this case it was both! The rate per hour went up and Andy ended up programming the GPS for the driver. Anyway, we made it to Staten Island Borough Hall within half an hour. What a beautiful building, both front and back it’s so pretty and the murals inside were gorgeous. There was no wait for the ceremony – we were the only ones there! A big difference to the huge queue we had to wait in for our wedding in Brooklyn. The officiant was a great bloke, he really made the ceremony. The happy couple looked wonderful, I love a good wedding and I so enjoyed this (thanks for letting us be there Angela & David!!)
After some photos in and around the Borough Hall (I won’t post them here, I’ll leave that to the bride) we left them to go back to Manhattan and we jumped on the Staten Island ferry. It was unbelievably windy! We could barely stand at some points! The views were wonderful, we got pretty close to the Statue of Liberty, which is much smaller than you think (that always gets me).
We weren’t in much of a rush so popped into the White Horse Tavern for a few drinks and to call home. I called into HSBC around the corner to cash some Travellers Cheques which was no problem and then back to the pub to continue with the worst cosmo I’ve ever had the misfortune to taste, we were just getting ready to leave when horror of horrors I realised I couldn’t find my bible!! (NFT guidebook) I got a bit crazy when I realised how attached I’d become to it and really started to panic! Sounds daft doesn’t it? I literally ran back to HSBC checking the pavement as I went – there it was though, sitting on the counter in the bank where I’d left it. Phew!!!
After a few more drinks we took the subway back to the hotel to start getting ready for the big meal at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at the London.
As is always the case with us, we were late but we were seated immediately to a lovely bottle of champagne sent to our table from the happy couple who were also eating there that night. I didn’t love the décor in the dining room but there was a lovely atmosphere and it felt great walking through the bar, which felt like any other bar, into the intimate dining room. We had the A la Carte menu which is different from the one on the website (maybe because of the change of chef?) and I thought a lot more interesting. The amuse bouche was foie gras which was delicious. I then had the foie gras four ways (which I wouldn’t have ordered had I known what the amuse bouche was going to be) while Andy had the tiger prawn ravioli. Both absolutely wonderful, I loved the different styles of the foie gras and Andy was very happy with his ravioli. For the main course Andy had the lobster and I had the cannon of lamb, again both were gorgeous. My lamb was cooked perfectly and the flavours together were amazing. Next it was the pre-dessert which was a mini chocolate pudding and again it was lovely, then for dessert it was bitter chocolate mousse and pain perdu (which are still on the website menu). I had the pain perdu and my only regret was that Andy’s chocolate mousse looked delicious. All in all I thought the food couldn’t have been better. Some people might say the portions a bit small but I thought they were just right, I like being able to fit in dessert without feeling like I’m going to explode and this was essentially a 5 course meal so I thought good value for money. We had a couple of French martinis once we’d finished and sent some over to our friends, in total the bill was $210 not including tip which I think is really reasonable. We left a good sized tip too because the service was so good. I’d expected it to be a bit stuffy but it was really relaxed and attentive without being intrusive.
I haven’t taken any photos of the food here unfortunately (I was strictly forbidden by Andy) but you’ll just have to take my word for it, it was wonderful.