Yesterday Mrs. Parkway, daughter, son-in-law and I crossed the Hudson River to spend some time in the Big Apple and to use the show tickets that were gifted to us by daughter and son-in-law. Seeing as how I hate to drive into New York and Mrs. Parkway would sooner face a firing squad than drive into New York, Son-in-Law did the honors.
Rather than send you into Snoozeville with a meandering narrative, here are the high points:
Dinner at Becco. The restaurant was established by â€œLidiaâ€ of television and cook book fame. Reservations a must. Very good food. Bring lots of money, unless youâ€™re having the spaghetti special and a Coke.
After Dinner Drinks at Firebird. Whoa! It’s a serious Russian Restaurant, but we werenâ€™t there for the food. I insisted that we go there (based on the recommendation of a colleague), because they serve more than one hundred kinds of vodka. â€¦ mercy
The signature drink is the honey vodka, a concoction made on the premises using a secret recipe of honey and multiple spices. It is served in a frozen, tiny flute, and it is most excellent. As good as the honey vodka is, I would not recommend planning to get shitfaced drinking it, because it (and all the other vodkas on the menu) go for twelve dollars a rattle. Yes, thatâ€™s twelve bucks for something like an ounce and a half of booze. Oh, and should you want that vodka turned into a martini (i.e. a dash of vermouth, shaken or stirred), you can add another fiver, making it a seventeen dollar drink.
The Show. We saw Mary Poppins, a Mrs. Parkway fave. Hereâ€™s the goofy thing. Having never seen the movie, I figure I was the only person in the audience who had no idea what the heck the story was about. Worked out pretty well for me, Iâ€™d say. The singing and dancing were spectacular, as was Maryâ€™s â€œflyingâ€ all over the stage. It was a fun show, and I recommend it to anyone coming into New York with children.
The Parking. I figure that Johnny Sack must have the parking gig sewn up in New York, because the ransom for four or five hours of parking on a Sunday night was a mere $29.00.
Hey, itâ€™s the Theater District, yo.
Here’s how the “Great White Way” looks when you hold your cell phone camera over your head and shoot a picture.