We stopped by the Bowlmor Lanes one afternoon. When we exited the elevator on the third floor, we were impressed with the sheer size of the complex: Fifty dimly-lit bowling lanes spread throughout seven areas, each with a different theme (e.g., Chinatown, Coney Island, Central Park). There are arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, three bars and classic American fare.
New to 38th Street in 2014, and without much competition surrounding it on the side street, District appears to be off and running. With flat screens in the booths, a mile long list of beers, and an American menu that includes appetizers of lobster sliders, buffalo quail wings and truffled cheese croquettes, people in the area seem to be ecstatic that this tap house has arrived on 38th.
I stumbled upon the door to Reunion by chance in the middle of the afternoon, only because there was a delivery being made and the doors were open. Otherwise I do not believe most would recognize this as a stopping point for one amazing bar. I made a point to come back on a Saturday evening so that I could experience the positive energy that this bar transmits. I went into the building and descended the stairs and entered a tropical paradise. With appropriate music playing, classic and original island drinks being made, and a room filled with surf boards, bathing suits strung, a large fish tank and lots of happy people, I became an instant fan. And that was before I met Thomas Wilson, one of the delightful owners who told me a bit of the history of his bar. Paying homage to the magnificent French island, II de La Reunion, off the coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, the partners behind this subterranean bar have managed to capture the spirit of hanging out in the sun on a sandy beach no matter what the New York temperature is outside.
As the elevator doors open, a gust of vivacious conversation rushes to welcome every guest to the Haven atop the Sanctuary Hotel. This rooftop caters to three different spaces that gently correspond to the desired experience at hand. On the lower level, there are two bars. The first stands below geometrically alluring lights made to resemble stars. Dinner chosen from the Haven’s “French-Inspired” menu is served on this side of the roof where the mood is serene. On the other side, past the statue of a seahorse and the young trees, the volume rises and the crowd clings readily to this, the second bar. While some prefer to wind down with dinner, others are just trying to let loose. The Haven supports both pursuits. Upstairs, the uniform faded red lounge cushions fashion a more secluded setting that grants the wish for a private discussion or for the simple enjoyment of the mid-city view from a higher position. As is somewhat suggested by the name, “Haven,” this rooftop is plainly reminiscent of a getaway, more specifically a beach house.The Haven happened to be where we stopped by the day the US was playing Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. It was a memorable moment standing beside dozens of New Yorkers as our national anthem was being played. Glass enclosed in the colder months, and serving a French-American menu both during the lunch and dinner hours, this was another great rooftop find.
I can attest to the immediate success of Carmine's on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the early nineties as my family and friends stood on the lines to get in on a number of occasions. Owner Artie Cutler's concept of serving large, family-style portions to guests, in a warm, friendly atmosphere connected with diners immediately. It did not take Mr. Cutler long to realize that he had a success on his hands and that it was time for expansion. In 1992, the theater district had another hit in Times Square, in the form of a grand, traditional Italian restaurant.
Teddy Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindberg are among the noteworthy clients that E.B. Meyorwitz & Dell has been crafting “made-to-measure” frames for since 1875. Today, be it in their New York, London or Paris shops, one can still be fitted for a pair of the same classy, high quality spectacles.