New York: Bridal excursions weekend, day one!

I love New York! The sights, sounds, smells, and experiences are never the same. I have been coming to New York for many years now. This particular trip was for my first bridal fitting at Kleinfeld’s. A little background. Two and a half years ago, my fiancé Eric brought me to New York for my birthday. We had been engaged since the end of August, and I hadn’t done any bridal shopping. I knew I wanted something elegant, lacy, and that would work for a French fall themed wedding. I found something completely different than what I was looking for. I said yes to a beautiful dress and veil before we even had a venue.

Fast forward two and a half years later, post-graduation, and the summer to a beautiful August weekend. Before any of you ask, I will post all dress fitting photos after we get back from our honeymoon! Eric was very specific about not wanting to see the dress before our wedding day.

We arrived in New York on a beautiful August day. After checking in to our hotel, we found out that they had a rooftop bar. We had time to kill, so we went up for a drink or two before heading out for a night on the town. The bar is called The Lookup, and it’s located atop the Hotel Metro. The bar was awesome! There were wonderful views of the city, and the Empire State building was just a couple blocks away! The staff were super friendly, and the drinks were very good.

I first ordered a wonderful tequila cocktail that was made with ancho chili and pink sea salt. I loved how smoky and spicy the flavors were infused. I next ordered a cosmopolitan. It was also very good. Eric’s first drink was a mezcal, ginger, papaya, and lime drink that was fabulous. Mezcal is one of his favorite liqueurs. He then ordered their Rum-Around. It was really good. I would highly recommend the rooftop bar. It was big, spacious, and had great views.

After we changed and freshen up a bit, we headed out to our next location, Ophelia Lounge. Let me tell you right now, Ophelia’s is an absolute must visit! Located on the 26th floor of the historic Beekman Tower, this rooftop lounge is beautiful. The bar is gorgeous, and the views are breathtaking. In all our travels, we have tried our fair share of cocktails. The bartenders at Ophelia’s made some of the best cocktails we’ve ever tried.

Eric first tried Ophelia’s Ascension. It was made with smoked Jamaican pepper infused Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Makers Mark, Sri Lanka palm sugar, aromatic bitters, and cedar smoke. It was fantastic! And when they say cedar smoke, they aren’t kidding. It was almost too beautiful to drink! I ordered The Flapper. The presentation alone was stunning, and it tasted great. It was made with Ketel One vodka, Di Saronno, lemon, pineapple, raspberries, angostura bitters, and Duc De Romet champagne.

For our next round, I ordered the a la Espanola. It was made with Botanist gin, Vicario Monk’s Secret, thyme, sage, rosemary, rose, Mediterranean Fever Tree tonic, smoke botanicals, and citrus oils. It was so clear, that it looked like I was drinking water, but it tasted anything but! It was so, so good. The blending of all the herbs with the gin was just amazing. Eric ordered the Aegean Paloma. It was made with Ouzo, Ketel One grapefruit and rose vodka, pink peppercorn, rose water, fresh grapefruit, and grapefruit soda. It was out of this world. He’s not a big fan of grapefruit, but this was simply delicious. He said this was without question, one of his top five all-time favorite cocktails. The ouzo reminded him of Greece.

Our outdoor table was ready, so we went outside and took in the amazing views. There is indoor seating here as well, but if the weather is good, please sit outside. You can thank me later! We decided to order some food. They only have small bites here, but everything was delicious. We put in an order for the truffle potato wedges, crispy chicken sliders, beef fillet skewers, deviled eggs, and hamachi tacos.

Let me tell you, we didn’t want to leave. The good food, incredible cocktails, and sweeping views of the city makes Ophelia’s one of our all-time favorite rooftop bars. You have to come here if you are ever in New York. Promise me you will!

Our final stop for the evening was the beautiful Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue! They have live jazz music pretty much every evening, so we decided to wrap up our fabulous day listening to some live music. The hotel is gorgeous. We’ve never been here, or heard of it before, but I’m glad Eric found this place.

When you walk into the hotel, the lobby is beautiful. It so elegant, and tastefully decorated. If you keep walking towards the back, past the check-in desk, that is where they have their jazz club. It’s a very decent sized room, with tables throughout and seating at the bar. The band we saw this evening was an all-female jazz band, and they were wonderful. The place was packed, and we really had a good time.

We were still a little hungry, so we put in an order for some more food. I got the seafood fettuccine, which came with shrimp, scallops, calamari, and a spicy tomato sauce. It was delicious. Eric ordered their vegetable spring rolls, and scallops. Everything was delicious. The flavors and spices were perfect. How did we not know about this place before? We had our fair share of cocktails today, so we ordered a bottle of Penfold’s Koonunga Hills Shiraz Cabernet. It was wonderful.

Our first day in New York was coming an end, and we had so much fun. Every place we visited had good food, great drinks, and fantastic staff and servers. It was time to head back to our hotel and get a good night’s sleep. Day two would be very busy. I would be heading to Kleinfeld’s for my first dress fitting! I love New York!

 

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