New Year’s Eve

The car came at 6:45 in the morning yesterday for the 7:50 train. First class had exactly five people, which was fabulous (no business travelers). We arrived at Penn Station a few minutes early, to find a cab driver imploring us to ride with him, since so many cabs were vacant! He actually loaded the bags into the trunk!

Our usual corner suite at The Palace was still being cleaned so I had lunch in the lobby (an excuse for Bloody Marys) while Maria shopped.

Last night the concierge secured a corner table at Vice Versa, and the food was simply incredible. Sauteed calamari in artichoke hearts, followed by a wonderful monk fish.

Then we saw “Race,” with James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas, written and directed by the extraordinary David Mamet. If you get the chance at all, see this play. It’s a sometimes screamingly funny, often wrenchingly honest two hours on shame, guilt, and race relations. The evening shoots by. It’s in a league with productions such as “Doubt” and “The Heiress.”

Early dinner tonight at Del Posto, then baby sit the grandchildren through New Year’s, back to The Palace late. It’s snowing in New York, so we have to hire an SUV to get us around, that cab driver won’t be begging for customers today!

Happy New Year!

© Alan Weiss 2009 All rights reserved.

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