Our day started out with breakfast at Cafe Lalo... made famous by the movie "You've Got Mail". This is the restaurant where Tom Hanks meets Meg Ryan for the first time. It's a great spot for breakfast on the Upper West Side. I love this neighborhood. There is great shopping and eating and far removed from all the tourists. LOVE IT! The place is adorable and if the weather is good, it's nice to get right by the open windows.
The desserts here are amazing! I suggest this place for breakfast or night time desserts! Great selection and top quality!
After much shopping we stopped at place that I had pre-planned... The CLO bar. This has been seen on the Travel Channel. Something I did not know until getting there. This bar is COOL! There are 100 wines by the glass in machines all around the bar. It is located on the 4th floor of the Time Warner Building in Columbus Circle. You sit at this long white table and the wine menu is projected on the table at each place sitting. Somehow the projectors above can track your hand movement. As you run your hand over the table then wine menu runs back and forth with the movement. The wine you are looking at gets large and the next bottles in line are smaller... when you see one you like, you can pull up all sorts of information on the wine. You can find what region it comes from... the special notes of the wine... and where it is located in the machines around the room. At this point you take a card and a glass and you put the card in almost like a debit card... you push the button and out comes the wine. It appeared to be a popular local stop for happy hour after work. FUN FUN bar!
Here in the background you can see what I mean by the machines.
This was my favorite wine I found from the Alsace region of France. It is a Pinot Auxerrois. It was amazing and now I'm on a mission to find it here.
After drinks it was time for our first Broadway show of the trip... Billy Elliot! This was a great show. I can see why it has remained so popular. It was a great night!
After the show I had reservations at a place called Bourbon Street. This was a cajun place on Restaurant Row in the theatre district. This is an extremely popular area for eating on the local scene. There are many many good choices and far better than what you'll find in Times Square. Our dinner was excellent. I couldn't get a good photo from the front, but it looked just like something in the French Quarter in New Orleans. See photos of this cute place here: http://bourbonny.com/media/bourbonstreet.html
I had reserved Cindy and I a spot on their balcony, overlooking the cute street where all the restaurants are. This is a huge area for the theatre crowd.