Make no mistake, Asia de Cuba is a see and be scene place, and unfortunately sometimes that comes with the price tag of snotty, snotty staff. But if you are willing to overlook that, you'll enjoy a really wonderful meal. It is pricey but not obscene - it is NYC after all. The food is asian fusion, they have an extensive drink and wine menu.
The perfect place to find something for the man or woman who has everything. They have a great assortment of things for the home - stemware, holiday ornaments, etc. It's fun just to browse around here - so much to take in.
My first meal at Scalini Fedeli was one of the best of my life. Located in southern Manhattan, you walk into the charming dining room and forget you are in Manhattan. The dining room is small but the tables are well spaced so you don't feel like you are dining with strangers. Perfect for a special occasion.
The Sherry Netherland is a hotel like no other. From its charming wood paneled interiors, to the elevator attendant, to the large and elegant rooms, this is a unique hotel unlike most others.
Can't beat location across from the Plaza, Bergdorf's and Central Park. Go here for a special occasion and you will never want to stay anywhere else again.
Phoenix is a strange hotel market. I stayed at several "full service" hotels and they all had the motel like distributed layout and none of the services I like as a business traveler, such as room service and the oh-so-convenient under the door bill. The Sheraton is the closest to full service I could find within my price range.
The downsides: it is located on the far west side of Phoenix, not a very convenient location. The room service and restaurant menus are extremely limited.
Upsides: Starwood has the best point system around IMO. The beds are comfortable. There is a large pool and a serviceable gym on the premises.
PB Loco is a unique Peanut Butter cafe/ store. With some mindbending flavors (Asain Curry Peanut Butter anyone), they will let you sample any flavor before you commit. From sweet to savory, they have the specialty PB market covered. All peanut butters are available by the jar, or in one of their many menu items.
NB - the Asian Curry PB is delicious!
Hazelnut is a wonderful little store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. The make a number of items (pillows, picture frames) in a custom made "New Orleans toile" which is simply adorable and available in a wide variety of colors.
This is a great place for gifts, but a little bit pricey.
Drago's specialty is chargrilled oysters, but the remaining seafood items on the menu do not disappoint. Located in the Downtown Hilton parking lot, the most disappointing aspect of your experience will be paying the $10 parking fee. But it's a small price to pay for goodness.
The restaurant is large, usually busy but the service never falters. Our waiter was fast, attentive and professionals.
Our bill for four people was $200 with tip, but we all had 2 drinks each.
This is a restaurant that originated in London and is making its way around the world. Thankfully it came to the US!!! It is a fun time, good food reasonably priced. Try the chicken katsu curry, my favorite thing on the menu!
Known for its celebrity clientele, Il Sole is so much more. They make some seriously good Italian food. It is located on busy Sunset Blvd, but valet parking helps make the location more manageable. Not for the faint of wallet. Try the penne alla vodka. It is out of this world.