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Monday, October 13, 2014

The View

Yesterday we went into the city for another dinner at The View.

Interesting to be in the city yesterday. What a mix of people in Penn Station -- disappointed Jets fans headed home, happy Rangers fans headed to the game, costumed Comicon patrons. And on 34th Street, Hasidim with a Lulav and Etrog looking for Jews to celebrate Sukkot.

Closer to Times Square you get more tourists, more homeless, and lots of street vendors -- "designer" bags, t shirts, scarves, artwork, caricatures. The costumed characters here are hustling tourists, pose for a photo and pay a tip. Guys handing out coupons for tourist bus rides and admission to the comedy clubs. Preachers sharing their version of the Gospel and how we must all repent.

The View is in the Marriott Marquis. You ride a glass elevator through the hotel atrium to the 48th floor. The lounge/bar is on 48, the restaurant on 47. Both rotate to provide incredible views of the city as you dine.

We started our evening with cocktails -- the signature drink is called the Fizz, a fruity concoction of rum and juice, with strawberries and blueberries. Very nice.

It's a prix fixe dinner, appetizer, entree and dessert. I started with jumbo prawns, Drew had scallops. I had tenderloin, which was plated with roasted potatoes, glazed baby carrots, and a glazed onion. Drew had a skirt steak with bernaise sauce, paired with a lobster, and fingerling potatoes. We added asparagus and mixed roasted vegetables. Way too much food! But oh so delicious.

Dessert -- New York cheesecake, of course. Served with strawberries and whipped cream. Heaven.

It's an expensive evening, definitely a "special occasion" restaurant. And one we will definitely revisit.

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