Thursday, July 16, 2009

"I'm Gonna Make You Girls a Hump-Day Treat!"

I've been a blog slacker lately. For those few of you who read this (HI MOM/DAD/MERE!) I will try to update you on some of the recent exciting events .... starting with - last night & this morning.
Last night K and a few other Consonant/Vowel friends of mine met up after work/the gym at the newly opened Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District for drinks.

I can't say enough good things about The Standard. If I could pull an Eloise & grow up in a hotel...I would.

The Standard is smack in the middle of the Meatpacking's cobblestoned streets, overlooking the Hudson River High Line. At street level there is a restaurant & bar (complete with a dj who spins trendy tracks that echo throughout the mod-decor lobby) The rooftop bar won't be open for another few weeks. (Might just have to check out the grand opening)

Although there was a 30 minute wait for the outdoor patio, we got a table just inside the open sliding glass doors. It was the best of both worlds. It felt as though we were outside on the patio with the warm breeze coming in through the open (almost invisible) glass partitions. This low-lit lounge adjacent to the main lobby is aptly called "The Living Room."

The funky lighting, comfortably chic wicker chairs & live DJ were the perfect recipe for a Wednesday night. J & N (haha gotta love the consonants) ordered a bottle of Champagne to share, while K & I each ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

I was tempted to order some of the delicious appetizers that teased me from every other table, but my wallet firmly told me no.

After we had sufficiently soaked in all that the Standard had to offer we made our way down the cobblestone street of Little W 12th. We contemplated stopping at Buddha Bar or TenJune before calling it a night but settled on the Gansevoort rooftop. (We couldn't just walk by!)

I asked the bouncer at the bottom what the crowd was like (I'd never been on a Wednesday night!) He correctly identified it as crowded, with a mix of after-work business men on the prowl.

The 360 views, just as mesmerizing as ever, & the warm summer night (with a few stars out) put me in such a nice state of mind. It reminded me of how much I truly love this city.

The ratio of men to women was probably 10:1 & you do feel a bit on display as these men in suits (which they somehow think makes them invicible I've noticed) stare you up & down. The feeling of 6 pairs of eyes at one time can be a bit overbearing. Luckily enough there's enough balcony & indoor lounge to move around. As I mentioned about the Gansevoort in an earlier post, there is no shortage of drink offers. K & I instead opted for water (which the bartender graciously poked fun at) as we did have work early the next morning...I have learned from past experience what a disaster that can be...

I also suggest investing in a rollodex because you will receive an extraordinary amount of business cards.

Everybody thinks they're somebody at the Gansevoort. It definitely makes life interesting.

This morning K & I met J at our absolute FAVOURITE coffee shop, Grey Dogs (I promise to blog about coffee soon!!) before work for a cup of java & some breaky. I was planning on getting a pumpernickle bagel (toasted w/ cream cheese) with my coffee but as I'm about to order, fresh-from-the-oven chocolate croissants come steaming out of the kitchen. I had no choice. I went for the chocolate croissant. Worth every savoring bite. The coffee, amazing tunes & friendly banter made me so prepared & excited for the day. I may or may not have had a little skip in my step on the way to work.

Last night (and this morning..even though its thursday) made for an excellent HUMP-DAY TREAT!

..."I'm a cool mom"

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