07.13.2013 - 07.13.2013 93 °F
The mystery of the reason for wearing a jacket to lunch unravelled when Omar told us that he was taking us to Per Se for lunch. Per Se is perhaps the most exclusive restaurant in New York, owned and operated by Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame. It is currently ranked 11th of the top 50 restaurants in the WORLD!! It normally takes several months to get a reservation, but in typical Omar fashion, he called yesterday and, of course, they had an opening. The five course meal of small bites is $195 per person. We opted out of the seven or nine course versions. I must admit, even for a non-foodie, it was the most interesting meal I have ever had. Hopefully there will be pictures...I'm working on getting some pictures other than the hockey Hall of Fame...if I can just figure out how I got those uploaded.
We made our way back to the hotel and rested up for the 8pm wedding start. Well, I rested up, Margaret went to get her hair blow dried!! That was a new one on me. I offered to do it but, surprisingly, that generous offer was met with nothing but sarcasm. There was a shuttle from the hotel to the wedding, but it left a little earlier than we wanted, so we took a cab, arriving around 7:45pm. The wedding was at Tribeca Rooftop. There were amazing 360 degree views of Manhattan. My best guesstimate is that there were about 250 attendees. The ceremony lasted about a half hour. What followed was a PARTEEE!! The bars opened, hors d'oeuvres were passed, the band played non-stop...stopping only for the toasts. My steak arrived around 12am when the dance floor was still packed. We did our best, but 12:45am was our limit. We headed outside only to find Omar and Rio waiting for a cab. We joined them and returned to the hotel. The next morning we learned that the party ended sometime after 2 am.