{a new york minute}

Ask anyone, and they will tell you that Paris will always be my favourite. P, on the other hand, while British by birth, is a New Yorker by heart, and every time we're here, can see why he's so drawn to Manhattan.

Our little trip was a whirlwind, as all spontaneous weekends away should be, full of wonderful sites and sounds, old haunts and new favourites, great food, good wine, shopping, and all with the best company, which makes all the difference.

Always forget how cold Manhattan can be in autumn, with the wind whipping off the water, so our first stop was to Madison Avenue to pick up a warmer jacket than the lightweight trench I had packed. And then we were off to find adventure . . .

One of our very favourite things about New York is the wide selection of amazing restaurants, and we had the chance to visit some of the best, including Maze by Gordon Ramsey at The London, designed by the highly esteemed David Collins, who keeps the restaurant and hotel industry looking their best. Every last detail was looked after, from the silver tableware to the complimentary after-dinner peanut brittle and caramel truffles. Out of all the wonderful places we dined, P. liked this one best.

They also serve high tea, of course!

Another great place to check out is Lupa, at 170 Thompson Street (between Houston Street and Bleecker Street), co-owned by Mario Batali. Fresh Italian with a very relaxed, inviting ambiance, and the Apician Spiced Dates & Mascarpone for dessert is incredible!

{photography by Michael Piazza}

oysters at Grand Central

Another great place to check out is The Spotted Pig, a favourite with locals, and 3 Michelin Stars can't be wrong. We loved the vibrant atmosphere, although it can get quite crowded on weekends.

window at Anthropologie

sadly, the Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Pestle & Mortar did not make it back in one piece . . .

a little SoHo retail therapy

And of course, a trip to the Met to check out the latest exhibit, including the breathtaking Gates of Paridise {above}.

. . . and to P., thank you for a perfect time, although must confess that pretty much anything I do with you is the best time ever . . .

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Blogger Claudia said...

What a lovely post - even though I am not a fan of NYC!

However, you did capture the best that the city has to offer, and none of that over-rated touristy part that I so detest. You're a classy lady! ;-)

Ah, and I guess (from your labels) that the new coat is a Barbour! Fab choice - I may need a trip to the Boston one as mine is getting a tad worn out and I can't bear to send it in again for mending!

December 11, 2007  
Blogger LauraB said...

beautiful photos. I just bought tickets to nyc to visit old friends today. your really chose some of the greatest places to visit, like claudia said non-touristy, which is the way to go.

December 11, 2007  
Blogger t.b.f.love. said...

I love it when a new perspective, or even just a different one, can open our eyes to things we never really noticed/necessarily appreciated before. Paris though? Me too. I cannot wait to go back.

December 11, 2007  
Blogger Suzy said...

How sweet! What a great post. I love NY too and am dying to go back again soon. The David Collins designed Gordon Ramsey restaurant looks amazing. So sad your mortar & pestle didn't make it back in one piece!

December 11, 2007  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What fabulous shots! I've run out of time tonight, but I'll be back tomorrow for the rest of my tour! I love the bar, though, in the first set, and the fixture above is absolutely amazing!

December 11, 2007  
Anonymous nunich said...

stunning, fantastic pictures, magazine grade! looks like you two had a fantastic time. would be awesome if dylan and i could accompany you on one of your whirlwind trips.

December 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I work with Sophie Conran so spotted your blog mention. I'm glad I did as I'm going to NYC soon and feel I've been given an insider's guide to the places I must visit. I can't wait!

Thank you.

Sarah Canet.

December 12, 2007  
Blogger perfect bound said...

Any one of these things alone would send me into sensory overload. All together, they are pure perfection. The Spotted Pig is borderline touristy (now) but so worth the snug seating arrangements. So glad you both enjoyed it all!

December 12, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, {Claudia}—and I can appreciate that NYC isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has some fun places. And yes, the coat is Barbour—aren’t they fantastic? One of my favourite labels, for sure—very well-made and timeless.

{LauraB}—have a really great trip and Happy Holidays! Enjoy your month off :)

{t.b.f.love.}—I’m still with you on Paris . . .

{Suzy}—thanks for your lovely comment—I knew you’d be a fan of David Collins as soon as I did that post—the restaurant was really stunning—I think being surrounded by such a beautiful interior actually makes even the food taste better! (Although it was Gordon Ramsey, so the food was bound to be good.) And yes, very sad about the mortar and pestle—guess I have to go back to pick up another one :)

{Jennifer}—I couldn’t stop staring at the fixture above the bar—it was pure glamour!

{n}—so glad you liked the photos—and we did have a really great time :)

Hello {Sarah Canet}—thanks for your comment! I love Sophie Conran’s Portmeirion home wares range and I’m certain you’ll have a fantastic time in NYC—these are just a few fun places, but everyone has a different idea of what they’d like to do while traveling, so I’m certain you’ll never run out of things to do.

Thanks, {perfect bound}, and agreed about The Spotted Pig becoming a little too famous now, but the snug seating arrangements are definitely fun—I could practically read the text message the guy sitting next to me was sending on his BlackBerry! :) So cozy and pretty at night with the candlelight though.

December 12, 2007  
Blogger Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, wonderful! And how sweet that you shared it with "P", he sounds wonderful!

I am going to NYC in March so now you have me looking forward to it! I haven't been since I was 12! My daughter will be singing with her choir in Carnegie Hall so that is what the trip will be all about. Not a romantic getaway, but fun just the same.

Thanks for all the sights and lovely photos! Glad you had a great time!


December 12, 2007  
Blogger mrsplainjane said...

Such a nice post. I absolutely adore NYC. We can't make it out there again until spring, but I'm counting the moments until we do- and your post makes me feel like I got to go a little sooner. :) Sounds like you had a lovely time! Thanks for the pretty pictures.

December 12, 2007  
Blogger mrsplainjane said...

Such a nice post. I absolutely adore NYC. We can't make it out there again until spring, but I'm counting the moments until we do- and your post makes me feel like I got to go a little sooner. :) Sounds like you had a lovely time! Thanks for the pretty pictures.

December 12, 2007  
Blogger Jennifer Ramos said...

SUCH A PRETTY post....im from NYC originally and lived there for years. Unfortunately i dont live there now and MISS it a bunch . Thanks for the pics they brought me back :)

Jen Ramos
'Earth Friendly DESIGNER Cards'

December 12, 2007  
Blogger All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Glamorous - Oh wow! - what a great post - I have been waiting for your NY pics and they were well worth the wait!! - you are a great photographer.

I hope one day you meet my dear friend Miss Nicole ( also a fan of your blog) - she will love this post - as she loves dining in these kind of place - then again - dont we all :-)

You sound so happy with P - makes me smile to hear.

Thank you so much for the happy birthday wishes to DY - I've passed them on to him - he knows who you are :-) - well sort of - you know what I mean :-)

Take care & WOW WOW WOW!! more of your pics I say :-)

December 13, 2007  
Blogger Mrs. Blandings said...

Beautiful - looks like it was a wonderful trip!

December 13, 2007  
Blogger Mélanie said...

Thank you for these wonderful , fabulous pictures . I'm a New Yorker by heart for sure .
I love everything there .

December 13, 2007  
Blogger girl meets glamour said...

What a lovely collection of images to sum up your trip somewhat...makes me wish I was there right now :) Thanks for sharing!


December 13, 2007  
Blogger Paloma said...

Your pictures are absolutely amazing! You've got a great eye. I absolutely love New York. It thrills me in a way that few other cities can.

December 13, 2007  
Blogger Brilliant Asylum said...

Wonderful photography. I miss it already.

December 14, 2007  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

An absolutely fabulous post! It's been a lifelong dream of mine to visit New York - I don't think I want to go in winter though :)

December 15, 2007  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

i've lived in new york for 6+ years, but these photos still made me excited to explore about the city! you did a beautiful job capturing the indoor and outdoor pleasures, and i'm so glad you had a great trip. you are so sweet about P.!

December 15, 2007  
Blogger ALL THE BEST said...

Great post on a great city! The photos are just stunning!!

December 15, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Thanks, everyone, for your lovely comments about my photos and this post, which holds some very special memories for me. {Merry, Merry Christmas!}

December 17, 2007  
Blogger missallfun said...

oh NYC. we have some of the same favorites! spotted pig, Lupa etc. Have you tried momofuku? youd love it! See you in Chicago soon I hope! All the best, Missallfun

December 20, 2007  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Hello MissAllFun! It doesn't suprise me at all that we have some of the same favourites and will definitely try momofuku the next time I'm in NYC. As for Chicago--still haven't made the trip, but it sounds like fun!

December 20, 2007  
Blogger franki durbin said...

I like that you took in a bit of Vuitton as well as a bit of Ghiberti. Nice way to spend the day :)

You know, as an American, Paris vs. NYC is no contest. I choose Paris hands down every time.

But I do love New York in fall. And let's face it, in the states, NYC is as fabulous as it gets. I love them both. Good for you for seeing what P thought was so magical! ;)

December 20, 2007  
Blogger Classic style in city said...

beautiful pictures of NY, I LOVE this city..I cant wait until next time..lovely town..I wonder If I can show som of your NY pictures on my web? Of course Im gonna name you..have a wonderful day !
Marie from Stockholm

April 28, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Marie--thank you--and yes, it's no problem at all if you'd like to link some of my photographs on your site :)

April 28, 2008  
Anonymous nyla said...

oh, yes! so inspirational these photos. i love how you managed a beautifully cohesive pallet with all your different shots. what a rich montage! i just got back from nyc and took a bunch of pics focusing on green in the city during summer... your pics are totally inspiring ideas for my next sojourn. thank you! (and LOVE your blog.)

July 03, 2008  
Blogger ting-wai said...

these are stunning photos of NY! I can't wait to go! it looks so divinely fabulous!

July 17, 2008  
Blogger Bonbon Oiseau said...

Oh! Such beautiful pictures of NYC! And I love the photos of Gordon Ramsay's (my husband took me there for my birthday last year! So amazing--I was surprised at how delicate his food was considering his giant personality)...
also love your pictures of downtown and Trinity Church...and yesss...we have the same photo---the lighting in that room is so perfect to capture her perfect form...I love that piece.

July 22, 2008  
Anonymous Jiovanni said...

Lovely pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful time. It's great that you captured the beauty in the simple things that can oftentimes be overlooked especially by a native New Yorker.

December 22, 2008  

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