Arriving in New York a few days prior to Chef Jeff's big night at the James Beard House on October 19, the team had some time to take in the city...
New York, what an amazing city!
On the recommendation of our friends at the Jade Hotel, first up was the acclaimed John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street. It proved to be a quintessential NY Pizza experience, with thin crusted pizza befit to fold and pictures of classic New Yorkers that stop by on occasion – including Al Pacino, who was last was seen at our very own SkyCity a week ago.
The night finished with a walk through Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown that included stops for Gelato, Cannolis, Chinese dumplings and espresso.
This morning we met Chef Jeff, his lovely wife Christal, and their adorable 14-week old Samantha, as well as Collections Café Chef, Ivan Szilak. Together we took in the famed Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market before setting off to the Chelsea Market. What a beautiful and inspiring place – overflowing with reclaimed wood floors, metal and steel, and a market spilling over with fresh produce, seafood, spices, ambiance and cool!
A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. Space Needle Alumnus Sean Manning is now Director of Guest Services at the memorial and gave us a guided tour, which included a moment to reflect under the Survivor Tree.
More to come of our NYC adventure tomorrow!