Join wine and spirits guru Mark Spivak on a series of exceptional journeys to the gourmet destinations of America
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New York Itinerary

Eat the Big Apple: A Sinfully Indulgent New York Weekend

Thursday, July 6

Arrive and transfer to the Elysée Hotel, 60 East 54th St.

The Elysée Hotel is one of the top boutique hotels in the city, an oasis of calm and tranquility in upper Midtown, home to movie stars, artists and intellectuals. Amenities include large, well-designed rooms, deluxe Continental breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, evening wine reception, high-speed internet, and daily passes to the nearby New York Sports Club. Located between Park and Madison Avenues, it will serve as the perfect base for our exploration of Manhattan.

6 p.m. Assemble in Club Room for welcome and wine reception

7 p.m. Dinner at The Monkey Bar

Located on the ground floor of the hotel, The Monkey Bar opened toward the end of Prohibition and hosted regulars such as Tallulah Bankhead and Tennessee Williams. The murals by renowned illustrator Ed Sorel pay homage to the Jazz Age. Appetizers range from raw bar selections to foie gras; main course include a variety of fresh seafood, Rohan duck, red wine braised short rib, Colorado lamb rack and Hampshire pork chop. The wine list is as just as impressive as the menu (monkeybarny.com).

 

Friday, July 7

Breakfast at the hotel

10:15 a.m. Depart for Chinatown and visit to the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St. (mocanyc.org)

12:30 p.m. Dim Sum lunch at Jing Fong, 20 Elizabeth St.

Dim sum translates as “to touch the heart,” and this meal will touch your stomach as well. Jing Fong is the largest, oldest and best restaurant of its type in the city, sprawling over 20,000 square feet and seating over 800 diners. The menu is sizable as well: over four dozen varieties of dumplings---either steamed, baked, fried or dessert items---served off the traditional rolling carts (jingfongny.com).

Afternoon: Optional shopping in Chinatown

6 p.m. Assemble in Club Room for wine reception

7 p.m. Dinner at Grammercy Tavern, 42 East 20th St.

The Michelin-starred Grammercy Tavern was opened in 1994 by legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer, and was in the forefront of the farm-to-table revolution. The elegant dining room serves a constantly changing prix-fixe menu designed by Chef Michael Anthony. The endless wine list combines the best small producers of both the Old and New World (grammercytavern.com).

 

Saturday, July 8

Breakfast at the hotel

10:30 a.m. Depart hotel for Eataly

11 a.m. Walking tour of Eataly, 200 5th Ave.

Founded by celebrity chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, Eataly encompasses 50,000 square feet of authentic Italian products: pasta, cheese, meats, seafood, wine, produce, bread and baked goods, along with a bookstore, cooking school, three cafes, four stand-up counters and six restaurants (eataly.com).

Noon: Lunch at Il Pesce, Eataly’s seafood restaurant.

6 p.m. Assemble in Club Room for wine reception

7 p.m. Dinner at Morrell Wine Bar, 1 Rockefeller Plaza

An outgrowth of Morrell and Co., one of the city’s foremost wine shops, Morrell opened in 1999 as the city’s first wine bar. It remains the best and most elaborate, featuring 100 wines by the glass and a wine list that can only be described as staggering. The dinner menu begins with oysters, artisan cheese and charcuterie, and continues to a range of creative pasta dishes, fresh fish, duck breast, hangar steak and cassoulet (morrellwinebar.com).

 

Sunday, July 9

Breakfast at the hotel

11:00 a.m. Depart hotel

11:30 a.m. Brunch at Asiate, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St.

Asiate’s modern American cuisine focuses on sophisticated interpretations of traditional dishes, combined with gracious service, stylish décor and panoramic city views. The three-course menu includes riffs on classics such as Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, quiche, duck breast and steak. An unforgettable experience (mandarinoriental.com/newyork/fine-dining/asiate).

After lunch: Skip the Line passes will be available for the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.

5:30 p.m. Assemble in Club Room for wine reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Aureole, 135 West 42nd St.

Aureole is the flagship restaurant of Charlie Palmer, one of the central figures in New American Cuisine. Located within the Bank of American tower at One Bryant Park, the restaurant offers dining options focused on farm-fresh local ingredients presented in a light, graceful and elegant manner. Menus change seasonally depending on ingredients available in the market. The wine list features over 1700 selections from every major and minor region of the world (charliepalmer.com).

 

Monday, July 10

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to airports for flights home

 

Details:

$2950 per person, all-inclusive except for airfare

To secure your place on the trip, send a deposit of $500 per person to:

Sunshine Wine Concepts LLC

1605 Renaissance Commons Blvd. #438

Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Contact: mark@spivakonwine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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