Sunday, April 13, 2008


On we go. Now to Friday, our last full day in the city.
In the morning, after a light breakfast, which had been the routine all week, we walked to the Neue Gallery to see the Gustave Klint show and a wonderful display of German and Austrian late 19th and early 20th Century Jewelery. Both exhibitions were amazing and landmark expressions of the period art.
Then by bus, we rode down 5th Avenue to meet a group for lunch at the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. This lower level, large, mass producing seafood house retains its quality, selection and service. It's hard to improve on the Oyster Bar-212-490-6650, as a setting for a big city seafood house. There were eight of us and we had made a reservation, a good idea if you are as few as two. Singles and couples can eat at a counter but it is hit and miss.
I had a Lump Crab Meat cocktail, a plate of delicious fried Oysters, Cole slaw and crackers. Our table had a wide variety of dishes all prepared as ordered and served hot from the kitchen.
After lunch we walked through the new food market at Grand Central and then down to the Morgan Library and Museum. We viewed too different shows, one wonderful camera portraites and the other drawings from the time of Michelangelo.
Then is was off to the Macy's flower show and the subway back uptown. After cleaning up we departed again, by subway for the theatre district.
We had a 6 PM reservation at Scarlatto, 250 West 47th St.-212-730-4535. The restaurant, as one might guess from the name, is Italian and reasonably priced for that area of Manhattan. Marilyn had Dover Sole, surprisingly priced at $24 for a good size portion, well prepared and tasty. After my Bombay I shared a Spinach Salad and had Linguine with fresh clams(Vongole). The three of us shared a chocolate Souffle and the women had their usual decaffeinated coffee.
Our total check, including a glass of wine and salad and entree for our guest, came to less than $50/person.
Scarlatto, that evening was noisy, mostly due to a table of ten who were celebrating some thing or some one, and wanted all to know. My only other comment was that I had to slow down the service as they are used to getting people in and out, especially before the curtain rises. On the whole it was quite good and I would not hesitate to return.
The show that evening was "Springtime Awakening" The 2007 Tony winner. It is a coming of age story written and set in 1892 Germany. I found the whole evening very interesting and enjoyable. I would guess that the, standing room only,audience was at least half 25 or younger and many were there for the second or even 3rd time.
It was then home to bed for us old folks and sleep before our last day of this week long NY adventure.

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