April 11, 2008 - Manhattan

I arrived in New York nearly an hour late - never a good idea when the rest of my friends have arrived earlier than me and are impatiently tapping their fingers waiting to open the bubbly and serve the first appetizers. One of the women in our group has a gorgeous (let me stress that - GORGEOUS) place on the upper west side, a block from the park, and generously offered her place for our annual "spa ladies" trip (long story behind that name that goes back to the opening of Cordillera near Beaver Creek in the late 80's).

After a couple glasses of bubbly (isn't it great when you don't have to drive to dinner?!) we walked around the corner to Bistro Cassis, a small neighborhood French spot along Columbus Avenue. I was so starving I neglected to photograph anything of the meal, but it was perfect and I recommend this spot if you are in the neighborhood.

Mussels in White Wine & Garlic with Crusty French Bread (served with both butter and a pate spread)
Caesar Salad
Roast Chicken (served with a whole slew of vegetables and a nice mushroom sauce)
Chocolate Trio - Chocolate Sorbet with a Molten Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Syrup

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