Get Ready – The Outdoor Free Summer HD Series at the Met starts in August!

Mark your calendars – plan your visit – and simply have a great time!  The Festival runs from August 26th thru September 5th.

Enjoy this free series outside under the stars and the moon (hopefully)!

AMADEUS, the 1985 Oscar winner of Best Picture  kicks off the 10 day event on Friday August 26th.  What a treat!

A great line up of operas streaming on the Plaza will  include: Le Nozze di Figaro, il Trovatore, Otello, La Fille du Regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Cenerentola (Cinderella)  Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (2 different operas) The Merry Widow, Turandot, and last  Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers).  The Met website includes more info on each opera.

If you could only go to one – I would  suggest Turandot with that beautiful aria Nessun Dorma (Nobody shall sleep)- plus it hits all the bells and whistles of a grand opera – sets,costumes, the cast  are over the top.    Yep , that’s the one – if you haven’t seen it or even if you have– you know about operas – once is never enough!  You can hear and see Pavarotti on Facebook singing Nessun Dorma as only he could!

Go to one, some, or all – it’s a wonderful New York experience – and if you have friends coming into the City for the US open – which starts on the 29th,   tell them about this Festival – could be a lovely way to turn  a day of  tennis in the sun   into a night of music under the stars!

KAY’S NOTES –   Below are Kay’s Notes from my post back in May on  the Festival.   In fact, if you have nothing else to do while sitting on the beach enjoying a lovely rosé- you could take another look at it. “Yes, The Met Opera…Free” under music category.


Important to know. . Check Met website at 2016 Summer HD Festival. It runs from August 26th  thru Labor Day Sept 5th. starting time is around 7-8 o’clock.
Good to know: The series goes on rain or shine except thunder storms. Suggest you bring extra jacket or sweater as it can get chilly. And, perhaps a seat cushion
Where to eat: All over the place. Many people, in fact, bring their own food, drinks and snacks. I, myself, am a popcorn and wine person.
Restaurant prices: In the area – varies from hotdog carts to OMG$$$$
Where is it:  At Lincoln Center Plaza known as the Josie Robertson Plaza in front of the Met Opera House on the Upper West Side between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Buses and subways close by. Plenty of parking. Met website has all kinds of info on directions.
Restrooms: Here’s the tricky part. If there is an event at the David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) the restrooms are open in the Hall. But if not there are restrooms on the Concourse level below the Met Opera house. There is an elevator to Concourse level on the outside of the David Koch Theater or an escalator in front of the David Geffen Hall. Restrooms also at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd right across the street.
Kid Friendly: Absolutely and stay for a little while or for the whole performance. Lots of kids will be there.

Photo from Metropolitan Opera website

*Disclaimer – I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes– but no guarantees people.


NYC Restaurant Week – $29 lunch – $42 dinner


If you’re into it….now’s  the time to try those usually $$$$$ restaurants!

It’s called Restaurant Week – but it runs from Monday July 25th thru  August 19th.   Check it out!  Just google – NYC restaurant week summer  2016 and sites will come up describing different options for those three course prix fixe   meals, $29 for lunch, $42 for dinner at really nice restaurants.   Take note – most do not apply to Saturdays and prices don’t include tips, beverages or taxes.

Wonderful restaurants on the list!   I do lunch ($29)  Last year my sisters were in from North Carolina and I made reservations at Nougatine at Jean Georges  across from Central Park.  It  was delicious and we had a great time.  Added bonus,  we met Mr. Vongerichten, who was there that day.  We each had a glass of wine – well two.  After, we  walked thru Central Park  as it was a cool, lovely  summer afternoon.   Fun!  (may not be so cool this coming week with the heat dome overhead – I’d nix the outside dining).

Enjoy …. you foodies out there! And stay cool!

gelato the pink spoon lincoln center

Kay’s Notes: 

This restaurant week is held twice a year – so if you can’t make it this summer – it’s back in the winter.


Disclaimer: I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes and my posts, but no guarantees people. 


The Four Seasons, Le Tricorne and the Vanishing Soufflé



Yes, it’s true, the Picasso curtain, Le Tricorne, is no longer hanging at The Four Seasons restaurant.  And, it’s also true that The Four Seasons   will no longer be at the beautiful space in the Seagram Building, their lease was not renewed.  Thankfully, the interior of the restaurant, along with the building, now has landmark status so the space with the soaring ceilings and the beaded curtains will remain.

Fall at The Four Seasons Restaurant
Fall at The Four Seasons Restaurant
Picasso’s Le Tricorne

Our family was in the hospitality business when The Four Seasons was “the” restaurant to go to.  We purposely visited the top restaurants in the City to learn and to teach our children who were in the business…lessons on the success of great restaurants and to  observe how it all came together.

And it certainly did at The Four Seasons. The food was lovely, but it was the whole experience that made it so special.  The mood was set when first entering the lobby of the Seagram Building and then  walking up the stairs, past the Picasso, sitting in the Pool Room surrounded by seasonal gorgeous flowers, plants and yes, trees, combined with the unassuming service, the quiet but lively conversations, and the buzz, it was theater!


Our pleasure, sir  or  I’ll have dessert with my dessert!

A family tradition started at The Four Seasons by my husband.  It was about the desserts.   Everyone would make their choice and then he would say to the waiter, “Please bring us every other dessert on the menu.”   The tradition was to take a taste and pass it along and then talk about the presentation, our favorites   and why.  And yes, notes were taken.  Those polished  waiters would not blink an eye and just  smile and say, “Of course, sir”

We didn’t learn about the vanishing soufflé from my  then future son-in-law until a few years later. He had ordered one of his favorite desserts – a chocolate soufflé. (At The Four Seasons  a soufflé had to be ordered at the same time as the main course to allow the chef to prepare it to perfection).

As was our tradition, the desserts arrived – all of them! His soufflé was placed before him.   He said he was in awe as he put his spoon into that deep chocolate delight for the first time.   He took another spoonful and then heard the word, “Pass”. He looked around a little confused. He wasn’t quite sure what to do, as he saw the desserts on the move, all he wanted to say was,    “Sorry, this is mine!”  But off it went.

He told me that his eyes followed that chocolate wonder as it moved around the table.    When it finally arrived back in front of him, he stared into the  almost  empty cup. He looked at my daughter with quizzical eyes saying as he showed her the few remaining crumbs, “What just happened?”  We had forgotten to tell him about our tradition.  Whoops!

And now, what?

The Picasso is hanging grandly at the New York Historical Society, another restaurant will take over the glorious space, and The Four Seasons is opening in the fall at a new location just down the block.  With any good luck, chocolate soufflé will be on the menu – still needing to be ordered at the beginning of the meal so that it can be prepared to its wonderful and perfect deliciousness.  Perhaps being shared and perhaps not!

Although, I haven’t  been to The Four Seasons in many years, it remains one of my favorite restaurants for so many reasons, but mainly because of the happy memories of good times and laughter shared with my family. None of our operations were even close to the level of The Four Seasons but one of the lessons  learned there was the importance and impact of a  gracious wait staff  to the dining experience …no matter what was requested.

Here’s to The Four Seasons at the Seagram Building


Kay’s Notes:

Important to know:

The Picasso curtain measures 19 x 20 feet and was designed by him for a ballet, Le Tricorne or the Three Cornered Hat in 1919 for the Ballets Russes in Paris  It was chosen to hang in the restaurant  by Philip Johnson, the designer of The Four Seasons in 1959.   It did not receive landmark status as did the restaurant and the building  because  it was not a physical part of the architecture.  The landlord had made a decision to remove the work in order to repair the wall behind it, he said.  There was great  controversy about  moving the  work not just because   of its significance to the restaurant but also  due to its delicacy and age. After the  courts stepped in to delay its removal, the work  was finally awarded to the New York Historical Society where it now hangs for all to see.   There is an interesting video on the Historical Society’s website  showing the painstaking installation process and another in the New York Times on the removal of the delicate artwork prior to its installation at the Historical Society

There are many articles about the restaurant and especially about Le Tricorne on the internet.  An article appearing in Vanity Fair has an interesting take  especially about the controversy.


Good to know: There are rumors that  a book is to be published and a TV special about the restaurant and the Picasso in the fall.

Photos courtesy of The Four Seasons and LA Times 

Disclaimer:  I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes and my posts  but no guarantees people.




Today  will be a week from the Fourth of July – our country’s always spectacular celebration of the birth of our nation.  I was going to write about the baseball game and the fireworks over the East River  and the wonderful time I had with my family, but I didn’t.

It was a word President Obama used when addressing us… reflection; a reflection on the horrific events of the past week.   A reflection that stopped me from posting the happiness of that weekend.  The scenes from Texas, Louisiana and Minnesota  were overwhelming.

I was born in upstate New York – my family moved several times due to  our father’s work and his final transfer  was  to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Reflecting  – I remember how shocked we were to see  the  signs saying “whites only” and “colored” when we moved there.    And now, reflecting on this past week – certain atrocities may have changed – but our nation has a very, very long way to go before intolerance is no longer part of our lives and violence ends.

My family is interracial and I have family and friends in  law enforcement and every day I am concerned for their safety.

With sadness, but with hope,