One of my most favorite places in NYC is now Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. My mom loved the Madeline books “In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines, the smallest one was Madeline.” Or something like that. Mom bought my daughter, Annie, all the books and the videos and a doll and a tea set. The walls of Bemelmans Bar are murals painted by Ludwig Bemelmans, the author of the Madeline books. After Lisa and I visited the Frick Collection, we walked down Park Avenue to Bemelmans. The bar was not crowded Friday afternoon at 4:30 and we found a couple of bar stools smack dab in front of this:
My mom would have loved this place. All the walls are covered in Bemelmans fanciful drawings, lampshades are all Bemelmans. Ellis, our darling waiter, took a shining to me. I’m not really clear why but I’m pretty sure that’s what was going on. He told me when his shift was over. Not sure what to do with that information.
At Bemelmans I got a Kir Royale for $26! That’s a flute of champagne with a splash of creme de cassis for $26. Worth EVERY penny just to sit in the glow of this lovely Upper East Side boite. Manhattan’s Upper East Side has the best dressed, most handsome old people I have ever seen.
Some photos of our walks around the city:
I’m mad that I don’t have my camera at work with me today because I don’t have the photo of me and my cousin Tricia and her husband Matt at O’Flaherty’s on Saturday night. What a great surprise to get her text that she was in town. Not surprisingly, O’Flaherty’s is my kinda place!