The birthday is past, but the celebration continues! The lovely Miriam treated me to luncheon at The John Dory
yesterday, both of us braving snowdrifts and delayed trains, serendipitously arriving on the very day Sam Sifton’s rave review
appeared in the Times. (Just missed scooping him by one day!) Like The Breslin, the restaurant is adjacent to—and part of the same building as—the Ace Hotel; upon inquiring, we were informed that the frigid indoor temperature was a result of the entire shebang losing its heat. I ate with gloves on and the cold endowed the whole venture with a sort of pioneer quality. Things began shaping up from the moment our hot toddies arrived. Cocktails
, you gasp, in the middle of a workday?!
Yes, I must say, it was rather Mad Men
of us, and ushered in a mood of general excess.