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Rebecca Minkoff’s & Lanvin’s Cute Crossbodys

I’ve finally discovered the joy of crossbodys after putting aside a long time bias towards those extra large satchels.  It’s a choice of carrying your essentials versus all those what-ifs (which many times do not come to fruition) and especially a no brainer when shoulder and backaches are concerned.  Minkoff and Lanvin does it in style, I must say!  Light, aery, unburdened and ready to shop, shop, shop ;)…

*Photocredit: Lyst & Neiman Marcus

 

Park Avalon Restaurant

Our beloved Park Avalon has been gone for quite some time now. I’m so sad =((. Everything about the restaurant was perfect! This was the place of my first date with my hubby… a chilly October night in 2001. The bar was surrounded by festive jack-o-lanterns and hurricane candles. Our last visit was September 2004 (the year I began my graduate studies). This entry is my small attempt to immortalize Park Avalon…

Park Avalon
225 Park Avenue South (between 19th and 20th Streets)
New York City, NY 10003

“Housed in a cavernous, candlelit loft space, Park Avalon appeals primarily to couples on dates. And if you are single, there is a decent chance you will find someone to talk to at the bustling bar in front. The eclectic Mediterranean menu offers something for everyone, including gourmet pizzas ($7-$10) and herb-roasted chicken ($12.50). The handsome staff is made up of part-time actors and models, and as a result service can be unpredictable (but always entertaining). The Sunday jazz brunch always draws a crowd”- author unknown.

“Just north of buzzing Union Square, Park Avalon draws a varied crowd: distinguished businessmen out with clients rub tables with couples, gossiping girlfriends, and even the occasional tourist. The stylish bar is crowded with patrons waiting for tables and those just observing the scene in the dining room. The multi-tiered space boasts high ceilings, mirrored walls, and tiled columns, with hurricane candles scattered throughout and booths in back. We recommend the pan roasted Chilean sea bass or cappellini with lobster, shrimp and scallops. Waiters, decked out in all black, tend to let diners bide their time. When dessert time does come around, go for the fondue, served with a warm chocolate dipping sauce.”- Kate Appleton

“A grand atmosphere makes you feel like you`re paying much more for the food than you really are. It`s lofty and happening, always crowded, especially around an attractive bar, surrounded by equally attractive people. The service is good and the prices surprisingly reasonable, so try it for fun for brunch or anytime. Try the crab cakes, herb-marinated Atlantic salmon or homemade pizzas. Or how about lowfat chocolate decadence cake? Oh, and the bread basket is wonderful. Park Avalon is a restaurant that dishes up Mediterranean, American and Italian cuisines. Expect the average entrée to cost in the range of $12 to $20, and you`ll be appropriate if dressed up — on the nicer side.
Atmosphere: Table talk requires you to speak up a bit here.
More Reasons to Go: The live jazz is a great part of your dining experience at this restaurant on the weekend. Park Avalon is great for groups.
Eating & Drinking: Open for lunch and dinner. There`s a Sunday brunch.
Details to Note: Reservations are suggested. Entrances and walkways are wheelchair friendly. The place stays open late.
Ways to Pay: Cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express”

Dinner Menu
Dinner Entrees Average: $12 to $20
Some entrees may cost more or less than the stated average.
Restaurant menus are subject to periodic revision.

Pasta Dishes
Penne with Tomato Basil
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato Basil
Hay and Straw with Tomato Basil
Cappellini with Tomato Basil

Seafood
Peppered Tuna Steak
Maryland Crab Cakes
Porcini Dusted Swordfish
Lemon Glazed Chilean Sea Bass
Blackened Mahi Mahi
Grilled Herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon

Pizza
Margherita Pizza
BLT Pizza
Market Pizza

Steaks
Grilled Filet Mignon
N.Y. Sirloin Steak Au Poivre
Grilled N.Y. 14 oz. Sirloin Steak

Poultry Dishes
Chicken Paillard
Roasted Free Range Chicken