We walked to La Gaurdia one night without reservations. We almost missed it as it was in a derilect building, where the front door man said "La Gaurdia" in the same tone that people in Hawaii used to say "Weed"?
I put my name on the list, in the off chance that someone didn't show up.
Now, to get to the restaurant you have to enter a building that is abandoned on the first 2 floors. It's much darker than my pictures makes out and kind of freaky. Remember we go into the dark building after being "psst"ed by the doorman.
|Ed and Suzanne enter. So far, it was NOT looking promising...|
After you go up a couple of flights, they sent us up another flight to the bar to wait to see if a table would open. Okay we go to the roof-top bar, and it is stunning. A neon picture frame framed the view. We had a couple of drinks, ate a great appetizer and though, dang it, we missed eating here.
Then, just as we were about to leave, then sent a runner up to tell us that a table was ready if we wanted it.
Eddie and Suzanne and I ate on a sheltered outside patio. I had some of the best Ropa Veija ever. I also made fun of Ed and Suzanne - both turning 50 that week - since they needed their little iPhones as flashlights for the menu.
But all was forgiven with a great piece of chocolate birthday and a sparkler.
We had a lovely time and a great dinner. But, as we were walking done the 3 flights to the exit, the power went out everywhere. It was hilarious to watch a bunch of well dressed and well off people traipsing through a semi-abandoned building using their phones as flashlights. And giggling. For those us going down, in fine humor - for those going up, in uncomfortable fear.