Fact: People ask me for recommendations in New York City ALL the time. Spa recommendations, birthday ideas, dinner suggestions with a view for out-of-towners, great lobster nooks, the best little Asian nail salon, vintage shopping destinations and beyond. Honestly, this probably happens three times a week. Apparently I have a fair amount of klout and am doing a good job hiding the fact that I really just sit home on Facebook every night.
Okay, fine. I suppose I have garnered a pretty robust amount of experience as a result of living, dining, spa-ing and partying here over the past six years. And a chunk of the evidence is, indeed, on Facebook.
There’s no need to open up a forum to Ask Me Anything, because it’s already happening! Instead, I’m opening up a forum to tell you what my answers were. Such as this Facebook chat message the other day…
Hi Michelle – Just reaching out b/c I’ve noticed you have some fun party pics on fb. I’m planning my big 3-0 in a month and I’m looking for ideas for a non typical post bday din lounge/activity. I’m also in New York. If you have any fun, unique birthday suggestions, would really appreciate it.
Hey Laureen – I totally recommend what I did for my birthday last year. Le Caire Lounge on 3rd and B. Really cool little dim red-lit hookah bar with good DJs on pretty much every night. I sort of “rented out” (without paying) the bottom floor, so it was like our own private cave.
“Hey Michelle – thanks so much! Sounds exactly what I’m going for:)” Ah, yes, another satisfied customer! I really love helping people. I mean, more so with deeper topics, but since I don’t post pictures on Facebook of myself giving life-changing advice to friends (yet), an NYC guru I shall be. (Hey YOU – feel free to ask me anything, too!)
Here are some pictures of my birthday last year (T-19 days to go till the next one… ahhh!!! The most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!), and also of my darling friend Ivy’s birthday at Le Caire Lounge few months later. She loved my little Hookah Dance Party in a cave and decided to throw one of her own.
Other things I love about Le Caire Lounge for a birthday:
– The drinks aren’t expensive and they’ll do a 2-for-1 special for a few hours, too.
– You can choose upstairs (and claim a few tables)…
– …or you can claim the whole downstairs.
– They have the standard mediterranean dishes, great for casual sharing.
– They’ll bring you a yummy chocolate birthday cake with a candle…
– …and champagne! On fire!!!
– ALSO! Studies have shown that Le Caire Lounge is the preferred place that boyfriends say “I love you” for the very first time. Findings based upon only one case study. Wink wink… yes, it was a very good birthday.
Tank: Staring at stone
Pants: (Will add when I find them)
Shoes: Elizabeth and James
Photography: By me, Jessica Levy, and whoever grabbed my camera that night – kisses!