The trip ran like clockwork, especially considering it was 9/11 and law enforcement agencies kept a tight eye on everyone and everything in New York. I actually arrived at my hotel in Midtown West, or Hell’s Kitchen, one hour ahead of check-in time. They stored my luggage, giving me time to explore a nearby flea market chock full of antique Chanel and Ferragamo items. Real or faux, in the words of stylist Rachel Zoe, it was bananas. But I digress.
After freshening up, I headed to dinner at nearby Southern Hospitality restaurant(southernhospitalitybbq.com) . Only later did I discover that Justin Timberlake is one of the owners. Celebrity aside, the food was fantastic. My travel companion had ribs that seemed to melt on the tongue. My peel and eat shrimp was simply divine. Powerful drinks (try the Sonic Strawberry or All Shook Up) combined with decadent desserts (deep fried Twinkie strawberry shortcake) made for a delightful afternoon. The ladies seated next to us in Steelers jerseys drove all the way from Pittsburgh because they enjoyed the food so much. Wow.
After pigging out, it was time to get glammed out. The Style 360 Stacy Igel bash was hosted by NBA star Dwight Howard. I am not familiar with his athletic abilities, but tune in every week for the antics of his ex, Royce Reed, on Basketball Wives. By the time I arrived at 9 p.m., people were flooding the sidewalk outside Avenue nightclub, waiting to get inside. Celebs walked a short red carpet and angry bouncers flexed their superiority muscles. Once I got inside, it was like paradise on earth. Great music, TONS of food and a never ending supply of signature drinks made it a night to remember. Australian group The Veronicas were even on hand for a short performance.