It’s Snowing… In a Bar!

Following some very successful wedding dress shopping for my friend Merri in New York City on Saturday, we headed back to her apartment to snack on some chips and guacamole before changing for dinner.

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We had some very special plans on the agenda for the evening thanks to Merri’s fiancé Pete.

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Pete planned a special birthday dinner for Merri at Craft, an upscale restaurant founded by chef Tom Colicchio in 2001. (You might recognize him from Top Chef. He’s the head judge!) Merri is turning 30 on January 1, so we wanted to be sure to celebrate when we were all together.

We arrived just in time for our reservations and were so impressed when Merri was handed a personalized menu that said “Happy Big 3-0!”

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Such a special touch!

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I cannot say enough fabulous things about the service at Craft. Our waitress was knowledgeable, attentive and extremely friendly. She recommended that our table share a few things from the items listed under first courses, main courses and side dishes and that’s exactly what we did.

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The food was incredible. We laughed saying that our plates looked like Thanksgiving because they were filled with so many different delicious-looking dishes!

My favorites of the night included the chestnut agnolotti pasta, diver scallops, cipollini onions and the duck risotto. Oh my gosh. So good!

We also shared a couple of bottles of the most fantastic red wine.

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I loved this wine! I’m already trying to track it down in Ocala…

Though we were already quite full, we had to say yes when our waitress asked us whether or not we wanted dessert.

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They also surprised Merri with a mini cake!

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Of the desserts we shared, the table favorite was the sugar and spice doughnuts served with chocolate sauce and burnt orange caramel. Unreal! You must order the doughnuts if you ever go to Craft!

After dinner, our group hopped in a cab and headed to Hudson Lodge for drinks.


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Did you notice the snow behind us!?

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Inside the lodge it was quite cold unless you were standing underneath a heat lamp, but the chill was worth it for the (foam) snow! Plus, it made it feel awfully cozy when you huddled close together with your warm drinks!

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I ordered a Peppermint Pattie (basically a spiked peppermint hot chocolate) and loved every sip!

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Eventually we had our fill of the lodge and wanted to head to bar with fun music, so we took the subway to Brooklyneer.

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We had a great time ordering rounds of drinks, laughing, singing and dancing! I love these girls!

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We didn’t get to bed until after 5 a.m. Yikes!

It was definitely a memorable night. I love NYC!


  1. says

    NYC looks so beautiful around the holiday time, I’m sad I haven’t had a chance to make the trip up to view it in person! Boston is only a few hours away, so when I get the chance I’m going to make sure we check out the Lodge, I would love to be in a bar where it snows! 🙂


  2. says

    Craft is amazing! My brother worked at the one in Los Angeles and I got to eat there when we visited him; we practically had the whole menu on our table! It was delicious; I’d love to go to the one in NYC!


  3. christina says

    looks like an amazing night and I must say you all looked gorgeous!!! I LOVE how you all rocked the red lipstick…you started a trend Julie :):):)


  4. Lauren says

    What a great restaurant!! I ate there a couple years ago when I was in NYC for work – can’t remember what I ordered for dinner but I remember they brought out these little smore desserts – they were incredible! Still talk about it to this day 🙂


  5. says

    What an amazing and fun trip! 😀 I’ve been to NYC many times as a child, but I want to go back to experience it as an adult. The bar with the snow sounds awesome! I wonder if there’s something like that here in the Bay Area… Must. Research. That. Stat. 😉


  6. Madeline says

    All I could think of when seeing the title of this post was that line in Sweet Home Alabama where Reese Witherspoon goes “Look at you, you have a baby… a bar!” Haha looks like such a fun and festive night!


  7. says

    ahhh snow! NYC sounds like a beautiful and fun place to be at during Christmas season! And Craft sounds amazing–I wouldn’t mind having a bite of the pasta and duck risotto~as soon as I read that my mouth kind of watered. 😀 And I can’t imagine how cool it would be to eat at a restaurant established by a famous chef!


  8. Diana says

    I lived in NYC for two years & never heard of the Hudson Lodge – I think if I’d found it, I would never have left, what a wonderful winter wonderland! And I have to say, I love going back for visits, but it is nice to HAVE to go to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour b/c everything is closed…gosh that made me sound so old!


  9. Tara says

    I think I may be glad bars in Boston close at 2am!
    I was out with my girlfriends until 1am on Friday, and I felt like Poop on Sat! (but then again, I am alot older than you…it gets harder to get up and rally the next day!!)


  10. says

    Holy moly I am SO jealous you got to go to Craft, I am obsessed with Top Chef and love Tom! Your night looks ridiculously fun, and although I love the idea of snow in a bar, I think it would be a little too chilly for me haha. Glad you had a great time!


  11. Talia says

    YUMMY!!! My brother works at the Craft in Los Angeles and takes me every other month for a special employee meal. It’s sooooooo delish!!


  12. says

    ah! There was a Craft in Atlanta for a short while. I went on opening night and met Tom.(Bc I’m a super nerd when it comes to amazing chefs.) He even took a picture! I wish the restaurant had “made it” here. It was so delicious.


  13. Kara Donovan says

    I love reading about your trips to NYC! I live here and I discover so many new fun spots to check out from your posts. I learned about the Double Chocolate Walnut Pillows at Our Little Brown from one of your previous NYC posts, and I now go to that bakery for those little guys ALL the time!



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