Today, I woke up with thoughts of the past; the somewhat recent past. Like, where was I a year ago? No, not mentally or emotionally or even financially but simply physically. What did I spend my day doing? What did I spend my day eating? Well the answer is that one year ago today, I spent the better part of an afternoon in Gaby. “Where or What is Gaby?”, you ask. Well, Gaby is my favorite French restaurant in NYC.
I remember being invited here for lunch one Spring afternoon several years ago and totally falling in love with the chic and modern decor, the impeccable, hospitable service and mostly the delightfully delicious food. It was at Gaby that I had my first crème brûlée but I promise not to strike up the band on how much I love crème brûlée AGAIN. The truth about Gaby is…….wait for it……that it is a hotel restaurant. It is Sofitel’s onsite restaurant in Midtown, Manhattan. But if you’ve ever stayed at a Sofitel hotel and you’ve experience the luxury they offer, you’ll believe me when I say their principles and standards shine through when it comes down to even their food. Two words: TOP CLASS.
Since my first visit, I seem to have become Gaby’s spokesperson. Anyone who asks me for a restaurant recommendation always, without any hesitation, hears Gaby first. I have invited several of my friends and peers out to lunch and dinner with me and taken them to Gaby and they have all been impressed.
One complaint that I have gotten though is about how pricy the food is. My philosophy is “You get what you pay for. And while no one should have to pay an arm and a leg for a simple meal, Gaby serves NOTHING simple” I pride myself on being a reasonable and honest person and if I didn’t think this highly of Gaby’s food, I certainly wouldn’t keep going back.
Gaby is the perfect place for a business lunch or dinner or even an intimate date. With exceptional service and fresh, quality food, Gaby has definitely earned every accolade given to it. Even though my last visit last month saddened me (as I found out they no longer serve olive tapenade with their assorted fresh breads), I am convinced that years to come, I’ll still be going back. So while Gaby mightn’t turn out to be one of your favorites (or then again, it just might), it’s at least worth a visit!
Bye For Now…..