In my opinion, New Year’s Eve is probably the most overrated holiday, but I did manage to make this the best New Year’s Eve celebration ever, with a vintage bottle of Champagne and two friends I would keep hostage if they didn’t have bills to pay. We ate, we drank, we laughed and shared the moment of a new year with hundreds on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Danielle and Samantha are two of my favorite people in the universe, so it made the most sense that I would demand they bring their talents to the big apple to begin 2016. We popped a bottle of champagne before a early dinner on New Year’s Eve at Pie’s and Thighs and reviewed the J train shenanigans of a couple we would surely have voted off an island. The food was good, the company better and the Brooklyn Graffiti welcoming.
I thought about Champagne on the bridge for last year’s festivities, but the transition into 2016 turned out to be a better fit. The weather was perfect, the bridge not too crowded and the city lights provided a perfect background. The bottle of champagne, a 2005 Vintage Dom Perignon, was a gift from by friend Beth, sent by mail for a celebration of my recent promotion.
We made a standard toast to our hopes for the new year, but added our own gratitude of great friendship. We wouldn’t have to recover from a hangover the next morning, only the A train running local after we thought we somehow caught the only express train running after Midnight in the city.
We brunched at Phillip Marie on Hudson Street for New Year’s Day and fell in love with every bite. The table boasted over easy and crab benedict eggs and a treat of pancakes topped with strawberries for us all to share. The rest of the day was eventful at a local bar in Brooklyn. Happy Hour turned into Happy Hours and January 2nd became a day of recovery and reminiscing.
Three Champange glasses for three great friends was the simplest recipe for starting a new year right. 2016 is sure to be a year of more adventure, more blog posts, more champagne and the best of times with friends I am still figuring out how to change their zip codes to one closer to mine. Until next time.