The thing is -- about a dozen things had to COME TOGETHER to make this moment possible. For one thing -- TOTG was open again!! And we just happened to get there on that day at a moment when the main restaurant -- with all the glass walls -- was empty. The staff was setting the room up for that evening's dinner. The young maître d was in a good mood...and Lilly had recently watched the movie, Mr. Popper's Penguins...
So -- even at 8 years old, Lilly understood how special this restaurant was...and WE WERE ABOUT TO EAT LUNCH THERE!!
|Surprise!! They have a really decent Kid's Menu.|
|Our table was right at the glass wall -- looking out at Central Park. (this 5x7 photo will hang on my wall FOREVER)|
|My lunch was SPECTACULAR. Homemade potato chips, and a fabulous, delicious hamburger. $26 was a bargain!!|
|Lilly ordered macaroni and cheese. When I asked, are you sure?...she said..."Theirs will be special, Grandma". And it was!! Gorgozola cheese...it was creamy, cheesy and delicious...|
|We enjoyed a review of our morning...Lilly was in charge of our hotel key, and had her MTA subway pass as a souvenir...|
|She'd purchased the yellow fuzzy thing at Mood Fabrics the day before -- and I remembered to get out the special "8" candle, so we could take some pictures. WHAT A FABULOUS WAY TO START HER EIGHTH YEAR!!!|
|As you would expect, Tavern On The Green does an elegant coffee service...|
|And I WAS READY for a fresh cup of hot coffee!!|
Lilly had ordered a hot brownie ice cream sundae from the kid's menu. (I hadn't said anything to the waiter...but he must have seen her birthday 8 candle.)
|When he brought the dessert to the table -- there was a pink candle, and the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" written in chocolate sauce!! REALLY...I SWEAR THIS IS ALL TRUE...|
|When she tells the story, Lilly says, IT HAD SPRINKLES AND TWO CHERRIES.|
|Honestly, I cannot imagine a better Grandma moment...|
Thank you, New York City. Well done!!