I had the perfect lunch today with a gentleman, and I mean that in every sense of the word, who happens not only to be my friend, but my lawyer as well. He had some papers for me to sign so instead of doing it in a stuffy office, we had lunch at Craig's place.
It is actually The Cosmopolitan Cafe, 95 West Broadway in New York--way downtown for me. Craig has way of creating even a small space into a patch of charm. Victoria readers will remember Anglers and Writers and The Treehouse among Craig's restaurants. My personal favorite was The Treehouse--it had the playfulness that one would create if we had a treehouse of our own. My family spent several Thanksgiving dinners there, entertaining friends.
This current endeavor is in The Cosmopolitan Hotel, a very old and venerable place. Craig discovered it had once been the ladies waiting room. It is so low key, you almost feel like you are at home. There might be apples fresh from an orchard in a bushel outside--or a miniature herb garden. Craig must just be snipping a sprig of this or that for his farm fresh menu. Fresh greens and fruit accompany many dishes. I've never had breakfast at Cosmopolitan, but the offerings make my mouth water. And the dessert case--tucked at the rear of the cafe--makes one want to come back for tea and indulge. Craig's mom used to make all the goodies for his restaurants. That wonderful Wisconsin native knew her way around a cherry pie that's for sure. Craig learned from her how to serve sweets.
We decided not to have dessert, but that just was not to be--as two sundaes topped with fresh peaches and blueberries arrived. Well, they disappeared pretty fast, I might add.
Papers got signed, lunch got savored, sundaes destroyed. Along the way, we discussed what each of us did over the summer. Visiting with Craig about the old days was fun, too. He stays busy, but never to busy to tell a lady she looks swell. Two gents in one day!
If you're in Craig's neighborhood, stop by and step back in time for a an hour or so. And if you encounter a slim chap who moves like lightning, say hi for me.