SNEAK PEEK at Hottest Pool in NYC Now. Get In.

The hottest pool to get into this summer in NYC is The Pool (lounge and dining room) within recently opened, The Grill, by dining power team, Major Food Group. Thanks to the generosity of the MFG team, my hubby Ben and his colleague, Eleanor, along with myself, were among the fortunate few able to experience the Pool Lounge before its official opening, tomorrow - July 19th, so I wanted to share it with you. The same legendary Pool Room 2.0, of the former Four Seasons Restaurant space inside of the Seagram Building, is changed ever-so-slightly by decor only, and is now a seafood restaurant by chef and MFG partner, Rich Torrisi.

Eleanor and I, at The Grill entrance dolled-up and giddy to check out this landmark space. Photo by Ben Edwards (please excuse poor image quality due to extremely low-light, etc).

The view as you prepare to enter the glorious Pool. Plant wall goals...

Behold, now we enter The Pool and its Lounge - this is the first time the mezzanine lounge will be used without a private party requirement - oh, how exciting.

Table delicacies.

We tried several crudités and small plates, but many dishes were unavailable by the time of our seating, unfortunately - just means we will have to return soon for dinner! We did enjoy a cocktail or two, and those were gorgeous - inside and out! ;) Below, you'll see (in order of appearance scrolling down) 1st The Cherry cocktail, all 3 of our cocktails together, some crudités paired with adorable seafood-themed dish, The Mango cocktail, The Watermelon cocktail, and my glass of champagne (I was amazed by how thin the stem of that glass was, haha).

The Pool Lounge bar is so striking and elegant. The cocktails are fresh and delightful!

Playing "selfie" in the hallway and bathroom mirrors. Outfit details below.

We stayed late enough to get a shot of the Pool cleared out - hooray!

One of the most luxe, striking bars I've ever seen, within The Grill. The two images below are in the same dining room - the famed dessert trays, in the style of The Four Seasons restaurant.

For a "bourgie," wowza night out, 1950s New York-style, with the MFG flare, I would say GO HERE ASAP. Both The Grill and The Pool are separately accepting reservations now - each with new own new menus. I have an inkling both places are going to be mobbed for reservations for a while, so plan wisely - in advance! Apologies again for the poor image quality in this post - as we were not allowed to shoot with a DSLR during operating hours and the lighting was turned way down low.

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Dress - H&M (last summer)
  2. Heels - Consignment find

Happy eating, drinking, and shopping, my friends!

XO Lauren

All images and video are by Lauren A. Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, 2017.

Upstate Escape Pt2: The Orchards.

If I could escape ... New York City, may be the city "where dreams are made of", but as grand as it can be, it can be just as rough, to say the least. I frequently find myself with an urge to escape the madhouse of NYC, but especially in the Fall. Going Upstate is one of the best "things to do" during Autumn, but it is also all-too-easy to get up there. Ben and I have taken various excursions Upstate on our days off (which are on week days, a blessing in disguise, the overpacked way good places are in the metro area on weekends, no joke). I haven't driven regularly in over 6 years, since I moved from the 'burbs of Indiana, which is bad, for me, but taking the subway, train or taxi/car makes it easy to lose track. That said, the easiest way to travel up to the charming, scenic (did I mention peaceful?) Upstate NY attractions is to take a train via the Metro North railroad system - the ride itself is a foliage tour! Weather can be so hit-or-miss in the Fall, but thankfully, we had a couple of good travel days to see some new places. 

One of our two stops on this day trip was about a 90-minute train ride to two orchards - literally, across the street from one another - easy and lovely! We ventured the Metro North to Croton Falls station, where there was a friendly local car service right in the small parking lot across from the train - amazing. On our list was to check out Harvest Moon Orchard and Farm, and the unforgettably named Outhouse Orchards...

Outhouse Orchards boasts a corn maze and hay rides during peak season. Sadly, weather prohibited us from going until the week just after what they consider peak season, but that didn't keep us from enjoying the pumpkins, hot apple cider, fresh pie (we bought a caramel apple - divine) and apples. There was a hay ride, but it seemed to be a pre-arranged group, because the driver disappeared into the woods after stopping the tractor. There was an awesome tractor sitting on the grounds, so I couldn't resist pretending I was driving it - in spiked pleather jacket, over-the-knee boots and giant black hat, of course. And, to our glee, the corn maze was still intact, but since it was "past season", we could sneak in for free, SWEET... as caramel apple pie.

I love animals, and eating turkey, but I could not bear it for Thanksgiving after watching these guys hang out and interact. They are so sweet and funny.

And the chickens, the colorful chickens roaming about freely! All of the goats, chickens and turkeys we found in these photos were at Harvest Moon Orchards. Harvest Moon, literally across the street from Outhouse (haha), is a bit more up-market, due to having a terrific little bar, with fantastic local spirits, attached to their general store. 

As it was after high-season - a blessing and a curse - we were not allowed in the orchard at Harvest Moon. We were told by the barman, that there is a beautiful view at the top, sigh. But we consoled ourselves by petting the surprisingly friendly goats nearby on the farm. The goats were so adorable and affectionate, I wanted one as a pet after about 5 minutes!

Although we missed out on orchard bliss, we also consoled ourselves by enjoying the bar connected to the market there, trying great local cider flights in the sun. There were a plethora of fine options, but in the end, and without a car, we had to take home  Neversink Spirits Aged Apple Brandy and Taconic Distillery Rye Whiskey - for some fine Fall beverages to remember them by once we returned to the city.

What I'm wearing:

  1. Tall black suede flat boots by Zara
  2. Grey jeans by Sunrise51 Jeans via Alloy shop
  3. Studded faux leather jacket - Spitalfields Market, London find
  4. Big black wide brimmed hat by Zara

Photos and video by Lauren Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards, 2016.