New York Is Always a Good Idea!

Audrey Hepburn thought Paris was always a good idea. It is—no doubt about it.


Oh Audrey. You little Coquette you.  Paris IS a good idea but sometimes……

New York City is always a good idea too. And that’s where Bonaparte and I were headed earlier yesterday.

Oh I love New York

…New York is better. Especially if you are a born New Yawka and wanna visit ya sons!

 So read on.

Bonaparte suggested we go into the City for lunch.


Let’s head downtown!!!

A couple of days beforehand, he also suggested I call the boys to see if they could meet us. So I got in touch with Roman and he told me he had to work on the Saturday Night Live set.  I couldn’t get in touch with Jake but figured he was incredibly busy with his new position at NBC Nightly News.


Bonaparte said not to worry if the boys couldn’t meet us because we would just ride into New York, find a place for a nice relaxing lunch and enjoy ourselves.

But in giving it one last try, I texted Jake Friday night. I explained that I couldn’t get in touch with him but wanted him to meet us for lunch and that Roman had to work.

Jake texted me back that he could meet us.  When I told Bonaparte, he was stunned.  He and Roman had planned a surprise for me and something got lost in translation.

Oops Roman let the surprise slide!

Roman in his “Oops” moment! He forgot to tell Jake that lunch was a surprise for me! No big deal. I was just happy to be with the boys!

So it ended up that my surprise was supposed to be the boys meeting us at  Le District, a new French food court downtown.  Oops!

Le District Logo

We went to Le District at Brookfield Place downtown Manhattan.

And the surprise really wasn’t. But it didn’t matter because we ended up having a great, great time.

The weather was perfect. The sun was shining and we spent a fun afternoon at Brookfield Place in Downtown NYC!

A little bit o hudson

Brookfield Place offers great views of the Hudson. And you get a close up view of the many goings on!

White Rabbit. I don't think this is the Grace Slick version

We stumbled upon this exhibit of inflated rabbits throughout Brookfield Place. Something tells me this is NOT the White Rabbit Grace Slick sang about!

Tulips in the City

Tulips were in bloom throughout. It was a nice touch. Holland in the City? Well–we DID take the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan!

Trade Building 2

It was also nice to see the new World Trade Center.  This is weird for me because I worked at the OLD WTC before it was destroyed.

We had lunch at Beaubourg Brasserie in Le District at Brookfield Place.


..and we had a terrific time!

Le District at Brookfield Place is a French food court of sorts. For quite some time I’ve been wanting to visit Le District and finally got to go there.

Fun at Le Distruct

Our French greeters at Le District…


….a nice looking Apricot Lemon Tart! (I wish they would’ve spelled it the French way “Tarte”–it would have been a bit more authentic!

Tasty desserts at Le District

…more sweets!

Roasted Duck

Roast duck. Le Yum!

I need to tell you about it.

First of all, if you do venture down to Brookfield Place and Le District, take advantage of the valet parking. Seriously. The price is far better than the local parking garages. We paid $35.00 for four hours—which is a steal in Manhattan. We were told that we could text ten minutes before we wanted our car so that it would be at the ready when we were to leave. I cannot say enough about how great the valet service was.

Second. OK. And this almost pains me to say it. We were just slightly disappointed in Le District—and I’ll tell you why.

Le District was touting itself as an authentic French market of sorts.  I pictured different departments of France throughout the marketplace.

Door to Le District

Through these doors, I visualized the country of France in New York City!

In one area, I envisioned Brittany and the foods that are indigenous to the area—like buckwheat crepes, far, and cidre from Bresignon.


This cidre rocks. It’s sweet but not overly sweet and we always have a steady supply when we are in France. We thought we could get some at Le District–but we couldn’t!

  I was looking forward to Calvados from the Normandy area. Visions of Foie Gras and truffles from the Périgord region.


I didn’t see ANY foie gras anywhere in Le District!

Socca from Nice.  The thought of La Tarte Tropezienne and Nougat from Senequier in St. Tropez had me performing the happy dance.


Socca, a crepe made from Chickpea flour is a staple in Nice–it’s also easy to make at home!

La Tarte Tropezienne

I also thought we would be able to purchase La Tarte Tropezienne. Sort of like a Boston Cream Pie without the chocolate.


We bring a supply of  Senequier nougat home with us every year, and we thought we might have seen it at Le District!

Only it wasn’t like that.

As great as the concept is of an “authentic” French market/food court, improvement is needed.  We found mustards and other items that can be found in high end grocery stores.  The selection of cheeses was nowhere  near it is in France However, we did manage to purchase an excellent chevre as well as a great peppercorn pate. All was not lost.

We had a delightful lunch at Beaubourg Brasserie. We had an outdoor table which was covered by a heated overhang. Great for those days like yesterday—when the weather is still a bit cool. Our server was a blast. A young man from Belgium who engaged in animated French conversation with Bonaparte.

Service was excellent and my apologies for not having pictures of our food, but we were just having such a great time that I didn’t even think of photos!

Roman had Croque Madame, Jake had a salad, Bonaparte went with his usual. Hangar steak and frites. I opted for the Steak tartare. And it was good but could have been a bit spicier.


Roman’s Croque Madame was mouth watering. I’m sorry that I had to use this stock photo but we really were having such a great time that I honestly didn’t think of taking pictures!

It didn’t really matter because we just had a great time with each other!

After lunch we walked around a bit and bid adieu to the boys!

Jake and his glace.

Jake found a great stand for glace! He was very territorial too!

La Cure Gourmand

We picked up some car-a-mels and other sweets from La Cure Courmande. This is a really cute little corner of Le District!

Me and the boys

We walked around the grounds some more. Um. Nobody bothered to tell me about the bit of salad green stuck in between my teeth. Merci Bow-coo!

We had a fun afternoon and we were glad that we experienced Le District. There is lots of potential for this food court—those who are in charge just need to make it a bit more authentic French rather than the USA version of what French food is like. And I’m not being snotty either. I honestly think that anyone who has spent time in France would think the same as me.


Bye Bye New York. Can’t wait to get back!

Happy to be going to NY

I’ll miss you…..BTW, Like my lipstick? I used Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor in 550–Blushed Mauve. It DOES last all day! I’m not kidding!

Well, today has been a long day. Rain. Retail. And now I’m literally ready to go to sleep. At 8:00 in the evening!

Enjoy your evening and I send my love to you! It was fun to be….

Back In the New York Groove! Ace Frehley for you…XOXOXOXO!!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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31 Responses to New York Is Always a Good Idea!

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    It sounds like you had an amazing time. I didn’t know you’d worked in the old WTC. I can imagine how strange it must feel to go back to that part of town now. Incidentally, the most amazing thing for me was that giant white rabbit. I’m surprised he could even get through the front door of James Stewart’s house.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bun! Yeah. I worked in the old One WTC –so did one of my aunts. I hadn’t been able to go back in a long, long time. In fact, I was telling the boys that it was so odd to me to see this “new” downtown financial area because it was so completely different back when I was in my twenties and working down there. It was more like an old-school neighborhood. Very different now. LOL. I didn’t even think of James Stewart’s Harvey! That’s funny! XOXOXO!!!

      • BunKaryudo says:

        Thank you, Catherine. I’ve always really liked James Stewart movies (not such a big fan of his politics), and Harvey was one of my favorites.

  2. lorigreer says:

    I enjoyed reading about your visit to Le District. I wish it had been more authentic. Maybe it will improve. How wonderful to spend time with your sons…early Mother’s Day treat!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Lori! I’m glad that you enjoyed reading about our visit. Honestly, it really should have been more authentic–especially since it is in New York City. It’s almost a “come on now” moment. But I’m hoping it’ll improve! Oh. It was so much fun to be with the boys. Oona was missed though! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Miss Bougie says:

    Love NYC. Thanks for taking us along.
    I’m sure “americanising” French food allows for better sales. But I feel your pain; once you’ve tasted real French food, there is no going back.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi B! Yeah. I miss NYC a lot. A lot!! Perhaps Americanizing French food may make for better sales, but man–if they stuck to the more authentic, Americans would fall in love completely. I’m also interested in what goes on in the minds of European tourists when they visit Le District. Bonaparte said he heard many French accents and he said they probably were not impressed…..

  4. Suzy Barker says:

    I love this story of your day out. It’s so full of your joy at being with your sons and enjoying “French” food and shopping. You are looking great too – love that red and blue scarf.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Suzy……Oh. About that scarf! Oona saw the pic and told me she was looking for that scarf. She left it behind when she moved and I found it!!! I shall be sending it to her this week! XOXOXOXO!!!

  5. Rosemary Eychenne says:

    Lovely post, Catherine. Yes, French food rules, eh ? Sorry they haven’t got their act together yet, but the idea is good and just give them a little time and perhaps some constructive feedback ? What a beautiful photo of you and your sons. You look radiant and I think both sons have your smile ☺. We’re off to England to babysit one of our grandchildren next week and my two daughters are planning a day in London for just the three of us. Can’t wait. Last time we did it we took in a matinée show in the West end and had lunch at Yotam Ottolenghi’s deli in Notting Hill. A delight !
    Bises à toi xxxx

    • Catherine says:

      HI Rosemary. I think Le District definitely has room for improvement and will get their act together. They also need to utilize their space to a more user-friendly one. The flow needs to be a bit more visitor friendly. Lordy–Bonaparte tells me I’m more French than he is because of my complaining. But this time it is constructive criticism.
      Enjoy your time in England with the grandkids and have a fantastic time in London! XOXOXO!!!

  6. Sounds amazing!!

  7. gk says:

    Always lovely to spend time with your grown children isn’t it? Sounds like a great day out!

  8. Maureen Aupperlee says:

    I miss the city. Need to get back there. What a beautiful picture of you and your boys. Frame that one!

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Maureen. I think our upcoming Gorman reunion needs to be in New York and close to the city! Glad you are liking that pic of me with Jake and Roman! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  9. spearfruit says:

    What a wonderful time with the boys! Catherine, I appreciate your posts, they are always full of great information and fun! Happy Monday my friend! 🙂

  10. julietC says:

    Loved your post – and you do beautiful children! Alongside your many talents – you have just shown a new one, tour guide! seriously I’d love a walk and talk around your city – it looks fantastic (and so do you)

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Juliet! Oh. Thank you so much for the compliments! I would definitely love to be your tour guide! We would have a blast! XOXOXOXO!!!

  11. Trudy says:

    I was there this weekend as well, seems like everyone was… There must have been a siren call. I just did a post on the bunnies at Brookfield Place as well. The food court is ok, just pricey.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Trudy! I saw the pics you took of the inflatable bunnies. You are quite the amazing photographer–I love your pics so much. But I’m glad that you are reiterating that the food court is just ok and pricey. I wish it were more than a tourist trap! XOXOXO!!!

  12. calensariel says:

    The picture of you with the boys is so good — frameable! I hadn’t realized how much taller they are than you! I so enjoy these posts. It’s like actually visiting where ever it is you’ve gone. You’re like a female Badfish!

    • Catherine says:

      Lady Calen. Oh. The boys ARE quite taller than I am–and I’m not very short either. Oh. I like that. A female Badfish. I like that a lot! Thank you! XOXOXO!!!!

  13. Mike says:

    Oh my…. “Le District” looks like a wonderful place! ….Les macarons, the tropézienne, the croque madame…. All of a sudden, I’m hungry! 🙂

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