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Essex House

Essex House – Southgate

Thoughts From the Coffee Table:  The Essex House is an amazing hotel in NYC overlooking Central Park.  I have been blessed to stay there for business a few times.  Every time I walk in I am greeted by the most amazing floral displays.  They are true works of art.

I have never eaten in the restaurant, Southgate.  We always have someplace to be, and there is also a stupidly wonderful pizza place out back with butter garlic knots.  I digress.

I was not staying in NYC this time, but decided to have lunch since I was walking by.  Quiet on a sunny Tuesday, I took a place at the bar to be able to work, look out, and relax.

The food was amazing (wild king salmon), the wine lovely (Barton & Guestier Chablis), but the true gem was Bappy.  Yes, the bartender’s name is Bappy.

Each person working in that restaurant gave me a warm smile and welcomed me openly.  There was a vibe that was simply lovely.  It could be easy to be stuffy given the address of this hotel.  Last time we stayed, guests from the UN filled the hotel.  I was a bit out of place.

True excellence requires genuine people, comfortable and confident in themselves.  This team has that in spades.

Next time I will suggest we eat at Southgate.  After we have  a butter garlic knots appetizer, of course.

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