Monday, August 13, 2007

Where the Umbrella's Beckon

Can you guess where this photo was taken?

Dear Postcard from New York Reader,

These brilliant orange umbrellas on the waterfront beckon from a distance. You can hear the wind as it whips through the flaps of the umbrella aprons as you approach. No, it is not a Caribbean Island beachfront café.

On a hot summer day, a brisk breeze drifts off the East River; Battery Gardens is the ideal spot to enjoy an after the Ferry brunch, or anytime, for lunch, dinner or drinks when you wish to leave the traffic, congestion, and smog of midtown a million miles away.

Ease into a comfortable garden chair; Look out over the speckled shimmer of sunlight reflected off the water and see the familiar Statue of Liberty brandishing her torch in the distance. Take a deep breath, exhale and feel the cool breeze brush your cheeks.

Don’t talk for a couple of minutes...just allow the quiet peace and beauty of the scene to embrace you. Order a tall ice-filled drink as well as a pitcher of water with lemon and limes. My choice, equal parts orange juice, grapefruit juice, seltzer and grenadine. For lunch, I choose the watermelon salad. So light and scrumptious, it is as refreshing as it looks on the plate.

I guarantee you will not feel the need to hurry off; This setting lends itself to whiling away an entire afternoon.

Bon Appetit!

Jacqueline Cable
For Postcards from New York

P.S. Before you leave, peek into the main restaurant area. Cool white walls and billowing curtains frame a panoramic view of the Bay. The minimal interior design accented with dramatic floral arrangements created an ideal venue for the intimate wedding party I observed on my last visit.

Address to Remember: Battery Gardens, Inside Battery Park Opposite 17 State Street and across from the Ferry Terminal, New York, NY 10004, 212-809-5508.

Hours: Monday thru Saturaday 11:30 - 10:00 PM. Sunday Brunch 11:00 - 3:00 PM.

Directions: From Times Square, MTA 1 to South Ferry, N, R, or W to Whitehall Street. From 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, M1 Bus to South Ferry.

Photo by Joseph Knight

©Copyright 2007 The Cable Group

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