It’s after midnight, and I’m over 1,000 miles away from the Upper East Side..but I can’t stop thinking about the news I received only moments ago. My favorite restaurant, Jasmine, has closed. Can it be true? Couldn’t the internet and my super city-savvy friend be wrong?
If you don’t love food then you probably won’t understand the heart-sinking feeling I have right now. Jasmine’s Pad Thai was easily the best in the city in my opinion, and the beef satay was life-changing…but I loved so much more than the food. Some of my fondest memories of New York include that place.
The first full week I spent in New York was fun, but exhausting. After walking up four flights of stairs (88 steps to be exact) I was so tired that I opted not to eat dinner one evening. My friend, Scott, who has loved Jasmine for more than 10 years introduced them to me. And they were the only restaurant that delivered to the door (you know, up the 88 steps.)
The food was magnificent too. During the three years I lived in New York I brought countless people to that restaurant, and everyone always loved it. Following dinner at Jasmine, I would often walk to M. Rohr’s (a coffee shop only a couple of blocks away.) Lord, please tell me that it’s still open! 🙂
Anyway, I realize that it’s silly to be so dramatic about a restaurant, but it was my favorite. And I miss many things about New York that I have to accept as gone forever..my precious dog, Sadie..my bicycle, a few friends and even my ex-boyfriend who, in truth, was my best friend. And now it looks like I have to add my favorite spot to that list too. It’s amazing how drastically and quickly things can change. Perhaps a restaurant closing is trivial, but I had so many special moments there.
I celebrated my 29th birthday there with friends..took the best picture ever outside that evening after spending the day being drenched on a sailboat on the Hudson. My friends and I ate there after attending tapings of The Rachael Ray Show and The View. I met my friend and fellow blogger, Jen, there last year when she was visiting from Utah, and I was reunited with my friend, Ellen, who was an exchange student at my high school when we were in 10th grade.
That place is filled with fond memories, and I’m sad that it’s gone. I don’t really believe it yet..I was looking forward to eating there again in the next month or two. I suppose it will just take some time to wrap my head around this information. I know there will be new places with new memories to be made, but tonight I’m sad to know that Jasmine is gone..And I’m counting on my super city-savvy friend to find the next best Thai food in town…