On Saturday, I was lucky enough to celebrate my 51st birthday in NYC with my husband and some really great friends.  Our full day started with a visit to Ellen’s Stardust Diner. If you’ve never been, I would highly recommend it.  The food is good, nothing special, but you don’t go here for the food.  You go because the waitstaff are all crazily-talented performers who sing Broadway tunes while taking your order and serving your food.  They work here in between auditioning, hoping to get their big break on Broadway.  It’s a really fun and entertaining place to go!


Next we walked around a little bit in Times Square where we looked at important things like chocolate and Hello Kitty (it WAS my birthday, right? 🙂 )



Soon it was time for the show, and we made our way to the theater to see Kinky Boots.


The show was great – not just the music, but the story behind it was wonderful too.


And Kristen and I took home matching souvenirs (to be worn at yoga class tomorrow)


After the show, we made our way to The View which is a revolving rooftop bar on the 48th floor of the Marriot Marquis.  It was a pretty cool place to have a drink, and before long, we had rotated to the view of the sunset, just as the sky was gloriously exploding in color.



We were able to borrow an adorable apartment on the East Side, so we even got to experience what it’s like to live in the city.  We went back to the apartment after drinks to change for dinner.

And then headed to Lusardis on the upper East side for a fabulous dinner.

The entire evening was a wonderful dining experience, but the hilite for me was the tableside fanfare of the exquisite black truffle appetizer we ordered.  Truffle is my most favorite flavor, so this was a very special treat for me.  One waiter brought the plate of risotto to our table.  Another carried the jar of black truffles. And a third man, who seemed to be a high-ranking member of the Lusardis team, carried a truffle shaver.  He selected a treasure from the jar and proceeded to carefully shave morsels of black truffle on top of our plate of risotto.  The aroma alone was making me swoon, and the dish tasted every bit as good as it smelled.


And that was just one of the appetizers.  Our meal was delicious.  The service was incredible.  The ambiance was classy and cozy.  And let me just say that the melodious voices of all the heavily accented Italian waiters most certainly did not detract from our experience.


Overall, it was a special day always to be remembered.  And made all the more special because of these 3 people who not only made me feel like a Queen-for-a-Day for my birthday, but also have been such a huge part of my support system for the past 10 months of my recovery.  I’m so blessed to have you all in my life. xo

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Written by Jennifer Cartledge

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Teresa Roland

You had such a GREAT birthday, Jen-Jen!!! My son and daughter-in-love were in NYC Saturday & Sunday, too 🙂 I LOVE/LOVE Ellen’s Stardust Diner <3 This was a FUN blog, keep 'em coming, Girlie!

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