Friday, February 15, 2013

Two Bergdorf Brunettes for Tea.

The legendary, the iconic, the house of all that is beautiful and luxurious...

 Bergdorf Goodman's, sits regally on 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th streets, directly beside the also equally-regal Plaza hotel and Central Park.
In all its, "glory, glory, glory, glorrrrryyyyyy!"

     And, if you're an avid chic-lit (I actually DETEST that term to describe novels) reader, then I'm sure you've been caught up on just how revered this place is. It's as if the building itself emits a little golden glow that draws you in, eyes glazed over. It's the mother ship. And sadly, so incredibly shi-shi and expensive, that it's absolutely mind-boggling. the money that waltzes in there and handed over those beautiful glass counter tops is astronomical! Really, I'm sick now.

A fur advertisement for Bergdorf Goodman, 1938.
    Bergdorf's was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf, a French immigrant new to New York City, and later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, Bergdorf's apprentice at his small tailor shop. Hence, Bergdorf  and Goodman's future garment business venture. In 1901, their tailoring business was officially named Bergdorf Goodman. Bergdorf eventually retired to Paris, and Goodman established himself as a popular ladies' tailor. He moved his business uptown and introduced his first ready-to-wear line (Speaking of New York fashion week, hello!) in 1914, causing a frenzy over his impeccably-designed apparel. But, in 1928, Bergdorf Goodman moved into the building it currently resides in, and since, it has proudly continued to symbolize those elusive-and ever-running, just out of grasp-qualities of glamour and luxury.

    The BG Cafe, Bergdorf's in-house restaurant, calls the 7th floor home. It's expensive. It's a scene. It's for ladies who lunch and have exorbitant amounts of money. Its views feature Fifth Avenue and Central Park. It's a tad old-school, and maybe even old-lady-ish, but GASP! That's my style. I'm attracted to the classic. Not boring. There's a difference, mind you. Fascinatingly classic. Whether it's classic New York, classic films, classic fashion staples, I like people, places and things with some roots. Some depth. Some history. They have stories--these icons, these classics...they have so many rich stories, so many secrets.

Truvy: I kind of like hiring somebody with a past.
Clairee: She can't be more than eighteen. She hasn't had time to have a past.
Truvy: Oh get with it, Clairee. This is the eighties. If you can achieve puberty, you can achieve a past.
          -Steel Magnolias (1989), TriStar Pictures, Rastar Films

   At BG Cafe, between 3p.m. and 5p.m., they serve a high-tea menu, which translates to the ultimate "lady who lunches" afternoon outing. I'm loooooooooving all of these absolutely adorable, ladylike emerging tea-and-scones soirees! Can we say "perfect winter weather activity" all together now?

   The old-lady in me (who is rapidly-rapidly, I tell you!-taking over any other younger, twenty-something in me) is living for this, honey. Living. Yes, I just employed some humor in that last statement. Re-read it. I'm still laughing to myself, I swear.

   For $35 at the top of Bergdorf Goodman, you can score a lovely dining room chair, overlooking Central Park if you're just lucky or possibly snag a reservation, and sip tea while munching (or gorging) on a 3-tired silver tray of scrumptious tea sandwiches and miniature pastries. See...delightful? And for $50, it also includes a glass of champagne. That was clearly my choice. I understand it's pricey. But, it's something worth indulging in. It's a special pause in the midst of these often-stressful, busy lives of ours. I've been twice in the past three months, and most recently, with my middle sister and my two-month-old nephew, Hudson, who's the star pupil at Olivia's New York City Grooming School. He's currently studying my difficult but vital lessons in life, such as the importance of maintaining priorities. You can laugh again now.

   Whether you live here in New York, visit or plan to, or just enjoy perusing the happenings around this chaotic but exquisite city, you should take a look at the BG Cafe and Tea Room, but also CLICK HERE-YES, HERE, to locate tea houses near your 'hood.

Forget what you think you know.
Tea is in. No joke.
And, it's not just for us old ladies.
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