So here we are snowed in yet again. This winter is torture, it seems like we get hit with a snowstorm at least once a week and when it doesn’t snow its 15 degrees out. It’s cold, its stressful, and just very depressing. I know I have been cranky because of it. Most of you that know me know that traditionally I love the winter. I love when it gets dark at 5pm. This year is different and I am with the rest of you – I AM SICK OF IT. Ben Franklin once said: “There are only two things that you can be certain about and that is Death & Taxes.” Well he for got three things:
- The Sun will rise in the East
- The Sun will set in the West
- The Seasons will change
So I am here to tell in 24 Sunrises and Sunsets the clocks Spring Ahead and it will it will no longer be dark at 5pm and 12 Sunrises and Sunsets after that, it will be spring. So we have some things to look forward to. So as the ultimate pessimist that I am I am very excited because in a very short time from now it there will be no snow, warmer weather, longer day light and most importantly THE ROOF AT ARETSKY’S PATROON WILL BE OPEN. You really cannot understand the joy I get when I look out my office window down onto the Roof and I see Miguel, Scott, Jessica and the rest of the crew getting ready for a busy night. I look at my watch and smile because I know its ‘TINI TIME”. I reach into my humidor and take out some Avo #2s, put my jacket on fix my tie and put my hat on. I get an extra jump in my step as I walk out on 46th Street to cross to open that Red Door. When the door opens I am welcomed home by the wonderful restaurant staff. They greet me as if I was away for months, but I was just here yesterday. Then I head up the steps saying to anyone who would listen “THEY NEED AN ESCALATOR IN THIS PLACE’ I make it to the top and open the door to the Roof. I have arrived on The Roof, a little bit of Heaven in the middle of Midtown Manhattan. I go to my spot at the Bar my Jack Daniels on the Rocks is waiting for me along with my ashtray. I cut my cigar and light it. Take a sip of my Jack and begin my 45-minute vacation. In a short time Pally’s show up, then the Pigs in the Blanket, Onion Rings, French Fries, and Radishes. It truly is a magical place. There is a reason it is number 1 on my top 10 list, but in truth is the #2 place should really be #11, because nothing comes close to The Roof at Patroon.
So when I look at my window at all the snow coming down and know I have to go out soon and shovel it, I close my eyes and know in 36 days until I break out my straw hats along with my spring and summer suits come and all the bright colors. Before we know it Memorial Day will be here with the beach and BBQ and let’s not forget Seer Sucker Suits and two-toned shoes.
I know most of us hate winter, but it’s the winter that makes spring and summer so special. So keep your spirits up for THE ROOF AT PATROON will be open real soon.