For Justin's birthday, my gift was to plan out a day for him. (His gift to me was to give me the time and to let me plan, which is hard for someone who likes to have the schedule.) We met up at Columbus Circle for an incredible brunch at Asiate, the Mandarin Oriental's sky-high restaurant.
(Photo by Mandarin Oriental)
Our food was delicious and the views were stunning. We spent most of the meal watching passersby, straining to see in Trump Tower apartments, and enjoying the time together.
That night, we went to see Cuban saxophonist and composer Paquito D'Rivera at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola—part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. D'Rivera's band Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation played a fantastic mix of jazz, tango, and more traditional Cuban songs. Guitarist Luis Mario Ochoa sang several numbers, including Ernesto Duarte’s Cuban bolero "Cómo Fué." Although I'm not a musician, I grew up listening to jazz—live and recorded—with my parents. The show was a thrilling mix of styles, eras and sounds, and we enjoyed the musical journey.
(Photo by Earl Wilson/The New York Times)