2002-01-12 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

It is a New Year and a new W Hotel just opened up in Times Square on Broadway and 47th St.

You can’t miss the modern glass enclosed bar right on the corner that welcomes you to the Blue Fin restaurant in the W Hotel. It seats 250 on the lower level, where you can find a long sushi bar on the left to suit your Japanese yearnings. You will also find a hanging sculpture of what looks like a flock of birds flying above the sushi bar in between a beautiful staircase encased in glass on the right and on the left wall, magnificent sculptured mural representing water as you ascend to the upper level.

As you reach the top, you hear live music (every night) to entertain a capacity of 150 dining guests. You will see a sizable bar toward the left, separated from the dining area by hanging, horizontal wooden slats.

Kalani is the gracious barmaid who will pour you a Blue Fin (Absolute vodka, contreau, infused cognac and blueberries) cocktail or anything else your heart desires. Michael Ryan, the charming General Manager of this great new fish restaurant in New York City, came from Chicago, where he worked for the famous Shaws Crab House and the Seafood Den, which belong to a group of restaurants called "Lettuce us Eatier you".

He also managed the restaurants on the Odyssey cruise ship for several years.

For a "just opened" restaurant, the Blue Fin was doing very well that evening. Wendy was my most accommodating waitress who served me tastes of oysters from different areas, (one more delicious than the other), a delicate lobster bisque and a heavenly Sea Bass with a very special sauce that was divine, almond lemon ice cream completed one of the best seafood meals I have had in New York City. This is a" must dine" restaurant, especially for lovers of food from the sea. Another thing, if you are three or four dining, do order the Seafood Castle that is a tri-tiered dish set in the center of the table, each tier filled with shellfish of all sorts: lobster, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams etc. You can delightfully pick your way through dinner. The ambiance is hard to beat and with the music, food, impeccable service and elegance you will put this restaurant on the top of your New York dining list.

Of course New York holds lots of excitement on New Years, but this year I choose to be among old friends in Rockaway with Tom Connors. Many folks stayed home for a quite time. If you were looking for a more subdued way to celebrate with a fine dinner and no fanfare, Snug Harbor was the place to be. Kathy McCormack, her daughter, Kathy Locke and Richie Coyne were among the celebrants there along with Loretta and Chuck (magnet mattress) Gregory and a great many Rockaway residents gathered around the TV for the final countdown. We unanimously agreed we were happy to see year 2001 go………and stay away forever. Hopefully, we will have a better 2002. A healthier, happier and more prosperous one for all of you.

At brunch at Kennedy’s with Tom Connors this past Sunday, I was told Kennedy’s was packed, mostly with locals as well as Brooklynites from the Breezy Point Surf Club. It was a very festive crowd with live music, noisemakers and horns and champagne at midnight to welcome the New Year. Kennedy’s was jammed for an open house to remember.

George Angle and his girlfriend, of the younger group, told me the old Boggiano’s, now Tap and Grill, had a super New Years celebration for only $30per person, with a DJ, open bar, free buffet and midnight champagne. Can’t beat that now, can you? See, there are advantages to being young. Sure, but they don’t have the experience older folks have. No wonder they say, "Half the fun is getting there".

Maxime Kamil, a customer at Janet’s Salon, told me that her husband, Herman Kamil, President of Temple Israel of Beach 84th St. is sad to announce the closing of the Temple Israel the end of January. However, until then, they are still open for Sabbath, services and Minions. Perhaps you will find Rabbi Kamil in a synagogue in Belle Harbor soon.

The toy show is coming up in February and Kidstation sent me their newest toy on the market, Marble Train. Designed for one and half year olds and up, it is made of solid wood and should be placed on the floor or table.

The marbles will not come out. The child moves the marbles around the train track up to the gates that can change the direction the marbles are going. It encourages logical thinking and reasoning and promotes skills. You will find it in toy stores very soon.

The National Boat Show is in full force at the Javitts Center and I went aboard the Queen of the Show, the 59 foot Carver that is ultra luxurious with living room of leather sofas and chairs, TV and complete hi-tech sound system, a fully equipped kitchen, with microwave, dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator, ice maker, oven, a bar and dining table. Downstairs, a master bedroom with private bathroom, tub and shower and washer/dryer, 2 bunk bed rooms for kids and a guest queen size bedroom. On the upper deck, an indoor Steering Captain’s room with comfy seats for guests, another bar, ice maker and wine cooler. Above is the outdoor deck for steering and seating pleasurable sailing along the waters. This boat is mostly for retirees who use it for a second home or for Corporations or any one with enough bucks to afford it. Peter Shorre mentioned the Staten Island Boat Dealers, which does a superb job in servicing these boats. Price $996,195.

Next week you’ll read about the latest and most innovative fashions at the Accessory Show and the Femme Fashion Show.


The Radisson Cable Beach, a beautiful Resort/ Hotel, in Nassau is offering 4 nights for $799 with FREE Air if booked by Jan. 31. For travel Jan. thru Feb. 13. PLUS save $100 by booking with your American Express Card. Feb. 24, take the Oldies Cruise and save $50 …..Cancun at Westin Regina 7 nts. for $935, breakfasts daily and afternoon hors doeuvres…….Club Med from New York $890 7 nts. in Fla.. single upgrade and AIR INCLUDED…….Punta Cana in Dominican Republic is offering 3 nts. Air/Land for $479.99 grade to spacious suite FREE room service 24 hrs. Half hour massage FREE, one hour motorized water sport, all for only $50. Package saving of $500 per couple.; 4 nts., $529.99; 7nts. $649.99……..Our Lucaya, a glorious resort in the Bahamas offers FREE Air transfer accommodations for 5 nts. $469p.p…….

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