Insider’s View: Flo Marinez is chef concierge at The Alex

26 Nov 2007 by Mark Caswell
"We had a couple who with one week’s notice wanted to get married at Daniel, a very popular upmarket French restaurant, but we managed to arrange it for that Sunday. We’ve also done engagements. A gentleman rang up and on short notice asked for our help because he wanted to propose on a trip to New York. We arranged for them to be taken by a limo from the hotel to a matinee, then on to Central Park for a picnic at Bethesda Fountain with champagne and the engagement ring hidden in the picnic basket. It all worked out fine and they had dinner at The View, the revolving restaurant in Times Square at the Marriott Marquis, then came back to the hotel room where we’d covered the bed with rose petals. They sent me photos of the honeymoon. At times like that, this is the best job in the world.”

Flo Marinez Recommends

1. Barrio Chino 253 Broome St; tel +1 212 228 6710; barriochinonyc.com This is just the best place for Mexican food: they do the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted and I’d recommend the chicken soup too. 2. La Esquina 106 Kenmare St; tel +1 646 613 7100; esquinanyc.com Like a speakeasy, with a subterranean restaurant and a great ambience. 3. Nobu New York 105 Hudson St; tel +1 212 219 0500; noburestaurants.com Still one of the most requested in town, and one of the hardest to get guests into on a Friday or Saturday night. 4. Buddakan 75 9th Ave; tel +1 212 989 6699; buddakannyc.com 5. Morimoto 88 10th Ave; tel +1 212 989 8883; morimotonyc.com These two are co-owned and both in the trendy Meat Packing district. 6. Daniel 60 East 65th St; tel +1 212 288 0033; danielnyc.com Good for French cuisine, as well as marriage parties.
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