Amid blustering winds and bone-chilling temperatures yesterday, Yelp Elites endured and even reveled in the early Manhattan evening thanks to a little trick I like to call "time travel." Yes, you hear me right. We turned the clock back to the days when a two-martini lunch was for lightweights and a ride home on the subway cost $0.15. The result? Some seriously sizzlin' ladies and gents ready to mix and mingle at the gorgeously luxe Empire Room in a style likened to Mad Men of yore.
Makers Mark started things off right with a triple threat complimentary cocktail selection: Brown Sugar Old Fashioneds, Morello Cherry Manhattans and a perfect Whiskey Sour. Cleansing the palate with fresh, bubbling pep Original Sin Pear and Apple hard cider was served out in a jiff along with passed wine for the mingling masses.
There would be no fête without some foodie fare! The Empire Room treated us to a collection of belt-busting treats like wild mushroom and truffled risotto, panko-crusted chicken satay and Tuscan bruschetta.
It wasn't hard to spot the Joans, Bettys and Don Drapers of the bunch as cameras flashed. In the back of the room, couples and quadruplets queued and winked as NYC Photo Party took shots against a green screen backdrop – quite a scene! Photos from the event can be downloaded for free at their website and clicking on the Event Photos tab. Gallery password NJPHOTO (all caps).
See ya later, alligator (on Yelp!)
– Jane K
Yelp Manhattan Community Manager