Today’s curious times demand creative feasting and lengthy flights of fancy. It is in this spirit that the Half Century Mark Hotel announces the opening of Booked, an imaginary restaurant located in the Hotel’s expansive lobby, somewhere on the left, straight on ’til morning.
Booked will feature an ever-changing menu featuring fresh, hand-picked stories, lush language and cage-free pictures and poems chosen to delight and sustain today’s most discerning travelers. Booked is owned and operated by HCMH. Its menu, designed by Your Concierge with the assistance of a cadre of creative mentors, will change with the season and whim of the management.
This November we suggest you begin with Charles Simic’s poetic apéritif on the artist Joseph Cornell. Follow with a delectable layered pâté on travel by philosopher Alain de Botton. Next allow poet Maggie Nelson provide a palate cleanser to knock your socks off. Your newly awakened mind will delight in a fantastical dish featuring Marco Polo and Kublai Khan by Italo Calvino. Muriel Barbery will preside as your main entree. (All things Hedgehog are stimulant and inspiration here at the HCMH.) For dessert, treat yourself to an imaginative concoction by photographer Jason Fulford whose phantom Hotel appeared, however briefly, in real places around the world.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s menu. Leave us recommendations for future feasting. And always remember to attend to and feed your imagination. We promise it will help get you through the day, maybe even the next four years.