|Alan Popovsky & Erika Gutierrez with honest Abe|
by contributor Donna Shor
Photo credit: Neshan H. Naltchayan
Only one answer, at LINCOLN, midtown’s restaurant dedicated to the Great Emancipator himself. Double down on that, because it was also LINCOLN’s first birthday and a crowd surged in to help blow out the candle for the restaurant.
Special cocktail’s marked the day. Among them, flutes of champagne-based lavender-infused Mrs. Lincoln quaffs made a hit. Knob Creek bourbon was the sentimental whiskey of choice, as Lincoln grew up in Knob Creek, Kentucky.
Chef Demetrio Zavala circled the room, gathering compliments on the hors d’oeuvres as waiters passed platter after platter of steak crostini, creamy trout tidbits, salmon tartare and sour cream cucumber spirals.
Presiding over it all was a lifelike wax Abraham Lincoln, comfortably seated, surveying the scene under the corn-likker mason jar candelabra, with his own special floor underfoot of acrylic-embedded Lincoln head pennies.
“Count ‘em,” says host Alan Popovsky, “no one has yet.” He says the décor, dedicated to our liberator president, echoes the spirit of the restaurant lounge, of freedom and liberation.
Beauteous Kate Michael, former Miss District of Columbia, felt liberated enough to sit down on Abraham Lincoln’s lap for a quick photo op.
|Kate Michel Maggie O'Neill and Constance Christakos|