What does a Friday look like in New York City? The answer is anything and everything!
It’s been a roaring great week, full of exciting stories and amazing women from the past and present. If you still haven’t bought THE MASTERPIECE book by Fiona Davis, don’t waste any more time. Get to it.
So in the spirit of celebrating history and living art, we are sharing this collection of Friday party favorites. They are just the kind of upbeat Billy Joel “New York state-of-mind” mood enhancers for a fun get-together or a gathering of friends for a book discussion.
Let’s start with the drinks.
That’s easy… we’ll have a Tom Collins please! Why not, Victoria and Ruby did at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal. If it’s been a rough week, you may need to make a bigger batch than this recipe calls for!
TOM COLLINS COCKTAIL
This drink is one of history’s most enduring cocktails, an all-time gin classic. First noted in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, “The Father of American Mixology”, the Tom Collins is essentially a sparkling lemonade spiked with a generous dose of gin.
– 2 ounces Old Tom or London Dry gin
– 1 teaspoon sugar (powered or superfine)
– 1 ounce lemon juice
– 3 ounces club soda, to top
– Lemon wedge, for garnish
– Maraschino cherry, for garnish
– Ice, to serve
Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a Collins or highball glass over fresh ice. Top with the club soda and stir. Garnish with the lemon wedge and cherry, and serve with a stick or re-useable straw.
Grand Central Oyster Bar
Did someone say Oyster Bar? Well, you’ll need a great recipe for Oyster Stew. This recipe comes to you from Epicurus.
Give it a try but if you are just too lazy, we’ve also included a fun video that might tempt you to head to the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal for a chance to experience the history in Fiona’s book. The Oyster Bar has made this glorious oyster stew the stuff of culinary legend – an outstanding, amazing and delectable meal. Perfect to enjoy with oyster crackers.
Oyster Stew Recipe
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Recipe type: Shellfish, Soups and Stews, Seafood, Luncheon
- 8 freshly opened oysters
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 ounce of clam juice
- 1/4 Cup oyster liquor
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 dash of celery salt
- 1 Cup half-and-half
- Oyster crackers to serve
- Place all of the ingredients except half-and-half and one tablespoon of the butter in the top part of a double boiler over boiling water.
- Don’t let the top pan touch the water.
- Whisk briskly and constantly for about 1 minute, until oysters are just beginning to curl.
- Add half-and-half and continue stirring briskly, just to a boil. BUT DO NOT BOIL
- Serve piping hot in heated bowls. Top the stew with the remaining 1 Tablespoon butter and sprinkle with paprika.
- Enjoy with oyster crackers on the side or spliced on top of the stew just before serving.
Note: To make more servings, do 2 at a time. Have bowls hot, and heat half-and-half before adding. Also as a substitute for freshly shucked oysters, use jarred oysters packed in their juice from the fish section of your supermarket.
Too busy to cook? Experience Grand Central Terminal’s Oyster Bar here:
Get Into the Groove With Music and Fashion
Of course, no party would be complete without the right playlist to set the mood and a few fashion options to try on.
We’ve taken the trouble of solving both of these issues by creating a Soundcloud Masterpiece Playlist and all you have to do is hit play.
These songs should get you started and we’ve added a fun fashion dance-party video after each decade just to give you a few fashionista ideas!
- The Mooche by Duke Ellington
- There’s a Rainbow Round My Shoulder by Al Jolson
- Mack the Knife Bertolt Brecht with Kurt Weill and Ella Fitzgerald
- I Can’t Give you Anything But Love by Cliff Edwards(ukele Ike)
- Black and Tan Fantasy by Duke Ellington
- I Wanna Loved by You by Helen Kane
- Is Everybody Happy Now? by Ted Lewis and his Orchestra
- Love Me or Leave Me by Ruth Etting
- Fireworks by Louis Armstrong
- Keep on the Sunny Side by the Carter Family
- The Man I Love by Marion Harris
- Empty Bed Blues by Bessie Smith
Women of the 1920’s:
- You Make Me Feel Brand New by The Stylistics
- Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
- Then Came You by Dionne Warwick and The Spinners
- Boogie Down by Eddie Kendricks
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love by Barry White
- I Shot the Sheriff by Eric Clapton
- The Way We Were Barbara Streisand version
- Rock the Boat by the Hues Corporation
- Billy Don’t Be a Hero by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
- Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
A Classic 70’s TV Show Dance Party:
To bring our week to a roaring Woman Power end, WomanScape leaves you with this Larissa Lassnig (1919-2014) painting. We featured an article about Larissa back in August 2017, when she exhibited in Florence, Italy. Larissa lived in New York from 1968 to 1980, studying at the School of Visual Arts. She created hundreds of self-portraits and is now considered one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century, and a pioneer in the feminist movement.
Larissa’s Sleeping With a Tiger (1975) is a perfect wrap to our ferocious week of women making history. Be fierce and cheers to a masterpiece weekend!