What ever became of the garden party?
Lush greenery. White livery. A Bat-Signal to all attendees that “it is summer and these champagne coupes ain’t gonna empty themselves.”
Well it’s back, oh intrepid wearers of seersucker, at the first ever Secret Summer, a Gatsbian cocktail bacchanalia at the historic Foundry in Long Island City.
Tickets are on sale now.
First, the setting: an ivy-covered, meticulously restored 19th-century brick Xanadu. Puts the suggestion to wear “summer chic attire” into perfect perspective.
Next, the drinks: ace mixologist Andrew Maturana’s signature “farm-to-bar” libations, each crafted with the season’s freshest ingredients, from shiso-leaf juleps in cut crystal glassware to drinks made with “scented fog.”
And for eats: an open-air grill with chefs preparing fresh-from-the-butcher proteins alongside veggies grown in the rooftop garden.
There’s also an entire room dedicated to oysters and champagne. Like you do.
In the entertainment department, everything from live jazz to the “Shrunken Shakespreare” troupe performing a protracted version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a cabal of gorgeous winged faeries flitting to and fro.
Tell your cabbie to take the Queensboro home, and remember what Nick Carraway saw there:
“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”