The JCC in Manhattan's Shabbat in the Sky program invites local twenties and thirties to host our own rooftop dinners on select Fridays this summer. Given the tight quarters in most apartments, including my own, the opportunity to plan a personalized dinner party outside of one's living constraints is a novel one. With five girlfriends in tow, I checked it out for myself.
Our group-curated tablescape was not the only "zen" component of the night. Masseuses gave complimentary hand massages to guests, removing any final thoughts of the past week. Wine, already waiting for us on the table, also helped with that. It's included in the reasonable fee of $18 for a half table or $36 for a whole one.
Dessert was served just as the sky grew dark and the rooftop garden lights illuminated. Generous selections of petits fours and fruit also come with the price of reserving a table. And while the sweet treats were a yummy perk, I found the experience of dining in a unique way with great company, and great views, to be the most valuable part the night.
Special thanks to Erica and Shoshana at the JCC for their help in setting up our wonderful evening!