Wedding Reception Recon – Maxim’s: The Nancy Goldberg International Center
The location is actually underground, and the entrance begins with a winding staircase. We learned that they’re currently re-upholstering everything… which is good news for us.
The main foyer (at the base of the staircase).
Looking the opposite direction from the stairwell.
A view of the bar area. The lights were down most of the time, so it was pretty dark throughout the whole space.
A side view of the bar area, looking out into the open floor behind.
Open area behind the bar.
The view looking back towards the bar.
Back near the entryway, looking towards the larger dining area.
Again, pretty dark… but you get the feel. It looks so much nicer in person (compared to this crappy photo).
This is the wine room, tucked quietly behind where the stairwell is located. It’s not a large party room or anything like that, and would likely be used to “get away” temporarily if need be.
In the old days, there was only one door that granted access to this room (via the kitchen), and it had once of those mini-doors where a bouncer could open it and you’d just see their face. I can’t even imagine what this room must have been like, back during Prohibition. Some wild times, I bet.
I don’t know if anyone who’s reading this has been reading my blog long enough to remember that I visited Maxim’s a long while ago, back in 2005 for a Malcolm Gladwell reading with Justin and Chris. When Liz and I were first considering Maxim’s… it took me a while before I realized “Hey, I’ve been there before!”