On January 13, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park hosted a magnificent soirée in the hotel’s sumptuous Ritz-Carlton Suite. For only the second time in luxury cruise line Cunard’s 171-year history, the company’s three grand ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth gathered by the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Spectacular Grucci fireworks lit up the sky, and The Ritz-Carlton’s top suite offered unmatched views of the rare rendezvous.
Located in New York’s downtown financial district, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park attracts industry leaders during the work week, while its proximity to some of the city’s iconic landmarks and monuments, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, draws leisure travelers as well. Guests who opt for accommodations with unobstructed views of Lady Liberty get an in-room telescope, and The Ritz-Carlton Suite boasts wraparound windows to boot, which allowed guests on January 13 a stunning glimpse of the majestic liners.
While the July 4-worthy fireworks display, designed by the fifth-generation, family-owned and world-renowned Grucci operation, was the highlight of the evening, Ritz-Carlton pastry chef Laurent Richard’s delectable cocktail-sized desserts took center stage after the sparkling grand finale. From feather-light cheesecake and pastry puffs to rich fruit and lemon-meringue tartlets, it’s no surprise Richard ranks as one of Pastry Art & Design’s ten best pastry chefs in America.