The Carlyle Revisited

Steak restaurant channels New York's finest with swank first anniversary bash

Steak restaurant channels New York's finest with swank birthday bash

B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 cigarette girls
'Cigarette girls' offer candy smokes, including chocolate cigars, for Ben Berg's party guests. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Monica Berg, Ben Berg`
Monica Berg, Ben Berg. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Carlos Wheelock, Luvi Wheelock
Carlos Wheelock, Luvi Wheelock. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Elaine Jefferson, Dwight Jefferson
Elaine Jefferson, Dwight Jefferson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Becca Cason Thrash, John Thrash
Becca Cason Thrash, John Thrash. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Erica Rose, Stacy Sofer
Erica Rose, Stacy Sofer. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Kelsey Groves, Chris Mastrangelo
Kelsey Groves, Chris Mastrangelo. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Genora Boykins, Dwight Boykins
Genora Boykins, Dwight Boykins. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Richard Brown Orchestra
The Richard Brown Orchestra on the second floor terrace. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Haylee Faggard, Casey Van Der Neut
Haylee Faggard, Casey Van Der Neut. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante, Jimmy Bynum
Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante, Jimmy Bynum. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Kevin Henry, Karen Henry, Jeanie Janke, Jim Janke
Kevin Henry, Karen Henry, Jeanie Janke, Jim Janke. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Hershey Grace, Ed McMahon
Hershey Grace, Ed McMahon. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Graham Farebrother, Silvia Otaola Farebrother
Graham Farebrother, Silvia Otaola Farebrother. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 David Denenburg, Frani Denenburg
David Denenburg, Frani Denenburg. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Annie Daugherty
Annie Daugherty. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Margi Chase, Lexie Boudreaux
Margi Chase, Lexie Boudreaux. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 mariachis
Mariachis add a festive note to the celebration. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 interior
Ludwig Bemelmans' artwork lines the wall of the second floor  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 cigarette girls
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Monica Berg, Ben Berg`
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Carlos Wheelock, Luvi Wheelock
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Elaine Jefferson, Dwight Jefferson
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Becca Cason Thrash, John Thrash
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Erica Rose, Stacy Sofer
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Kelsey Groves, Chris Mastrangelo
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Genora Boykins, Dwight Boykins
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Richard Brown Orchestra
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Haylee Faggard, Casey Van Der Neut
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Cliffe Reckling, Annie Amante, Jimmy Bynum
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Kevin Henry, Karen Henry, Jeanie Janke, Jim Janke
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Hershey Grace, Ed McMahon
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Graham Farebrother, Silvia Otaola Farebrother
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 David Denenburg, Frani Denenburg
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 Annie Daugherty
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16  Margi Chase, Lexie Boudreaux
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 mariachis
B&B 1st Anniversary, 6/16 interior

With an SRO crowd in the bar and first floor dining room, B&B Butchers & Restaurant owner Ben Berg was one happy man up on the second floor where he celebrated the first anniversary of his over-the-top popular steakhouse.

The invitation-only blow-out bash was a thank you to his best customers and bold-faced types. Among the headliners were Dominique Sachse, a very pregnant Erica Rose and Becca Cason Thrash, who was honored a B&B inaugural party last May.

A native New Yorker, Berg's intent on this night was to wow his guests with a taste of Manhattan's elegant Carlyle Hotel. It started with the Carlyle-style draping of the entrance and continued all the way through the evening that featured the clubby tunes of the Richard Brown Orchestra and included the stirring sounds of a mariachi band, accompanied by tequila shots.

Arriving guests were greeted with glasses of champagne as they ascended the stairs to what on this night was cast as Bemelmans Bar, the Carlyle's popular watering hole. Banquette seating and a nod to Bemelmans decor did the trick. But it was the generous array of plates from the kitchen that reminded guests that this was indeed a multi-starred Houston eatery.

In addition to the array of salamis and cheeses, waiters circulated with trays of mini beef wellingtons, fried oysters, king crab legs and more. A raw oyster bar satisfied other tastebuds. As the night progressed, the kitchen sent out dinner plates with sliced tenderloin and seared tuna. The late night crowd sourced energy for their dancing into the wee hours from the Sabrette hot dog stand set up on the open air terrace.

Savoring the food, the drink and the spectacular views of the downtown skyline were Monica Berg, Luvi and Carlos Wheelock, Martha and James Madget, Annie Amante and Cliffe Reckling, Nicole Fertitta, Chuck Brown, Jeanie and Jim Janke, John Thrash, Nick Florescu, Minnie Baird, and Frani and David Denenburg.

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