Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, the two handsome Italian owners of Sant Ambroeus in the West Village, were sitting recently on a spacious leather banquette in the dining room of their latest venture, Casa Lever, under the watchful Technicolor gaze of 10 original Warhol portraits (Bob Colacello, Robert Mapplethorpe, Giorgio Armani) on the opposite wall. Read More
By Meredith Bryan 11/11/09 12:00am
“There’s something in the air that makes people want to make pickles,” said Joya Carlton, 28, one of three partners in Brooklyn Brine, a local pickle start-up, sitting in a booth at the Greenpoint Coffee House with her two partners, Shamus Jones, 29, and Josh Egnew, 34, both covered in tattoos.
“We’re getting requests Read More
By Staff 11/04/09 12:18am
Last week, as the scrubbed and smirking mugs of Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi continued to advertise Top Chef’s sixth season in Vegas all over town, Bravo announced an open casting call for the series’ latest iteration, Top Chef: Just Desserts, on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Craftsteak.
“It’s about time!” exclaimed Zak Miller, pastry Read More
By Staff 10/28/09 12:00am
The much-hyped, soon-to-open Breslin restaurant, situated in the 12-story Ace Hotel on Broadway and 29th, is giving members of the Masjid Ar-Rahman mosque across the street some agita. “Five times a day, there’s a hundred cabs on the street—the good news is you can always get a cab,” co-owner Ken Friedman told the Transom the Read More
By Meredith Bryan 5/26/09 10:43pm
“I’ve been sporting braids for years now,” said Allison Pottasch, 20, who—stopped in Union Square on Monday, May 25—was wearing a loose-fitting purple shirt, jean shorts and a silver nose ring, her thick brown hair parted down the center and arranged neatly into two of spring 2009’s ubiquitous Heidi-esque braids (the Swiss orphan, not the Read More
By Meredith Bryan 5/12/09 10:50pm
Recently, as the retail world was being rocked by the news that the venerable Fifth Avenue department store Henri Bendel will cease selling, oh, clothes, Myrna Skoller was on the phone from Boca Raton, where she spends most of her time nowadays, discussing the contrasting fortunes of her 19-year-old Upper East Side consignment shop, Designer Read More
By Meredith Bryan 5/12/09 6:01pm
Wednesday, May 13
Another year, another Met Gala at which Gisele is much skinnier than us. Say, is it summer vacation yet? The indefatigable dames who lunch and attend store openings with the help of a full-time staff of six will not stop until Memorial Day, thank you, when the ones who Read More
By Meredith Bryan 5/05/09 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 6
Spring? What spring? Sadistic weather gods oscillate between moist and moister—perhaps punishment for Madoff? Kelly Bensimon? Condé Nast Portfolio?—thus forcing even composty Brooklynites to crank up their air conditioners in shame (speaking of shame: to walk by any park these days is to admit that you, too, once bared your Read More
By Meredith Bryan 5/05/09 6:48pm
The theme of this year’s Met Costume Institute Gala—i.e., the Oscars of the East—was “the Model as Muse,” and the weedlike mannequins floating up the red carpet in weapons-grade shoes and teensy get-ups appeared only moderately more human than the “superheroes” that inspired last year’s ball.
Molly Sims called her elaborate gold Dolce & Read More
By Meredith Bryan 4/17/09 9:07am
Chinese artist Chu Yun’s sleeping beauties may be the most buzzed-about piece in the New Museum much-hyped “Younger Than Jesus” triennial, but Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas’s OMG Obelisk is the hottest. It features a tall, nondescript black column exclaiming OMG in blue lights, to almost deadpan effect. On either side of the column, steel Read More