As the city was beaten down by the usual mix of oppressive heat and humidity this summer, the Transom ducked into the one place in NYC we knew would be cool: the ice sculpture shop of Joe O’Donoghue, iceman to the stars.
We had first met Mr. O’Donoghue at a brunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Daniel. As we piled our plate with oysters and crab legs, we discovered a bar made of ice, covered in a five-tiered array of seafood-bearing ice platters that resembled crystal.
A ponytailed man told us that he was the ice sculptor. As he started to list his clients, Martha Stewart wandered by and greeted him effusively. He had been on her show a few times. Read More