For centuries, the Williamsburg waterfront was flatland. North into Greenpoint, first there was a forest of firs and Lenapes, then low-slung brick buildings filled with lumber and grunts. Now it’s less flat. Glass-curtain-walled condos rise quickly toward the heavens. Jacks spill from their two-bedroom beanstalks with their rhinoplasty Janes, wearing Toms, taking water taxis to Read More
Jovial restaurateur Drew Nieporent stood outside of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on Monday evening, May 4, holding an umbrella in one hand and a smoldering stogie in the other.
A Cuban? Never! “You’re too young to remember, but Ken Aretsky almost went to prison for that!” Mr. Nieporent said, referring to the proprietor of Read More
“Dining out is a vice, a dissipation of spirit punished by remorse,” wrote the literary critic Cyril Connolly in 1945. “We eat, drink and talk a little too much, abuse all our friends, belch out our literary preferences and are egged on by accomplices in the audience to acts of mental exhibitionism. Such evenings cannot Read More
When Drew Nieporent opened Montrachet on these premises in 1985, he turned New Yorkers’ idea of a fancy French restaurant on its head. The setting was a stark industrial space, with tin ceilings and overhanging pipes, in a desolate neighborhood of cast-iron buildings and scruffy warehouses. Instead of elderly French waiters in black tie, there Read More