A few years ago, my friend Kabir raked in an amazing Christmas haul at work. “I got a cashmere sweater, really expensive wine, a super nice pen, a Le Creuset pan, a free dinner at Craft, opera tickets to the Met and a $150 watch,” he remembered. “Plus gift cards to everything from Dean & DeLuca to Banana Republic. I never got cash, but the gift cards added up to over a thousand bucks!”
Kabir is not a hedge fund manager, a high-end male escort, or—despite the fitting first letter of his name—a backup Kardashian. In fact, at the time of this unbelievable bounty, he was a 25-year-old assistant kindergarten teacher at the Grace Church School.
Dean & DeLuca is pulling a Starbucks. With an existing Dean & DeLuca Café at 9 Rockefeller Center, we got word last night that the 30-year-old specialty food retailer has opened a new location at the Tishman Speyer-owned One Rockefeller Center. But not to worry, the press release promises a “new café concept."
The new Read More
DeLuca’s Trattoria Harks Back
To Soho’s Good Old Days
I’m always surprised when I walk into a brand-new restaurant that hasn’t yet been written up and find it full of people. Where do they come from, and how do they know about it?
Giorgione, in Soho, is tucked away from the main drag, Read More
On a recent Sunday afternoon, a 35-year-old university professor in New York closed the door of his office and sat down to talk about how he’d discovered he could have multiple orgasms, or at least something that sure felt like them. Tall with straight dirty-blond hair and blue eyes, he was wearing Gap jeans and Read More
An L.A. Orange in Manhattan
Transplanted Californians love to drone on smugly about how impossible it is to find superior produce, “real” fruits and vegetables in New York, like New Yorkers don’t even know what that stuff looks like. And usually one just blocks them out–umm, excuse me, ever heard of Federal Express?
But Read More