Remember the days when The New York Times‘ Chief Wine Critic Eric Asimov tried to pretend that everyone in New York wasn’t as wealthy as it’s 1%? Emphasis on the word tried: Even his old “$25 and Under” column usually found ways to give rave review upscale joints like Barbuto and Shore in Tribecca by listing a dish or two that happened to be under the quarter-hundo range.
But “$25 and Under” fell by the wayside over half a decade ago, and in that time Mr. Asimov has let the pretenses fall away. He is not at The New York Times to sell you on food carts or hot dog joints off of Montrose Ave. Go read GQ if you want that crap. And in his latest column reviewing Graydon Carter‘s Monkey Bar (Why? What? Again? Have we run out of restaurants?) Mr. Asimov uses the opportunity for a scathing takedown of an entire borough. That’s right, Brooklyn. Ya burnt.
Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar has reduced its lunch service. And yesterday, the Post‘s Steve Cuozzo wrote that the Monkey Bar and fellow would-be midtown hot spot Le Caprice had lost their luster—that reservations seemed surprisingly easy to come by:
“Both started off red-hot and both have cooled off substantially, Read More
We just received this in our inbox. Don’t really know what else to say. Full stop. Read More
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
Graydon Carter hosted a book party last night at Monkey Bar, his little restaurant on 54th Street, to celebrate the publication of Lebron James’ memoir.
The Observer caught up with Mr. Carter at the party, and it turns out that David Remnick of The New Yorker isn’t the only editor at Condé Nast Read More
At 6 feet 8 inches, basketball player Lebron James was obviously the tallest guy at his book party at Monkey Bar last night. One surprising thing, though, was that young literary agent/musician Luke Janklow is almost as tall.
Mr. Janklow, wearing a very clutch necktie and a bulging messenger bag, spent much of the evening Read More
Guests invited into Graydon Carter’s revamped Monkey Bar on East 54th Street for intimate “friends and family” dinners this past weekend were already raving—those big red booths are fantastic!
“If you were sitting in the booths, you could watch everyone and not even have to turn your head!” said one publishing industry guest, who Read More