The Eight-Day Week
The first time I met Jonathan Benno, the chef at Lincoln Ristorante, he was in charge of Per Se, and I was kind of a dick. For one thing, I was drinking heavily in those days; for another, I am a swaggering extrovert, and, like many such people, I tend to disrespect less-obstreperous personalities. I was smitten with a friend of Benno’s then-fiancée, and I used to kid both women about the chef’s low-key manner. “How’s Mr. Personality?” I would bleat over my sazerac, thinking I was a regular Don Rickles or somebody. It got back to Jonathan, I found later, and he was insulted and pissed off.
SUS, or Services for the Underserved, is having a gala called the Inaugural Dinner for a Better New York at Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Riverpark, with another “celebrity chef,” Drew Nieporent, and couture designer Maggie Norris as honorary chairs. We hope this “better New York” plan includes more taxis from 5 to 6 p.m., as our Read More
Last Wednesday night, at around 8 p.m., the Transom spotted celebrity chef Mario Batali ambling through the Museum of Modern Art in his bright orange Crocs. But he wasn’t here to see the Munch exhibition. He was en route to the New York premiere of A Place at the Table, a somber new Read More
This weekend, celebrities and socialites took a break from their not-so-busy August schedules to do what they do best— go to parties, of course! Saturday evening, however, guests convened in Sagaponak for a good cause. Vanity Fair and United Way of New York teamed up for an event to raise awareness about hunger in New Read More
“Hollywood has an entire awards season! We have one night of the year to pat ourselves on the back,” said power restaurateur Drew Nieporent, waving around a half-smoked stogie outside Alice Tully Hall, where the James Beard Awards, which celebrate the food industry, were being held on Monday, May 3-a safe distance from the Costume Read More
Last night, jet-setting guests stood in the southwest corner of Bryant Park to celebrate the launch of the South West Porch, a new spot for hanging around and drinking and snacking, sponsored by South West airlines. Manhattans and ginger margaritas were served against a backdop of pedestrians and park-goers, waiting for Gold Digger, the Monday 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
For years, Damon Wise—executive chef in charge of celebrity restaurateur Tom Colicchio’s expansive empire of Craft restaurants—has dreamed of opening his own ultra-fancy fine-dining establishment in the old-school New York tradition. “Penguin suits, stylish service,” he told The Observer. “I think a lot of that stuff is going to be forgotten before long. You barely Read More
Celebrity chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is being sued by a former Craftbar waitress, Nessa Rapone, who’s accusing the restaurant of inappropriately sharing her tips with some of the supervisors, withholding overtime, and occasionally failing to pay minimum wage, according to City Room. Also: The company allegedly didn’t compensate her Read More
It’s always a little strange when holidays come to reality-television shows, since you know it had to have been taped, well, beforehand, and so everyone is just faking that it’s Thanksgiving. Such was the case when the Top Chef crew headed up to a downright balmy Rochester, N.Y. (they cooked outside for the elimination challenge) Read More