In one dilapidated house in Sheffield, England, live three migrant Indian workers—Tochi, Randeep and Avtar--among many. Tochi is a chamaar, or “untouchable,” a lowly group ostracized from the caste system in India. Back home, he was damned to the most menial existence, unable to rise above the confines of his last name. As a fauji in England, … Continue reading The Year of the Runaways
Much of ABC Cocina's charm, like big sister ABC Kitchen, is the spectacular ambiance. Dark wood ceilings and pops of bright colors around the dining room give this not-quite-latin, not-quite-mexican restaurant, a darker, more sensual feel than the clean whites of ABC Kitchen (which I still believe is one of the best looking dining rooms … Continue reading ABC Cocina
New York City dining rooms beckon in a variety of types, and the luxury of being the maître d' (at one of these) is that I am the point of contact for all the restaurant's guests. I get to meet a lot of interesting people. So far this week, the most notable person I've interacted … Continue reading Francisco Costa and the Ellsworth Kelly Dress
For decades, all of London and much of Europe have celebrated the talent of actress Julia Lambert. Now in her 40's, she lives a comfortable life: afternoon massages between matinees and evening performances in the theatre her husband and manager owns. She dines and dances with society, acting friendly and interested when she is sincerely … Continue reading Theatre – W. Somerset Maugham
Many of the Manhattan restaurants who were powerless throughout Hurricane Sandy reopened for service on Saturday. There was little question of where I would dine. Union Square Cafe was still busy at a quarter past 9, when I entered. All of the barstools were occupied except for one; I scored a seat towards the service-end … Continue reading Meeting Danny Meyer
This image is haunting. The restaurant (where I am maître d') is nearby the neighborhood photographed, and we are shuttered until future notice. One of the managers has been email blasting the team with daily updates; today, our AGM emailed to say that we are without power and will resume service upon its return. Hurry. Everywhere, … Continue reading Hurricane Sandy and the NYC Restaurant Scene
I think the whole point of New York City, though, is to live your dreams or at least try to.