I prefer Earl Grey in the mornings.
I’ve always looked for this mix of Lower East-Side but with that low-key, Brooklyn vibe.
You need to pick one thing and be one-hundred percent about it.
I tested out New York for a year to see if I like it, and I did. So I just stayed.
My clothes are black, grey, or white.
All things Paris.
It’s not that I wanted my tattoos to be hearts and stars; it’s that I didn’t want anything else.
Yes, my baby has a motorcycle jacket too.
Actually I’m a DJ.
Once I swore, I would never open a place that sells food.
I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Few things in the world are more reliably boring than the suburbs of Los Angeles.
I studied philosophy.
Sometimes, it takes time to realize why I like certain things.
I was trying hard to come up with a good name for this oyster bar, and it doesn’t work when you’re trying too hard.
My husband is a painter.
Tequila is very inspiring.
Basically the whole block here in Bowery comes to eat in one of my places.
I love this old cash register. Not sure how it works, but it’s quite gorgeous, isn’t it?
All doors here are brass doors from some old hotels around New York.
I was always good at picking out things ahead of their time.
When decorating a place, I spend a lot of money on a few things, and then hand do everything else.
A lot of bars are too masculine.
It would be too easy to open a bar with some subway tiles and rusted metal.
I wish I were having brunch right now.
I like going to Isabel Marant, or Chanel to buy some things. After a couple of glasses of Champagne, of course.
Have you guys seen “Sons of Anarchy”?
Recently I’ve been in Italy, France, Canada, UK, Germany and Mexico, but I don’t feel like I’m a well-traveled person.
Once a prince of Serbia invited me to dinner. I could get used to this.
My husband doesn’t let me have any say in his work.
My one-year-old understands Italian better than I do.
Once I bought my daughter a $300 sweater, and my husband almost lost his mind.
I’m always like, “What next? What next? What do I do next?”
I do want more, but not sure what that means.
I can’t knock people for wanting to make their money, but it seems like they tear apart a lot of things trying to do it.
I wish I could invent things.