Jonathan Adler is the ultimate craftsman. Part potter, part furniture builder, and part interior designer, Adler has created an empire around his unique style and playful point of view. If you're in the market for a giraffe-shaped anything for your apartment, this is the guy you turn to.
Aside from his considerable talent, Jonathan Adler also knows his way around some classic NYC restaurants. Check out his excellent Friday Fives, which makes at least one reference to back fat and also employs use of the phrase "panty-peeler."
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jonathan's "Perfect for" picks
"Whenever I’m in New York City on the weekends I’m at Rose Bakery. It’s straightforward, kinda' lesbian-y (you know, whole grains, honest ingredients, hearty, and absolutely delicious) and exactly how I like to eat. They're pretty serious about their food and, to be honest, a little withholding – no extra bacon, no matter how nicely you ask – but it's all good because it’s so delicious. I get the bacon and eggs, order about 17 desserts, and then roll out into the fashion floors and fantasize about becoming the kind of person who wears loose avant garde fashions to cover my newly acquired girth."
"I’m reticent to give Maialino a shout out - I was trying to go there tonight and they said they could either seat me at 3pm or midnight. Whatever. The truth is that their pork is so flawless, they will always be near and dear to my heart. Their Malfatti is the best pork pasta ever created. Yo Maialino, if you are reading this, I beg you to let me through your doors at a reasonable hour and let me indulge in that braised suckling pig."
"I am an old married man, but if I were in the dating game, I would go to Sant Ambroeus. It’s cozy, it’s intimate, and it sends the right message: you’re chic, you’re classique, and you’re in the know. Taking a date here is definitely a panty-peeler. Their pastas are flawless, the Branzino is sublime, but the real reason to visit is for their cookie plate. Their Elephant Ear cookies are solely responsible for my back fat. My back fat should just have “Sant Ambroeus” stamped on it."
"Lovely, classic, and forever chic. I am a creature of habit and luckily it’s my neighborhood joint. If I am feeling virtuous I will rock their Branzino with string beans on the side. That happens about 1 out of every 20 times. The rest of the time I rock a Seafood Risotto that is just like being there (lovely, classic and forever chic). Bonus: There are always a few fashion and media celebs in effect, but it’s a discreet establishment, so I’m not going to name names."
"I know I am veering from my New York terrain, but LA is kind of almost New York anyway. Every time I go to The Grill on the Alley I am guaranteed to spot a geriatric celebrity like Judge Judy or Larry King or Sumner Redstone. It’s where the over 75 set goes to see and be seen. The menu is delightfully straightforward, and the strawberry shortcake is my happy place and my spirit animal. OMG, that strawberry shortcake."