Where Everybody Knows Your (Gallery’s) Name: Danny Emerman Has Fed the Art World for a Quarter Century! Will They Flock to His Chop Shop? It’s a First-Party Guarantee!

The block of Bottino and Chop Shop. (Courtesy Edenpictures)

Danny Emerman, owner of Bottino, is not tall, has a grey goatee and wears glasses with thin frames at a time when it’s much more fashionable to wear glasses with thick ones. He is by no means a schlub—he’s far too good at what he does to fall into that category—but physically he finds some common ground with the schlub, qua schlub. Not that his appearance matters, but he doesn’t necessarily look like the person who has spent the past 14 years running the art world’s favorite restaurant. Read More


Want Fries With That Bruce High Quality Foundation? A Hip New Downtown Restaurant Dishes Up Art

From left: Houmard, Neidich and Schindler. (Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan)

Quality restaurant art is nothing new, especially in New York. When it opened in the late ’50s, the Four Seasons Restaurant, in the iconic Seagrams Building, had art by Picasso, Miró and Jackson Pollock on the walls. (The dining room was meant to get a series by Mark Rothko, but he pulled out of the project, and the paintings now hang in three museums.) The food/art nexus may have culminated with the freewheeling 1970s, when Gordon Matta-Clark had his restaurant, Food, in Soho—compared with that, most restaurant offerings seem pretty staid. These days, you can go to Casa Lever, in the architecturally groovy Lever House, and gaze at myriad Warhol prints of celebrities—Hitchcock, Sly Stallone—while you’re eating your $52 “Costata” T-bone steak. And if you’re looking for something a bit more classical, there’s always Maxfield Parrish’s monumental mural, Old King Cole, which hangs elegantly above the bar in the St. Regis Hotel. But a new joint set to open by the end of the year is bringing New York restaurant art to a whole new level of downtown hipness. Read More


In Artforum, Artist Ken Okiishi Becomes a Restaurant Critic


As we continue to mourn the end of Sam Sifton’s tenure as New York Times dining critic over here at the Gallerist office, we were pleased to see that Artforum has entered the restaurant reviewing game, with artist Ken Okiishi penning a superb article in the November issue of the magazine on the Upper West Side’s Leopard at Des Artistes, the new Italian restaurant housed in the former home of Café des Artistes, which ran from 1917 through 2009. Read More