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An institution is closing its doors. Great article about it HERE.
I always get so sad when wonderful places close in NYC. I always loved the maps at Florent. It was such an institution and now it's probably going to turn into something really depressing like a BabyGap! Sniff sniff.
Florent (the man, not the restaurant) and I were once waiters together at a little Soho bistro called La Gamelle on Grand Street, which morphed into Lucky Strike. He always said he would open his own place, and he did. Thanks for posting this...
how sad- i've had many a great late night there.if they close pastis and prune, then maybe i don't ever need to visit new york again.
Florent himself helped turn the Meatpacking District into a landmark neighborhood. I will miss his restaurant...it had a lot of heart.
Comment moderation has been enabled? Wow. Never thought I'd see it on this blog...
Yeah, I know. I *hate* turning on comment moderation. It's so nanny state, I can hardly stand it. On the other hand, some comments were getting a little too personal. I was trying to host a conversation about ideas I didn't agree with AT ALL and that seemed smug. The ideas were the things I took issue with, not the person. But some of the comments started to focus on the person, and that just puts me in an uncomfortable position. I occasionally (rarely, really) turn on comment moderation. It's usually just to put a speed bump on things. I do remove it after a while. Once thing I like about this blog is that it's more of a free for all and the readers/commenters are the heart of it.
i'll miss the best deal on brunch in town. oh, florent.
man how do you keep up with it all, i live in ny and have been to the restaurant and didn't know this was happening your in seattle and seem to know it all ......... wild
Ha. :) I *wish* I knew it all. I actually haven't been. I learned about Florent when I read the book "Tibor" about Tibor Kalman and his whole world of design. They did work for Florent. I was young(er) and newly interested in design and that book (and others) kind of got me excited about these things, and even NY, which seemed to me so exotic, like a foreign country where the local dialect was f-bombs spoken in and Italian-American lilt and the currency was good ideas and ambition. I love NY. People say it's changing, but it's ALWAYS been changing. Now that I go there a lot (for work) I love - even more - eveything about it. Florent is going away, but there are little restaurants all over the city that want to be the next. They just need love from cool people and ad men and artists and hipsters; defenders of the faith. Right? I suppose Seattle needs that, too. I should be more loyal to my favorite places so that I can be sure they have a nice run like Florent.
Fuck. I lived for 6 months in NYC back in 87 and spent all my time in Florent's and clubbing at Nell's. Am now officially sad, both about this news and how old I am...
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