From The Lips Of A Local
Each week we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever. Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.
This week we’re chatting with the master of dinner parties, Danielle Bell!
Name: Danielle Bell
Occupation: Other half/Baker, de Porres Dinner Series
New Yorker since: 2003
What hood do you live in? Bedford Stuyvesant
Where do you get your morning coffee? I don’t drink much coffee, but I do enjoy more than my share of tea. I buy herbs from Atlantic Avenue’s The Herb Shoppe and mix a little bit of this and little bit of that. So, to answer your question, at home.
Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closed: Kaz an Nou. I’ve followed chef/co-owner Sebastien Aubert’s work since his Soho days at Ivo & Lulu. I love coming to this tiny French and Guadeloupean gem. So cozy, such gracious hosts, little fuss, and BYOB. Would be a travesty if they closed, Brooklyn has enough ramen, burgers, and “seasonal” what have you.
Every tourist must visit: Brighton Beach and/or Flushing
NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: I love that many New Yorkers, particularly the youngish, are looking to elect a genuinely progressive mayor for the first time in forever–de Blasio supporter over here.
I could go a long while without hearing “artisanal” and “Brooklyn” used in the same sentence.
Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: The bathhouse. For Russian Turkish and convenient: Manhattan’s Wall Street Baths. If you’re adventurous and want to shvitz sans bankers–and who could blame you!–Mermaid Spa in Seagate. At either stay for as long as you like and do have the beef tongue and a bottle of Baltika. If you’ve quite a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket: Aire Ancient Baths followed by dinner at Le Philosophe. This is how I spent my last birthday. If you want to keep your clothes on: The Butterfly Room at the Museum of Natural History, gets me every time.
NYC’s best kept secret: Would it be too damn much to say de Porres Dinner Series?