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 PhilosopheThis 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?

To connect with this awesome New Yorker, visit her on Twitter.  Visit her website to find out more information on upcoming dinner parties.


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  • what a great series.. I LOVE this… Fiona you would be surprised how different LA is from NYC
    this is great content Jess!

  • fig says:

    How are they different? NY & London I mean … very intrigued and curious to know. Also, loved this edition of local tips.

    • Used York City says:

      Well I can let Fiona give her London point of view, but the first things that stand out to me are: the tube is practically silent, while the subway is…well, not. Private social clubs are often used there rather than waiting in line for dance clubs like you’d often see here in the MPD. And manners…well, it’s hard to speak for an entire city, but drawing on my experiences I’ve found the Brits overall to be much more proper, quite polite, with impeccable style, always.

      And so glad you are loving the local tips!;-)

  • Funny enough we’re thinking of taking our show to London. After three dinners in Los Angeles––we are keen to see how space and place shapes and influences our project. London is also one of my favorite cities in the world. With the influx of Russians to the city are there many Russian Turkish baths there? It’s been five years since I’ve been.

  • It always amazes me just how different life in NYC is to London.

    • Used York City says:

      Right?! You would think that since they are such urban, large cities with similar demographics they’d have a lot in common, but they are wildly different.

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