ask Andrew about
Food • Night • Outdoor
a bit about Andrew
What are you working on these days?
Transit and city maps.
What drives you mad these days?
Tourists in Williamsburg that use it like their posh playground. I’ve been here 10 years and seen Williamsburg change so much. I don’t blame or hate them, just kind of annoyed when they think that this is what Brooklyn is and are ignorant of what the city really is like.
What makes you happy?
Hanging with good friends, exploring new places, trying new things, cooking a good meal.
When was the last time you cried?
On my birthday which was Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show. I was drunk at my friend’s bar, which was packed and I was just sitting there, sobbing. Not really sad, just emotional.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
Mötley Crüe – Without You.
What was the last movie watched and was it any good?
James Bond – Spectre. Totally disappointing (and I am an HUGE Bond fan).
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
Thrift stores or if it’s a specific thing I’ll go to the store. Usually downtown where there aren’t any crowds.
What’s your go-to café in New York – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?
Crocodile Lounge or Double Down Tavern.
Where’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander in New York, the street or neighborhood that you won’t mind taking a detour for, just to walk through it?
Anywhere in the East Village or LES. Or Convent Ave. in Harlem.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in New York but never actually do?
The food scene here is amazing but I rarely go out to eat. I usually cook myself.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
I wouldn’t call him a hero in the traditional sense but I’d love to meet Robert Moses and take him to some bar/restaurant in Soho. I’d like to see what he would think of how the place developed after his proposal to run a highway through there was stopped.
What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?
On a beach, then going back to have a cookout with close friends, then drinking too much and ending up skinny dipping by the moonlight.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?
I’d hit up a museum. MoMA, the Met, Natural History, etc. Gets me out of the house and to areas of the city I rarely go. I like being anonymous in crowds.
What’s that place in New York that you feel like only you know about? Where’s your secret spot and what make it special for you?
Saigon Vietnamese, a banh mi shop on Broom St. It never has people in it (not really big enough I guess) and I discovered it by accident one day. They have huge sandwiches that are pretty cheap. It’s so unassuming and I love that I can sit in the window and watch people in Chinatown go about their business in an old-school NYC way that is hard to find anymore.
If tomorrow was your last day in New York before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
Go to my favorite banh mi spot in Chinatown, take a long subway trek out to Coney Island, bike over the Williamsburg Bridge, and take the Staten Island Ferry (with some beer) at dusk.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
What’s the place in New York (or places) you’ll never be caught dead in?
Murray Hill, Staten Island, Bensonhurst.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Going someplace I’ve never been and finding a great place that I can bring someone to the next time.
You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
Fontana’s. It’s a 3 level bar and music venue in Chinatown with some of my favorite bartenders. It’s large enough to have a party of people and very welcoming.
When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place that you usually consider going to and why?
A bar that isn’t too crowded with good music. I hate crowds and I like being able to have a conversation with someone.