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museums • performing arts • wine bar • bakery • cocktail bars • diner • bistro
What do you do and why do you do it?
Driven by an endless curiosity, I really like to connect people together to craft experiences and make a positive impact. My current mission is to contribute to contribute to Hennessy and our portfolio's success. To me wine and cognac [ the blending of distilled wine, the eaux-de-vie ] are a language that unite people and communities around the world independently of their origin and culture.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Sufjan Stevens, Chopin, Bon Iver, Michel Legrand, Léo Ferré
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero are heroes. Being passionate about wine raised my awareness on both the importance of sharing & of the environment protection. #1 Lalou Bize Leroy, fervent advocate of the biodynamic viticulture. #2, David Aiu Servan-Scheiber, artist of my generation who aims at inspiring us to preserve the planet. #3, Paul Romer and William Nordhaus, Nobel Prizes winners, to discuss how we can raise awareness on their theories at a company level. #4 Alexandre Mars, Philanthropist & CEO of Epic, to make giving and acting for the planet the new norm. I would cook great vegetables from a CSA, select wines and gather them around a table on a rooftop.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
My favorite brand in the US is Everlane for their ethics & transparency and also for their great affordable and sustainable designs. Côme Editions for their beautiful and customizable designs that empower women in Senegal & their Second-Hand Collection. I have been faithfull to Comptoir des Cotonniers & Eric Bompard's basics and sweaters that last since I was a teen. Bompard sweaters are even transmitted from a generation to another in my family! For low heels shoes, Hirica crafted in France for more 100 years. Whenever I can I will favor ethical fashion brands.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Reading in Central Park.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in New York that you particularly like?
Apoteke on Wednesdays.
What restaurant in New York looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Lam Zhou delicious hand made noodle and dumplings, in Chinatown. And I would add here my favorite secret wrap spot, even though I am not sure the place can be called a restaurant.
Where can you get the best cocktail in New York? Which one do you like?
A French 75 with Hennessy VSOP at Catch in Meatpacking is always a good idea. That being said, to me the best cocktails are yet to sip, New York cocktail scene is one - if not - the best in the world. Over-skilled Bartenders bring the cocktail experience to its quintessence. Don't hesitate to check my map for more recommendations!
Where would you take your partner in New York if you wanted to really pamper them?
In New York I would take him cycling around the city. We would go for a picnic in Central Park, and stop by the Shed, on our way to the park. Then we would go for an early concert at the NY Philharmonic and move to Air's Parlor to enjoy a glass of champagne with a unique dining experience at the Tokyo Record Bar. Then why not ending the day with a drink in a jazz club or on a rooftop, I am always mesmerized by the New York skyline.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
First thing that comes to my mind Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies! A must-try in the city. My true addiction definitely remains raw kombucha that I discovered shortly after moving in.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in New York?
Too many that's one of the City's charm.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Museums: The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum, the Met, the MoMa | Neighborhoods: Cross the Brooklyn bridge, walk in the West Village near Bleecker Street, read in Central Park, eat in Chinatown | Best rooftop terraces: Williamsburg Hotel, Whyte Hotel, Public Hotel, Mr Purple, Jimmy | My absolute favorite favorite bar in the summer: Brooklyn Barge | Sparkling & champagne bar: Air's Parlor | Escape from the City center > In the Queens: the Noguchi Museum & the Greek neighborhood / > In Beacon: the Dia Art Foundation / > A hike in the Catskills
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
I would gather my friends around a picnic on a rooftop with good wines. Then I would go with the flow to dive into one of the magical & unique moments New York has to offer.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I would rather escape big cities during my vacations. La Rochelle the city where I grew up would be my favorite vacation city & the little island in front, the ile de Re - Historical architecture, endless; cycling paths, beautiful beaches, delicious oysters & oceanic climate. Cherry on top, it is a less than 2 hours drive to Cognac. You picture yourself there already, don't you?