Derek Axelrod

Derek Axelrod is the mastermind behind Teqa, Murray Hill’s newest restaurant. Coming from a line of successful entrepreneurs, Axelrod proudly began his career in the restaurant and nightlife industry when working for Peter Morton, Founder of The Hard Rock brand. In addition, Axelrod helped craft highly successful campaigns for his family’s company, French Connection. As head of the product placement division, he shaped his unique approach to public relations, which he has applied to acquiring, expanding and building a several restaurants.

With chic décor and a modern menu boasting traditional spirit, Teqa is not just any neighborhood bar and restaurant. Acclaimed Chef Lisa Schoen’s creative and exquisitely crafted menu puts a spin on Mexican fare. The cuisine paired with an unparalleled liquor selection makes Teqa the perfect sport for a date or to enjoy the company of good friends. The crowd’s creative energy and the restaurant’s authentic yet modern décor may soon pop up in other locations around the city as Axelrod plans to open several locations for Teqa

Where were you born ?
New York
How long in New york:
My entire life
Upper West Side
Restaurant Proprietor/Entrepreneur/Developer
Favorite Restaurant:
Other than Teqa, Houston’s
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Il Mulino
Best place for late night dining:
Blue Ribbon
Best dessert:
The Brownie at Teqa
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Norma’s in Le Parker Meridian
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Teqa Tuesday’s
Best place for a power business meeting:
Four Seasons Hotel
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Upper West Side
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Gramercy Park Hotel
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Cellini – for selection
Best Spa:
Mandarin Oriental
Favorite Charity Event:
Ronald McDonald House
Favorite Cultural Event:
US Open
Best Aspect of New york:
The culture and lifestyle
Best Steakhouse:
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Fred’s or Houston’s
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Massage:
Mandarin Oriental
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
DLimo personal driver and security
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Museum of Natural History
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Central Park
Best Broadway show:
Les Misérables
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