As the cofounder of the Serafina Restaurant Group, Fabio Granato is one of the driving forces behind New York hotspots like Serafina, Geisha, Manana, Cognac, and Signor Ravioli. He and his team have redefined what it means to celebrate the various genres of Italian dining in New York City.
Where were you born ?
I was born in Foggio, Italy. I grew up in Torino.
How long in New york:
More than a quarter of a century
Upper East Side
Geisha and Nobu 57
Best Ethnic Food:
Indochine and Spice Market
Serafina and Cipriani
Boom Boom Room and RdV
Best place for a power business meeting:
A steakhouse like Smith & Wollensky
All-around favorite spot in New york:
I enjoy walking around Tribeca.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Cavalli stores because Roberto Cavalli is an inspiration to me. I also like the artistic boutiques in SoHo and NoHo
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Favorite Cultural Event:
Fashion Week and premieres for any important movies
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Metropolitan Museum and MoMa
Best Aspect of New york:
Freedom. In New York, you feel free and you are able to express yourself the way you want. It is all up to you in New York.
Smith & Wollensky and Peter Luger Steak House
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
From my girlfriend
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I use my own private driver.
Too many to pick just one
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Neighborhoods downtown like Tribeca
Best Broadway show:
Fruit Tart and Tiramisu at Serafina
Best place for a romantic date:
Places with good views like Boom Boom Room and the lounge at Mandarin Oriental
Best Sunday brunch: