With four years under his belt working as the design director for swim and shoes at Victoria’s Secret, Matthew Zink knows a thing or two about sexy. Before landing the gig, he freelanced for Kevin Krier & Associates, a production company geared toward runway shows. Zink grew up in Ohio, where he also attended Kent State University, before arriving in New York seven years ago. He now resides in Brooklyn.
Where were you born ?
How long in New york:
Moved to New York the spring of 2003
I live in Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens
Café Luluc on Smith Street in Brooklyn. Best brunch in the city. You have to get a half order of the pancakes for the table. They also have a chickpea salad to die for.
I’m insane for the sushi at East Japanese Restaurant on 55th Street. Amazing lunch special, no frills, but delicious. My regular lunch: spicy tuna roll, fresh Alaskan roll, American Dream roll, two salads (no soup for me) and tea—delicious every time!
Best Ethnic Food:
I love the tiny Greek restaurant called Snack in Soho. Amazing soup. Everything is good, but I love their classic Greek Avgolemono chicken broth with lemon, egg, black pepper and orzo.
I really love the homemade gnocchi at Le Zie on 7th Avenue.
Anything with lemon or chocolate
Best place for a romantic date:
I loved 9th Street Market in the East Village, or Jules Bistro on St. Marks.
Best Sunday brunch:
I really love Eastern Bloc—music is always great, and the boys are always up for a good time.
Best place for a power business meeting:
I’m not really a power business type of guy.
All-around favorite spot in New york:
My favorite spot in New York is where I am with my friends. New York is about the people and relationships I have established here, and wherever we go is a new favorite spot to create new ideas and memories.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
My guests usually always stay with me, but I have colleagues and friends that love the Soho House.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
actually love Dear Fieldbinder on Smith Street in Brooklyn.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
always score amazing jewelry at the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show held in April in Midtown. Great vendors, great deals. Totally inspiring!
I’m not a spa guy, but I love my barber at Lana’s Barber Shop on 6th Avenue between 38th and 39th Street.
Favorite Charity Event:
Broadway Bares is adorable.
Favorite Cultural Event:
I love the energy of Fashion Week, but would love to experience the Met Costume Institute Gala someday.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
I am crazy for the Natural History Museum. I can’t believe the dioramas! It’s such a classically beautiful experience.
Best Aspect of New york:
I love the mix of New York. I love that everyone comes from somewhere different and is forced to celebrate and tolerate their differences. We all can connect over the city, though. You can be whoever you want to be in New York, as long as you stay humble, hardworking and open-minded.
I’m not really a steak guy, but I love Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian Hotel. Amazing fries too.
Caruso Pizzeria Restaurant in Brooklyn
I love East Japanese Restaurant and Snack for lunch.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I have a home gym that I’m in love with. Otherwise, I go to the New York Sports Club (NYSC) on Boerum Place in Brooklyn.
I’m not a massage guy.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I usually use Skyline Limousine—affordable, professional and clean. In Brooklyn, Northside Limo and Car Service is also great.
My three favorite exhibitions were the Walton Ford exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum; the Robert Longo exhibition at a gallery in Chelsea; and the Adrian exhibit at the Costume Institute at the MET.