Steven Kamali

Chances are, Steven M. Kamali has had a profound impact on your social life. You have dined in restaurants, stayed in hotels, mingled at cocktail bars and danced the night away in clubs–all which carry his stamp of approval. A lifelong entrepreneur, Kamali‘s persistence has made him the go-to man for anyone trying to gain entry into the hospitality business. Kamali got his start in real estate at the age of 21, and it wasn’t long before he opened his own restaurant brokerage firm with just a cell phone, a Zagat Survey and a ton of industry know-how. Kamali quickly turned New York’s Meatpacking District into the sexiest neighborhood in town. With celebrity chefs and nightclub impresarios on his speed dial, Kamali became the “behind-the-scenes deal-maker,” using his wealth of industry relationships to negotiate deals between hotel owners and top restaurateurs such as Tom Colicchio, Jeffrey Chodorow, Marcus Samuelsson and Ken Friedman. The demand for Kamali’s innovative, strategic counsel allowed him to develop a full-service consulting department, Steven Kamali Hospitality. Aside from being a partner in Montauk’s luxury beach resort, Surf Lodge, Kamali offers his advisory services to some of the most high-profile hotel companies in the world like The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton Worldwide and Trump Hotel Organization, reinvigorating the Food-and-Beverage programs of elite hotels around the world. In 2006, Kamali was named in Crain’s New York Business’ prestigious “40 Under 40” list; is regularly quoted as a trend expert in publications including The New York Times, Forbes and Hotels Magazine; and has been labeled a “hospitality wunderkind” with a “golden touch.”

Where were you born ?
Roslyn, New York
How long in New york:
My entire life.
Hospitality Consultant, Steven Kamali Hospitality
Favorite Restaurant:
Marlow & Sons
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Colbeh Restaurant
Best Italian:
Il Mulino
Best place for late night dining:
Artichoke Pizza
Best dessert:
Cafe Falai's Custard-Filled Bomboloni and Layered Crepe Cake
Best place for a romantic date:
Adour Alain Ducasse
Best Sunday brunch:
Cafe Gitane
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Too many allegiances to name just one.
Best place for a power business meeting:
SoHo House
All-around favorite spot in New york:
The Meatpacking District
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
60 Thompson
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
London Jewelers
Best Spa:
Cowshed at SoHo House
Favorite Charity Event:
UJA Hospitality Cocktail Reception
Favorite Cultural Event:
New York Wine and Food Festival
Best Aspect of New york:
With the right attitude, you can do anything.
Best Steakhouse:
Minetta Tavern
Best Pizza:
Keste Pizza & Vino
Best Lunch:
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Best Massage:
Mandarin Oriental
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Frick Collection
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Swedish House
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