Vittorio Assaf
Where were you born ?
Milano, Italy
How long in New york:
24 years
Upper East Side
Favorite Restaurant:
Besides Serafina, Geisha; besides Geisha, Brasserie Cognac; besides Brasserie Cognac, Ma�ana. Then Le Bernardin and Cipriani's Downtown
Best Sushi:
Geisha and Yasuda
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Serafina Osteria on 58th Street
Best place for late night dining:
Serafina Meatpacking when we open
Best dessert:
Rose Macaroon at Brasserie Cognac, Chocolate Souflee with a frozen dollop of Nutella at Serafina Broadway and the Raspberry Crostatina at Serafina Fabulous Grill on 61st Street
Best place for a romantic date:
Am I that romantic?
Best Sunday brunch:
In bed.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Last night I promised myself to stop going out to clubs and lounges so much? I don't want to give an answer tonight.
Best place for a power business meeting:
All-around favorite spot in New york:
During the day, the Upper East Side. During the night, Downtown.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
If they don't fit in my house, I will call my concierge friends and choose from the many excellent hotels in New York. I'm still waiting for the Serafina hotel to open.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Chrome Hearts for jewelry
Best Spa:
Townhouse Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
City Harvest, Citymeals-on-Wheels, New Yorkers for Children, Fresh Air House, Angel Ball
Favorite Cultural Event:
It is difficult to choose, New York has so many art events that I enjoy. Art is music, art is painting, art is FOOD.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of New york:
New York is a city that gives you energy, an endless amount of energy. Perhaps an atomic energy. I am proud to be a New Yorker.
Best Steakhouse:
Brasserie Cognac for the Filet Mignon Flambe
Best Pizza:
Serafina Broadway
Best Lunch:
The Halibut, Salmon Ceviche and Cheese Souflee at Brasserie Cognac
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Running in Central Park
Best Massage:
Attila Pell on East 64th Street for sports injury. He charges $45 for half an hour.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Marcelo is a private chauffeur that I use: 646.234.0010
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Kandinsky at The Guggenheim
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
I like to sail on the river and see The Statue of Liberty.
Best Broadway show:
Jersey Boys. I sat next to Rod Stewart and we danced for two hours.
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