TRUST ME, I’M A NEW YORKER: Andrew Carmellini


Taking a moment to ask real New Yorkers real New York questions. 

Andrew Carmellini

Andrew Carmellini, Chef + Restaurateur,
Bar Primi, The Dutch, Locanda Verde, Lafayette, and more.

Taxi or Uber?

I have to say that NYC taxis have been on the decline for the 25 years I’ve been here. Half the time I’m giving them directions.

NY Times or NY Post?

Times for major stories and politics. NY Post for sports.

Central Park or Hudson Park?

Central Park.

Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

Whole Foods.

Starbucks or bodega coffee?

La Colombe.

The Hamptons or Upstate?

Neither. North Fork.

Worse tourist trap: Magnolia Bakery or Times Square?

Times Square is hell on earth, bring back Howard Johnson’s. 

Tap or bottled water?

NYC tap!

Street meat or a slice?

Slice is life.

La Colombe
La Colombe
First snow or first spring day?

Spring, every time.

Would you rather: a walk-in closet or outdoor space?

Outdoor space, hands down.

Shake Shack or Corner Bistro?

Shake Shack.

More magical: The streets at dusk or the streets at dawn?

I’m not much of a dawn person.

Rooftop drinking or park picnic?


Museums or galleries?

Museums in Manhattan. Galleries in Brooklyn, unless Aquavella.

Brooklyn Bridge or Williamsburg Bridge?

Williamsburg Bridge.

Boozy brunch or late-night dinner?

Well, it seems the late-night eating action isn't what it used to be, so late brunch is the move.

Scarier thought: a falling air conditioner or falling into an open sidewalk cellar?

Air conditioner. I almost did that once in my first apartment.

More likely to: people watch or dog watch?

People are scarier.

The Angelika or Lincoln Plaza CINEMA?

The Angelika, man.