Derek Koch, nightlife impresario behind Day & Night and co-owner of the hotspot, MPD (Mon Petit Dejeuner), wwwdualgroupe.com
â€œI like walking into different neighborhoods to get inspiration and conceptual ideas. I’ll find streets that I have never visited or seen before. I love that New York gives me such a variety of different places, architecture and restaurants.
One street that really stands out is Gay Street because it makes me feel like I am somewhere else â€“ that I’m not in New York City.Â The buildings are different, the colors are different. It feels like you’re in a back street in Paris. I am transported for a moment.
And I really like visiting St. Marks Place. Â I’m living on the West Side now, but my first 5 years in New York, I was in the East Village. The West Side is about what I do day-to-day. It’s my life. But in my heart, I am a little bit of an East-Village-dive-bar-kind-of-guy. And St. Marks has a very diversified, interesting mix of people.Â It’s not yourÂ PleasantvilleÂ family sort of place.Â It’s more rock and roll. It’s sort of a Twisted Sister tattooed place. And I don’t like to take the quiet back streets.Â I like noisy busy streets where you can see interesting people.
I gravitate toward a place in the East Village called Tarallucci e Vino, It has been there for years and has a warm, comfortable feeling. You can sit there for hours upon end without being interrupted.Â Have you ever been to a magazine store where you’re looking at a magazine and uncomfortable because Â you feel the guy at the counter is going to say â€˜are you going to buy or stand there and read?’Â But I can have a cappuccino, sit and read a whole Dan Brown novel and not be disturbed or interrupted by someone saying, ‘are you going to buy something or are you justâ€¦?’ They have chocolate croissants, amazing lattes and cappuccinos.Â It’s just a very nice place.â€
Tarallucci e Vino, 163 First Avenue, 212-388-1100, www.taralluccievino.net