In the fall of 2004, Taavo Somer and William Tigertt happened upon a perfect cozy space at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, and Freemans Restaurant was born. The idea of the restaurant was to make a rugged clandestine colonial American Tavern. The cuisine was also imagined to early American: Simple, Rustic, and inspired by Old World traditions.
Residing in a historic townhouse near Lafayette Square, Seaworthy is an oyster bar from the trio behind New York’s award-winning Grand Banks: brothers, sailors and New Orleans natives Alex and Miles Pincus and nightlife impresario Adrien Gallo. They've brought on acclaimed chef Kerry Heffernan and longtime bar director Lauren Schell, also from the Grand Banks team.
Maison Pickle is a new eatery in New York City’s Upper West Side that brings classic American sandwich, French Dip, to a surging culinary community. Led by Jacob Hadjigeorgis of Jacob’s Pickles and Jacob’s Pickles Digs NY, Maison Pickle opens in the fall of 2016 with a menu built around craft cocktails and the French Dip.
Based in NYC, The Sabah reinvents the traditional handmade Turkish slipper with a modern silhouette. Founder Mickey Ashmore first fell in love with the slipper after receiving one as a gift while living in Istanbul. Comfort persuaded him to wear the shoes on worldly travels, but the look was "very Aladdin." Utilizing heritage construction techniques passed down from a familiar Turkish family, Ashmore shaved down the curl of the toe, added better quality leathers and launched the updated design as the Sabah. Now that "The Dealer," as Ashmore refers to himself, has gotten a good bit of media love in recent months, he insists on meeting each of his customers personally, ideally over a drink at his Manhattan showroom or, in correspondence.
A pickle is more than just “a pickle”. For us, pickles have a real place at the table. Throughout history, pickles have had a major role in food culture. We’re inspired by the pickle – and use it to help us elevate comfort food to new levels. It continually serves as the muse to our tale of “beer, biscuits and pickles”.
Grand Banks is a celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker. Inspired by the floating "oyster barges" that lined Manhattan's waterfront in the 18th and 19th centuries, Grand Banks features sustainably harvested oysters, nautically inspired cocktails, and awe-inspiring views.
Inspired by Italian bakers and bakeries, Sullivan Street Bakery was founded in 1994 in New York City. In 2000, the bakery moved to Hell's Kitchen, where it remains today. Known for its bread, Roman-style pizzas, and pastries, Sullivan Street Bakery has been a staple for 20 years.
James Beard Award winner Jim Lahey opened the doors to Co. in 2009. Located in Chelsea, Lahey put his own spin on pizza while celebrating artisanal food culture and communal dining. The name is short for Company, a word whose Latin roots refer to the phrase “with bread.” With bread as the centerpiece of the meal, Co. features a variety of toasts, soup, salads, artisanal meats and cheeses, and, of course, pizza.
J. Mueser suiting is crafted by master tailors from the world’s finest fabrics. We scour each country we visit, collecting its most exquisite cloths: English wool, Scottish tweeds, Italian velvet and hundreds more. The world is our field, quality our compass. We measure with precision to ensure an ideal fit, both physically and stylistically.
Mass Live Arts (MLA) is a festival of experimental theater and performance at the Daniel Arts Center [Bard College at Simon's Rock] in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to presenting large-scale bold new works of contemporary performance in the Berkshires. MLA is also committed to fostering the creation of new American works through development residencies culminating in work-in-progress showings. This residency is for highly-talented companies or performing artists in need of space and time to create new work.
Friends & Family is a cross-disciplinary creative agency comprised of designers and builders. Over the last 12 years, our founder, Taavo Somer has collaborated with a close-knit network of friends and family developing pioneering businesses that have influenced not only restaurant, hotel and fashion industries, but also culture at large.