*I got my dark sunglasses
I’m carryin’ for good luck my black tooth
Don’t ask me nothin’ about nothin’
I just might tell you the truth.
at times, publishing can be as much about producing a magazine as it is about staging events. we are lucky to regularly interact with you, our readers and advertisers, to learn what you dig (and what you don’t) while connecting with our local charities and greater community. usually, we partner with LI’s leading restaurants who honor us by hosting these events. and in the process, i’ve gotten to see (and admire) that weird, intense world. more than once, we’ve done this with steve carl, jay grossman, brian rosenberg and michael bohlsen, among the top restaurateurs in this region. the thing that impresses me about them individually and as a whole, is whether i’m emailing them at 1pm or 1am, they’re on. recently, we all got together for a different type of affair: this month’s cover shoot.
after years of having done parties with them and enjoying their venues for occasions both professional and personal, it was a hoot to get them one on one for interviews (and collectively for the shoot). unique? yes. but these NIGHTHAWKS are still birds of a similar feather—focused, defiant, risk takers. on average, our readers (yes, you) are eating out seven times a month minimum, recession be damned. meaning there’s no shortage of critics out there and yet their places are packed every night they’re open. in my interviews with them, we explored the glamour and the gore of being one of long island’s leading restaurateurs. i discovered some surprising things about how they got started, what it takes to make it and, yes, how to deal with the groupies. we didn’t have space to run a barbara walters tell all (or believe me, i’d have gotten it), but what you’ll find is just enough to, shall we say, whet your appetite sufficiently to drive you to the first of their places where you’ll find and live out your own voyeuristic yen for this world.
photographer and dear friend lynn spinnato, who captured this cast of characters at the hangar of nassau flyers flight instruction (the school at farmingdale airport where i train, special thanks to owner don vogel), is also the eye behind the lens of our fashion shoot this month. we brought her talents and the styling techniques of pulse’s own nicole mcconnach—along with models and crew—to the las viñas horse farm in jamesport to combine the fine tailoring of premier clothiers at americana manhasset and wheatley plaza with classic country aesthetics that created our story, EUROPEAN ELEGANCE.
our annual INTERNATIONAL DINING ON LI issue also features the return of the favored segment by the same name. writer tamara withers and photographer l. hsaio teamed up to capture the cuisine you’d expect, like italian and french, but also some not so obvious choices (swedish anyone?). gene elafino had the meaty task of visiting three prominent steakhouses for his STEAKHOUSE STORIES, accompanied by art director kenny janosick’s striking photography (which you may have been noticing more of in recent issues). writers alan semerdjian and regina lupo, our cityphiles, teamed with photographer max flatow to give you the lowdown on NYC EATS to catch either before or after a show on your next visit into town. and aileen jacobson interviewed lidia bastianich for her monthly spotlight. this matriarch of manhattan’s restaurant world has her fingerprints on many of the fashionable eateries to open in recent years and helped groom many of those at the helms. she talked to aileen about italian cuisine, authoring her books and being a mother. to wash it all down, newcomers to our masthead, jessica dinapoli and jessica festa (yes, two jessicas) serve up DRINKING DIVERSIONS and BREAKING BOTTLES, respectively delving into the spirits and wine you may be drinking at your next happy hour. call a friend, belly up and dig in.
*Well, I might look like Robert Ford
But I feel just like a Jesse James.
*Outlaw Blues, Bob Dylan, for our NIGHTHAWKS