• The East Pole

    Food & Drink  

    The year is 1908. A young polar explorer by the name of Ernest Shackleton is leading a party of four across the frozen wasteland of Antarctica. Final destination: the South Magnetic Pole. For the next 374 days, they determinedly press into the center of the sub-zero desert. They never make it. The threat of starvation and a gap of 112 harrowing miles bring them to their frostbitten knees. What would later be deemed the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration ultimately lays claim to 19 lives. While Shackleton and his men escape such fates, their shortcoming haunts them long after they return to England within inches of their lives.

    A warm sunlight pours into the second floor of a prewar brownstone located at 40.7662355 latitude and -73.9658007 longitude…or more commonly known as the corner of East 65th Street and Lexington Ave. The East Pole, the most recent restaurant by Philip Winser, Benjamin Towhill, and the Brothers Martignetti (Anthony and Tom), has taken up residence in the historic row house.

    The gentlemen recruited Chef Nicholas Wilber to head up the kitchen. As one of the leading chefs in the Farm to Table movement, Chef Wilber has developed a simple yet thoughtful menu drawing on three years of experience at the helm of The Fat Radish. His passion for local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably-sourced proteins are showcased in dishes such as the Long Island Fluke Crudo and the Fennel & Fish Pie with Lobster and Taragon arriving at our table. Other highlights include the mint lemonade, Peeky Toe Crab & Avocado Toast (Anthony’s favorite), a dozen Chattum Mass oysters with Mignonette Sauce, and the apple pie a la mode.

    We are holed up in the Map Room, the private dining room upstairs designed for intimate gatherings around a long wooden table. Old maps collected by the Winser family over the years line the walls while American walnut, copper, black steel, and white washed walls create a clean and simple point of view with an emphasis on high quality materials. The result is a two story space that harkens back to the age of Shackleton’s polar explorations while paying homage to The Explorers Club that memorializes it.

    While a trek to the South Pole demands endurance, an iron will, and a royal bankrolling, The East Pole requires only an appetite and a Lyft (Uber is old hat and more expensive) to East 65th Street. Gastronomical adventure calls north of 14th St. You will not be disappointed. The only thing you may be haunted by afterwards is the butternut squash cooked down with apples and onions almost to the point of soup, then tossed with rock shrimp and cavatelli for a pasta that tastes simultaneously rich and light.

    133 E. 65th St.
    New York, NY 10065

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  • Full of Beans

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Cambridge, MA

    Noteworthy: rugged tomboy look for Head of the Charles Regatta, general lack of concern.

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  • Chukka Boots

    Style  

    The provenance of the chukka boot hails from the fields of polo, as early models were akin to the boots worn by British polo players after matches. The moniker was adopted from the seven minute period of play of the same name. While hugely popular in the 1940s and 1950s as casual wear, modern iterations have rebooted (pun intended) the boot's popularity and timeless appeal.

    Photograph by Kat Harris

    We like this pair from Allen Edmonds. Cut from premium suede with a studded rubber Dainite sole and crafted in America with a Goodyear welt*, it is readily apparent—these are chukka boots for grown-ups. Classic and understated, they're more refined than your crepe-soled desert boots. And compliments of the unlined suede uppers (which mold to the contours of your foot), they are just as comfortable. We're into the snuff suede right now, which goes with...pretty much everything. From cutoff jeans to a suit, these have you covered. Of course, lace 'em up without socks as long as you can.

    Ready to grab a pair for yourself? You're in luck. Allen Edmonds is currently running their Rediscover America Sale through October 21st. What's more? We're giving away a pair of Allen Edmonds chukkas** ($295) to one of you.

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    *because they're Goodyear welted, the boots can be resoled through Allen Edmonds' very own Recrafting® process. Complete recreafting from toe to heel starts at $125.

    **courtesy of Allen Edmonds

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  • Dream American

    Top Drawer | Miscellany  

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  • Layering with Red Fleece

    Style  

    Well hello, Autumn. You're late. And you're arriving with scattered showers and temperatures hardly befitting a "New York in the fall" stock print peddled on a midtown sidewalk. Which explains why I'm in a sweater vest instead of a sweater and a rain slicker. It's still patio weather in October and yet it may rain at a moment's notice. Always be prepared.

    Photographed at Fette Sau by Kat Harris

    This month, I'm sharing a few thoughts on layering in Brooks Brothers' Fall '14 Red Fleece Style Papers. While I suggest throwing a down feather vest over a Fair Isle, here, my yellow rain slicker* achieves a similar effect. For those whose copy got lost in the mail, I'll humor you below while I get into my Berkshire pork belly and potato salad. Food coma be damned, it's Friday.

    As the leaves turn and the mercury dips, the next couple of months are the perfect time to pair up your favorite cold-weather classics, but with a twist. I love layering—it's inherently preppy and no layer is more versatile or easy to pull off than a puffer vest. They add color and texture while being lightweight, should you need to shed it when you warm up. Throw it over a Fair Isle sweater to contrast the color and pattern for one of the season's key looks. Want to try something different? Pull it on over a tweed blazer, or even a suit (go ahead, try a bright vest over a dark suit—it just works).

    *courtesy of Brooks Brothers

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