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Sakagura, Ladurée, and Citibike: Steven Learner’s New York

It’s the week of Frieze New York and the latest issue of Whitewaller has arrived to reveal all you need to know about the exhibitions, events, and special projects taking place. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, founder of Collective Design, Steven Learner.

“New York requires you to know yourself, know what you like, and then to push your own boundaries! For me, it’s smaller, specific restaurants with a twist on a traditional cuisine in an intimate setting. Service and style still count for a lot, so I’m looking for the whole package. Three favorite places that really deliver: Her Name is Han for phenomenal nouveau Korean BBQ in a farmhouse setting; Sakagura, a Japanese ‘tapas’ and sake bar hidden below a generic midtown office building; and Russ & Daughters café at the Jewish Museum—what took them so long?”

“I was trained as a minimalist and am drawn to clean and simple spaces and art. But then chaos also has its appeal. Here’s a mix: Dia‘s Broken Kilometer and The Earth Room in SoHo; Meditative Moments; Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea for the Roth Bar and the Martin Creed stairway. And for the art: Met Breuer, because it’s still the Breuer building, and The Four Seasons Restaurant while you still can…”

“Three upcoming great shows you can’t miss: Frieze Projects curated by Cecilia Alemani; Sigmar Polke, the master of all media, at David Zwirner on 20th Street.; and the site-specific installation by the Tokyo-based collaborative studio, nendo, created especially for us at Collective Design. You can visit this immersive installation free of charge and without a ticket.”

“Don’t miss these special New York moments: A macaron at Ladurée in SoHo for an instant 10 minutes in Paris; breakfast at Sant Ambroeus’ Uptown location for the food and the people watching; and the Citibike program—a European concept that we have integrated well into the New York culture.”





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