Anthony Martignetti may have gone to boarding school and then to Trinity, and his year-old restaurant Bar Martignetti may enjoy a reputation as a clubhouse for the dashingly well to-do however he insists that anyone who sees me doesnt think of me as extremely preppy at all. They usually tell me to dress up a bit. Maybe hes being modest: While its true he often sports a sweatshirt and dirty white jeans, that doesnt mean he doesnt know his way around Blue Point oysters and Italian digestifs. We asked him what hes been eating during a week that culminated in a private party for John and Patrick McEnroe.
Sunday, December 2
I had breakfast at Cafe Gitane like I pretty much always do every Sunday. My girlfriend lives in the building so we pretty much get sat there Luke, the owner, is a good friend of mine. I always get the same sandwich: tomato, olive tapenade, and fresh mozzarella on focaccia.
My mother came into town from Boston with some family friends. I spent most of my time in kitchen cooking at my restaurant. I cooked everyone steak point. We drank about ten bottles of Crozes Hermitage.
Monday, December 3
I had a breakfast meeting at Pastis with a real-estate broker. Were looking at a couple of spots downtown [for a new restaurant] I cant really say until we sign the lease. Pastis is very close to one of them were looking at. I think Keith McNallys service is just nonstop great. If Im not at one of my places, I can usually be found at one of his. I had two cappuccinos, the baked eggs, and the croissant.
For lunch I ate with my manager Ian at my restaurant we had the chicken paillard. [When I eat at Bar Martignetti] I just always tip I dont pay because Im the owner. If were there with friends, everyone pays at the table and I chip in my share.
My girlfriend cooked for me on Monday night. She made Caf Gitanes chicken couscous and squash with hummus. I wanted her to stay in because the Patriots were playing I dont have cable at my apartment so I needed her apartment to watch the game. I brought a bottle of Gewrztraminer from the restaurant, and she had Cynar cocktails before we ate.
Tuesday, December 4
I had a quick coffee at Balthazar, because I live a block away, with another person thats helping me out with another restaurant. I finally made it to Equinox on Crosby and Prince and got a yogurt and granola with fresh fruit at wichcraft at Equinox.
Then I didnt eat again till dinner that night. I went to Marlow & Sons and had roast chicken and a lot of Blue Point oysters I think we had twelve. Then I came back to my restaurant where it was a really busy Tuesday night. At midnight I cooked scallops for the guys in the kitchen, showing them a new way. So I ended up eating six dayboat diver scallops. Im always in the kitchen cooking, whether its for me or one of the little line cooks well try to make Mexican or something.
Wednesday, December 5
I spent my whole day at Bar Martignetti. I had lunch there with my brother to talk about business. I had the burger, and he had the lobster-club sandwich. I cant get away from our burger. I make it with Gruyre and sauted onions, and I always get it rare. People that order their burger medium or medium-well just kind of get on my nerves. We had a couple bottles of Pellegrino, and that was lunch.
We were walking around the Bowery around 4 p.m. and popped into Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. We sat at the bar and got meats and cheeses. We ended up bumping into our friend Sean MacPherson, the owner of the hotel. We had regular sparkling water and two shots of Fernet-Branca. Its a really dark herbaceous Italian digestif that me and my brother drink. [Working with my brother], weve argued about everything from what the final cocktail list is going to be to what color were going to paint the windows. It ends one way or other fighting and maybe not even speaking for a day, but were best friends and we run our business together, so even if were fighting, we both know were on the same team.
Dinner last night ended up being a ton of fun at the restaurant. It was cold and snowing, but we got really busy. I had dinner with some friends. We sat at the bar I got steak-frites and opened up a few bottles of Malbec. Halfway through dinner a girl came up and introduced herself, and she ended up being Danny Meyers personal assistant. Once we found out it was Dannys assistant, we sent over some ros. We ended sitting with them and talking with them at the front dinner till 2 a.m.
Thursday, December 6
I had lunch up in midtown at a meeting with one of my old friends in high school. Hes in private banking at Citigroup we were going over monetary plans. We ordered in to his office from Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien. He had his secretary go pick it up for us because the lines were too long. I was still hungry after the meeting so I got a falafel sandwich on the corner of 59th and Lexington.
I came back to the restaurant and had a chicken-paillard salad and Pimms cup. Tonight Patrick and John McEnroe are doing a celebration of the Davis Cup, and theyre having a dinner at the restaurant. Kelly Bensimon is probably here every night of the week. The little socialite girls Olivia Palermo, Amanda Hearst, and Alexandra Richards a lot of them eat dinner here a couple nights a week. John Mayer lives across the street, so hes in for lunch a lot. But its not really a celebrity type of spot.