Model and Money Lover Karim Makes Cipriani Less About Models and Money

Karim Amatullah

"I like girls."Photo: Patrick McMullan

Today Steve Lewis wraps up his talk with Karim Amatullah, onetime operator of Save the Robots, Hue, Wax, and currently an owner of No. 1 Chinese and the director of Downtown Ciprianis private club (hes planning a members-only Cipriani House in the Hamptons this summer). For someone who, according to Lewis, has turned the upstairs into something thats about more than just rich guys meeting models (Kyky and Unik hold a Tuesday-night karaoke party there thats apparently celeb filled), the self-described only real Upper East Side boy (actually, hes from Miami) seems very into making money and hanging with models. He even keeps them around during business meetings: Everyone wants to sit outside with the guy who is the man in town, and lunch for eight hours, and look good.

Modest, right?

In Paris, Im a superstar, Miamisuperstar, Vegassuperstar, all these major cities all around the world. I had a problem with my ex-girlfriend, she said lets go away because I cant stand walking around with you, because everyone wants to say hello. See she was hugely successful as a model and she thought there was a competition going on between us.

So who is he luring to Cipriani? Upper East Side people, rich people, and now my crowd, as well. And now you know what youre missing.

Karim of the Crop, (Part One), (Part Two), (Part Three) [Goodnight Mr. Lewis]