The New York Diet

Model-Actor Adam Senn Takes Supermodels for Burgers, Breakfasts on Cupcakes

Model Adam Senn at Film Center Café.
Model Adam Senn at Film Center Café. Photo: Melissa Hom

After a stint as a party boy on The City, model and Il Bastardo partner Adam Senn rapidly expanded his résumé. He just returned from Milan Fashion Week to rep Dolce & Gabbana, announced his investment in Film Center Café, and is working on the acting portion of his triple threat. Senn plays a video director and love interest of Meagan Goode in Video Girl, which awaits a distributor. “I ran probably about five miles a day every morning just to release a lot of tension, and did a lot of yoga exercises,” said Senn about his preparation for the role. A self-described “gym rat,” Senn’s New York Diet was consumed with little concern for forthcoming Fashion Week casting calls.

Saturday, January 30
I was in L.A. screening the movie. I’m back and forth and split a house with a friend of mine. For breakfast, I had French toast stuffed with strawberry jelly and cream cheese with maple syrup at Doughboys. And I had an iced latte with skim milk. I usually work out on the weekdays, Monday through Friday.

Before lunch I went to In-N-Out Burger. That’s so bad. I had a double, animal-style. Every time I go to L.A. I eat there at least once. I’ve been to Shake Shack. Actually, for my restaurant, we get our meat from the same people they get their meat from, LaFrieda. Shake Shack is good, but I don’t know, there’s something about In-N-Out. The sauce, for one, whatever they put on it. I like how the fries are just regular cut fries.

Then I went and ate lunch with a friend of mine, [the director] Ty Hodges. I had ravioli stuffed with blue crab. I can’t think of the restaurant. It was off of Sunset. It was great.

Dinner was at the Spanish Kitchen. It was a friend of mine’s birthday, Seth Miller, and I had chicken fajitas and iced tea. I haven’t drank alcohol in probably about eight months. Actually, you go so long with drinking alcohol, even if it’s just once a week for a year or so, for five years, why can’t you go five years without? I just get weird like that; I’m always looking online at diets. I get bored with one workout, one diet, just change it up a little bit, and look at other people’s habits. It’s not hard at all. I’ve gone a year without drinking before, just one time. Now I really just don’t have any intention. It’s just not appetizing to me. I didn’t have anything for dessert.

Later, we went to Voyeur, I think it’s called. I wouldn’t call myself a huge dancer. But it was a pretty big night — Saturday night before Grammy night. And it was my best friend’s birthday, so …

Sunday, January 31
Sunday morning, I woke up around 9 a.m. and, this sounds stupid, but I had a homemade, from scratch, cupcake from my buddy’s birthday. They were amazing with, like, a coffee-type icing on top of it as well. Just ridiculous.

I skipped lunch all day because I flew out, and didn’t eat again until midnight after my flight got in. Well, I had a Baby Ruth and a bottle of water at the airport, but I was rushing.

I went to Mercy Deli over here, a Chelsea deli, and had a turkey, lettuce, tomato, and American cheese sandwich, a bag of chips, a Smart Water, and a Crunchie bar. It’s from the U.K. originally. It’s awesome. It’s honeycomb dipped in chocolate. Like I said, I go through different phases. I feel like you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, pretty much, as long as you exercise. I’m a pretty strong believer in that.

Monday, February 1
Monday morning, I had another iced coffee across the street from where I live. I was working. The shoot was for Macy’s, so I went there and had an everything bagel with cream cheese from the shoot.

It was a decent lunch. I had a chicken-salad wrap, also from the shoot. And water.

Dinner Monday, I ate downstairs at my restaurant Il Bastardo: tortellini with chicken breast. I’ve always been around good southern food, and then I came here to New York and met one of my best friends, Bobby Malta, who owns something like sixteen different restaurants. I met him and he kind of took me under his wing. Since I’ve been here and I made a decent amount of cash, I ended up coming up with a concept and investing in Il Bastardo and Bar Baresco.

I’m definitely involved in a lot of different aspects. I have a hands-on approach to making sure the staff is dressed right, making sure the food is presented correctly, tastes right. I came up with the concept of having the wine bar next door. We have 40 different wines by the glass.

Tuesday, February 2
I didn’t wake up till the afternoon. I went to Film Center Café with a friend of mine, Tiiu Kuik, the supermodel chick. I had a cheeseburger and an iced tea, and she had macaroni and cheese with truffles.

After lunch, I ended up going to the gym. I go to the gym on weekdays around 8 p.m. to 9:30 or 10. Monday’s kind of like a light day. I’ll run three miles starting to warm up, and then, it was a chest day so I do — I always do four sets of everything, some people do three, it’s kinda like an extra kick in the ass with four — flat bench, incline bench, decline bench, flies, then triceps … you really want to know all this? Tuesday would be biceps, shoulders, abs, and forearms, I guess, I don’t know — this sounds lame. And then Wednesday is legs. And every day, I run three miles before the workout.

Tuesday night, I had Mercy Deli again. I had a salad with chicken on it.

Wednesday, February 3
I had cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and then for lunch I had Subway: a tuna sandwich, two bags of Sun Chips, and a bottle of water. And for dinner from Il Bastardo: red snapper and steamed broccoli and an iced tea.

Thursday, February 4
Nothing yet. Toothpaste.

For Fashion Week, I’ll probably just stick to mostly proteins and greens, and will cut down on carbs. They have castings going on right now. I’ve been around for a while, so I’ll go to maybe a casting or two and you’ll see what happens.

Model-Actor Adam Senn Takes Supermodels for Burgers, Breakfasts on Cupcakes