A destination since the beginning of time (or at least before anyone ever heard of kale or knew what to do with arugula), The Odeon has a storied place in New York City restaurant history.
In 1980, the brothers Keith and Brian McNally and Lynn Wagenknecht (the current owner) converted a Depression-era cafeteria into the clubhouse for the downtown set. Throughout the eighties, Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live,” the actor John Belushi, the artist Ross Bleckner, the sculptor Richard Serra, the art dealer Mary Boone, the writer Jay MacInerney (see “Bright Lights, Big City”), and countless other cultural stars could be found here nightly. Frank DiGiacomo has the full story on Vanity Fair’s website, if you want details on the fun and the fights. As for the food now, the brasserie is a place to get a great burger, according to Serious Eats; and has “very respectable bistro food and stiff drinks” as well as a “reliable” brunch, according to The Infatuation. And according to Pete Wells in The New York Times, The Odeon is a place to go to be restored. I agree wholeheartedly. (145 W Broadway. 212-233-0507.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.