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Philippe Delgrange's Le Bilboquet changed the restaurant game when it opened its doors back in the '90s. One part French bistro, one part trendy hotspot, the E. 63rd street establishment has done an exceptional job setting itself apart from many of the other UES restaurants that have come and gone in the past few years. With the help of nightlife aficionados, The Koch brothers and Aymeric Clemente, Le Bilboquet took the concept of typical NYC brunches a step further by introducing the Saturday brunch. The very Euro trend of nightlife-meets-daytime dining has since become a staple in some of the city's most popular spots. Now that the lease on the original Le Bilboquet location has run out, Delgrange has officially closed the doors of his intimate restaurant that had become such an UES fixture. Click through to remember our time spent at Le Bilboquet over the years. More»
Saturday's Beach Blanket Bungalow at Pink Southampton was apparently a misery loves company meeting spot. Amy Sacco was looking for ideas for her quickly dwindling reality show. Daniel Koch was there checking out the competition. His Day & Night Brunch party has had to battle one of the rainiest summers in recent history coupled with it's location's bankruptcy. And then there's LiLo. Broken up, back together; Dadio knee deep in a totally weird bromance. Drunk. Sober. We can barely keep track.
Last Saturday, Merkato 55 spilled open to the sidewalks of Meatpacking. Increasing the amount of people they can include in their famous brunch parties, there was more than one happy guest (take the guy on the left) in attendance. Just goes to show you, that it's possible for even the champagne sparklers to take second place to the sun. Ironically, even with the extra tables and chairs, the line to get into the "nightclub-during-the-daytime" was out the door. It was business as usual inside.
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Once again, things got crazy in Meatpacking for the Koch brothers infamous brunch party at Merkato 55. How much long this party will survive is anyone's guess...though we suggest you go pay them a visit soon to check it out before you miss this train. DJ Serebe was spinning, Matt Oliver was guarding the door, and Steven Ekerovich was back from vaca to gather all of the shots he could manage to get in.
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The Koch Brothers hosted a grand party at Merkato 55 this New Years Eve. With hors d’oeuvres passed by men in suits, champagne incessantly flowing all about, and sparklers setting the room in flames, the scene looked much like their infamous brunches on steroids. Plus it actually was dark outside, which meant people were even more in the mood for debauchery. Steven Ekerovich joined the twins in ringing in the New Year and scored some festive photos for us to look through.
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It looks like the night was really starting to pick up....except this wasn't night time, it was in the middle of the day, and just another Saturday afternoon at Merkato 55. Sparklers are just one of the components that the Koch brothers use to make you feel like you are miles away from the day light cold at their infamous brunch. Champagne and dancing on tables are others. Oh and those huge curtains that drap the windows (see photo after the break). Usually the party continues on into the early evening at Bijoux downstairs, though the one time I went, I needed to go straight home at 5pm for a NAP!
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Go HERE for more photos from this event by Adriel Reboh and Rachelle Hruska.
Daniel and Derek Koch, our favorite twins, of Jour et Nuit fame, are now playing host to the insanity that is the Merkato 55 Brunch. If you've ever experienced a Koch brother brunch, you know it's not your regular old sit down grandmother's tea time. In fact, by the end of the afternoon, most patrons are neither sitting nor standing around....they are DANCING. Nick Dietz, my partner in crime party crasher, definitely had this in mind when he was planning his big birthday brunch.
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Tuesday, May 21
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.