I'm the chief restaurant critic for New York Magazine, as well as an occasional features writer. Previously, I was a reporter with the Styles section of the New York Times.

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Click here for a mostly complete archive of my articles for New York Magazine.

>> At New York's newest gallery, "safe" is a four-letter word and, as artist-founder Jamian Juliano-Villani says, "taste is out the door." (December 2021)

>> In Memoriam: Virgil Abloh. (November 2021)

>> A stroke took his speech and Covid kept away his customers. But restaurateur Keith McNally, who at The Odeon, Balthazar, and Pastis helped define dining in Manhattan in the '90s and '00s, isn't going down quietly. (October 2021)

>> The current boom in gloppy, organic furniture and design has a wellspring and godfather: industrial designer Gaetano Pesce, the pope of gloop. (September 2021)

>> Cover story: With the Covid-19 pandemic (briefly) in abeyance, nightlife kicked into gear and FOMO came roaring back. (June 2021)

>> Scoop: Alleging neglect from her agents and abuse on photo shoot sets, international supermodel Karen Elson decided to leave traditional representation and, for the first time in decades, go it alone. (May 2021)

>> Brave virtual world: Six dispatches from the NFT art boom. (April 2021)

>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's grew up to make New York’s most desirable clothes at The Row. But can even perfection survive the pandemic? (March 2021)

>> After rumors bubbled up online, a number of young fashion-industry hopefuls came forward to accuse designer Alexander Wang of sexual assault in the queer bars and clubs of New York City. An investigation with Angelina Chapin. (February 2021)
      • Update: Two weeks after this story was published, Wang met with his accusers for the first time and vowed publicly to "do better."

>> Scoop: After 30 years, fashion industry legend Bridget Foley is ousted at Women's Wear Daily. (January 2021)

>> Hugh Hamrick, David Sedaris' long-suffering, long-written-about husband, finally has his own say. (November 2020)

>> Douglas Stuart spent 10 years writing Shuggie Bain, on planes, hotel rooms, and off-hours as a secret side project to his real life. Then it became the breakout novel of the year. (November 2020)
      • Update: A week after this story was published, Shuggie won the Booker Prize!

>> The timely and untimely comforts of Ina Garten, the a Contessa barefoot in quarantine. (October 2020)

>> Century 21: A eulogy. (September 2020)

>> When the shelves were bare, bread-heads fueled a pandemic boom in sourdough. (July 2020)

>> An unlikely comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: memorizing poems. (April 2020)

>> Most publishers think of their competition as other publishers. The Assoulines, who print beautiful, oversized hardcover celebrations of luxury brands for the libraries of the rich and covetous, think of theirs as Ladurée. (March 2020)

>> Michael Barbaro made the New York Times' podcast The Daily the voice of a generation. Or was it the other way around? (January 2020)

>> What went wrong at Barneys? How mismanagement and changing habits took an iconic New York department store from hit to miss. (October 2019)

>> They're big. They're beefy. They're coming for your ad campaigns. At the Russian baths with the big boys of Brawn, America's first team of plus-sized male models. (October 2019)

>> 2009 killed fashion as we knew it. And it birthed our zombie era. (September 2019)

>> What's "shopping"? Generation Z got it on Depop. (August 2019)
      • Update: Two years after this story was published, Etsy bought Depop for $1.6 billion.

>> The Ghislaine Chronicles: A three-part series on who is, where is, and what now for Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite, conduit, and, allegedly, accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein. (July-August 2019)

>> The death of Sylvia Miles, the no. 1 party-goer in New York. (June 2019)

>> Oh, hennnnnnnny! With his little TV-show-that-could, RuPaul has made drag America's new national pastime. (June 2019)

From the New York Times...

Click here for a complete archive of my articles for the Times.

>> Did "Go-Go" Gagosian break the art market, or create the art market? A new book examines the rise of Larry, Zwirner, the Glimchers, and the contemporary super-dealer. (May 2019)

>> What is Camp? Just in time for the Met exhibition on the subject (and its accompanying gala), six experts — from a lesbian performance artist to a drag legend to an octogenarian beefcake photographer — weigh in. Plus, a video! (May 2019)

>> Uptown, Sackler protests. Downtown, a Sackler fashion line. These are the hoodies that OxyContin wrought. (February 2019)

>> In Colorado, the first gay governor of the United States prepares to take office, his First Gentleman by his side. (January 2019)

>> 2018: The Year in Stuff. (December 2018)

>> The designers of Vaquera have press, buzz and talent. Can they quit their day jobs at Beacon’s Closet now? (October 2018)

>> Allee Willis presides over a museum of kitsch that “Boogie Wonderland" built. (June 2018)

>> Onstage, Lee Pace came out seven times a week. Then he came out for real. (June 2018)

>> Troye Sivan is a new kind of pop star: here, queer and used to it. (May 2018)

>> Judy Blame, the magpie magician of 1980s London, remembered. (March 2018)

>> An outfit for the Starbucks run or the airport schlep? For a new generation of constantly-photographed, Instagram-famous celebrities, there’s a stylist for that. (February 2018)

>> Male models say Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Sexually exploited them. An A1 investigation. With Jacob Bernstein and Vanessa Friedman. (January 2018)

>> Mike Amiri makes the best-selling, least-tasteful clothes in men’s wear. You got a problem with that? (January 2018)

...plus, the occasional styling gig

Ben Whishaw, doe-eyed poet onscreen, takes on John Proctor, rough-hewn brute onstage. After years of sausage-casing trousers and shrunken jackets, men's suits are loosening up.
The new men's coat is north of normal: a longer, fuller boundary-pusher.

...and elsewhere

>> On the rise of street style in print, from Style.com. [PDF]

>> On Dries Van Noten, from M Magazine.

>> On Joe Brainard's collected writings, from Modern Matter. [PDF]

>> On New York, from Hero Magazine.

>> On Pee-wee Herman, Broadway star, from Paper Magazine.

>> On manliness and manners, from Slate.