WHERE TO EAT IN NEW YORK + PARIS WITH GIGI BURRIS
STORY by GIGI BURRIS + GEORGIA ASHDOWN
WORDS BY MAGGIE SCARDIFIELD
DESIGN BY JON FLEMING
New York-based milliner Gigi Burris comes from a line of women down south who are great cooks; but when you’re busy adorning the heads of Rihanna, Gaga, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller) and Angelina Jolie, it’s no surprise that there’s not always time to make a mess of the kitchen. Growing up in Florida, Gigi’s grandmother taught her to cook everything from gingerbread men to cheese soufflé and her mother Virginia makes zucchini bread that is famous state wide. “The New York lifestyle (and kitchen size) leans towards eating out, but I do try and cook as much as I can,” Gigi tells me over the phone.
With New York Fashion Week kicking off in just a few days time and the Paris Ready-to-Wear shows around the corner, Gigi (who is no stranger to Fashion Week) shared with Dish-Pig her favourite places to grab a bite in-between meetings or after a busy day of back-to-back shows. The results make you want to get on a plane and forget every New Year’s resolution you made about burgers or budgets. Hats off to that.
“Named after my Great Grandmother, the Nell Fedora is great for jutting around NYC. It’s hand blocked Velour felt and can be trimmed with your choice of taffeta ribbon or an exotic skin band like Grey metallic Watersnake or Cassis pony hair.”
“Last year, after working late hours all week finishing my Spring collection, I invited a few friends to pre-game drinks at my place before we headed to the Alexander Wang after party. Dehydrated from working long hours I served fresh watermelon juice, mixed with tequila and lime juice. My attempt at a “healthy” margarita! Afterwards we headed to a new spot down the street called Preserve 24. It’s a local menu and has great cocktails and oysters. The oyster sliders, truffle fries, radicchio salad and scallops are the perfect snacks to line your stomach before the dancing begins!”
177 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
“During NYFW I often need a bagel to give me energy for the day (at least that is what I tell myself!) My close girlfriend Kate Lanphear found the ultimate bagel at BrisketTown in Williamsburg. It’s covered in brisket (go figure) and it has very quickly become an obsession for us!”
BrisketTown by Delaney Barbecue
359 Bedford Ave
“A consistently chic place to grab dinner during NYFW is Acme – the small plates are really fun to share with a crowd. The fois gras and langoustine starter is killer, the texture so luxurious and surprising. The pine-flavored ice cream dessert may also sound a bit funny, but it’s delicious – trust me!”
9 Great Jones Street
New York NY 10009
EXPERIMENTAL COCKTAIL CLUB
“In the midst of all the madness, it can be hard to find that perfect spot to catch up with the out-of-town friends who are here visiting for the week. That place for me is Experimental Cocktail Club. The drinks are beautifully crafted, all innovative takes on classics, and well balanced. I like the “Stockholm Syndrome” which features cumin and dill infused vodka with pink Himalayan sea salt and bitters.”
Experimental Cocktail Club
191 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
GIGI BURRIS PHOTOGRAPHED AT HER FAVOURITE BURGER JOINT, THE SMITH NYC. IMAGES by ANNIE POWERS.
I look at the Izzy and I immediately think of Parisian party nights – it’s magic! Peacock and duck feather plumes spray out from a metallic silk and organza- wrapped cap… It’s my homage to Isabella Blow (RIP)”
“Paris is my favorite city to eat in! As I was preparing my collection to be
shown during NYFW, I was dreaming of steak tartare. One of the better ones I’ve had was at the ritzy L’Avenue. Washed down with a glass of cold Sancerre, it’s the ultimate Parisian experience. Great people watching as well!”
41 Avenue Montaigne
Paris, France 75008
LE MARY CELESTE
“After several days of full-on French fare, I always need a salad. The
beautiful, new Le Mary Celeste offers a Swedish/French offering of small plates and the salads are incredible. The menu changes nightly but when I was last there, we ordered the endive salad, the mackerel and the butternut squash. Bright and light dishes are always welcomed after days filled with butter and baguettes on the run!”
Le Mary Celeste
1 Rue Commines
Paris, France 75003
“For a classic Bistro dinner I would try Le Parisien in the north part of Le Marais. A friend who lives in the neighborhood recommended it as it’s one of the only spots open on Sundays and for late night gatherings! Wonderful frites and salmon tartare.”
337 Rue Saint-Martin
Paris, France 75003
ABOUT GIGI BURRIS
Gigi Burris Millinery was founded in 2009 with the goal of helping to preserve the delicate art of hat making. Using only the finest materials and couture sewing techniques, Burris’ one-of-a-kind hats — everything from fascinators to fedoras — are made using hand-dyed felts, Swiss straw, ostrich feathers and exotic skins (stingray, and even alligators captured on her parents property in Florida are all part of the Gigi Burris tool box).
Gigi decided to investigate her interest in millinery after studying in Paris, where she made frequent visits to the old mercery shops and fell in love on a daily basis with the romance of hat making. Gigi graduated with a BFA from Parsons in May 2009, and shortly after began to receive major press from industry titles such as Elle, Harpers Bazaar, W, Interview and Vogue Italia.
In 2012 Gigi was named in ‘The Forbes 30 under 30’ Art & Style category, and she counts celebrities including Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga as fans of her work. Gigi (now 26) regularly collaborates with major stylists Kate Lanphear, Karl Templer and Patti Wilson. She currently resides in New York and her studio is located on the Lower East Side.