… I agree with most of the readers that say it was one of the funniest, most insightful, and shockingly honest books I have ever read. The book is written in a unique voice, which might be hard to get if you’re much older (although my dad is 65 and he also loved it) or are not that into boldly brazen and somewhat raunchy humorous writing. I don’t think that you have to be really into restaurants to appreciate it, but if you are (like I am), you will likely get a lot more out of it. If you dine out alot and are fond of famous chefs and restaurateurs (like Jean-Georges, Keith and Brian McNally, Graydon Carter, etc.) then this book is an absolute eye-opener that will change the way you view “hott” restaurants forever.
PX This presents THE 4.1.1NSIDER REVIEW
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re getting sick of restaurants. New restaurants, old restaurants, hip restaurants, swanky restaurants, small restaurants, big restaurants, exotic restaurants, all of fucking Graydon Carter’s restaurants– we’ve tried them all, and we are up to our eyeballs in stupid goddamn restaurants already.
Look, we know why you’re here, we know what you want, and as you’re well aware by now, absolutely nobody else knows what they’re talking about quite like we at PX This do. Let’s face it, we’re so official, all we need is a whistle.
So, welcome to the 4.1.1NSIDER, where we’ll keep it brief. Just the facts, Jack. Better than that: just the facts you need. Hell, even better yet: just the facts you need on ONLY the coolest places to go. Wouldn’t it be great if everything in life were this smooth and slick? You’re welcome!
Progress on the Marlton Hotel by
Eric Goode and [oopsie! our bad] Sean MacPherson, currently under construction in Greenwich Village.
The hotel is expected to cater largely “to NYU” and will feature a restaurant and bar; rooms at this former SRO will “likely” be priced in the “$200 to $300 range.”
The 5 Must-Read Books If You Want to Be Fabulous in New York City
in no particular order:
• The Andy Warhol Diaries – Andy Warhol, edited by Pat Hackett
• Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
• PX This (Diary of the "Maître d’ to the Stars") – Abbe Diaz
• How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – Toby Young
• Party of the Century – Deborah Davis
and that is a fact, jack.
got another suggestion? leave it in the comments, please.
“Restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten is so annoyed by the success of his former Maitre D’ Abbe Diaz’s new tell-all book, he is forcing his employees to sign confidentiality agreements. They were also banned from discussing [the book] at work.” – The New York Post
“Per Variety, ‘Daily Show’ correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee have inked a deal with CBS to write and star in a sitcom about a celebrity chef and the two women who run his empire… [But] it turns out… Abbe Diaz has spent over a year shopping a treatment based on her own book… assuming the producers can find someone fierce enough to play the role of Diaz.” – New York magazine
If you are “anybody who’s anybody” in the NYC fine dining and/or hospitality industries, chances are likely Lana Trevisan needs no introduction.