Keith Pollock

Editor-in-Chief | Interview

| East Village

“You know what? I rent DVDs from Two Boots Pizzeria. I’m sure I’m the only person who has done that in 5 years, but I still do,” says Keith Pollock. As it turns out, his knack for bridging the old with the new is more than just a pastime: Pollock has made somewhat of a name for himself as the fashion magazine’s answer to the digital era. Before accepting his current position as EIC of Andy Warhol’s Interview, he contributed to the launch of (the now-defunct) MensStyle.com, spearheaded ELLE’s online revamp (he was Editorial Director of the site), and co-founded DuJour, the newest luxury glossy to hit both the print and digital marketplace. Now, as Interview celebrates its 45th anniversary this October, it seems all too fitting that Pollock would be at its helm— at once honoring the mag’s history and pushing its content forward. A genuine trail blazer, Pollock sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: My favorite neighborhood restaurant is Pylos (MAP IT, x). It’s a traditional Greek restaurant on East 7th Street. The menu is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect— beautiful and really comfortable. I always order a bunch of things to share: grilled octopus, phyllo pastries, steak… Everything is delicious.

COFFEE OR TEA: I’m a coffee drinker. In the mornings, I go to Elsewhere Espresso on 6th Street (MAP IT, x) while I’m walking my dog. They let me bring her inside, unlike Starbucks.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: So many! As it gets colder, I crave Tea & Sympathy (MAP ITx). I’ve been going to Café Orlin (*Location now closed) since I was in high school. I go to Dimes (MAP IT, x) on a weekly basis— their salads are my favorite, but really everything on their menu is amazing and unique. Great Jones Café (MAP IT, x) makes the best burgers. I love Angelica Kitchen (*Location now closed) too for the dragon bowl and corn bread. I read that they’re at risk of closing due to rent increase which would be a real shame.

MUSIC PICK: My music taste is pretty broad. I’m not big on live music usually, but this morning I read an article about Village Vanguard (MAP IT, x) and I was like, “Why don’t I ever go to jazz clubs?” So, maybe I’ll try that.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: My “NY” exists in a 10-block radius so I try and make more of an effort when entertaining visitors. We’d go to Oyster Bar in Grand Central (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) mostly for the architecture, then walk around the West Village or galleries in Chelsea. Aire Ancient Baths (MAP IT, x) is pretty incredible. I also have a reflexology place I go to called the Fishion Herb Center (MAP IT, x) in Chinatown that is completely hidden and amazing.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Hampton Chutney (MAP IT, x) for a dosa and an orange blossom lemonade.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Big into ice cream— lately 16 Handles (MAP IT). I’ll also get desserts to go from Veselka (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: I feel like there are so few secrets left about NY, which is kind of the problem lately. I’m very nostalgic about this city and, more specifically, my neighborhood. I go to Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York a lot to look for little places I may have missed. Unfortunately, so many of the cool, smaller businesses are closing these days.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The people. The food. The convenience of everything.

REGULAR AT: You know what— I rent DVDs from Two Boots Pizzeria on Avenue A (MAP IT, x). I’m sure I am the only person who has in 5 years, but I still do that. The people are really funny and nerdy and I get a kick out of telling people I need to return a video rental.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Pizza from Gruppo (MAP IT, x) with an apple salad.

TO GET INSPIRED: Art shows, antique fairs, flea markets and fashion shows.

CLOSET CHECK: I’m really simple. I don’t enjoy shopping for clothing like I used to. I go to Barneys (MAP IT, x) and Bergdorfs (MAP IT, x) when I’m looking to spend money; Uniqlo (MAP IT), Steven Alan (MAP IT, x) and J. Crew (MAP IT) for basics; A.P.C. (MAP IT, x) and Acne (MAP IT) for boutiques. I also like IF (MAP IT, x) for special pieces. I can’t think of anything in my closet that I couldn’t live without though. At the moment, I kind of hate everything.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I love antiquing. I go anywhere and everywhere to find the perfect thing. I just found a coffee table in a suburb of Boston that I’m trying to pick up now. I get a lot from 1stDibs or Ebay. I also look at auctions. Almost nothing I get is from the city because it’s way more expensive.  

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Can’t go wrong with candles from Love Adorned (MAP IT, x).

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: For a haircut, I’ve been going to Eric at Neighborhood Barbers (MAP IT, x) forever. I recently started going to Jon Reyman (x) as well whenever he is in town from LA.

FIT PICK: I go to the New York Health & Racquet Club on Astor Place (MAP IT, x)… Not as often as I should.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I remember my first month in NY, back in 2001, I was at a party at Tribeca Grand. Miss Kittin and the Hacker were performing and I was in this tight little crowd near the stage. It was packed! People were sipping from champagne bottles and passing them along and I realized the person that I was accepting the bottle from was Bjork and the person I was passing it off to was Jeremy Scott. I thought, “This is why I moved to NY.” CP

Keith’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Great Jones Café; Salad from Dimes; A.P.C.; Bites from Veselka. Second Row: Pollock; Details of a chair available on 1stDibs; Steven Alan menswear; Gruppo pizza.

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