Photography by William Ross

Leslie Kirchhoff

Photographer | DJ

| NoHo

With the ear of a musician, the eye of a photographer and a laid-back, “I woke up like this” sense of style, Leslie Kirchhoff pretty much has it made. While studying at NYU, the Wisconsin native landed an internship at Vogue where she was given her first photography assignment— shooting the opening of the Mondrian Hotel SoHo— and since, she’s contributed to top glossies including Glamour, GQ and Teen VOGUE. Not just a photographer (because who has just one job title anymore?), Kirchhoff’s foray into music was similarly charmed: after dating an up-and-coming DJ while living abroad in Paris, she brought what she learned home, scoring a Friday night residency at The Standard’s famed Boom Boom Room. Today, she’s laid down beats at high-profile venues all over the world (think Paris’ Le Montana, London’s The Box and NYC’s Paul’s Baby Grand). An artist too, Kirchhoff is pursuing personal projects, starting with her new gig as Art Director of Greenwich Village’s Fair Folks & a Goat… if only we could be so time efficient. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), definitely. I love the Amok Cambodgien— it’s a filet of sole with coconut milk, cabbage and lime served in a banana leaf. I could easily eat it every day for the rest of my life.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee at Fair Folks & A Goat (MAP IT, x). It’s not only a café, but also an amazingly curated shop. I recently became its Art Director actually, but I promise I’m not biased— the coffee is truly amazing.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Indochine.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: The “Bramble Rose” (gin, lemon, rose jam and muddled strawberry) at Lazy Point (MAP IT, x) or the “Vertigo” (tequila, ancho de chili, raspberry, chocolate bitters and cayenne) at Wise Men (MAP IT, x), but I love to make drinks at home with Hendricks and cucumber too.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Lazy Point. It’s a beach-themed bar on Spring Street with amazing cocktails. I deejayed the soft opening party and I’ve been hooked ever since.

LADIES LUNCH: Lafayette (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), The Smile (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Café Select (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or ABC Cocina (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Sake Bar Decibel (MAP IT, x), Elizabeth Street Garden (MAP IT, x) and Momofuku Milk Bar (MAP IT, x).

MUSIC PICK: I love disco, funk, rock and anything else that can make you dance. Baby’s All Right (MAP IT, x) is a great place for live music.

BEST BRUNCH: R.I.P. Peels— that brunch was the best. Right now, I like Egg Shop (MAP IT, x), Veselka (MAP IT, x), Butcher’s Daughter (MAP IT, x) and Mudspot (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Organic Avenue (*Location now closed) for a green juice and a salad or wrap.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Pizza, especially from Rubirosa (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Lil’ Frankie’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or Motorino (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The pace of life.

CLOSET CHECK: My day-to-day outfit is a t-shirt and jeans, but I love to change it up for events and gigs. I like jewelry from Eddie Borgo and Jennifer Fisher.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Right now, my apartment has definite jungle vibes with Asian and midcentury touches. I want to hone in on a more concrete style when I find the perfect apartment, but I like gathering pieces from all sorts of places— from Fishs Eddy (MAP IT, x) to flea markets to the streets of Chinatown.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Aura Friedman (x) at Sally Hershberger (MAP IT, x)— she’s the best colorist!

FIT PICK: I love SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK ITx)— the best instructor by far is Drew (x). I’m pretty bad at motivating myself to go to the gym so having a great instructor and committing to a specific time and place is key for me.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Being downtown during Hurricane Sandy was a strange, but cool experience; New York felt like a completely different place. Strangers were banding together to help each other or get new information— it really felt post-apocalyptic. We were using payphones and sliding notes under friends’ doors when they weren’t home. It was like jumping back in time. One friend and I ended up befriending a woman who lived below me. I’d never met her before, but she had been in that apartment nearly her entire life. We all drank wine as she told us stories about the neighborhood and old New York. CP

Leslie’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Egg Shop; Coffee from Fair Folks & A Goat; Kirchoff’s cacti; A portrait by Kirchoff. Second Row: Milkbar milkshake; The Smile; Rubirosa vodka pizza; Egg Shop brunch.

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