Nili Lotan

Designer

| Tribeca

“I just purchased six graphite pencil drawings by the late Israeli painter Moshe Kupferman from his granddaughter in his Kibbutz,” says Lotan, an Israeli-born designer who not only collects awe-inspiring art from home, but credits her label’s minimal aesthetic to her Middle Eastern upbringing too. On the design side, she has a proclivity for familiar, but cherished wardrobe staples dipped in earth tones like cream, sand, dust and black: versatile pieces that would work as well in the Negev Desert as they would in Midtown Manhattan. Most recently, that translated to an upcoming Spring ’15 collection laden with gauzy caftans, military-inspired button-downs, nylon anoraks and cozy boatneck sweaters you’ll want to live in for seasons to come. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Locanda Verde (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or The Odeon (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I love the glazed halibut with heirloom squash, yukon potatoes and fennel at Locanda!

COFFEE OR TEA: Tea at Tea (*Location now closed)!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x) for the spigola with zucchini.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A gin gimlet or a French 75, always at The Odeon.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Sweetgreen in Tribeca (MAP IT, x). I create a different salad each time I go. I love it!

GUILTY PLEASURE: Profiteroles at The Odeon.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: The bar downstairs at BONDST (MAP ITBOOK IT, x). From the atmosphere to the food and drinks, it is the epitome of sexy.

TO GET INSPIRED: Bookstores. Any and every!

DELIVERY GO-TO: Gigino’s (MAP ITBOOK IT, x) because of its homey food. I love the gamberoni positano: shrimp simmered in a carrot and ginger sauce over pea risotto.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Mamoun’s on MacDougal Street (MAP IT, x). Best falafel in NYC.

REGULAR AT: The Odeon and Bar Pitti. I probably go to each at least once a week. Pro tip: bring cash to Bar Pitti and always ask for a booth at the Odeon!

FIRST THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: My family and my home.

TO RELAX AND UNWIND: Any of the many art galleries in Chelsea.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x). My interior style is minimal with soul. I love the minimally shaped wooden bowls at ABC. I collect them and use them to hold fruits and vegetables on my kitchen counter, or as serving bowls for salads.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: My family’s winery in Israel.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Tenoverten (MAP IT, x) best nail salon in Tribeca!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: During Hurricane Sandy, my daughter and I had to leave our Tribeca apartment as there was no water, electricity or food. A good friend of mine suggested we stay at his apartment on the Upper West Side. We stayed there for a couple of days but when it was time to get back downtown, there wasn’t a cab in sight. We stood on the street corner for over an hour trying to hail a cab. Finally, after an hour and a half, a cab stops right in front of us and who jumps out? Mr. Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein. He jumped out on one side, we jumped in the other… It was an ugly time, but classic New York. CP

Nili’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Gigino’s pasta; ABC Carpet & Home; Nili Lotan design; The Odeon. Second Row: Nili Lotan design; Inside Sweetgreen; Cocktail at BONDST; Locanda Verde’s roast chicken for two.

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