Photography by Trevor Smith

Matthew Marden

Fashion Director, Details

| Greenwich Village

The Odeon’s steak-frites are practically a New York institution— everyone from Andy Warhol and Basquiat to Robert Lee Morris and Janice Dickinson have partied their way through Tribeca thanks to this dish (…sustenance, y’all). Suffice it to say, it’s only fitting that the brasserie is an all-time favorite of Matthew Marden’s, a New York fixture in his own right. The spruce Fashion Director of Details, Marden has been a sartorial guiding light for the modern man for over a decade. In fact, we like to think that because of him, our guys’ suits fit a little better, their shoes shine a little brighter and their average shirt-n’-pant combos make just a little more sense (mixed prints, good; graphic tees, bad). It’s no coincidence that Marden’s partner, Bobby Graham hails from the other extremely-popular men’s title, GQ, though a house divided it is not. Sharing a West Village abode filled with coffee table books, candelabras and oddities (we couldn’t get enough of their framed entomology), it seems style (no matter what its media affiliation) really can walk hand-in-hand. Here, Marden sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Breakfast at Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). They know how to make the bacon extra dry and crisp which is the only way I’ll eat bacon. You have to ask for it, but they get it right every time. Nowhere else in the city comes close.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Domique Bistro (MAP ITx) because it’s across the street from my apartment.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Odeon (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— steak frites, always au poivre. I’ve been coming here since I first moved to the city 20 years ago and its always consistent, the service is as it should be (attentive, but not in your face) and they let you take your time instead of rushing you to turn over the table.

POWER LUNCH: For lunch, The Odeon. For dinner, Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: I loathe brunch. It’s a colossal waste of time.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: On the subway.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Ice cream— preferably a pint of Ben & Jerry’s “Cherry Garcia” from the corner deli.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Queens.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The anonymity.

REGULAR AT: The Strand (MAP IT, x), a couple times a month. The selection keeps me coming back; it’s a great place to find first edition hardcovers.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Film Forum (MAP IT, x). It’s out of the way, not usually crowded, and there is always something showing that’s worthwhile.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Grano Trattoria was our go-to, but it recently closed and we have yet to find its replacement.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Running between 5 and 6 am anywhere in the city. It’s the best time of day.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is classic: I like J.Crew (MAP IT) for basics and If on Grand St. (MAP IT, x) for fashion [pieces].

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Décor NYC (MAP IT, x) has an amazing selection.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Aedes de Venestas (MAP IT, x) for the Cire Trudon room sprays.

FIT PICK: I usually work out 5-6 days a week in the morning. I love running through the empty city streets. Otherwise, I work out at Equinox (MAP IT, x). The best time to go is 5:30 am, Monday through Friday; it’s quiet and I don’t usually run into anyone I know.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: You’d never believe me even if I told you… that’s the best thing about New York City. CP

Matthew’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Dominique Bistro; The Strand books; Men’s jacket at IF; The Odeon’s steak-frites. Second Row: Cire Trudon candles; Breakfast at Café Cluny; Home décor at Décor NYC; The Odeon.

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