Photography by Christelle de Castro

Idil Tabanca

Editor-in-Chief, Bullett Magazine

| Williamsburg

Jonah Hill flipping us off, Kirsten Dunst making gang signs, Ewan McGregor writing his name in his own urine… Bullett magazine goes there. It’s partly uncomfortable, wholly controversial and nevertheless captivating— the kind of thing that only a creative genius like Idil Tabanca could dream up. The 5-year-old quarterly’s Editor-in-Chief, Tabanca is a genuine arbiter of cool (it’s almost too fitting that her platinum pixie, bright lipstick and idiosyncratic wardrobe has gotten her mistaken for the Queen of Cool, Lady Gaga, on more than a few occasions). She has her pulse on the best emerging talent from coast to coast- in film, fashion, music and art- and isn’t afraid to reinvent the boundaries. It’s Tabanca’s inimitable balance of luxury and kitsch that makes Bullett the leading voice for this generation’s rising tastemakers. Here, Tabanca sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: My go-to neighborhoods for a good meal are Williamsburg and the West Village— what keeps me going back is Morandi’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) pistachio bread (only available in the mornings) and D.O.C. Wine Bar‘s (MAP IT, x) homemade pistachio pesto crostini… I love pistachios.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee at Blue Bottle (MAP IT, x) or Moroccan tea at Café Mogador (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: D.O.C. Wine Bar because it’s delicious, secluded, affordable and underrated— there is never a line. Order a cheese plate, the panzanella salad, pistokku and any of the crostinis (they’re all great).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A dirty martini. I’d say Joseph Leonard (MAP IT, x) does it best, but their treatment of patrons could certainly improve.


MUSIC PICK: I like hip hop. No Name Bar in Greenpoint (*Location now closed) on Fridays is great. It’s nicer in the summer though since they have a huge yard.

BEST BRUNCH: Definitely Café Mogador for the food and the ambiance.


HEALTHY STAPLE: Chai Thai Home Kitchen (MAP IT, x) for peanut dumplings.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Westville’s (MAP IT, x) make-your-own vegetarian hot dogs (it comes with two) and a side of fries.

HAPPY HOUR: Fat Cat (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Dos Toros (MAP IT, x) and Kiosk (*Location now closed).


REGULAR AT: Bakeri in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) as they have wonderful baked goods, coffee and a simple breakfast. I am obsessed with their uniforms too. Their fresh baguettes, mini croissants, Spanish tortillas and lemonade keep me coming back. I also love Greenwich Letterpress in the West Village (MAP IT, x). They sell amazing arts and crafts materials, and their handmade wrapping papers and cards add a personal touch to every gift. They also have very unique notebooks, pens etc. It’s a literary wet dream. McNally Jackson (MAP IT, x) and the MoMA Store (MAP IT, x) are also places I frequent.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Sleep No More (MAP IT, x)! It’s the best date spot ever because you can have drinks at their bar that is straight out of the ’20’s with live music, and afterwards, you can have an adventure together watching, exploring and joining in on the interactive play.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is energetic, colorful and comfortable. For one-of-a-kind pieces, I go to A Second Chance (MAP IT, x) or Resurrection (MAP IT, x). For boutiques, I like Henrik Vibskov (MAP IT, x), Opening Ceremony (MAP IT, x) and Dover Street Market (MAP IT, x).

ACCESSORIES PICK: The best place to buy jewelry is a shady flea market inside a Chelsea car garage (MAP IT, x) on the weekends— even jewelry dealers go there to find valuable pieces. It’s a well-kept secret.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x) or Junk in Brooklyn (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Mociun in Wiliamsburg (MAP IT, x).

 BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Valley Nails (MAP IT, x). I’m very promiscuous with my masseuse and hairstylists— I change every time.

FIT PICK: SoulCycle (MAP IT, x) and Yoga to the People (MAP IT, x). I switch between the two. Yoga to the People is great because it’s donation based and they have studios all over town. SoulCycle is way overpriced, but it’s too fun to pass up.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I saw a man pushing his Hallal food cart across the busy street on 14th as his girlfriend was lying on top of the cart, making out with him while he pushed it across the pedestrian cross in front of stopped cars. That was certainly a magical NYC moment. CP

Idil’s New York

From L to R: First Row: D.O.C. Wine Bar; Card from Greenwich Letterpress; Décor from MoMA Store; Bites at Morandi. Second Row: Opening Ceremony womenswear; Fat Cat drinks and games; Opening Ceremony womenswear; Cinnamon rolls from Bakeri.


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