Island Life: I seem to be an island boy: I was born in Montreal, live in Manhattan, weekend on Fire Island and, for two glorious weeks at the end of February, my partner Tony Impavido and I vacation on St. Barths. It’s not all tropical indolence–we build stone sculptures on idyllic Saline Beach–but major pleasures include great meals at Maya’s Restaurant and hanging out with our good friends Lucy and Phil Suarez (he’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s partner is several restaurants), who are down there at the same time. Bliss!
The fabulous Gustavia harbor on St. Barths, the island where Scott Bromley goes to escape the New York City winter in February.
Grand Saline, one of fourteen heavenly white-sand beaches on St. Barths, is just as pristine and beautiful as it looks here. Photograph by Tom Lipscomb.
The only things being constructed on undeveloped Saline Beach are sandcastles and stone sculptures like this one by Scott and his partner Tony Impavido.
Scott’s favorite restaurant on St. Barths is Maya’s with its large open-air dining room fronting the water and an unfussy but delicious menu that always includes some fresh local fish.
In town: One of my favorite places to eat in the city, especially in winter, is Carbone Ristorante Italiano, a little hole-in-the-wall trattoria at 331 West 38th Street in the heart of the Garment District. It’s tiny–maybe 10 feet wide with around a dozen tables–but it serves the best Italian food ever! Blink while you’re walking by and you’ll miss this place, but Leonardo is a terrific waiter who makes you feel like royalty. And there’s a little patio for summer dining.
Good, simple fare makes Carbone in the Garment District a Scott Bromley favorite.
The bar at Carbone, where Scott guarantees you’ll receive a warm welcome.
On the Aisle: Run, run, run if you haven’t yet seen the Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It’s the most hilarious production–they pull out all the stops: nothing goes unmentioned or unseen! And you’ll know every song.
Scott’s recommended holiday musical: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Required Reading: I just finished The Invisible Bridge, a first novel by Julie Orringer. It’s a grand, sweeping, romantic love story set during the Holocaust, and as grim as that may sound, it’s an emotionally gripping page turner.
Screen Gems: When it comes to holiday movies, I’m most looking forward to seeing Steven Spielberg’s take on War Horse. Otherwise, I’ll be watching TV–mostly PBS, because I love that there are no commercials.
Scott is looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation of War Horse.
This January, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will star in a new series of Sherlock on PBS, the network Scott favors because it has no commercials.