21 Questions with… Restaurateur Richie Notar


Richie Notar — who got his start at Studio 54 and was a managing partner at Nobu — is also the force behind Harlow, which just opened its first offshoot in Sag Harbor over the summer. We asked the restaurateur, currently working on opening a jazz lounge and bakery in Harlem, our quickfire questions. 

  1. I usually get up around… with two kids and two dogs, I’m up at 7:30 a.m.
  2. I would never leave my home without… my “electronic leashes”: iPhone and iPad.
  3. My guilty pleasure is… Orange Chicken from Shun Lee.
  4. What I love about the Hamptons is… the freedom the lovely beaches offer.
  5. My favorite places to dine include… my home or any fish shack by the beach.
  6. When I’m stressed I… go for a swim.
  7. The most treasured item in my closet is… a Lanvin corduroy suit. Or maybe my red belt.
  8. If my days had one extra hour I’d… read something other than emails.
  9. The last thing I googled was… a place to stay for last-minute trip to Ibiza.
  10. The most surprising thing about my job is… I very often go home hungry.
  11. I’m dying to splurge on… a Leica M9 digital camera.
  12. When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I… eat loads of vegetables, drink pH-balanced water and exercise.
  13. On a typical Saturday night, I… am at the restaurant, party, show or movie. Sometimes all in one night. There’s nothing typical in my crazy schedule.
  14. If you looked at my desktop you’d see… chaos, I’m terrible with technology.
  15. A fashion trend I just don’t get… scruffy, unkempt beards.
  16. My ideal day would include… beach, long lunch, nap, swim, movie.
  17. My favorite place to travel… Italy.
  18. One thing I do badly that I wish I did well… technology.
  19. The best thing about New York is… vibrant energy and everything you want at your fingertips.
  20. When I’m looking to get inspired I… read loads of international magazines.
  21. The best advice I ever got… was from my dad: “Always take the meeting.”