Meet Mr. Moylan: I am Brian Moylan, a freelance writer and Real Housewives anthropologist. I am currently the US Television Columnist for The Guardian, I recap RHONY and RHOBH for Vulture, am Vice’s Senior Penis Correspondent, and write for other outlets that will have me and pay me on time. I’m a former staff writer at Gawker and former professional gift wrapper. I am a thief and a shitkicker and someday I hope to be famous.
Where do you live and why do you love it?
I live on the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown in Manhattan. I love it because it is one of the few corners of New York that hasn’t yet been taken over by Duane Reades and bank branches. Yes, we have our fair share, but there are still plenty of cute stores and fun restaurants and gorgeous young creative people wearing strange outfits. It’s also still a little bit sketchy. It feels more like old New York than anywhere else. It’s also home to Zarin Fabrics, so I get to walk by that all the time!
The Black Cat coffee shop is almost exactly like Central Perk with the mismatched comfy chairs and couches. It’s the kind of thing you rarely seen anymore in New York. And the WiFi is excellent when you need a day of “working from home.”
Best food in the hood?
You must go to Dimes, which is a super hip eatery popular with all the cool skater kids hanging around the neighborhood. They have great salads and sandwiches that are vaguely Asian but mostly just real damn good. Their chicken couscous is to die for.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
Beverly’s is the place to be. Though they don’t have fancy cocktails or anything, it’s fun, chill atmosphere and the pink neon sign in the front window actually provides the most flattering light even before the beer goggles kick in.
Where do you find your go-to hostess gift?
The TicTail Market, which is a destination for emerging independant brands from around the world, has an outpost in the ‘hood. They have great home goods, cute illustrated throw pillows, creative jewelry, T-shirts, and amazing cards. Everything you could possibly need to pay back whoever is putting up with your drunk ass for a weekend in the country.
Best kept neighborhood secret?
A lot of the cheap dumplings you get in Chinatown are frozen or made in a factory. At North Dumplings on Essex Street you can watch the old lady actually making them behind the counter. At 12 for $3, you won’t believe how damn good they are either.