Nick Chapman heads up Strategy for the recently opened New York office of unpronounceable ad agency MUH.TAY.ZIK|HOF.FER. Prior to NY, Nick lived in SF, LA and London working at agencies large and small on everything from luxury sports cars to Slim Jims. Half Jamaican and half British, Nick is an extremely fast runner, surprisingly dirty dancer and makes an excellent gin and tonic.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
The East Village in NYC. It’s not as grungy as in “Desperately Seeking Susan” days but it still has edge, energy and a riot of bustling bars and eateries. The neighborhood attracts a young, diverse, hard partying crowd and can get a little crazy on the weekends but I love it.
Matcha Cafe Wabi. It’s barely more than a hole in the wall but it is directly opposite my apartment. The Japanese baristas are cute and giggly and their Matcha and sesame white chocolate rice Krispie bars are addictive.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
The Lobby Bar in Dirty French at The Ludlow. They serve an amazing Imperial Planters Punch made up of rum, spice, grapefruit and lime. It’s intended for sharing but fun to tackle solo and since our agency is pitching a rum brand at the moment, it’s technically market research.
Date night destination?
Cafe Mogador. It’s an East Village staple. Great people watching, consistently divine north African dishes and one of my go-to happy places. Everything is great but the vegetable tagine, sardines and lamb shank are standouts and their grilled chicken skewers would probably be my condemned man’s last meal request.
Buzziest new resturant?
Babu Ji. Annoyingly popular but spots to eat at the bar can be snagged if it’s for one or two on a weeknight. It’s not the curry of a British curry house (much as I love that) but it’s imaginative, subtle, well spiced and absolutely delicious. Their “Unauthentic Butter Chicken”, Seafood Coconut Curry and Garlic Naan are all fantastic.
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
The Russian Turkish baths on 10th Street. I’ve been meaning to go for awhile but have yet to pluck up courage. I love that they have been there since 1892 (apparently without much in the way of renovation). Reviews suggest it’s not for germaphobes.
Where do you find your favorite go-to hostess gift?
Bit of a cheat but there’s a trifecta of stores on Avenue A between 4th and 5th that are my go-to. Lancellotti has a great selection of stylish and quirky housewares, Mast Books an eclectic array of artsy coffee table hardbacks, and Alphabets sells everything from plastic dog turds to business cards that say “stop talking”. If you can’t find the perfect gift for every stripe of hostess there, I don’t know what else to tell you.