25 May 2010

My Favorite Picture of Gino

It may be a bit self-serving to select, as my favorite photo of Gino, which will close permanently on May 29, a shot taken by photog Daniel Krieger is service of a "Who Goes There?" column I wrote for Eater in 2009. Still, of any picture I've seen, it best captures the feeling of the Lexington Avenue joint. It has everything the places stands for: a Martini; men in ties; cold hard cash (Gino didn't take credit cards until just recently); the zebra wallpaper in the background; handkerchief and topcoats; a pencil-thin moustache; and old world class, combined with a bit of rough-hewn menace.

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