Kelly Cutrone Talks 'Mind-Fuck Deprivation' and Where to Eat With People You Don't Like
"I'm obsessed with food, I love to cook," says Kelly Cutrone, the brash fashion public-relations maven turned reality-TV star. When she's not producing fashion shows or whipping interns into shape on-camera, Cutrone says she loves to hit up the Union Square Greenmarket for seasonal ingredients, and in summer, conjure a tasty penne with fresh cherry tomatoes and basil. These days, her spare time for farmers' market jaunts is in short supply, between running her PR firm, People's Revolution, her new show on Bravo, Kell on Earth, and her new book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. She found a moment to chat with Fork in the Road about why she hates trendy restaurants, her trippy experience with the Blueprint cleanse, and the meatballs that get her office through Fashion Week.
There's no crying in baseball, or with Kelly Cutrone
Do you have a favorite restaurant in the city?
I'm really a sucker for Angelo's in Little Italy. I have to go to all the trendy places for my job, and really, like my idea of a fun time in New York is like Aurora, which is down the street on Broome. I don't go very far. I'm pretty much in a ponytail with no makeup on running somewhere south of Houston, up to Mulberry. I still like the Odeon a lot, Raoul's, the usual. I go to very uncool, non-trendy restaurants. I go to Lucky Strike like every day.
What don't you like about trendy places?
I'm just not into it, man. When I go out to dinner, I literally want to see somebody and have a meal with them. There's a beauty in sharing food with them. It's a ritual, as I've seen, because I did this thing called the Blueprint cleanse, and I learned that we pretty much don't even need to eat anymore. You can just drink juice all day, according to these people. When you don't eat food for three days and you just drink these juices, you start to go, yeah, what are we doing here? We don't really need to spend all this time, energy, and money on food, but then you realize that we do. It's a very emotional, celebratory ritual, taking food together. So, when I go out to dinner, I really want to talk to the people that I'm going to dinner with. I think trendy restaurants are great if you don't want to talk to people. If you have to go to dinner with people that you don't like, there's nothing like a trendy restaurant to make your dinner fantastic because you won't be able to hear anything.
Any places in particular that feel that way to you?
Pretty much any of those restaurants in the meat market. I've been to a couple of them, I'm not even going to say their names.
By meat market, you mean the Meatpacking District?
Yeah, pretty much anything over in that Ninth Avenue area is not where I want to be for dinner.