At 17, Joshua Bell played Carnegie hall. At 34, he won a Grammy. He plays a 302-year-old Stradivarius and the classical world considers him one of greatest living violinists (as well as a gifted conductor). It's hard to imagine that he could have a hidden talent, but he does: Bell throws amazing dinner parties at his Gramercy townhouse, events featuring celebrity chef friends, Oscar winners and insanely great food. He recently teamed up with Krug Champagne and chef David Bouley to create the ultimate triple pairing: food, wine and music. After the party, we asked him about the one dish he's mastered, which South American country has shockingly good Japanese food, and how to pair Champagne and Bach.
Top Food Destinations
The restaurant scene in Lima is incredible. And surprisingly, there is great Japanese there. I was there during a food festival and tried so many different ceviches. I love eating in Japan, especially Tokyo—strangely, there is Italian there. But I also love speaking and eating Italian in Italy.
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Classic NYC Restaurants
I live in Gramercy, so I usually grab a seat at the bar at Gramercy Tavern. Or a seat at the sushi bar at Sushi of Gari. I like to be near the food I am being served, so the sushi bar is best for that. The omasake at Sushi of Gari is some of the best I have ever had. If I need a steak, I go to Wolfgang's on 34th.