Adly Elewa is a creative director applying good design to book covers, records, packaging, magazines, art galleries, hotels, and restaurants. I currently work as a creative lead at Milk Agency. Previously I have worked at Farrar, Straus and Giroux with Rodrigo Corral, and Penguin Press with Darren Haggar designing books.
The oldest still-operating restaurant in New York City, still in the family of the original founders. At Christmastime, it's decorated to the nines. Go with a big group: portions are large and the wine flows liberally. Look for the little buttons on the walls: in the old days, the mafia would hang out in the back room, and if diners saw the cops come in, they'd press the buttons so the mafia guys could run out the back.
A dark (and decidedly hip) bar on the LES, the only light at Beverly’s comes from the glow of its neon signage. The walls of this watering hole are lined with artwork by local artists, but only those whose art has previously been exhibited in galleries. The drinks are cheap and the music is good, and the vibes are perfect for hanging out, chatting, and maybe even getting drunk enough to start a dance party.