Joaquín Simó might have been a professor. The academic-turned-American-Bartender-of-the-Year studied English and Religion in Boston, and has the looks of a well-heeled PhD student from the 1950s. Behind the bar at his new East Village venture Pouring Ribbons, Simó rocks a bow tie, tie clip and pressed shirt combo pretty expertly, but it’s clear he’s got more game than most fancy, green bartenders. But there is more to this story than sharp dressing.
Take the craggy face and crude humor of Anthony Bourdain, and add the luscious mane and lyrical prose of Ruth Reichl. Out comes a queerly twisted, pork-obsessed character of Twitterspheric proportions — Ruth Bourdain.
Welcome to our new series on how to make it, Savoir Faire, in which contributing writer Leslie Pariseau interviews the badasses of the biz on the secrets to success. First up, the always hospitable and dapper chef and restaurateur behind a growing legion of New Orleans restaurants, Mr. John Besh.