When New York City chef Joey Campanaro stopped by the recent Food Republic Test Kitchen, he didn’t just make us one mean baseball hotdog (on the spot). We also got to talking about his West Village restaurant, The Little Owl, and how — outside of being one of our favorite neighborhood gems — the music played there is pretty much always on point. “We don’t put on Pandora and let it play,” says Joe Campanaro. “The maître d looks around the room and gets a vibe.” And sometimes the maître d would look around the room and see rock royalty sitting there. Here Contributing Editor Matt Rodbard talks with Campanaro about his longtime customer, and friend, Lou Reed — who died last October and left not only a rock and roll legacy, but a mark on the New York City dining scene.
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