TCQ&A: Zak Profera

The rules: Here are 47 questions. Answer as many as you like (but a minimum of 15, and you must answer #1–4). Please limit most answers to the general geographic area.

1. How long have you lived in the area? Where did you move from? Where are you originally from? I’ve lived in Lower Manhattan for three years now, though I lived on Murray Street for a year when I first moved to New York. A two-year break in Chelsea made me realize how much I loved living downtown.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? Partnered with Lincoln Palsgrove, who is the director of marketing at the South Street Seaport. We’re thinking about marriage now since it’s actually a realistic possibility.

3. Kids? Pets? Two pets—we have a one-eyed cat named Yoko Ono (in homage, not mockery—the missing eye came after she was named) and a four-year-old Shiba Inu named Shinji, who happens to be my business partner in my textile adventures.

4. Where do you live? We live on Nassau Street in a great, lofty space. We have high ceilings, a skylight, and a great little terrace, though you’d never know it by looking at the façade of the building.

5. What do you do for a living? I’ve just launched my own textile and design company called ZAK+FOX; I have a small line of printed textiles in addition to working on interiors projects for residential and commercial spaces. Right now I’m working on projects in N.Y. and L.A. with Studio Tim Campbell, so I’ve been hopping from coast to coast quite a bit. [Left: ZAK+FOX’s “Volubilis” fabric; click to enlarge.]

6. The best deal around: Tribeca has deals?

7. Most-frequented restaurants: I’m a creature of habit, so I tend to stick to Locanda Verde, Odeon, and Takahachi. I’m a big fan of Zutto‘s recent makeover, too.

8. For special occasions, I go to: Sushi Yasuda uptown has become our destination. Without a doubt, the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life.

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: Takahachi Bakery for everything. I’m not big on true sweets, but I love their yomogi muffins. It’s actually made with mugwort root, and it tastes far better than it sounds. The loaf of sliced black sesame bread [right] that they make is beyond.

11. Most delicious cocktail: I choose wine almost always, and my go-to shop is Downtown Cellars or Pasanella and Son if I’m in the neighborhood. Not quite Tribeca, but still in the area.

12. I usually order in from Mangez Avec Moi, and I always order the grilled lemongrass chicken and a Diet Coke.

15. When I walk into my apartment, the first thing I see that I bought in Tribeca is: World of Interiors magazine from Barnes & Noble. It’s the only magazine I refuse to throw away.

16. I’m so glad Whole Foods is in the neighborhood, because without it I’d have to schlep uptown to buy a nice piece of fish.

17. How I stay fit: I go to Equinox religiously and will grab a SoulCycle class when I need a hardcore cardio boost to my fitness routine.

18. Where I get beautiful: The Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel is like no other. It’s a bit of a commitment to actually go since it’s such an “experience,” but if you can find the time to actually unwind and relax (which is very hard for me), you’ll be thankful.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? The sesame bread from Takahachi that I mentioned above. Please save some for me.

21. A worthy splurge: Anything from Steven Sclaroff.’s antiques shop on White Street; his unique aesthetic sets him apart from the rest.

27. I’ve never been to Marc Forgione and I don’t know why. I have been meaning to go though!

32. My very favorite spot: Without a doubt, 5 Beekman (Temple Court) is my favorite spot in all of Manhattan. I’d move in, as-is. I went on a tour of it a few months back in the dead of winter and instantly became infatuated, so much that I did a photo shoot for my textile line there. [Left: Behind the scenes at the shoot.]

33. Pet peeve: Navigating through the mobs of tourists at Ground Zero between Tribeca and the Financial District.

34. If money were no object, I’d buy an enormous loft on Duane overlooking the park, and would give buckets of money away to people in need. And I’d own a sick sneaker collection.

35. A doctor I’d recommend: Dr. Xanthos at Reade Street Animal Hospital is a dream. I wish my own doctors treated me so well.

36. My most memorable celebrity sighting: The Kardashians, though I’m trying to forget that terrible moment.

39. Tribeca could use more restaurants and fewer banks and Starbucks (like almost every other neighborhood it seems).

46. If I couldn’t live here, I’d live in…. L.A. (where I’m from). Tribeca sometimes has the suburban charm of Los Angeles, which I secretly love.

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