Q and A with John Bakhshi of Juliet Supperclub
Jon Bakhshi, 32, impresario of meatpacking district hot spots Greenhouse, Home and Guest House has ventured into the restaurant business, with Mediterranean restaurant-nightclub hybrid Juliet Supperclub. We spoke with Bakshi about his latest endeavor.
What made you move into the restaurant side of things?
As you get older, people go out to eat more and tend to go out earlier. It’s sort of an older crowd.
Also, around the world, they have the idea of a supper club. It’s kind of a vibe dining.
How has the feedback been so far?
Business has been great — we’re open and busy seven nights a week, and we’re looking to start brunch when the weather that gets nice.
We’re finding people come for dinner and stay. There’s no cover, ever.
We’re also doing a lot of private parties.
What can we expect in terms of the food?
When people come here to eat the first thing they say is “Wow, I can’t believe that the food’s so good.”
I wanted to go with a chef with a proved track record, and I’ve been friends with [chef and co-owner] Todd English for a long time. I felt the Mediterranean ideas was missing in New York. The menu has a lot of dishes that are meant for sharing.
Any menu standouts?
I don’t eat it because I’m kosher, but people really love the lobster julienne. My favorite is the tuna. The tuna tabouleh is really good too.
539 W. 21st St., 212-929-2400