Syd Butler, Owner Of Best New York Record Label Frenchkiss Records, Tells Us His New York Favorites


On the occasion of the Voice staff awarding Frenchkiss Records Best New York-Based Record Label in this year’s Best Of New York bonanza, I decided to give Syd Butler—the founder of the label and bassist for art-rock group Les Savy Fav—a call and see if he’d be willing to chat with me about his favorite New York locales. He not only said yes, he invited us to the Frenchkiss office, where we conducted the above interview. Please ignore my Butt-Head laugh, and yes, I did ask him to wear that shirt. (He was more than happy to oblige, though!) A list of his favorites below.

Syd’s Favorite Places:

Sandwich: Num Pang

Milkshakes: Goodburger (seriously!)

Cup of Coffee: Grumpy’s

Records: Other Music

Fancy Restaurant: Momofuku, Craft, Roberta’s

Pizza: Roberta’s

Bar: Barro Chino

Park: Imagination Playground

Shopping: Club Monaco

Venue to Play: Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg

See New Bands: Mercury Lounge

Newspaper: The Village Voice!


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