Lincoln Pilcher

With roots in Australia, Lincoln Pilcher has called NYC home for the last 15 years. He’s an avid surfer, photographer, and restaurateur, known for bringing Aussie culinary favorites (avocado toasts, flat whites, etc.) to New Yorkers by way of his Nolita restaurant, Ruby’s, and his seasonal Hamptons spot, Moby’s. For the last four years, he’s teamed up with Soho Grand to bring a piece of the beach to the city with Gilligan’s, our seasonal restaurant serving refreshing, coastal fare, reminiscent of all things summer. With the season in full swing, we grabbed a round of our signature watermelon margaritas with Lincoln to talk travel, tunes, and the best the city has to offer.

Where did you grow up? Sydney, Australia

Where do you currently live in NYC? West Chelsea, NYC

What would the title of your autobiography be? No use crying over spilled milk!

What can’t you travel without? Fuji X100 camera, Bose noise-cancelling headphones, Kiehl’s oil-free moisturizer, a Porter tote from Saturdays Surf, and a bunch of magazines.

What are your favorite travel destinations? Italy – it’s the best combination of food and design. Paris is pretty inspirational as well, especially for design, fashion, and food. Sri Lanka – the combination of surf, tea country, color, and the most incredible people and faces I have ever seen.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC? In the summer, I love a good bike ride down the West Side Highway. Check out the Chelsea galleries, grab a beer at the Frying Pan, and then hit the couch with some Thai takeout and 60 Minutes.

If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be? I think former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg would have some cool, “insider” places to show you.

Who has inspired you recently? My mother. She lives in Sydney, and she’s a bit of a style icon. Paul Newman always inspires me as well, for his effortless style and contributions to charity.

What are your favorite NYC restaurants? Raoul’s, Bar Pitti, and Jun-Men – best ramen on 26 th Street and 9 th Avenue. And obviously, Ruby’s and Dudley’s.

What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks? You can’t go wrong with a martini and jazz at The Carlyle. It’s nice to get out of downtown, and there’s just something about The Carlyle. I like Tipsy Parsons as well. 169 Bar in Chinatown is also a good go-to.

What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots? Cookshop has an amazing brunch – the huevos rancheros there are spot on. You can’t go wrong with a dozen oysters and a Bloody Mary at Balthazar. Diner and Marlow Sons in Brooklyn are great for brunch too, and Morandi in the West Village.

Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have any favorite artists? I live right in Chelsea’s gallery district – my favorites are Pace, Hauser & Wirth, and David Zwirner. I love Richard Serra’s sculptures. I saw work by the artist Paul Kramer the other day – it’s really impressive. Other favorites are Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Franz Kline.

What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC? Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, and Never Never.

What are some of your favorite NYC stores? APC in the West Village, Shinola in Tribeca, James Perse and Double RL in Soho. Foragers. I’m always at Chelsea Market, and at the Union Square Farmer’s Market – I usually go twice a week. ABC Carpet & Home – for furniture. All Good Things in Tribeca, Foragers, and John Derian.

What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians? I was listening to Alabama Shakes this morning, and a little Alice & Julia and Phoenix. A little bit of jazz too – Dave Brubeck.

What would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC? Phoenix’ Lisztomania – and Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic.

When you think of NYC, what immediately comes to mind?

|Flying in and seeing the NYC skyline still gives me goosebumps. When that stops happening, I think it’ll be time to get out!