Joseph Melillo: My Downtown Food Oasis

October 05, 2011 at 2:28 pm

The Odeon restaurant has been serving late-night fare to New York's hippest long before anyone heard of the TriBeCa Film Festival. Flickr/Phillip Ritz

In 1983, Brooklyn was not yet a destination for late night dining. As the producer of the inaugural Next Wave Festival that year, I often departed BAM very late in the evening or past midnight and I was focused on one thing: food! Not available in my immediate work area, I would travel to The Odeon in Manhattan for my repast. Alive with patrons, attentive service and solid cuisine; my need was satiated. My patronage of this New York City treasure continues today with business lunches and the continuing late night forays with artists, cultural producers, agents and managers from the U.S. and global communities. I have had many wonderful times introducing those international professionals to the charms of The Odeon. Long may it continue to be my kitchen of choice.

Joseph V. Melillo has been executive producer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music since 1999 and is responsible for BAM’s artistic direction, overseeing programming for the Howard Gilman Opera House, Harvey Theater, Rose Cinemas and BAMcafé Live.

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