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Summer Friday: Weekend ‘Tauk With The Smile’s Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte

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BARNEYS NEW YORK Hosts LOU LIVE in Celebration of the Fall 2013 Campaign CollaborationLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

Those who enjoy their meals at The Smile and their nights out at The Jane and The Westway will be happy to hear that this summer the duo behind all of those downtown institutions is headed out east. All summer long, Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte will be keeping Montauk full with a residency at the restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s. And they aren’t just bringing their culinary know-how to the hotel and bar—their Montreal-style Black Seed bagels will also be on offer. Though it seems that Quirarte and Kliegman’s summer weekends will be spent working, here’s what they’ll really be doing.

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Carlos Quirarte: “At the beach! Because weeknights can run late at The Jane and The Westway, it’s nice to head to Montauk for the weekends. The Smile runs the restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s along with local chef Roy Wohlars, so it’s a good excuse to get out of the city and enjoy a weekend of great food with friends. If we get out east early, I like to stop by Melet Mercantile to see what Bob has in stock from week to week. They’re neighbors to the hotel, and his inventory is constantly changing as he sources new items throughout the summer.”

Matt Kliegman: “A perfect summer Friday would consist of yoga in Montauk with my fiancée, Sophie, followed by a delicious brunch. I’d probably order a blue crab eggs Benedict and banana pancakes from our menu—important to have both. Then enjoy a Bloody Caesar (it’s like a Bloody Mary, but with gin and Clamato juice) in a hammock by the bay and a game of life-size Jenga. But that’s the ideal; in the real world, there’s traffic on Montauk Highway, and brunch at Ruschmeyer’s is only served on Saturday and Sunday…”

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Photo: BFAnyc.com; Courtesy of Ruschmeyer’s

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