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A Sunday in…
West Village, New York

As the former style editor at GQ and the current editor in chief of Bon Appétit magazine, Adam Rapoport has spent most of his working life surrounded by amazing food and clothes. That made us curious to see how he and his son, Marlon, spend downtime in NYC’s West Village.


“I hate to be the cliché guy who says he just loves to wear sneakers, jeans and a T-shirt, but I just love to wear sneakers, jeans and a T-shirt. I’m not just saying this because this is for J.Crew, but Marlon will only wear crewcuts skinny sweats with a crewcuts T-shirt. Current fave: ‘Chewie, we’re home.’”

“On a nice day, we’ll walk down from Chelsea to visit Marlon’s Uncle Andy, who’s always at the bar at Joseph Leonard. And I do mean always.”
“Don’t tell Marlon this—because he’ll want to run straight to the Lego Store—but I kind of love building Legos with him. I’m hoping we can get this bazillion-piece [Star Wars] Death Star one or at least the Millennium Falcon.”

AND NOW, ADAM ANSWERS SOME J.CREW Q’S…

 PEOPLE ALWAYS TELL YOU THAT YOU LOOK LIKE…
Weirdly, I never get that. Still waiting for someone to tell me I look like Paul Newman. 

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
Iced red eye. Every day of the year, morning and afternoon. 

 VICE YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP?
Coffee. Vodka. French fries. 

WHAT’S ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Mayo. 

FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?
Honestly, Bon Appétit’s (@bonappetitmag). It’s a “best of” from all our staffers, and the digital team tricks out the posts with really smart and funny captions that are actually helpful too. 

PREFERRED METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION?
Subway. We take for granted how well it works, the majority of time at least. 

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN FIVE WORDS.
Pretty simple, kinda sorta cool. 

WHO IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE ICON?
Paul Simonon of the Clash. Obviously. 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST J.CREW PIECE?
I’m gonna say a navy V-neck sweater, back in the day. But in terms of quantity, I can’t own too many pairs of J.Crew socks. Just the right blend of comfort and elasticity. 

WHAT’S ON YOUR READING LIST?
Everything. Because of my job and my iPhone, I now have the attention span of a gnat. It’s a problem. 

VINTAGE PIECE YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP?
My 12-inch cast-iron skillet. 

TACOS, BURGERS OR NOODLES?
Cheeseburger with American cheese, shredded iceberg, mayonnaise and a squishy bun. 

Recipe

Joseph Leonard’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich

One of Adam and Marlon’s favorite local spots puts a fresh spin on this classic comfort food.
INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 onion, julienned
1/8 cup good quality sauerkraut
1 tsp caraway seeds, toasted and crushed
2 tbsp Manchego cheese, shredded 
1/4 cup white cheddar, shredded
2 tbsp Swiss cheese, sliced
2 slices country bread, about 1/2” thick
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 375°. 

Cut the onion into short, thin strips. Heat one tablespoon of butter in a pan on medium heat. Once melted, add the onion slices and stir to coat. Spread the onions out evenly over the pan and let cook, stirring occasionally, until deeply caramelized and sweet. Depending on how strong your burner is, you may need to reduce the heat to prevent the onions from burning. 

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the other tablespoon of butter. When it begins to foam, add the two slices of bread. 

Place the Manchego and Swiss cheese on one slice of bread and top with 1/8 cup of the caramelized onion, a sprinkle of caraway and the sauerkraut. 

Mound the shredded cheddar on the second slice of bread and place the pan into the preheated oven for 4–6 minutes or until the bread is browned on the bottom and the cheese is fully melted. 

Finally, stack the two slices of bread together and press lightly with the back of a spatula to seal. 

Cut in half and serve immediately.

Special thanks to the Joseph Leonard restaurant

Photographs by Bryan Derballa. 

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