The Real Deal New York

New York Times film reviewer A. O. Scott on his new book and the tough life of a critic

May 17, 2016 01:15PM


A.O. Scott in The Posteritati Movie Poster Gallery On Centre Street (credit: Studio Scrivo)

From Luxury Listings NYC: “This is the one dividend for whatever kind of celebrity I have in New York,” New York Times film critic A. O. Scott says. “It is the only place in all of New York where I can get a table. I love it here.”

It’s 11:30 a.m. on a bright Thursday and I’ve just met Scott at a back booth at Russ & Daughters Café on Orchard Street, two and half blocks south of the original Jewish appetizing institution. Scott has become a bit of an institution himself at the café and shop, arriving early on Saturdays to grab an early table or number at the counter. He’s been coming regularly for the last five or six years, ever since Niki Russ, the granddaughter of one of the “daughters,” recognized him while slicing fish and struck up a friendship. [more]