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Talking Food with Glen Coben
An interview with the Founder of Glen & Co, New York

                                                            Photo by Lisette Wong/Spiegler

In my refrigerator
> Quinoa, lots of veggies, leftovers from Sunday dinner, and cans of Sixpoint Righteous Ale. What a great name for a beer.

Favorite dishes > Spaghetti and meatballs, Chicken Scarpiello, and Pad Thai

Food I’ll never eat > I’ll eat anything, even if it’s moving—just not too fast

A night in means I’m cooking
> Seafood bolognese (for his recipe, log on to

Midnight snack of choice > Pizza

Restaurants I love (but didn’t design)
> Roberta’s in Brooklyn and Dovetail in Manhattan

Favorite part of my kitchen in Westchester, New York > The house is modern, from 1953. We put the kitchen in the original screened-in porch, so the light that comes in throughout the day is amazing.


Latest creative design detail for a project > At Carbone, it’s one of the more subtle ones: the banquette in the back dining room is meant to look like a vintage police officer jacket—the button tufts are authentic police jacket buttons.

Newest creations in New York
> The Marrow is based on chef Harold Dieterle’s menu: half is German—after his father’s side—and the other half is Italian, after his mom’s. So we wove together a feminine and masculine design—a duality. It’s also perfect since Harold’s business partner Alicia Nosenzo runs the front of house.

                                                                                  The Marrow
                                                                        Photography by Daniel Krieger

For Carbone we channeled 1950s New York red-sauce Italian restaurants. We toured the boroughs, tasting, looking, and talking about what dining out meant to second generation Italian-Americans. References were movies such as the Godfather and TV shows like Boardwalk Empire, as well as photographs by Weegee of New York crime scenes.

                                                                     Photography by Daniel Krieger

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