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Designer and
Restaurateur

The Caribbean-inspired Miss Lily's 7A in Manhattan's East Village

"Think black lights and slow jams," says Serge
Becker of his introduction to the nightlife world,
where his first gig, as a 13-year-old DJ, was at
his local church's Wednesday afternoon teen
parties. "I fell in love with making people dance
and make out in dark spaces," he says. The
Zurich-born creative supported himself as a
DJ throughout art school, moving to New York
upon graduating. Soon after, he met hotelier and
restaurateur Eric Goode and joined his Area
nightclub team as art director-though he insists

the job was nothing fancy. "We were just a bunch
of young kids in our early 20s thinking of ideas
and building them ourselves." He spent the next
four years drawing, sketching, and getting his
hands dirty, learning the design and construction
of the environments and sets during the day,
"hanging out and partying in them at night."
The training paid off, as Becker's name is
now synonymous with some of New York's most
innovative and longstanding concepts-including
La Esquina ("It's very atmospheric and offers

Photos by DANIEL KRIEGER

Miss Lily's 7A joins other outposts in New York's SoHo
and Dubai

Photo by GERALD FORSTER

serge
becker

new icons

the f&b visionary

simple, unpretentious food with a festive flair. It
also has a great team, which is what hospitality
really is all about," he says of its success), Lure
Fishbar, Café Select, Joe's Pub at the Public,
and the Box-the brainchild of theater industry
vets Simon Hammerstein and Richard Kimmel
that reinvented the fusion of nightlife and
performance. Becker came onboard to put the
finishing touches on a design by locally based
Hecho and create a theatric show concept that
raises the bar. The inspiration, he says, was an
underground erotic cabaret he used to frequent
called the Blue Angel. "It had an offbeat Weimar
Republic-meets-Killing of a Chinese Bookie
feel. We decided to bring back that anarchic
spirit coupled with a healthy dose of nostalgic
debauchery."
Becker has also left his indelible stamp
with Miss Lily's, a Caribbean concept that first
debuted in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood,
with a second location in the East Village. He
was influenced, he says, by his love of Jamaican
music and his first wife, who was Jamaican
and introduced him to the food at backyard
family barbecues and in Brooklyn jerk shops.
He thought recreating those sights, tastes, and
sounds, "plus the friendly island vibe, would be
a welcome addition to the Manhattan dining
landscape," he says. In an interesting twist, the
concept has now migrated to Dubai, opening
inside the Sheraton Grand on Sheikh Zayed
Road, indicative of a "paradigm shift away
from super large spaces to more intimate and
personal experiences," he adds.
Unsurprisingly, Becker-who works with
outside designers, including Jason Volenec,
1
Jeanette Dalrot, and branding firm Farewell, on
some of his projects but is extremely involved
in the collaboration that he says he loves (he
designed Miss Lily's himself)-has learned a few
lessons along the way. "Not everything works, so
don't be too proud to keep tweaking and tinker,"
he says. And pointing to the rise of technology,
social media, meals as photo opps, TV chefs, and
"everybody as a critic culture," he finds "what
people will continue to look for is a sense of
belonging. The rest is window dressing."

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