Robert De Niro

We interviewed Robert De Niro…we say it in the first line because what else do you say in the first line of DeNiro’s intro? It’s one of our favorite times of the year again — the start of the Tribeca Film Festival — and we owe our excitement (and entertainment) to king of Hollywood himself. The man is capable of making us laugh and making us utterly terrified. Mob movies have always been a weakness of ours: Whether it be the ballsiness, the romanticizing of a seriously hot temper, or – let’s face it – the plates of Italian food, we grew up on a diet that consisted of Goodfellas, The Godfather and Casino. That means Robert De Niro was like a second Father to us…even though he might not of known it.
We had the pleasure of chatting with the veteran actor last year over cocktails (and we’re still pinching ourselves), and we thought it timely and appropriate to throw back to that interview again, as we gear up for the film festival.



TNP: Can vodka epitomize a certain lifestyle? If so, what does your vodka, VDKA 6100, epitomize?

RD: Clean living. I think 6100 is really about discretion and a sophisticated lifestyle. It’s for the person who wants to be more discreet, not over the top. It was really about something that was more subdued. It was more elegant, it was more refined. I think that was the word we liked: refined.

TNP: How would relate your vodka to the world of restaurants?

RD: The one thing I always talk about in terms of restaurants is consistency. I think that’s what we love about the vodka, is that it’s consistent. It’s consistent in its pureness and that’s how I tie it to restaurants. When I think of a good restaurant, it’s where the food has been consistent; there’s always a consistency.

TNP: What does someone’s drink say about them?

RD: I don’t know, that’s a good question. That’s a good question and I don’t have the answer.

TNP: What’s your personal ideal drink?

RD: I have either a cucumber martini, gin martini, or a vodka martini. That’s it. Simple.

TNP: Do you think drinks can be like time capsules? Can they bring you to another period in your life?

RD: Yes, with certain vices, like a martini in the old days in New York. In the fifties or sixties, you had Café Society, The Stork Club, the Copacabana; you had Tavern on the Green. Today, unfortunately, Tavern doesn’t have what it should have as far as I can see, what I’d love to see it have. Or The Boathouse. They don’t have the elegance that I remember as a kid seeing in the movies. They had more history. It was just a different time; it was a different period back then. That’s all.

For tips on where to eat during the film festival, read our article on the Top 10 Tribeca Restaurants.  Also see, our latest interview with Nikki Reed

*Robert De Niro, photographed at Locanda Verde in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Illustration by Danielle Kosann.