The cancellation of his nationally syndicated talk show is proving to be the best thing that could have happened to star designer Nate Berkus. His Target home collection is in its second season, having launched at the same time as his latest book, the bio/lifestyle manifesto The Things That Matter. And he’s gearing up for a return to television as host and executive producer of a primetime design competition on NBC called Renovation Nation. Each episode will showcase the best of American design. “I didn’t want to be back on TV unless it was related to design,” Berkus says. “This is something we haven’t seen on a network—travel, history, design and renovation.” The show is slated to debut in 2014. Meanwhile, Berkus finds all sorts of inspiration—and gelato—close to his New York City home.
“My all-time favorite restaurant is Il Cantinori. Get the rigatoni alla checca and a glass of barolo. Frank, the co-owner, has driven me home after one too many.”
“Some of the top antiques dealers are on 10th Street, including Karl Kemp Antiques. You can find anything from the highest quality French to midcentury modern.”
“Every time I have a dinner party, I serve berries with yogurt-flavored gelato from Amorino,” says the design star. “I haven’t served a different dessert in four years.”
“Agata & Valentina: Fine Food & Good Ideas is one of the best gourmet grocery stores, and it opened less than a year ago at 10th and University Place.”