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Janette Delfin

General Manager

What was your first job in the restaurant industry?

My first job in the restaurant industry was as a back server at a waterfront restaurant in Battery Park. It was the summer before my junior year in high school and I was the youngest and the only girl in all FOH with the exception of the hosts. I was hooked by the competitive sink or swim nature of it. 

Where are you inspired by outside of restaurants? How do you channel that inspiration at work?

I am inspired by good stories and by nature. Both of these have the effect of taking me into another world and considering a different perspective. At work, I try to keep these ideas of varying perspectives and experience in mind. 

What's one ingredient you can't live without?


What's your coffee order?

Drip with milk and sugar or a flat white. 

What do you listen to in your free time?

Podcasts. Brene Brown's Unlocking Us; Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris on Still Processing; the Problem with Jon Stewart

What is one cause you are passionate about?

Developing access to and a positive relationship with literacy. It's the beginning of the rest. 

How do you manage stress?

Exercise. Baking. Meditative stories and literature.