Sometimes, a supper club becomes so popular that it needs to evolve into something more. That’s the story with Worth Kitchen, the supper club created by husband-and-wife duo Felipe and Tamy Donnelly. What started as an underground dinner-for-six in their apartment (until the DOH had their say), grew into one of New York’s most sought-after supper clubs, selling out every week. All in under two years. And the itch to turn this passion project into something more kept scratching away.
What else to call your supper club-turned-restaurant than Cómodo, Spanish for comfortable? Opening on July 18th (it’s already fully booked for the first two days), the restaurant is just as you’d expect. Warm, rustic, a handful of tables. Felipe will be cooking, with the delightful Evita, a videographer-turned-friend, as manager.
But good news for fans of Worth Kitchen: the supper club will live on. You now just have somewhere else to get your fix of Felipe and Tamy’s special recipe of good food and great ambiance.
Why open a restaurant?
When we started the supper club, we had no idea what we were doing. We had no idea the term supper club even existed! It just felt like a dinner party, something totally different. For me, it was a natural progression to open a restaurant. I’ve always wanted to go into the restaurant business, and so the last two years we were taking baby steps to get to this point.
Mike Lee (of Studiofeast) once said to me, “don’t do the restaurant thing!” and I laughed because his events are so amazingly conceptual and high energy, and he’s always thinking of the next big, crazy concept. But I love the environment of bringing people together, like dinner parties, so opening a restaurant really resonates with me.
And our supper club will not end. We want to continue doing Worth Kitchen here too.