MY NEXT GUEST IS A STUDENT AT
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY WHO RUNS ONE OF NEW YORK’S HOTTEST
RESTAURANTS, WHICH IS HIS DORM ROOM. PLEASE WELCOME, JONAH REIDER. ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: ALL RIGHT. THIS IS A LITTLE BIT OF AN
UNUSUAL STORY.>>INDEED.>>Stephen: LET ME JUST RECAP
IT HERE AND SEE IF I’VE GOT IT ALL RIGHT. ARE YOU A SUANT AT COLUMBIA. WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING?>>SOCIOLOGY AND ECONOMIC S.>>Stephen: AND HOW OLD OF A
HUMAN ARE YOU?>>I’M 21.>>Stephen: 21 YEARS OLD.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: AND YOU HAVE A
RESTAURANT CALLED PITH.>>INDEED.>>Stephen: CALLED PITH, AND
YOU RUN IT OUT OF YOUR DORM ROOM.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: OKAY. AND THIS IS– THIS IS YOUR DORM. THAT’S YOUR KITCHEN. RIGHT THERE. OKAY. THAT’S YOUR KITCHEN. AND YOU PRODUCE, YOU KNOW– YOU
PRODUCE DISHES LIKE THIS FOR YOUR GUESTS. THIS IS CARROT SLICES AGAINST
FENNEL, PEPPERCORN AND LEMON HASHTAG DANG. HASH TO GO FOOD. HOW DOES THIS START?>>SO I DON’T KNOW. I’VE BEEN COOKING FOR A LONG
TIME. AS AN ENJOYABLE,
IMPROZZIZATIONAL ACT. AND I THINK– I DID IT A LOT
MORE ONCE I GOT OFF THE MEAL PLAN, WHICH WAS, YOU KNOW–
>>Stephen: NO MORE SALSBERG STEAK FOR YOU.>>I WAS COOKING A LOT AND
MOSTLY SHARING MEALS WITH MY FRIENDS AND ROOMMATES. AND THEY WERE LIKE, “YOU SHOULD
LET OTHER PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR THIS.” AND THEY DID. I MADE AN ONLINE SIGN-UP SHEET,
AND –>>RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE– IT’S
OVER 1,000 PEOPLE ARE ON YOUR WAITING LIST TO EAT DINNER IN
YOUR DORM ROOM.>>YEAH. AND THOSE ARE– THOSE ARE 1,000
PARTIES OF FOUR.>>Stephen: WHAT! SO THERE ARE 1,000 RESERVATIONS
WAITING.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: TO EAT IN YOUR
DORM ROOM.>>WHICH IS, LIKE AIR, LOT OF
YEARS OF DOING THIS. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: IT IS, IT IS. WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL THINK OF
THIS?>>THEY HAVE BEEN LESS THAN
PLEASED. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YOU KNOW THERE’S A MOVIE IN THIS ABOUT THE
REBELLIOUS YOUNG STUDENT CHEF, AND THE R.A. WHO IS COLLUDING
WITH THE PRESIDENT TO TRY TO SHUT YOU DOWN.>>YEAH, I HOPE. I’D BE DOWN TO MAKE IT.>>Stephen: THAT WOULD BE
AWESOME. BUT THEN IT TURNS OUT THAT THE
PRESIDENT’S WIFE WANTS A RESERVATION AT YOUR RESTAURANT
AND IT SAVES THE RESTAURANT.>>IT’S FUNNY, COLUMBIA’S
OFFICIAL MAGAZINE HIT ME UP TO WRITE AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT, AND
THEN AFTER EXPRESSING SOME OF THE MY SENTIMENTS ABOUT THE
UNIVERSITY AND THE RELATIONSHIP, THEY’RE LIKE, “WE’LL HOLD THE
ARTICLE FOR A LITTLE BIT.” ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND YOU
BROUGHT SOMETHING. WHAT DO WE HAVE?>>I WOULD HAVE LOVED FOR TO YOU
COME, BUT THE LIST IS SO LONG I COULDN’T IN GOOD CONSCIENCE —
>>I’LL COME, I’LL COME. DO CELEBRITIES — WHILE YOU’RE
PREPARING THAT. DON’T LET ME STOP YOU.>>I WANTED TO BRING YOU SOME
LEFTOVERS BECAUSE– ( LAUGHTER )
THAT’S WHAT YOU GET.( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: I’LL TAKE WHAT I
CAN GET. I’LL TAKE WHAT I CAN GET. I HAVE A FLIGHT TO MAKE.>>I KNOW, AND SINCE– SO THIS
IS THE FIRST COURSE.>>Stephen: OKAY. VERY LIGHT. DO CELEBRITIES EVER, LIKE, TRY
TO PULL STRINGS TO GET, LIKE, A RESERVATION? LIKE YOU GET A CALL FROM AN
ASSISTANCE SAYING, “I HAVE KELLY RIPA ON THE WAY TO YOU.”>>NO.>>Stephen: “WOULD THAT WORK
OUT?”>>I WISH. THAT WOULD BE FUN. THAT WOULD BE REAL FUN. I DID A POP-UP IN L.A. THAT
REGGIE WATTS CAME TO.>>Stephen: THAT’S A COOL
GUEST. THAT LOOKS FILO.>>IT’S A FILO DESSERT FILLED
WITH HONEY THAT’S INFUSED WITH BLACK TRUFFLE.>>Stephen: WHAT!>>AND WHAT YOU’RE GOING IT EAT
WITH IT IS A LITTLE SORBET I MADE FROM PEAR NECTAR.>>Stephen: PEAR NECTAR
SORBET. I JUST GOT A COMIL. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOU
GRADUATE, OPEN A RESTAURANT OR SOMETHING?>>I’D REALLY LIKE TO DO
SOMETHING LIKE OPEN UP A VENUE OR– YEAH, SERIOUSLY. AND THEN WAIT. YOU CAN’T DIG IN JUST YET.>>Stephen: I’M NOT DIGGING
IN. I’M HELPING, I’M HELPING.>>I NEED TO PUT SOME LIME ZEST
ON TOP. BECAUSE YOU KNOW I’M PREPARED.>>Stephen: I KNOW, YOU’VE GOT
TO, YOU’VE GOT TO.>>IT WOULD BE REALLY COOL TO
OPEN UP A SPACE WHERE ART AND FOOD AND MUSIC COULD ALL
INTERSECT. PLEASE, PLEASE.>>Stephen: OKAY, AND DO I DO
IT TOGETHER?>>OH, YEAH, DEFINITELY. YOU’RE NOT EATING VERY NEATLY. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: OKAY. YES, I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU OPEN
A RESTAURANT. ( LAUGHTER )
YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO YELL AT THE CUSTOMERS. HOLD ON.( CHEERS )
THAT IS FANTASTIC.
>>I’M SO GLAD THANK YOU.>>Stephen: IT’S DELICIOUS. UNEXPECTED.>>THANKS
( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: NOW, DO STUDENTS
EVER SHOW UP AND SAY, “I HAVE BEEN WITH SOME FRIENDS PARTYING
IN A PARTICULAR WAY. WOULD YOU MAKE US SOMETHING TO
EAT RIGHT NOW?” ( LAUGHTER ).>>I WILL SAY THAT I HAVE A
SPECIAL MENU COMING UP FOR APRIL 20. BUT, YOU KNOW. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: GOOD LUCK GETTING
A RESERVATION.>>BUT, NO. IT’S– YOU KNOW, ALL SORTS OF
PEOPLE COME THROUGH. A LOT OF NOT STUDENTS AS WELL,
ACTUALLY. SO THAT’S BEEN KIND OF FUN TO
HAVE THIS BE A NEXUS UPON ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE FROM
NEW YORK.>>Stephen: WELL, IT’S
FANTASTIC. CONGRATULATIONS ON SUCH AN
AMAZING, UNUSUAL WAY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>Stephen: JONAH LOVELY TO
MEET YOU.>>REALLY NICE TO MEET YOU.>>Stephen: CHECK JONAH OUT ON
INSTAGRAM @PITHNYC. JONAH REIDER, EVERYBODY!