This Is What Happens When You Open A Restaurant In Your Dorm Room


Posted on: December 7, 2015

NEW YORK — We’ve only been in Jonah Reider’s dorm room kitchen a few minutes when a young man in a blue pea coat scurries past, gaze averted. He’s already out the door before this reporter can ask what he makes of his roommate installing a restaurant in the middle of the common area of their three-bedroom suite.

“I think they’re just kind of shocked that this has become such a thing and I totally get that,” 21-year-old Reider explains rather ruefully.

That “thing” is biweekly a supper club of sorts called Pith, where it’s now nearly impossible to get a reservation (full disclosure: I earlier tried unsuccessfully myself). High-profile features in outlets like The New Yorker and the Grub Street food blog have only further swelled the waiting list to nab a coveted seat at this Ikea table in Columbia University’s Hogan Hall — it stands at about 2,000, according to Reider.


Even on an Ivy League campus presumably rife with overachievers, running your own eatery on top of the demands of an independent-study track in economics and sociology seems extraordinary. So on a chilly Thursday evening in November, MTV News traveled to Morningside Heights, where Reider satiated our curiosity by letting us watch him prepare the night’s multi-course meal — and nibble on a few tasty appetizers — before swiftly kicking us out once his guests arrived.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lou_Misiano_683affc3e858813acf60c9bb1c9f9c74-bpfull By Lou Misiano

Shitting Where You Eat

A comprehensive step-by-step guide to drama free sex within the service industry…you’re welcome I like talking about fucking. Who doesn’t? If you are, most likely, you’re regaling in some embellished tale of conquest from your past. Perhaps you’re with your friends swapping different techniques that might work on the opposite sex. Maybe you’re finding common […]