The Interrogator: Egg Shop’s Sarah Schneider and Demetri Makoulis

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Breakfast. It’s one of those things that sounds good all of the time, reluctantly traded in for lunch and dinner fare strictly out of rote obligation. It is an adherence to gastronomic guidelines that most people gamely pass up the moment the opportunity is presented to them via 27/7 chromed-out diners or the “brinner” you insist on whipping up at home.

Tapping into the collective affinity for everyone’s favorite meal of the day, Sarah Schneider and Demetri Makoulis opened Egg Shop earlier this year, a Nolita gem dedicated to the art of the egg, served whenever you damn please. Open from 8 a.m. to midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on weekends, Egg Shop offers a more wholesome option to your more unfortunate late night decisions—pizza and gummy bears, for instance. From poached eggs with quinoa to egg salad with fried chicken on toast, the shop is organic and local—things that keep environmentally conscious diners satisfied in stomach and spirit. Oh, and there’s also wine, beer, and cocktails on offering. Because the benefit of tucking into a plate of scrambled eggs at midnight is that you get to eat it with a glass of sparkling Italian Prosecco, natch.

SIXTY reached out to the ridiculously good-looking twosome for their take on life, Interrogator style.

Place of residence?

Sarah: Canal Street, NYC

Demetri: LES

Current occupation?

Sarah: Owner of Egg Shop NYC!!!

Demetri: Film distribution by day, learning how to run a restaurant by night.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sarah: A kick-ass guitar player.

Demetri: … able to not give a hoot about a whole lot.

Quote to live by?

Sarah: I bet nobody’s ever quoted a musical, but here goes! “No day but today.”

Demetri: “You don’t stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing…”

First job you ever had?

Sarah: Hostess at Charthouse in San Diego. I loved this job! I didn’t have my license and my mom would drive me to work, then I would get cute older boys to drive me home.

Demetri: Afterschool gig at a hedge fund when I was in high school. I was getting paid $10/hour and thought I had struck it rich.

Least favorite part of your day?

Sarah: When the alarm rings. I love sleep and haven’t gotten much of that lately.

Demetri: Waking up and realizing that, once again, I didn’t go to sleep early enough the night before.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is?

Sarah: Tom Petty anything.

Demetri: Anything off Freddie Gibbs’ Cocaine Piñata album (or anything Pet Shop Boys… this was not a very nice question!).

Three guilty pleasures?

Sarah: Don’t judge! Housewives of NY, day drinking, basking in the sun sans sunscreen.

Demetri:

1) Hip hop news sites… gotta stay abreast of breaking news (like Slowbucks getting jumped at Summer Jam, duh).

2) Reality TV that infuriates me. I specifically cut the cord for this reason, so we now just pay retail for each episode on Apple TV (“idiotic” would be an appropriately descriptive term to describe this pattern of behavior).

3) Observing the moment right after a stranger’s child has taken a light tumble, but has yet to begin crying (that unnecessarily distraught look is priceless).

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Sarah: I pick Friday Night Lights (the TV show, though!!)?

Demetri: I’ve spent the last six hours pondering whether it’s Karate Kid or Dancer in the Dark. They both evoke a near-identical sense of impending dread, yet their happy endings totally blindside you, so they’re like almost the same movie.

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

Sarah: Does a recording studio count as art? That’s what I want.

Demetri: …the Kim’s Video collection back and make it available to the public.

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?

Sarah: Plane. It’s nice to get a bit boozy and chat about the adventure you’re about to embark on.

Demetri: The automobile is a true paradox of the modern technology. It’s at once the most confining, yet liberating room one can sit in.

What IS your favorite road trip?

Sarah: Cruising the Berkshires with my dude! Snowboard gear in the back and fighting over tunes.

Demetri: A good pal, strong playlist, no destination, and a deep sense of adventure.

Personal travel ethos?

Sarah: I never make plans.

Demetri: Pass.

Drink of choice?

Sarah: Whisky rocks.

Demetri: The older I get, the closer I am to wholeheartedly believing that a michelada can be a substitute for water.

Beach house or tree house?

Sarah: Beach house.

Demetri: Trees, please!

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

Sarah: One of my favorite meals ever was at Cotogna in SF. I was with my brother and his girlfriend, and it was one of those perfect dinners. Red snapper, brown butter ravioli, and wood oven pizza.

Demetri: Our first tasting by Egg Shop chef/partner, Nick Korbee. Aside from the food being mind-blowing, I immediately realized that both he and the particular meal were very special.

What is the best news you ever received?

Sarah: The day Demetri and I realized we had enough money to open Egg Shop.

Demetri: When my Sarah said “I love you.”

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Sarah: Pass…

Demetri: Cats. I simply don’t understand…

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to…

Sarah: I think it was Stevie Nicks at the Beacon Theatre. I’m obsessed with her. I was so scared her voice would be shot, but it was insane. She has this incredible presence on stage, and it’s overwhelming.

Demetri: I almost threw my underwear at the stage when I saw The Dream at SOB’s like two years ago.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

Sarah: I have a few outlets. One of my oldest friends, Kelly Chambers, always gives me peace of mind. She gives a tarot card reading that will blow your mind. It’s partly the cards but mostly her interpretation. I always feel hopeful when it’s over. When I am upset or angry, I write. I just start writing down whatever comes to mind. In the end, I usually calm the f down.

Demetri: Is it bad that I don’t have a place for this activity??? Maybe I should meditate on it for a little…

Photo by Matt Rubin.

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in V Magazine, CR, Office, and TIME. She is the Managing Editor of Alpha SIXTY.

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