We did it last year, when this interview series was borned, and back then our pal Rachel Uchitel was #2 to a doorman. No more! Half a million pageviews later, Rachel, you’re second to none, but we’re retiring your number. It’s time to make way for the class of 2009.
10. David Chang – The master of Momofuku can do no wrong. 9. Rochelle Gores – Shopkeep of LA’s fashion-forward Arcade, Gores wants to close the book on boho-chic. 8. Mourad Lahlou – Lahlou knocks ’em dead from San Francisco’s Aziza to Iron Chef. 7. Eddie Dean – After a series of legal woes, Dean’s Pacha club in New York owns the night once more. 6. Wass Stevens – Arguably New York’s most well-known and professional doorman, Stevens has transitioned upward into running the show, not just the guest list. 5. Rachelle Hruska – The queen of Guest of a Guest sure knows how to get her name out there. Now quit accosting us at parties! 4. Richie Akiva, Jeffrey Jah, Ronnie Madra, & Scott Sartiano – The boys of 1Oak are the supergroup of NYC clubland. 3. Paul Liebrandt – The prickly chef from New York’s Corton has no time for your foolish questions. 2. Poplife – Miami’s nightlife mandarins continue to throw one of the hottest parties in town. 1. Josh Wagner – Our most popular interview subject for the year also hails from Miami, running the bar-side show for Morgans Hotels; he declared 2009 the “year of the bartender,” and he was demonstrably correct.