Myriad Restaurant Group Owner
Drew Nieporent, one of America's most respected and celebrated restaurateurs, is the
founder and inspiration behind the Myriad Restaurant Group, which operates Tribeca Grill,
Nobu New York City, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Corton, Centrico
and Crush Wine & Spirits. Over the last 26 years, Myriad has opened and operated over 36
restaurants around the world, including Seattle, Louisville, Providence, Boca Raton,
London, Moscow, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets in Flushing, New York. Most
recently, Myriad helped to open The Daily Burger at Madison Square Garden.
Nieporent's first restaurant, the groundbreaking Montrachet (1985), earned three stars from The New York Times and
kept that rating for 21 years. In 2008, the restaurant reopened as Corton, maintaining its three New York Times stars
and receiving an unprecedented two Michelin stars with chef-partner Paul Liebrandt at the helm. Both Nieporent and
Liebrandt are featured in a current HBO documentary A Matter of Taste.
Tribeca Grill (1990), with partner Robert De Niro and an all-star roster of investors including Bill Murray, Sean Penn,
and Mikhail Baryshnikov, opened to national acclaim and continues to be one of New York’s landmark restaurants.
In 1994, again with partner Robert De Niro and sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa, Drew launched Nobu New York City to
worldwide acclaim. Nobu NYC, Next Door Nobu, and Nobu Fifty Seven have all earned the coveted three-star rating
from The New York Times. Nobu NYC was voted Best Restaurant in America by The James Beard Foundation. Nobu has
gone on to open restaurants in all parts of the world.
Also in 1994, Nieporent was one of the few American restaurateurs to go bi-coastal. In collaboration with Robert De
Niro, Robin Williams, and Francis Ford Coppola, he opened Rubicon in San Francisco.
Myriad's excellence in wine service is widely acknowledged. It is the only restaurant group to earn three coveted
Grand Awards from Wine Spectator Magazine – for Rubicon, Montrachet, and Tribeca Grill. In 2005, Myriad opened
Crush Wine & Spirits, which was named the best new wine shop by Food & Wine Magazine.
Nieporent graduated in 1973 from Stuyvesant High School and in 1977 from Cornell University with a degree from the
School of Hotel Administration. While at Cornell, he worked as a waiter on the world class cruise ships Vistafjord and
Sagafjord. In 1978, he began his management career with Warner Le Roy at New York City's Maxwell's Plum and
Tavern On The Green. He then worked at the prestigious French restaurants Le Périgord, La Grenouille and Plaza
Athénée's Le Regence.
Drew donates his time to dozens of charities. He is on the board of Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams
Foundation, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and DIFFA, an Honorary Chair of the City Harvest Food Council and Culinary
Director of the Jackson Hole Wine Auction. He has co-chaired SOS's Taste of the Nation event in New York City since
1997. He has been honored by Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (2009), American Heart Association (1999), the
Tourette Syndrome Association (2000), Food Allergy Initiative (2001), American Liver Foundation (2003), Cancer
Research & Treatment Fund (2005), and Kristen Ann Carr Fund (2006). Drew is in great demand as a spirited, highly
effective auctioneer at charity events.