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Bar star: Kimberly Paul at Étoile Cuisine Et Bar

January 3, 2018 GMT

Length of time working at current place?

Three-and-a-half years.

Nickname?

KP.

Lamest pickup line you’ve heard at the bar?

“What are you drinking? I hope it’s Tennessee whiskey, ’cause you’re the only ten I see.”

Most famous person you’ve ever served a drink to?

In L.A, I waited on Ice-T back when he was a rapper. He and his entourage were super cool.

Becoming friends with customers: yes or no?

Eh, I’m kinda weird about that. There are guests I’m closer to than others. They call me when they have boozy questions or can’t get a reservation, but for the most part, no.

Most common customer complaint?

That my Cosmos aren’t sweet. Most ridiculous complaint - I’m shaking the drinks too loud.

Song you’ve gotten sick of at work?

If I never hear “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Sweet Home Alabama” or “La Vie en Rose” again, I would totally be OK with that.

What’s the sloppiest, drunkest thing you’ve ever seen on the job?

Poop on the dance floor, vomiting and then slipping and falling down in said vomit.

What’s the most outrageous request you’ve ever gotten?

“Can you go to the store to get a can of Diet Coke? I only like canned Diet Coke with my Crown.”

Best tip you’ve ever received?

$500

What’s your specialty drink, and how do you make it?

All things absinthe. I love it and try to push it onto other people ad nauseam. As for a cocktail - Tale of Two Berries: absinthe rinse, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Brooklyn gin, lemon juice. Shake and strain into coupe.

What’s something your customers may not know about you?

I’m vegetarian and have been for about 10 years. I actually thought (Étoile) chef Philippe (Verpiand) was going to reconsider hiring me because of it.