Bedside Manners with David Rabin

David Rabin Interview by Victoria Lewis 

David Rabin, hospitality and nightlife guru behind Café Clover, The Lamb’s Club and The Skylark on sleepless nights at his first club and the benefits of a virtuous dinner for good sleep.

What’s your bedtime routine?

E-mail catch up, 10 minute Facebook scroll, ESPN, choose two $2 FanDuel basketball (or football) teams for the next day, floss/brush my teeth and into bed with Kindle in hand.

What’s the best night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

I'm sure it was when I was a little kid. Watch a kid sleep - they sleep hard.

What’s the worst night of sleep you’ve ever gotten?

When a parent is ill.

What time do you go to sleep?

In my imagination: 12:30 AM. In reality: 2:30 AM. It just sneaks up on me and I’m like “how did that happen?”

What time do you wake up?

About 9:30 AM.

What puts you to sleep right away?


What keeps you awake at night?

Concerns about family, business or sometimes both.

What’s on your bedside table?

My Kindle and two phones (I know…bad).

What's the first thing you do in the morning?

Juice, wheat toast and peanut butter, Coke Zero and NY1…breakfast of champions.

What’s the latest you’ve ever had to work?

Haha! First night of our first club, Rex. I got home at 7:30 AM as people who had my former job (lawyer) were headed to the subway to start their days. We had no idea how to “close” the place. We had no managers. We were doing it all by ourselves.

Have you ever found anyone asleep at one of your clubs?

I was always amazed at Lotus that we’d see people nodding off. I mean, there would be 700 people dancing, music blaring and someone would be falling asleep. Always mystified me.

Does eating Café Clover’s healthy food for dinner impact your sleep?

The great thing about eating at Clover is that, at least for me, I feel sated but never stuffed or uncomfortable. Our chef is doing a great job and I usually feel quite virtuous for having eaten at our spot because I love the food and I haven’t consumed 3000 calories an hour before bed.

Bed: We have a great one right now, but I can’t tell you what it is. My wife picked it.
Midnight SnackQuest Bar.
Sound to fall asleep to: Silence (earplug assisted).
Sleepwear: Long sleeve t-shirt and some Calvin Klein boxer briefs.
Bedtime Reading: The NY Times and a bit of whatever non-fiction in which I’m immersed and then something that isn’t too disturbing – maybe a Sherlock Holmes short story – until I pass out.