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The Gatekeepers: Ivilisse V. Esguerra

On we go with The Gatekeepers, a photo series we've commissioned from Michael Harlan Turkell. For the next several weeks, we'll be presenting portraits of The Gatekeepers: the very folks that stand between you and some of your favorite impossible-to-get tables. Installment 1, Mary's Fish Camp, is here.

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Though Gaylen Zamarra helms the kitchen, it is Ivilisse V. Esguerra (aka "Ivi") who runs the door at the West Village treasure Mas. Ivi: "If there's room on the list, knowing 'someone' and/or being "someone" (ie vouge, ny magazine) helps. But I won't deny a patron already on the list, just to make room. I don't like to make people wait. Once we made a table in front for a party of four for patrons that persistently pestered and insisted of being 'very hungry'."