Read on for how to navigate New York with your future, present and past spouse in mind...because it's all fun and games until someone loses a pre-nup.
UD: Where would you go to meet a future spouse?
RF: If you want to meet girls, go to Hermès.
UD: Where else do you like to go in the city?
RF: I like Central Park and the hansome cabs. Last night I went to Molyvos, a nice Greek restaurant. The tables are set far enough apart so it's a good conversation place. There's a great Indian restaurant on Broadway called Sapphire and a great Chinese place called Tse Yang. I also like Nobu for the food, but it's not conducive to talking.
UD: So what's the biggest reason for divorce?
RF: The biggest reason for divorce is boredom. People go looking for something and somebody else. Then there are the cases where fear and money keep people together.
UD: What are some ways clients got caught cheating?
RF: They keep diaries. 6/08/06 WABNE, meaning June 8, 2006 Waldorf Astoria. Best night ever. They all use the same codes. Don't do that. And don't get prostitutes or drugs using a credit card.
UD: Where's the best place to break up with someone?
RF: I advise people to get to as crowded a restaurant as possible so your partner can't make a scene. Fresco is a good break-up option.
UD: Where do people go to be anonymous in New York?
RF: My clients go to lounges and hotels like the St. Regis, the Algonquin or the Peninsula because those places are filled with out-of-towners so you don't see a lot of New Yorkers there. That and they go to the Village gay bars so there's less odds of running into their friends.
UD: Are there people you can't trust?
RF: Definitely. Never trust your secretary. They turn on you. Don't trust your girlfriend because if she dumps you, you have an enemy on your hands. But you give a doorman or chauffeur 50 bucks, and he'll tell you everything you need to know.
UD: And where do you clean up post-portem, i.e. meet some rich divorcées?
RF: The best bet is to buy a ticket to any charity event or silent auction. Look up charitable foundations because these rich divorcées have to get rid of tens of millions of dollars for tax reasons, so a lot go the charitable route and become social butterflies. The National Arts Club is also a good bet.
UD: And what about romance?
RF: Romance is what 18-year-olds do in the back of cars. In New York, it's what people do in hotels. Adultery is a crime in the books.
UD: How do you advise people to get back on the market?
RF: Every time I go to the lower west side and the meatpacking it is an awful scene, especially in the summer. It's like dogs sniffing each other. I would recommend avoiding that and going to church socials instead.