“One of the most important things I learned from my father [Michael Gilbert, former New York Philharmonic violinist] is to never forget to identify with the musicians I am conducting—to always be aware of what they are feeling.”—Alan Gilbert, 47, music director, New York Philharmonic
“Best advice my father gave me: Always do the things that make you happy.”—Ben Leventhal, 35, co-founder and CEO, Resy.com, co-founder, Eater.com
“My dad taught me how to fish, and sitting there for hours waiting for my catch taught me patience, calmness, and how to focus. Not sure if that’s why he taught me how to fish, but I’m pretty grateful he did.”—Dominique Ansel, 36, pastry chef
“As a young boy my father would always tell my siblings and me, ‘Don’t leave what you can do today for tomorrow.’”—Elie Tahari, 62, chairman and CEO, Elie Tahari
"My father taught me to never ask anybody for advice. You don’t want to hear it, and you probably won’t follow it."—Jonathan Adler, 47, potter, designer, author
In honor of Father's Day, we asked five accomplished New York men about the lessons they learned from their fathers.