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AVENUE PICKS AND CELEBRITY QUOTES Our highly selective choices for the best of everything Manhattan has to offer, from the finest shopping destinations, to the best spas, nightlife, cultural attractions, jewelry and guilty pleasures. Celebrities and local personalities weigh in about what they like best about Manhattan, including Laura Geller, Robert De Niro, Zac Posen, Kyle White and many more.

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NEW YORK’S FINEST DINING DESTINATIONS AND CELEBRITY CHEF PICKS A highly selective and comprehensive listing of Manhattan’s not-to-be missed restaurants. Plus, top celebrity chefs and food personalities like Daniel Boulud, David Burke, and Chris Santos divulge their favorite places to grab a bite when they aren’t the ones cooking.

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NEIGHBORHOOD INSIDERS Noteworthy locals like Christian Siriano, Julie Macklowe, and Abraham Merchant give guided tours of the best their neighborhood has to offer, including Chelsea, Lower Manhattan, the Upper East Side and more . . .

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MY FAVORITE THINGS Prominent and stylish New Yorkers offer their tip sheets on their favorite hidden treasures, secrets of Manhattan, off-the-radar hotspots, coffee shops, restaurants salons, museums, boutiques and more!

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TALES AND TIPS FROM THE CONCIERGE DESK Concierges at some of the city’s most luxurious hotels talk about interesting moments, unusual lobby sights and outlandish requests, and give their recommendations for where to shop, eat, and sightsee.

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EXPERT TIPS Some of the city’s top interior designers and event planners offer their tips on how to throw a unique, fabulous dinner party that your guests will be talking about for months.

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AT YOUR SERVICE John Aduna and Linda Siegal Florin, the man and woman behind two of the top A-list concierge services in the city, divulge where they send their clients—celebrities, royalty and C-level executives—to eat, shop, dance, unwind, work out and more!

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BEST DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY Travel expert Mark Novak offers his top three picks and itineraries for trips outside of the city, including Montauk, New Haven and Cape May.

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THE FEAST OUT EAST The all-star chefs of the Hamptons share the secrets behind their food philosophy, signature dishes and more.

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ARTS CALENDAR A selective sampling of what is on view and what there is to buy at Manhattan’s auction houses, museums, galleries and antiques showrooms.

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AVENUE concierge Dear Readers, Welcome to New York, the most vibrant and exciting city on the planet. We take pride in our many thriving sectors: five-star restaurants, endless shopping, top-notch services, the world’s best hotels, the finest jewelers, the most exquisite galleries and cultural institutions. No amount of time visiting New York is ever enough, but as purveyors of the city’s cultural news, we will help you make the absolute most of your stay. Our editors used their insider knowledge of, and involvement in, the city’s most noteworthy happenings to compile a list of the best of everything: shopping, restaurants, services, cultural happenings and more. It was curated to present only the most current, relevant and exciting locales. We then asked some of our friends—New York mainstays like Christian Siriano and Julie Macklowe—to guide us through the neighborhoods they call home. Each of these neighborhood insiders discloses the hidden gems, mom-and-pop shops that might otherwise fly under the radar and must-tries of their own blocks. Our Chefs’ Picks section asks the most accomplished chefs and notable foodies in the world to tell us where they eat when they’re not in their own first-class restaurants. Find out where chefs like Daniel Boulud go for neighborhood pizza or a cocktail, and what they recommend ordering. Our luxury real estate market is very healthy, with record breaking sales and new developments contributing to our vivacious city. We gathered tips from the city’s top brokers and feature the most prestigious real estate firms, in case you want to make your visit permanent! No matter the duration of your stay, use this insider guide in good health and enjoy all New York has to offer.

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PICKS In a city like New York, where everyone claims to be the best of the best, you need to know how to weed out the winners. Each and every one of our picks is tried and true— personally picked by our editors and their friends. From the best spas to the best clubs and the best place to rent a helicopter, we know where to go. Here are our picks, from the inside.

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ew York is a living breathing city. It has its classics and its upstarts, its tried-and-trues and its ambitious wannabes. It is where anyone who wants to attain excellence wants to go. New York never settles for second best, whether in cuisine, design, theater, art, fashion or, of course, shopping. To make sure you have access to the best in every category, you need a concierge to guide your search in this dynamic cityscape. Once again, AVENUE is on the case, ferreting out the hottest clubs, chicest shops, and hidden treasures in our exquisite backyard. For 39 years, AVENUE magazine has offered access to the people and places that make Manhattan the world-class destination it is. We are the ultimate insiders in a metropolis that is teeming with possibilities. We are pleased to present our guide to the very best the city has to offer, interspersed with some quotes from celebrities and celebrated New Yorkers about what they love best about this town.

SHOPPING Hippest Boutiques: Blue & Cream 1 East 1st Street 212.533.3088 www.blueandcream.com Blue Tree 1283 Madison Avenue (between 91st and 92nd streets) 212.369.2583 www.bluetreenyc.com Curve 57 Bond Street 212.966.3626 www.shopcurve.com

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Christian Siriano 252 Elizabeth Street (between East Houston and Prince streets) 212.775.8494 www.christiansiriano.com Diana & Jeffries 1339 Madison Avenue (between 93nd and 94th streets) 212.831.0531 www.dianaandjeffries.com Edit 1368 Lexington Avenue (between 90th and 91st streets) 212.876.1368 www.editnewyork.com

Etro 89 Greene Street 646.329.6929 720 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.317.9096 www.etro.com Jeffrey 449 West 14th Street 212.206.1272 www.jeffreynewyork.com


Scoop 1275–1277 Third Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.535.5577 www.scoopnyc.com Steven Alan 229 Elizabeth Street 212.226.7482 www.stevenalan.com Thom Browne 100 Hudson Street (between Franklin and Leonard streets) 212.633.1197 www.thombrowne.com

Best Men’s Clothing Stores: Angelo Galasso in The Plaza Edwardian Room 1 West 58th Street 212.371.4400 www.angelogalasso.com Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street) 212.826.8900 www.barneys.com Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street) 888.753.7300 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Brunello Cucinelli 683 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets) 212.813.0900 www.brunellocucinelli.com Canali 611 Fifth Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.753.4000 625 Madison Avenue (at 59th Street) 212.752.3131 www.canali.it

Jack Spade 56 Greene Street (between Broome and Spring streets) 212.625.1820 www.jackspade.com Lanvin 815 Madison Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets) 646.439.0380 www.lanvin.com

“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.’” —Robert De Niro, actor

Cesare-Paciotti 833 Madison Avenue (between 69th and 70th streets) 212.452.1222 www.cesare-paciotti.com Domenico Vacca 781 Fifth Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 212.759.6333 702 Madison Avenue at The Carlyle Hotel (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.421.8902 www.domenicovacca.com

Brioni 57 East 57th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.376.5777 www.brioni.it

Ermenegildo Zegna 663 Fifth Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.421.4488 www.zegna.com

Brooks Brothers 346 Madison Avenue (at 44th Street) 212.682.8800 www.brooksbrothers.com

Hermès 691 Madison Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.751.3181 www.hermes.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs Men 382 Bleecker Street (between Perry and Charles streets) 212.929.0304 www.marcjacobs.com Odin 199 Lafayette Street (between Kenmare and Broome streets) 212.966.0026 www.odinnewyork.com Opening Ceremony 35 Howard Street 212.219.2688 www.openingceremony.us

Paul & Shark 667 Madison Avenue (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.452.9868 www.paulshark.it Rag & Bone 100–104 Christopher Street (between Bedford and Bleecker streets) 212.727.2990 www.rag-bone.com

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Kirna Zabete 477 Broome Street (between Prince and Spring streets) 212.941.9656 www.kirnazabete.com

Ralph Lauren 867 Madison Avenue 212.606.2100 www.ralphlauren.com Stefano Ricci 407 Park Avenue (between 54th and 55th streets) 212.371.3901 www.stefanoricci.com Thomas Pink 10 Columbus Circle 212.823.9650 www.thomaspink.com Tom Ford 845 Madison Avenue (at 70th Street) 212.359.0300 www.tomford.com

Best Men’s Custom Shirts: Manuel Racim 44 Hudson Street (between Duane and Thomas streets) 212.233.0417 www.manuelracim.com Ascot Chang 110 Central Park South (at 59th Street) 212.759.3333 www.ascotchang.com

Parke & Ronen 176 Ninth Avenue (at 21st Street) 212.989.4245 www.parkeandronen.com

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“New York offers endless opportunities and inspiration. It has a spirit and rhythm that no other city can match. My New York is art deco, modern, classical. My New York has a look all its own—a collection of different styles that combine to be instantly recognizable.” —Jacob Arabo, CEO, Jacob & Co.

Best Women’s Fashion: Alice & Olivia 755 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 646.545.2895 www.aliceandolivia.com Bottega Veneta 699 Fifth Avenue (between 54th and 55th streets) 212.371.5511 www.bottegaveneta.com Carolina Herrera 954 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.249.6552 802 Madison Avenue (between 67th and 68th streets) 212.744.2076 www.carolinaherrera.com

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Chanel 15 East 57th Street (between Madison and Fifth avenues) 212.355.5050 www.chanel.com Christian Dior 21 East 57th Street (between Madison and Fifth avenues) 212.931.2950 www.dior.com Dennis Basso 765 Madison Avenue (at 69th Street) 212.794.4500 www.dennisbasso.com Dolce & Gabbana 717 Fifth Avenue (between 55th and 56th streets) 212.897.9653 www.dolcegabbana.com Emilio Pucci 855 Madison Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.752.4777 www.emiliopucci.com Giorgio Armani 760 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 212.988.9191 www.armani.com Gucci 725 Fifth Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.826.2600 840 Madison Avenue (between 69th and 70th streets) 212.717.2619 www.gucci.com Intermix 1003 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.249.7858 www.intermixonline.com J. Crew Collection 1035 Madison Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.249.3869 www.jcrew.com

Kate Spade 789 Madison Avenue (at 67th Street) 212.988.0259 www.katespade.com Louis Vuitton 1 East 57th Street (at Fifth Avenue) 212.758.8877 www.louisvuitton.com Max Mara 813 Madison Avenue (at 68th Street) 212.879.6100 www.maxmara.com Missoni 1009 Madison Avenue (at 78th Street) 212.517.9339 www.missoni.com Miu Miu 11 East 57th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues) 212.641.2980 www.miumiu.com Nicole Miller 77 Greene Street 212.219.1825 www.nicolemiller.com

Prada 575 Broadway (at Prince Street) 212.334.8888 724 Fifth Avenue 212.664.0010 45 East 57th Street 212.308.2332 www.prada.com Ralph Lauren 888 Madison Avenue 212.434.8000 www.ralphlauren.com Reed Krakoff 831 Madison Avenue (between 69th and 70th streets) 212.988.0560 www.reedkrakoff.com Realm Boutique 98 Greene Street 212.334.9600 www.realmboutique.com Tory Burch 797 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.510.8371 www.toryburch.com Valentino 821 Madison Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets) 212.772.6969 www.valentino.com

“While New York City is full of some of the most famous people in the world, what I love about it is the real women, who embrace their individual style with such confidence and fun.” —Laura Geller, founder of Laura Geller Beauty


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Best Accessories: Anya Hindmarch 795 Madison Avenue 646.852.6233 www.anyahindmarch.com Devi Kroell 717 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.644.4499 www.devikroell.com Kate Spade 454 Broome Street 212.274.1991 www.katespade.com Longchamp 713 Madison Avenue (at 63rd Street) 212.223.1500 www.longchamp.com Roger Vivier 750 Madison Avenue (between 64th and 65th streets) 212.861.5371 www.rogervivier.com

Best Jewelry and Watches: Aaron Basha 685 Madison Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 212.644.1970 www.aaronbasha.com Asprey 853 Madison Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.688.1811 www.asprey.com

Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd. 818 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor (between 68th and 69th streets) 212.794.9100 www.cdbltd.com Cartier 653 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd Street) 212.753.0111 828 Madison Avenue (at 69th Street) 212.472.6400 www.cartier.us Chanel Fine Jewelry 733 Madison Avenue (at 64th Street) 212.535.5828 www.chanel.com Chopard 709 Madison Avenue (at 63rd Street) 212.223.2304 www.chopard.com

de Grisogono 824 Madison Avenue (near 69th Street) 212.439.4220 www.degrisogono.com

Graff 710 Madison Avenue (at 63rd Street) 212.355.9292 www.graffdiamonds.com

DoDo 645 Madison Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 646.596.9897 www.dodo.it

Harry Winston 718 Fifth Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.399.1000 www.harrywinston.com

Fabergé 694 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 646.559.8848 www.faberge.com

Ippolita 796 Madison Avenue
(at 67th Street) 646.664.4240 www.ippolita.com

Folli Follie 575 Madison Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.421.3155

Jack Vartanian 996 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.988.2881 www.jackvartanian.com

www.follifollie.us.com Jacob & Co 48 East 57th Street 212.719.5887 www.jacobandco.com

“I love living in New York because I can rely on the tried-and-true and look forward to exploring the new and different. My whole family is here, and we enjoy exploring and enjoying our city together. My New York is fast moving during the week, and leisurely on the weekends. I live for art-filled weeks at the gallery and at art fairs and fun family weekends with my husband and kids in Central Park and eating burgers at JG Melon.” —Elizabeth Feld, managing director, Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Breguet 779 Madison Avenue (between 66th and 67th streets) 212.288.4014 www.breguet.com

David Webb 942 Madison Avenue (between 74th and 75th streets) 212.421.3030 www.davidwebb.com

Freywille 727 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 646.682.9030 www.freywille.com

Jennifer Miller 972 Lexington Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.734.8199 www.jennifermillerjewelry.com

Bulgari 730 Fifth Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.315.9000 www.bulgari.com

De Beers 703 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.906.0001 www.debeers.com

Gilbert Albert 43 West 57th Street 212.888.3232 www.gilbertalbert.com

Jewelbox on Madison 654 Madison Avenue

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Kwiat 725 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.725.7777 www.kwiat.com

Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Avenue (at 57th Street) 212.755.8000 www.tiffany.com

Brian Atwood 655 Madison Avenue (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.415.4739 www.brianatwood.com

Agent Provocateur 675 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets) 212.840.2436 www.agentprovocateur.com

Leviev 700 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.763.5300 www.leviev.com

Tourbillon 45 Wall Street 212.797.2503 www.tourbillon.com

Christian Louboutin 965 Madison Avenue (between 75th and 76th streets) 212.396.1884 www.christianlouboutin.com

Exclusive Perfume/Scent Boutiques:

“New York ladies all look immaculate.” —Zac Posen, designer

Links of London 535 Madison Avenue (at 54th Street) 212.588.1177 www.linksoflondon.com Macklowe Gallery 667 Madison Avenue 212.644.6400 www.macklowegallery.com Monica Rich Kosann at Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor 212.872.2570 www.monicarichkosann.com Pomellato 741 Madison Avenue (between 64th and 65th streets) 212.879.2118 www.pomellato.com Seaman Schepps 485 Park Avenue (at 58th Street) 212.753.9520 www.seamanschepps.com

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Valentin Magro 42 West 48th Street 212.575.9044 www.valentinmagro.com Van Cleef & Arpels 744 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 212. 896.9284 www.vancleefarpels.com Wempe 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.397.9000 www.wempe.com Yael Sonia 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 810 212.472.6488 www.yaelsonia.com By appointment

Best Place to Resell Jewelry: Circa 415 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor (between 48th and 49th streets) 212.486.6013 www.circajewels.com

Best Women’s Shoe Stores: Alejandro Ingelmo 51 Wooster Street 646.692.8184 www.alejandroingelmo.com Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street) 212.826.8900 www.barneys.com

Giuseppe Zanotti 806 Madison Avenue (between 67th and 68th streets) 212.650.0455 www.giuseppezanottidesign.com Jimmy Choo 716 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.759.7078 www.jimmychoo.com Manolo Blahnik 31 West 54th Street 212.582.3007 www.manoloblahnik.com Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets) 212.940.2818 www.saksfifthavenue.com Stuart Weitzman 625 Madison Avenue (between 58th and 59th streets) 212.750.2555 675 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.759.1570 www.stuartweitzman.com Tod’s 650 Madison Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 212.644.5945 www.tods.com

Best Lingerie: La Perla 803 Madison Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets) 212.570.0050 www.laperla.com

Bond 9 9 Bond Street 212.228.1732 www.bondno9.com Le Labo 233 Elizabeth Street 212.219.2230 www.lelabofragrances.com Min NYC 117 Crosby Street 212.206.6366 www.min.com Tip: The “Bespoke Fragrance Flight” is a service designed to help you find the perfect custom fragrance.

Best Stores for Children’s Clothes and Accessories: Armani Junior 1223 Madison Avenue (at 88th Street) 212.828.6920 www.armani.com Bonpoint 810 Madison Avenue (at 68th Street) 212.879.0900 www.bonpoint.com Bundle 128 Thompson Street 212.982.9465 www.bundlenyc.com CrewCuts 1190 Madison Avenue (between 87th and 88th streets) 212.348.9803 www.jcrew.com


Les Petits Chapelais 86 Thompson Street 212.625.1023 www.lespetitschapelais.com Magic Windows 1186 Madison Avenue (between 86th and 87th streets) 212.289.0028 www.magicwindowskids.com Makié 109 Thompson Street 212.625.3930 www.makieclothier.com Ralph Lauren Children 878 Madison Avenue (between 71st and 72nd streets) 212.606.3376 www.ralphlauren.com Spring Flowers 907 Madison Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd streets) 212.717.8182 www.springflowerschildren.com

Best Stores for Cashmere: Loro Piana 748 Madison Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets) 212.980.7961 www.loropiana.com TSE 120 Wooster Street (between Prince and Spring streets) 212.925.2520 www.tsecashmere.com

Best Vintage Stores: A Second Chance 1109 Lexington Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.744.6041 155 Prince Street (between Thompson Street and West Broadway) 212.673.6155 www.asecondchanceresale.com Council Thrift Shop 246 East 84th Street 212.439.8373 www.ncjwny.org Encore 1132 Madison Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets) 212.879.2850 www.encoreresale.com In God We Trust 265 Lafayette Street 212.966.9010 www.ingodwetrustnyc.com Resurrection 217 Mott Street (between Spring and Prince streets) 212.625.1374 www.resurrectionvintage.com Roundabout New & Resale Couture 31 East 72nd Street 646.755.8009 115 Mercer Street 212.966.9166 www.roundaboutcouture.com

Tokio 7 83 East 7th Street (between First and Second avenues) 212.353.8443 www.tokio7.net What Goes Around Comes Around 351 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets) 212.343.1225 www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com

L’Olivier Floral Atelier 19 East 76th Street 212.774.7676 www.lolivier.com Ovando 19 East 65th Street 212.988.2600 www.ovandony.com

Best Florists:

Plaza Flowers NYC 944 Lexington Avenue (at 69th Street) 212.472.7565 www.plazaflowersnyc.com

Belle Fleur 134 Fifth Avenue (between 18th and 19th streets) 212.254.8703 www.bellefleurny.com

Zeze Flowers 938 First Avenue (between 51st and 52nd streets) 212.753.7767 www.zezeflowers.com

Bloom 255 Murray Street 646.414.6269 www.bloomflowers.com

Most Exclusive Furriers:

City Blossoms 312 East 46th Street 212.867.5964 www.cityblossoms.com Floralies 122 East 55th Street 212.755.3990 www.floraliesinc.com Lenox Hill Florists 1140 Lexington Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.861.2787 www.lenoxhillflorist.com

“New York is my first love! Despite having over eight million inhabitants, it has a way of embracing you. It is kind, humbling and forgiving, and most of all, beautiful. Unlike most global cities, you become a New Yorker the minute you arrive here. We embrace you and call you one of our own instantly.” —Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, president, Stribling & Associates, Ltd.

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Jacadi 1242 Madison Avenue (at 89th Street) 212.369.1616 www.jacadi.us

Alixandre Furs 150 West 30th Street 212.736.5550 www.alixandrefurs.com Dennis Basso 765 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 212.794.4500 www.dennisbasso.com J. Mendel 787 Madison Avenue 212.832.5830 www.jmendel.com Pologeorgis 143 West 29th Street 212.563.2250 www.pologeorgis.com

Best Places to pick up a last-minute Tuxedo: Baldwin Formals 1156 Sixth Avenue (at 45th Street) 212.245.8190 www.nyctuxedos.com

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Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street) 212.753.7300 www.bergdorfgoodman.com Brioni 57 East 57th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.376.5777 www.brioni.com Brooks Brothers 346 Madison Avenue (at 44th Street) 212.309.7765 www.brooksbrothers.com

Best Crystal, China and Glass Stores: Baccarat 635 Madison Avenue (at 59th Street) 212.826.4100 www.baccarat.com Bardith 901 Madison Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd streets) 212.737.3775 www.bardith.com Bernardaud 499 Park Avenue (between 58th and 59th streets) 212.371.4300 www.bernardaud.fr Scully & Scully 504 Park Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 212.755.2590 www.scullyandscully.com Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Avenue 212.755.8000 www.tiffany.com

Best Ceramics: Mackenzie-Childs 20 West 57th Street 212.570.6050 www.mackenzie-childs.com

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Best Luggage: T. Anthony 445 Park Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.750.9797 www.tanthony.com Tumi 520 Madison Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets) 212.813.0545 www.tumi.com Zero Halliburton 300 Madison Avenue (between 41st and 42nd streets) 646.640.3600 www.zerohalliburton.com

Best Wine Merchants: City Winery 155 Varick Street 212.608.0555 www.citywinery.com MCF Rare Wine 237 West 13th Street 212.255.8870 www.mcf-rarewine.com Morrell 1 Rockefeller Plaza 212.688.9370 www.morrellwine.com Park Avenue Liquor 292 Madison Avenue 212.685.2442 www.parkaveliquor.com Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits 505 Park Avenue (at 59th Street) 212.838.7500 www.sherry-lehmann.com

Best Museum Shops: AsiaStore 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) 212.327.9217 www.asiastore.org

New Museum Store 235 Bowery (between Stanton and Rivington streets) 212.343.0460 www.newmuseumstore.org The Frick Museum Shop 1 East 70th Street 212.288.0700 www.frick.org/shop Guggenheim Store 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street) 212.423.3615 www.guggenheimstore.org

Best Design Center Resource: New York Design Center 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 428 (between 32nd and 33rd streets) 212.679.9500 www.nydc.com

Best Décor Stores: ABC Carpet & Home 881 and 888 Broadway (at 19th Street) 212.473.3000 www.abchome.com

“They say you find everything here in New York, and you do. Uptown, downtown, east to west, the contrast, the culture, the richness . . . you enter into the entire world when you go to New York. Here, you’ve gotta make it happen, no matter what.” —Ricardo Rojas, celebrity stylist and owner, Ricardo Rojas Salon

MoMA Design and Book Store 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.708.9700 www.momastore.org The Met Museum Store 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) 212.570.3894 www.store.metmuseum.org The Whitney Museum Store 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.570.3600 www.whitney.org/museumstore

Charlotte Moss 24 East 71st Street, Suite 3N 212.308.7088 www.charlottemoss.com Harris Levy 98 Forsyth Street (between Grand and Broome streets) 212.226.3102 www.harrislevy.com Jonathan Adler 1097 Madison Avenue (at 83rd Street) 212.772.2410 www.jonathanadler.com


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John Derian Company 6 and 10 East 2nd Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue) 212.677.3917 www.johnderian.com Ligne Roset 250 Park Avenue South (between 19th and 20th streets) 212.375.1036 www.lignerosetny.com Madeline Weinrib Atelier at ABC Carpet & Home 888 Broadway, 6th Floor (at 19th Street) 646.602.3780 www.madelineweinrib.com Restoration Hardware 935 Broadway (at 22nd Street) 212.260.9479 www.restorationhardware.com Roche Bobois 200 Madison Avenue (between 35th and 36th streets) 212.889.0700 www.roche-bobois.com TUI Lifestyle 136 Greene Street (between Prince and West Houston streets) 212.300.7046 www.tuilifestyle.com

Best Organic Rug Cleaning and Restoration: Revita Rugs 10 Horizon Boulevard South Hackensack, NJ 855.573.8482 www.revitarugs.com

HEALTH & BEAUTY Best Day Spas: Aire Ancient Baths 88 Franklin Street (at Church Street) 212.274.3777 www.ancientbathsny.com 20 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

AmorePacific The Beauty Gallery and Spa 114 Spring Street (between Mercer and Greene streets) 212.966.0400 www.us.amorepacific.com Bliss 49 541 Lexington Avenue (between 50th and 49th streets) 877.862.5477 www.blissworld.com

“If I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

—Tim Gunn, fashion consultant

Eden Day Spa 388 Broadway (between Walker and White streets) 212.226.0515 www.edenspanyc.com Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel 1 West 58th Street 212.265.3182 www.us.caudalie.com Sense Spa at The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (between Park and Madison avenues) 212.744.1600 www.sensespa.com

The Setai Club & Spa Wall Street 40 Broad Street 212.792.6193 www.setaiclubnewyork.com

Best Celebrity Stylists and Colorists: Dov colorist and stylist at Dov Salon 126 East 57th Street, 2nd Floor 212.980.4057 www.dovhair.com Gardner Edmunds stylist at Hair by Gardner 119 West 23rd Street, Suite 702A 603.520.3724 www.hairbygardner.com Kyle White colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon 545 Madison Avenue (at 54th Street) 212.421.9800 www.oscarblandi.com Marie Robinson colorist at Marie Robinson Salon 155 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor 212.358.7780 marierobinsonsalon.com Nunzio Saviano stylist at The Nunzio Saviano Salon 130 East 65th Street 212.988.0880 www.nunziosavianosalon.com Ricardo Rojas 30 East 67th Street 212.721.5900 www.ricardorojashair.com Sharon Dorram colorist at Sally Hershberger 17 East 71st Street 212.535.3519 www.sdsh.com

Best Hair Salons: Dry Bar 4 West 16th Street 212.561.5392 www.thedrybar.com Frédéric Fekkai at Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor (at 56th Street) 212.753.9500 www.fekkai.com/salons John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.872.2700 www.johnbarrett.com Julien Farel Salon 605 Madison Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.888.8988 www.julienfarel.com Metodo Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa 595 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.759.9300 www.metadorossanoferretti.com Warren-Tricomi The Plaza Hotel 1 West 58th Street, 2nd Floor 212.262.8899 www.warrentricomi.com Toka Salon 768 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 212.517.5133 www.tokasalon.com

Best Manicure/ Pedicure: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa 663 Fifth Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.546.0200 www.reddoorspas.com


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Paru’s Salon 440 East 75th Street, Suite 2 212.888.8877 By appointment only No website

Clarins Skin Spa 1000 Third Avenue (between 80th and 81st streets) 212.705.3985 www.clarinsusa.com

Guerlain Spa at The Waldorf Astoria 100 East 50th Street 212.872.7200 www.guerlainspas.com

Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon 118 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor 212.750.4441 www.susanciminelli.com

Cornelia Day Spa at The Surrey 20 East 76th Street 646.358.3600 www.corneliaspa atthesurrey.com

Juva Medispa 60 East 56th Street, Suite 2 212.421.9501 www.juvaskin.com

Ten Over Ten 112 Reade Street, 2nd Floor 212.406.1010 119 West 56th Street at Le Parker Meridien 212.767.1010 www.tenoverten.com

Best Places for Skin Care: AmorePacific The Beauty Gallery and Spa 114 Spring Street (between Mercer and Greene streets) 212.966.0400 www.us.amorepacific.com

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Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa 663 Fifth Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.546.0200 www.reddoorspas.com Erno Laszlo Institute 382 West Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets) 212.300.4111 www.ernolaszlo.com Erno Laszlo is lifting the membership requirement for a facial at The Institute exclusively for AVENUE readers: mention Avenue382.

Kimara Ahnert 1113 Madison Avenue (between 83rd and 84th streets) 212.452.4252 www.kimara.com Laura Geller Make-Up Studio 1044 Lexington Avenue (between 74th and 75th streets) 212.570.5477 www.laurageller.com/studio Mario Badescu at Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.904.7971 www.mariobadescu.com

Best Mobile Makeup and Hair Services: Damali NYC Specializes in weddings and events 574 Fifth Avenue 212.604.4441 www.damalinyc.com

Best Specialty Salons: Pink Sands Airbrush and Tan Salon 829 Third Avenue 212.588.0111 www.pinkbeachtan.com Shobha 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1304 (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.223.2872 www.myshobha.com


ROGER ERICKSON HAS BEEN A TOP PRODUCING BROKER IN MANHATTAN FOR OVER 20 YEARS. Over his tenure at Sotheby’s International Realty, Roger ranks as the #1 broker in terms of Gross Commission Earned. In 2010 he was ranked as the #1 broker in sales volume at Sotheby’s International Realty in Manhattan, the brand’s #2 broker nationally and for the sixth year in a row, he has been recognized in The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends as one of the Top 250 Agents in America by Sales Volume, consistently ranking as one of the top 20 agents in the nation. Roger is known for his ability to successfully work with both celebrities and international business leaders, he has participated in countless record-setting transactions across Manhattan. Roger was featured as one of Manhattan’s top brokers on the cover of The Real Deal, a real estate trade journal, and on the cover of The New York Observer. He was also featured in the Top 20 Brokers in New York Magazine’s cover story, Real Estate’s New Power Brokers. Previously, Roger was featured in another cover story by the same publication, The Most Powerful Real Estate Brokers in New York. His confidence, advertising and direct mail campaigns were all mentioned as contributing to his spectacular record, as was his ability to gain buyers entrance into the most selective co-ops. With his association with Sotheby’s International Realty as a Senior Global Real Estate Advisor and Associate Broker, Roger combines his exceptional talent with the world’s leading residential brokerage firm.

J. ROGER ERICKSON, Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker 212.606.7612 | roger.erickson@sothebyshomes.com | roger-erickson.com EAST SIDE MANHATTAN BROKERAGE | 38 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 | 212.606.7660 Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.


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Best Barbers:

Yoga Effects

SoulCycle

Dr. Elie Levine

226 East 54th Street, Suite 600

1470 Third Avenue
(at 83rd Street)

Plastic Surgery &

Martial Vivot

212.754.5600

212.639.1300

Dermatology of NYC

www.yogaeffects.com

Visit www.soul-cycle.com

35 East 84th Street

for additional locations

212.988.1800

39 West 54th Street 212.956.2990 www.martialvivot.com Paul Molé Barbershop 1034 Lexington Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.535.8461 www.paulmole.com Salon Fodera at the St. Regis Hotel 2 East 55th Street

Best Pilates Studios:

www.plasticsandderm.com

Best Personal Training:

Chaise Fitness

Dr. David Rosenberg and Dr. Jessica Lattman 115 East 61st Street

40 East 23rd Street

Brownings Fitness

212.832.8595

212.432.6100

980 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor

www.drdavidrosenberg.com

www.chaisefitness.com

(between 77th and 78th streets)

www.drjessicalattman.com

866.500.1909 Equinox

www.browningsfitness.com

Midtown

Dr. Nicolas Tabbal 521 Park Avenue, Suite1

1 Park Avenue

Clay Health Club and Spa

212.644.5800

www.salonfodera.com

212.779.1727

25 West 14th Street

www.drnicolastabbal.com

SoHo

646.719.1205

Yves Durif

69 Prince Street

www.insideclay.com

212.421.0002

at The Carlyle

212.334.4631

Best Cosmetic Dermatologists:

TriBeCa

Reebok Sports Club

54 Murray Street

160 Columbus Avenue

www.yvesdurif.com

212.566.6555

(between 67th and 68th streets)

Dr. Gary Goldenberg

Visit www.equinox.com

212.362.6800

Medical Director of the Dermatology

John Allan’s

for more locations

www.reeboksportsclubny.com

Faculty Practice

35 East 76th Street 212.452.0954

Midtown 46 East 46th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.922.0361 TriBeCa 418 Washington Street (between Vestry and Laight streets) 212.334.5358 www.johnallans.com

Mount Sinai Medical Center Momentum Pilates & Gyrotonic 80 East 11th Street

Best Cosmetic Surgeons:

5 East 98th Street, 5th Floor 212.241.9728 www.goldenbergdermatology.com

Suite 205C 917.520.2912

Dr. Sherrill Aston

Dr. Jody Levine

www.momentumpilatesnyc.com

728 Park Avenue

Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC

212.249.6000

35 East 84th Street

www.draston.com

212.988.1800

PPW New York 47 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor

www.plasticsandderm.com

212.929.6106

Dr. Daniel Baker

Best Yoga Studios:

www.ppwnewyork.com

65 East 66th Street

Dr. David Orentreich

212.734.9695

Orentreich Medical Group

Ishta Yoga

Uptown Pilates

www.danielbakermd.com

909 Fifth Avenue

56 East 11th Street 212.598.4800 www.ishtayoga.com

903 Madison Avenue Dr. Robert H. Gotkin

212.717.3903

Cosmetique Dermatology,

uptownpilates.com

Laser & Plastic Surgery

Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff

625 Park Avenue

Cosmetique Dermatology,

(at 65th Street)

Laser & Plastic Surgery

212.794.4000

625 Park Avenue

www.cosmetiquemd.com

(at 65th Street)

Jivamukti Yoga School 841 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 13th and 14th streets) 212.353.0214

212.794.0800

(between 72nd and 73rd streets)

Best Spin Classes:

www.orentreich.com

www.jivamuktiyoga.com

Flywheel Sports 201 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor

Dr. Gerald Imber

New York Yoga

212.327.1217

121 East 83rd Street, Suite A

Visit www.flywheelsports.com

212.472.1800

Dr. Yan Trokel

for additional locations

www.drimber.com

39 East 67th Street

1629 York Avenue (between 85th and 86th streets) 212.717.9642 www.newyorkyoga.com

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212.794.4000 www.cosmetiquemd.com

212.861.7787 www.ylift.com


Dr. Ilyse Lefkowicz SkincareRX 875 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2B 212.288.3200 www.nyskinrx.com Dr. Patricia Wexler Wexler Dermatology 145 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor 212.684.2626 www.wexlerdermatology.com

Best Places for Shoe Repair:

The Dog Store

Windsor Custom

170 East 61st Street

at the Ainsworth

212.317.5987

122 West 26th Street

Arty’s Shoe Service

thedogstoreny.com

212.741.0628

(between 22nd and 23rd streets) No website

Best Tailors/ Custom Clothiers:

Empire Shoe Repair

Bhambi’s

212.255.1451

991 Lexington Avenue (between 71st and 72nd streets)

Best Emergency Babysitters:

Custom Tailors

(between Madison and Park avenues) 212.682.0227 www.babysittersguild.com Sitters Studio 259 West 30th Street (between 7th and 8th avenues) 646.246.6024

Best Places to rent a Helicopter:

14 East 60th Street, Suite 610 Associated Aircraft

No website

www.bhambis.com

Group, Inc.

Jim’s Shoe Repair

Madame Paulette

845.463.6500

50 East 59th Street 212.355.8259 www.jimsshoerepair.com

www.flyaag.com

1255 Second Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets)

Helicopter Flight

212.838.6827

Services, Inc.

madamepaulette.com

212.355.0801 www.heliny.com

The Babysitters’ Guild 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 912

By appointment only

212.935.5379

212.744.1257

CUSTOM SERVICE

windsorcustomnyc.com

243 Eighth Avenue

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Dr. Debra Wattenberg and

“There is genius everywhere here, in every field imaginable. Where else in the world, with sky-high rents, could a store open in 2013 selling only olives and pickles?” —Sandi Miller Burrows, designer, Sandi Miller Burrows Designs Ltd.

www.sittersstudio.com

Best Chauffeur Services:

Liberty Helicopters 800.542.9933 www.libertyhelicopter.com Shoreline Aviation 781.834.4928 www.shorelineaviation.net Wings Air 914.202.3440 www.wingsair.net

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Commonwealth Limousines 866.770.1677 718.482.8985 www.commonwealthlimo.com Luxury Ride

Brown Harris Stevens Leather Spa

Paola Quadretti

55 West 55th Street

111 East 61st Street

212.262.4823

212.355.4440

leatherspa.com

paolaquadretti.com

1.866.9005.NYC www.luxuryridenyc.com Paris Limousines 866.249.7760 www.plsnyc.com

Best Pet Groomers:

Tom and Linda Platt 55 West 39th Street, 17th Floor 212.221.7208 www.tomandlindaplatt.com

Biscuits & Bath 41 West 13th Street 212.419.2500

445 Park Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.593.8300 See www.bhsusa.com for additional locations Bond New York 1776 Broadway (at Columbus Circle) 212.582.2009 See www.bondnewyork.com for additional locations

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Citi Habitats

Kleier Residential

Stribling & Associates

250 Park Avenue South,

415 Madison Avenue

924 Madison Avenue

11th Floor

(between 48th and 49th streets)

(between 73rd and 74th streets)

(between 19th and 20th streets)

212.371.2525

212.570.2440

212.260.9720

www.kleiers.com

See www.stribling.com

See www.citihabitats.com for additional locations

for additional locations Nest Seekers International 415 Madison Avenue

Town Residential

The Corcoran Group

212.252.8772

33 Irving Place

660 Madison Avenue

See www.nestseekers.com

212.557.6500

(between 61st and 62nd streets)

for additional locations

See www.townrealestate.com

212.355.3550

for additional locations

See www.corcoran.com Town & Country

for additional locations

Real Estate 52 Main Street

“I love New York because New York is where dreams come true—mine did—and the most miraculous things are an everyday occurrence. Where else does a woman who kneels to pet my dog look up, and it’s Gwyneth Paltrow? Anything can happen, and often does, and sometimes right outside your window.”

—Kyle White, lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon

East Hampton, NY 631.324.8080 See www.1townandcountry.com for additional locations Trump International Realty 108 Central Park South (at 59th Street) 212.832.2929 www.trumpinternationalrealty.com Warburg Realty 654 Madison Avenue (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.439.4511 www.warburgrealty.com

WEALTH MANAGEMENT BNY Mellon Wealth Management Katia Friend 212.922.8180 katia.friend@bnymellon.com www.bnymellonwealth management.com Glenmede Steve Brandfield 212.328.7332 steve.brandfield@glenmede.com www.glenmede.com Hillview Capital Advisors 777 Third Avenue, 28th Floor 212.661.9750 www.hillviewcap.com Silvercrest Asset Management Group Richard R. Hough III 212.649.0600 rhough@silvercrestgroup.com www.silvercrestgroup.com Wells Fargo Private Bank Jennifer M. Lee 212.350.3800 www.wellsfargo.com/

Corcoran Sunshine

Saunders & Associates

Marketing Group

2287 Montauk Highway

888 Seventh Avenue, 39th Floor

Bridgehampton, NY

(between 56th and 57th streets)

631.537.5454

212.634.6500

See www.saunders.com

www.corcoransunshine.com

for additional locations

Douglas Elliman

Stephen P. Wald

980 Madison Avenue

Real Estate Associates

(between 76th and 77th streets)

The Lombardy Hotel

212.650.4800

111–115 East 56th Street

See www.elliman.com

212.750.9253

for additional locations

www.waldrealestate.com

Halstead Property

Sotheby’s International

499 Park Avenue

Realty

(at 59th Street)

38 East 61st Street

Crème-Delicious

212.734.0010

212.606.7660

87 Walker Street

See www.halstead.com

See www.sothebysrealty.com

917.587.2616

for additional locations

for additional locations

www.creme-delicious.com

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Best Private Commission Photography: Monica Rich Kosann Photography

Wilmington Trust, N.A. Larry Gore 212.415.0520 lgore@wilmingtontrust.com www.wilmingtontrust.com

Private Commission, Fine Art Black & White Portraiture 203.972.9193 www.monicarichkosann.com/photography

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Best Tea Shop:

Le Bain

MarieBelle New York

at The Standard

484 Broome Street

Le Palais des Thés

848 Washington Street

(at Wooster Street)

(between 12th and 13th streets)

212.925.6999

212.645.4646

www.mariebelle.com

194 Columbus Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets) 646.664.1902 www.us.palaisdesthes.com

www.standardculture.com/lebain Vosges Haut-Chocolat The Loeb Boathouse

1100 Madison Avenue

at Central Park

(at 83rd Street)

Best Food Courts:

East 72nd Street and

212.717.2929

Park Drive North

www.vosgeschocolate.com

Eataly

212.517.2233

200 Fifth Avenue (between 23rd and 24th streets) 212.229.2560

www.thecentralparkboathouse.com PH-D

Best Gourmet Food Stores:

at Dream Downtown 355 West 16th Street

Agata & Valentina

The Plaza Food Hall

212.229.2559

1505 First Avenue

www.marblelane.com/phd

(between 78th and 79th streets)

1 West 59th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.986.9260

212.452.0690 Salon de Ning

www.agatavalentina.com

at The Peninsula

www.theplazafoodhall.com

700 Fifth Avenue

Butterfield Market

(at 55th Street)

1114 Lexington Avenue

Chelsea Market

212.956.2888

(between 77th and 78th streets)

www.peninsula.com

212.288.7800

79 Ninth Avenue

www.butterfieldmarket.com

(between 15th and 16th streets) 212.243.6005 www.chelseamarket.com

Best at-Home Juice Cleanse:

2135 Broadway

Best Places for Drinks al Fresco:

Cleanse Concierge

212.874.0383

Individual and Group

1313 Third Avenue

Juice Cleanse Retreats

(at 75th Street)

230 Fifth

310.963.5332

212.874.0383

www.cleanseconcierge.com

www.citarella.com

(between 26th and 27th streets) 212.725.4300

Eli’s Manhattan

www.230-fifth.com

Best Chocolatiers:

Gemma

Jacques Torres Chocolate

212.717.8100

285 Amsterdam Avenue

www.elizabar.com

335 Bowery (near 3rd Street)

1411 Third Avenue (at 80th Street)

(between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.787.3256

Murray’s Cheese

www.theboweryhotel.com

www.mrchocolate.com

254 Bleecker Street

The Press Lounge

La Maison du Chocolat

Seventh Avenue South)

1018 Madison Avenue

212.243.3289

(at 78th Street)

www.murrayscheese.com

212.505.7300

at Ink48 653 11th Avenue 212.757.2224 www.thepresslounge.com

(between Sixth Avenue and

212.744.7117 www.lamaisonduchocolat.us

Zabar’s 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street) 212.787.2000 www.zabars.com

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7 East 59th Street (at Fifth Avenue) 212.223.2724 www.bottegadelvinonyc.com Joe 141 Waverly Place 212.924.6750 www.joetheartofcoffee.com Nespresso Boutique Bar 761 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 800.562.1465 www.nespresso-us.com Via Quadronno 25 East 73rd Street (between Madison and Fifth avenues) 212.650.9880 www.viaquadronno.com

Citarella (at 75th Street)

230 Fifth Avenue

Antica Bottega del Vino

(at Gay Street)

www.eatalyny.com

by Todd English

Best Places For Cappuccino:

Best Restaurant Wine Lists: Bouley 163 Duane Street (at Hudson Street) 212.964.2525 www.davidbouley.com The Capital Grille in the Time & Life Building 120 West 51st Street 212.246.0154 120 Broadway 212.374.1811 www.thecapitalgrille.com D.O.C. Wine Bar 83 North 7th Street Brooklyn, NY 718.963.1925 www.docwinebar.com


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Best Bookstores:

Rizzoli Bookstore

212.581.2400

Assouline

212.759.2424

www.la-silhouettenyc.com

at The Plaza Hotel

www.rizzoliusa.com

Orsay

La Silhouette

1057 Lexington Avenue

362 West 53rd Street

(at 75th Street) 212.517.6400 www.orsayrestaurant.com

Lattanzi Ristorante Sistina

361 West 46th Street

1555 Second Avenue

212.315.0980

(between 80th and 81st streets)

www.lattanzinyc.com

212.861.7660 No website

Paramount Bar & Grill

768 Fifth Avenue

31 West 57th Street

212.593.7236

Strand Bookstore

www.assouline.com

828 Broadway (at 12th Street)

Bookmarc

212.473.1452

400 Bleecker Street

www.strandbooks.com

(at West 11th Street)

at The Paramount Hotel Veritas

212.620.4021

235 West 46th Street

www.marcjacobs.com/

43 East 20th Street

212.877.692.0803

special-items/bookmarc

212.353.3700

www.nycparamount.com/dining

www.veritas-nyc.com Victor’s Café

Best Restaurants for Pre-Theater Dinner: Blue Ribbon Sushi 119 Sullivan Street 212.343.0404 www.blueribbonrestaurants.com Bond 45 154 West 45th Street 212.869.4545 www.bond45.com Boulud Sud 20 West 64th Street 212.595.1313 www.bouludsud.com DB Bistro Moderne 55 West 44th Street 212.391.2400 www.dbbistro.com Esca 402 West 43rd Street 212.564.7272 www.esca-nyc.com The Lambs Club 132 West 44th Street 212.997.5262 www.thelambsclub.com

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236 West 52nd Street 212.586.7714 www.victorscafe.com

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT Best Sports Bars: The Ainsworth 122 West 26th Street 212.741.0645 www.ainsworthnyc.com Bounce

“What makes New York so special is its variety of cultures and people from all over the world, and the fact that I can find almost any product from any country to use in my dishes. I love being able to find any type of restaurant, offering worldwide cuisine. My very first day here, I saw all these places that I had only ever seen in the movies— that was a very special moment.”

—Alessandro Caporale, executive chef at Casa Lever

55 West 21st Street 212.776.1997 www.bounceny.com The 40/40 Club 6 West 25th Street

The Corner Bookstore

212.832.4040

1313 Madison Avenue

www.the4040club.com

(at 93rd Street)

Snap

Best Bookstores for Rare Books:

212.831.3554

Argosy

www.cornerbookstorenyc.com

116 East 59th Street

248 West 14th Street

212.753.4455

646.350.0539

Imperial Fine Books

www.snapsportsbar.com

790 Madison Avenue

www.argosybooks.com

(between 67th and 68th streets)

Bauman Rare Books

The Windsor

212.861.6620

535 Madison Avenue

234 West 4th Street

www.imperialfinebooks.com

(between 54th and 55th streets)

212.206.1208

212.751.0011

www.thewindsornyc.com

www.baumanrarebooks.com


Brandy’s Piano Bar

Crown

Booksellers

235 East 84th Street

24 East 81st Street

1082 Madison Avenue

(between Second and

646.559.4880

(between 81st and 82nd streets)

Third avenues)

www.crown81.com

212.288.6300

212.744.4949

www.crawforddoyle.com

www.brandyspianobar.com

Da Silvano 260 Sixth Avenue

Ursus Books and Prints

Café Carlyle

(between Houston and

699 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor

The Carlyle

Bleecker streets)

(between 62nd and 63rd streets)

35 East 76th Street

212.982.2343

212.772.8787

(at Madison Avenue)

dasilvano.com

www.ursusbooks.com

212.744.1600

Best Churches & Temples Open to Visitors: The Abyssinian

www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle/

Dream Downtown

dining/cafe_carlyle

355 West 16th Street 212.229.2559

Don’t Tell Mama

www.dreamdowntown.com

343 West 46th Street 212.757.0788

Gramercy Park Hotel

www.donttellmamanyc.com

2 Lexington Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets)

Baptist Church 132 Odell Clark Place

Duane Park

212.920.3300

212.862.7474

308 Bowery Street

www.gramercyparkhotel.com

www.abyssinian.org

(at East 1st Street)

Fifth Avenue

212.732.5555

The Lion

www.duaneparknyc.com

62 West 9th Street (at Sixth Avenue)

Presbyterian Church 7 West 55th Street

Feinstein’s at Loews

212.353.8400

212.247.0490

Regency

www.thelionnyc.com

www.fapc.org

540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street)

Michael’s

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

212.339.4095

24 West 55th Street

14 East 51st Street

www.feinsteinsat

212.767.0555

212.753.2261

theregency.com

www.michaelsnewyork.com

www.saintpatrickscathedral.org Temple Emanu-El 1 East 65th Street (at Fifth Avenue)

Best Places for Celebrity Spotting:

Monkey Bar 60 East 54th Street 212.308.2950 www.monkeybarnewyork.com

212.744.1400 www.emanuelnyc.org

Quintessential New York Cabarets:

The Bowery Hotel

Spotted Pig

335 Bowery Street

314 West 11th Street

(at East 3rd Street)

212.620.0393

212.505.9100

www.thespottedpig.com

www.theboweryhotel.com The Standard Grill The Carlyle Hotel

at The Standard

The Box

35 East 76th Street

848 Washington Street

189 Chrystie Street

(at Madison Avenue)

212.645.4100

(between Rivington and

212.744.1600

www.thestandardgrill.com

Stanton streets)

www.rosewoodhotels.com The Waverly Inn

212.982.9301 www.theboxnyc.com

Cipriani Downtown

16 Bank Street

376 West Broadway

(at Waverly Place)

(between Spring and Broome streets)

917.828.1154

212.343.0999

www.waverlynyc.com

Best Places to Hear Jazz and Blues: Blue Note Jazz Club 131 West 3rd Street 212.475.8592

AVENUE PICKS

Crawford Doyle

www.bluenote.net Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola 33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor 212.258.9595 www.jalc.org/dizzys Iridium 1650 Broadway (at 51st Street) 212.582.2121 www.theiridium.com Lenox Lounge 288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and 125th streets) 212.368.3851 www.lenoxlounge.com Jazz at Kitano 66 Park Avenue (at 38th Street) 212.885.7000 www.kitano.com/jazz-schedule

Best Nightclubs and Lounges: 1-Oak 453 West 17th Street 212.242.1111 www.1oaknyc.com Avenue 116 Tenth Avenue (between 17th and 18th streets) 212.337.0054 www.avenue-newyork.com Bar Naná 63 Gansevoort Street 646.964.4357 www.barnananyc.com

www.cipriani.com

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Beauty & Essex 146 Essex Street 212.614.0146 www.beautyandessex.com The Lambs Club 132 West 44th Street 212.997.5262 www.thelambsclub.com Lavo 39 East 58th Street 212.584.2700 www.lavony.com

Best Comedy Clubs:

Williamsburg Winter

Carolines on Broadway

(at Wythe Street)

1626 Broadway (at 50th Street) 212.757.4100 www.carolines.com Gotham Comedy Club 208 West 23rd Street 212.367.9000 www.gothamcomedyclub.com

Market 80 North 5th Street Brooklyn, NY 718.928.6693 www.brooklynflea.com Fort Greene Flea Outdoors, from April to Nov. 176 Lafayette Avenue (between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues) Brooklyn, NY 718.928.6603

Le Bain

Favorite Day Trips Outside of Town: Blue Hill at Stone Barns 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY
 914.366.9600 www.bluehillfarm.com The Cloisters 99 Margaret Corbin Drive (at Fort Tryon Park) 212.923.3700 www.metmuseum.org/cloisters

www.brooklynflea.com

at The Standard 848 Washington Street (between 12th and 13th streets) 212.645.4646 www.standardculture.com/lebain Jimmy at the James Hotel 15 Thompson Street (at Grand Street) 212.201.9118 www.jimmysoho.com Marquee

“What makes the city so great is that there’s something for everyone. I’m as happy having dinner at a new restaurant in Brooklyn or Queens as I am at Cipriani, which I adore. I live on Central Park—the most spectacular park of any city in the world. One thing I especially enjoy is walking to work on Madison Avenue, window-shopping and people-watching. I’m never bored in New York; there’s something new every day.” —Dottie Herman, president and CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

289 Ninth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets) 646.473.0202 www.marqueeny.com The Stand Mister H.

239 Third Avenue

at the Mondrian SoHo

(between 19th and 20th streets)

9 Crosby Street

212.677.2600

(between Hester and

www.thestandnyc.com

Grand streets) 212.389.1000 www.mondriansoho.com No. 8

Best Open-air Flea Markets:

357 West 16th Street

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

212.206.1096

406 West 39th Street

www.no8ny.com

212.243.5343 www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com

Provocateur 18 Ninth Avenue

Green Flea

(between 13th and

100 West 77th Street

Gansevoort streets)

(between Columbus and

212.929.9036

Amsterdam Avenues)

www.provocateurny.com

212.239.3025 www.greenfleamarkets.com

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Best View: of Manhattan:

Most Beautiful Public Gardens:

Gantry Plaza State Park

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

474 48th Avenue

1000 Washington Avenue

Queens, NY

(at Sullivan Place)

718.786.6385

Brooklyn, NY

www.nysparks.com

718.623.7200 www.bbg.org

River Café 1 Water Street

Conservatory Garden

(at Brooklyn Bridge)

at Central Park

718.552.5200

(at Fifth Avenue and

rivercafe.com

East 105th Street) 212.628.1036

Top of the Rock 30 Rockefeller Center (at 50th Street) 212.698.2000 www.topoftherocknyc.com

www.centralpark.org


Citi Pond

Botanical Garden

at Bryant Park

2900 Southern Boulevard

45 42nd Street

(at Crotona Avenue)

212.661.6640

Bronx, NY

thepondatbryantpark.com

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718.817.8700 www.nybg.org

New-York Historical Society

Shakespeare Garden

DiMenna Children’s Museum

at Central Park

170 Central Park West

(between 79th and 80th streets)

(at 77th Street)

212.310.6600

212.873.3400

www.centralparknyc.org

www.nyhistory.org

Wave Hill

FAO Schwarz

675 West 252nd Street

767 Fifth Avenue

Bronx, NY

(at 58th Street)

718.549.3200

212.644.9400

www.wavehill.org

www.fao.com

Best Places to Keep Children Entertained:

Kidville 163 East 84th Street Lexington avenues) www.kidville.com/eastside

of Natural History 200 Central Park West

Madeline’s Tea

(at 79th Street)

at the Carlyle Hotel

212.769.5100

Bemelmans Bar

www.amnh.org

35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue)

Central Park Zoo

212.744.1600

830 Fifth Avenue

www.thecarlyle.com

(at 64th Street) 212.439.6500

Wollman Rink

www.centralparkzoo.com

830 Fifth Avenue (Central Park at 63rd Street)

Chelsea Piers Sports and

212.439.6900

Entertainment Complex

www.wollmanskatingrink.com ✦

62 Chelsea Piers 212.336.6666 www.chelseapiers.com Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 West 83rd Street 212.721.1234 www.cmom.org

Master Class Susan Greenfield, CIPS, CRS, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens: Disciplined and committed to the client, with a passion for business and people

(between Third and 212.772.8435

American Museum

Susan Greenfield, Brown Harris Stevens

T

oday, in the highly competitive world of global real estate, success is dependent on a master class of professionals with accumulated market knowledge, and strong international relationships. Susan Greenfield’s decades of real estate experience in Manhattan, across the country and in global markets, has distinguished her in the field of real estate. Before joining Brown Harris Stevens in 1996, she owned and operated her own real estate company with offices in Paris and New York. She credits her success to her previous background in real estate sales, international marketing and private client services with Merrill Lynch; and a personal network of international brokers and clients established through years of global networking. She adds that she has developed unique “concierge” skills that make her an invaluable asset to her clients. Focused on a commitment to their needs, she is disciplined and oriented to the client, dedicated to maintaining their anonymity and confidentiality. Susan assists with all aspects of ownership long after the real estate transaction is concluded. “My clients rely on me to make the whole process seamless from beginning to end and to stay engaged as a valuable resource long after the close of a transaction. I understand that purchasing and selling real estate is a private matter, and protecting the privacy of my clients is always my first priority.” Susan Greenfield has carved a unique niche in the Manhattan market. She has not only established a loyal global client base, but her continued success and impressive tenure in a constantly evolving business make her one of today’s most recognized real estate professionals. A “master” in her class. ✦

Susan Greenfield ◆ BROWN HARRIS STEVENS 445 Park Avenue ◆ New York, NY 10065 ◆ O: 212.906.9214 ◆ M: 917.414.0533 ◆ sgreenfield@bhsusa.com CONCIERGE 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 33


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Fine Dining in

new york As celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck says, UPPER EAST SIDE “New York is one ARMANI/RISTORANTE of the greatest 717 Fifth Avenue, #3 restaurant scenes in (at 55th Street) 212.207.1902 the world. There is so No website much to choose from.” ITALIAN So much so that ATLANTIC GRILL another celebrity 1341 Third Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets) chef, Alain Ducasse, 212.988.9200 www.atlanticgrill.com has written SEAFOOD J’aime New York, BISTRO CHAT NOIR mentioning 150 of 22 East 66th Street his favorite spots to 212.794.2428 www.bistrochatnoir.com grab a bite. Here is FRENCH our guide to the finest dining that Manhattan has to Le Bilboquet offer, neighborhood by neighborhood, with a side of some choice Chefs’ Picks.

Sant Ambroeus Ristorante

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CAFÉ BOULUD 20 East 76th Street 212.772.2600 www.cafeboulud.com/nyc FRENCH/AMERICAN

COGNAC 963 Lexington Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.249.5100 www.cognaceast.com

CROWN 24 East 81st Street 646.559.4880 www.crown81.com AMERICAN

DANIEL 60 East 65th Street 212.288.0033 www.danielnyc.com NEW FRENCH

ELIO’S 1621 Second Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets) 212.772.2242 No website ITALIAN


1295 Madison Avenue (at 92nd Street) 212.794.1890 www.paolasrestaurant.com ITALIAN

PHILIPPE 33 East 60th Street 212.644.8885 www.philippechow.com CHINESE

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PAOLA’S

T BAR STEAK & LOUNGE 1278 Third Avenue 212.772.0404 www.tbarnyc.com MODERN STEAKHOUSE

SANT AMBROEUS RISTORANTE Sushi of Gari

ISLAND 1305 Madison Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd streets) 212.996.1200 No website AMERICAN

J.G. MELON

Il Tesoro

FELICE 83 1593 First Avenue (at 83rd Street) 212.249.4080 www.felice83.com ITALIAN

FRED’S AT BARNEYS 660 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.833.2200 www.barneys.com AMERICAN/ITALIAN

IL TESORO

1291 Third Avenue (at 74th Street) 212.744.0585 No website AMERICAN

LE BILBOQUET 25 East 63rd Street 212.751.3036 No website FRENCH

LE CIRQUE 151 East 58th Street 212.644.0202 www.lecirque.com FRENCH

THE MARK RESTAURANT BY JEAN-GEORGES

1578 First Avenue (at 82nd Street) 212.861.9620 www.iltesoro.com ITALIAN

25 East 77th Street 212.606.3030 www.themarkrestaurantnyc.com NEW AMERICAN/INTERNATIONAL

IL MULINO NEW YORK

696 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.980.9099 No website ITALIAN

37 East 60th Street 212.750.3270 www.ilmulino.com ITALIAN

NELLO

1000 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.570.2211 www.santambroeus.com ITALIAN

SETTE MEZZO 969 Lexington Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.472.0400 No website ITALIAN

SFOGLIA 1402 Lexington Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd streets) 212.831.1402 www.sfogliarestaurant.com ITALIAN

SIRIO RISTORANTE 795 Fifth Avenue (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.940.8195 www.siriony.com ITALIAN

SUSHI OF GARI 402 East 78th Street 212.517.5340 www.sushiofgari.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

SUSHI SEKI 1143 First Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.371.0238 www.sushisekinyc.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

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SWIFTY’S

BOULUD SUD

LINCOLN RISTORANTE

1007 Lexington Avenue (between 72nd and 73rd streets) 212.535.6000 www.swiftysnyc.com AMERICAN

20 West 64th Street 212.595.1313 www.bouludsud.com MEDITERRANEAN

142 West 65th Street 212.359.6500 www.lincolnristorante.com ITALIAN

CAFÉ LUXEMBOURG

LOI

200 West 70th Street 212.873.7411 www.cafeluxembourg.com FRENCH BISTRO

208 West 70th Street 212.875.8600 www.loirestaurant.com GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

’CESCA

MAREA

164 West 75th Street 212.787.6300 www.cescanyc.com ITALIAN

240 Central Park South (at Columbus Circle) 212.582.5100 www.marea-nyc.com ITALIAN/SEAFOOD

VICO RISTORANTE 1302 Madison Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd streets) 212.876.2222 No website ITALIAN

UPPER WEST SIDE ASÍATE

DOVETAIL

at The Mandarin Oriental 80 Columbus Circle, 35th Floor 212.805.8881 www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/ dining/asiate FRENCH/JAPANESE/SUSHI

103 West 77th Street 212.362.3800 www.dovetailnyc.com NEW AMERICAN

MASA 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor 212.823.9800 www.masanyc.com JAPANESE

JEAN-GEORGES ATLANTIC GRILL

1 Central Park West (at 60th Street) 212.299.3900 www.jean-georges.com FRENCH/ASIAN

49 West 64th Street 212.787.4663 www.atlanticgrill.com SEAFOOD

OUEST 2315 Broadway (between 83rd and 84th streets) 212.580.8700 www.ouestny.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH

ANDANADA PER SE

141 West 69th Street 646.692.8762 www.andanada141.com SPANISH

Bar Boulud

BAR BOULUD

Whitney Cox

1900 Broadway (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.595.0303 www.barboulud.com FRENCH

Aquavit

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Casa Lever

10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor 212.823.9335 www.perseny.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH


Fine Dining in new york

■ Chef’s Pick ■ Chris Santos, partner and chef, Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex ■ Nicoletta Pizzeria 160 Second Avenue (between East 10th and East 11th streets) 212.432.1600 www.nicolettanyc.com This is Michael White’s more casual restaurant, featuring easy-breezy Italian food and amazing pizza. Order the perfectly composed calabrese pizza.

■ Mission Chinese Food 154 Orchard Street 212.529.8800 www.missionchinesefood.com/ny The food here is spicy and delicious. Mission Chinese can be hard to get in to, but if you know the right people, you don’t have to wait as long. I always get the super-spicy Chongqing chicken wings.

■ Empellón Cocina 105 First Avenue between East 6th and East 7th streets 212.780.0999 www.empellon.com/cocina Amazing tacos; interesting varieties of guacamole, frequent changes in the menu; pretty, on-the- spot fonditos. To most people, that means melted cheese in a skillet, but he does it with lobster and his own chorizo sausage.

■ Clinton Street Baking Company 4 Clinton Street (between East Houston and Stanton streets) 646.602.6263 www.clintonstreetbaking.com Pancakes tend to be one of the most boring experiences in life after the first two bites, but this place’s pancake of the month is so good and so perfect all the way through.

“[Maison Premiere’s] cocktail bar is so sexy, and they have the best cocktails I’ve ever had. It’s like stepping back in time to a 1940s black and white movie. Be sure to sit out on the back patio.”

■ Brooklyn Taco at the Essex Street Market 120 Essex Street (at Delancey Street) 212.312.3603 www.essexstreetmarket.com This is a perfect place for a quick lunch. They’ve made a huge effort to make this a beautiful, contemporary 21st century market. ■ Maison Premiere 298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn 347.335.0446 www.maisonpremiere.com Their cocktail bar is so sexy, and they have the best cocktails I’ve ever had. It’s like stepping back in time to a 1940s black and white movie. Be sure to sit out on the back patio.

PICHOLINE

SHUN LEE WEST

AUREOLE

35 West 64th Street 212.724.8585 www.picholinenyc.com FRENCH/MEDITERRANEAN

43 West 65th Street 212.595.8895 www.shunleewest.com CHINESE

135 West 42nd Street 212.319.1660 www.charliepalmer.com NEW AMERICAN

PORTER HOUSE 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor 212.823.9500 www.porterhousenewyork.com STEAK HOUSE

ROSA MEXICANA at Lincoln Center 61 Columbus Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.977.7700 www.rosamexicano.com MEXICAN

MIDTOWN 21 CLUB 21 West 52nd Street 212.582.7200 www.21club.com AMERICAN

AUDEN BISTRO at the Ritz Carlton 50 Central Park South 212.521.6125 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewYorkCentralPark/Dining/Auden_Bistro_Bar AMERICAN

AQUAVIT 65 East 55th Street 212.307.7311 www.aquavit.org SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC

BENOIT 60 West 55th Street 646.943.7373 www.benoitny.com FRENCH

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BICE RISTORANTE

CHINCHIN

7 East 54th Street 212.688.1999 www.bicenewyork.com AMERICAN/ITALIAN

216 East 49th Street 212.888.4555 www.chinchinny.com CHINESE

BLT STEAK

ESCA

106 East 57th Street 212.752.7470 www.bltsteak.com STEAKHOUSE

402 West 43rd Street 212.564.7272 www.esca-nyc.com ITALIAN

CASA LEVER

FELIDIA

390 Park Avenue (at 53rd Street) 212.888.2700 www.casalever.com ITALIAN

243 East 58th Street 212.758.1479 www.felidia-nyc.com ITALIAN

THE FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT 99 East 52nd Street 212.754.9494 www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com AMERICAN

GORDON RAMSAY at The London NYC 151 West 54th Street 212.468.8888 www.thelondonnyc.com/gordonRamsay/ gordonRamsayattheLondon/ FRENCH

HAKKASAN 311 West 43rd Street 212.776.1818 www.hakkasan.com/newyork/ CHINESE

HILLSTONE 153 East 53rd Street 212.888.3828 www.hillstone.com AMERICAN

■ Chef’s Pick ■ Chef David Burke, executive chef at David Burke Kitchen, David Burke Fishtail, David Burke’s Primehouse, David Burke Townhouse ■ Brio NYC 137 East 61st Street (at Lexington Avenue) 212.980.2300 www.brionyc.com Great place to go for lunch. Service is always fast if you’re in a hurry. You have to try the pizza! ■ Felice 64 1166 First Avenue at 64th Street 212.593.2223 www.felice64.com You can get the best Italian food and wine pairing here. It’s a nice, cozy place to hang out with friends.

■ J.G. Melon 1291 Third Avenue (at 74th Street) 212.744.0585 No website JG Melon is the place for a great burger!

THE LAMBS CLUB at the Chatwal Hotel 132 West 44th Street 212.997.5262 www.thelambsclub.com NEW AMERICAN

LAVO 39 East 58th Street 212.750.5588 www.lavony.com ITALIAN ■ Minar Restaurant 160 East 44th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues) 212.949.0245 www.minarny.com Good place to go for real Indian food. ■ Gotham Bar and Grill 12 East 12th Street 212.620.4020 www.gothambarandgrill.com Gotham Bar and Grill is an American classic! Nice place to go for a romantic date.

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LE BERNARDIN 155 West 51st Street 212.554.1515 www.le-bernardin.com FRENCH/SEAFOOD

LE PÉRIGORD 405 East 52nd Street 212.755.6244 www.leperigord.com FRENCH

THE MODERN at The Museum of Modern Art 9 West 53rd Street 212.333.1220 www.themodernnyc.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH

THE MONKEY BAR 60 East 54th Street 212.288.1010 www.monkeybarnewyork.com AMERICAN


THE OAK ROOM

324 East 57th Street 212.751.9030 www.mrchow.com CHINESE

at The Plaza Hotel 10 Central Park South 212.758.7777 www.theplazany.com/news/archive/oakroom/ (reopening this winter) NEW AMERICAN

55 East 54th Street 212.759.5554 www.nerainyc.com CONTEMPORARY GREEK

NOBU FIFTY SEVEN 40 West 57th Street 212.757.3000 www.noburestaurants.com/ JAPANESE/SUSHI

■ Chef’s Pick ■

OCEANA 120 West 49th Street 212.759.5941 www.oceanarestaurant.com AMERICAN/SEAFOOD

PEACOCK ALLEY at The Waldorf-Astoria 301 Park Avenue 212.872.1275 www.peacockalleyrestaurant.com AMERICAN evan Sung

NERAI

Fine Dining in new york

MR. CHOW

Eleven Madison Park

David Santos, executive chef, Louro ■ Hot Kitchen 104 Second Avenue (between 6th and 7th streets) 212.228.3090 No Website You used to have to go to Queens to get this kind of ethnic food, but now you can get it here in Manhattan. Order the beef tongue tripe salad tossed with cilantro and peanuts, the soup dumplings and the twice-cooked pork. ■ Pastis 9 Ninth Avenue 212.929.4844 www.pastisny.com The Gruyère steak sandwich is always on point, exactly what you want it to be.

Francesco Tonelli

■ Uncle Boons 7 Spring Street 646.370.6650 www.uncleboons.com This is the best Thai food on the island of Manhattan. Their use of spicing is great, and their grill plate with blowfish and baby octopus is stellar. ■ The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker Street 212.462.4682 www.blindtigeralehouse.com Nice craft beer, good people and great bar snacks.

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RISTORANTE SAN PIETRO

TAO

AI FIORi

18 East 54th Street 212.753.9015 www.sanpietrorestaurant.us ITALIAN

42 East 58th Street 212.888.2288 www.taorestaurant.com PAN-ASIAN

THE SEA FIRE GRILL

UNCLE JACK’S STEAKHOUSE

at Langham Place Fifth Avenue 400 5th Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets) 212.613.8660 www.aifiorinyc.com ITALIAN

150 East 48th Street 212.935.3785 www.theseafiregrill.com SEAFOOD

SMITH & WOLLENSKY 797 Third Avenue (at 49th Street) 212.753.1530 www.smithandwollensky.com STEAKHOUSE

SPARKS STEAK HOUSE 210 East 46th Street 212.687.4855 www.sparkssteakhouse.com STEAKHOUSE

440 Ninth Avenue (between 34th and 35th streets) 212.244.0005 www.unclejacks.com STEAKHOUSE/SEAFOOD

FLATIRON DISTRICT ABC KITCHEN 35 East 18th Street 212.475.5829 www.abckitchennyc.com NEW AMERICAN

ALISON EIGHTEEN 15 West 18th Street 212.366.1818 alisoneighteen.com NEW AMERICAN

ALMAYASS 24 East 21st Street 212.473.3100 www.almayassnyc.com MIDDLE EASTERN

■ Chef’s Pick ■ Daniel Boulud, chef and owner of DB Bistro Moderne, DANIEL, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Bar Boulud, Café Boulud, Boulud Sud and Épicerie Boulud ■ Mezzaluna 1295 Third Avenue between 74th and 75th streets 212.535.9600 www.mezzalunanyc.com My favorite pizzeria on the Upper East Side is Mezzaluna. I was there for the opening night in 1984 and have been going there for three decades. My favorite pizza is the Quattro Formaggi, with arugula, mushrooms and prosciutto. ■ Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle 35 East 76th Street 212.744.1600 www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/the-carlyle-new-york/dining/bemelmans-bar This one’s always a classic. I like that there is live jazz in the dark, comfortable bar at the Carlyle. ■ JSaxelby Cheesemongers in the Essex Street Market 120 Essex Street 212.228.8204 www.saxelbycheese.com They focus on American farmstead cheeses and I like to discover what is being produced by some of the smaller or independent dairies. We sell a selection of them at my Épicerie Boulud.

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■ Please Don’t Tell 113 St. Marks Place 212.614.0386 www.pdtnyc.com Jim Meehan puts so much attention and care into his cocktails at this hidden bar in the East Village. I love that you can get a great cocktail right next door to a delicious Crif Dogs hot dog. ■ Schaller & Weber 1654 Second Avenue 212.879.3047 www.schallerweber.com During the holiday season when I need a very good bacon or smoked German-style meat, I go here for authentic German charcuterie.


CRAFT

12 East 22nd Street 212.228.7557 www.almondnyc.com AMERICAN

43 East 19th Street 212.780.0880 www.craftrestaurant.com NEW AMERICAN

ARTISANAL BISTRO

ELEVEN MADISON PARK

2 Park Avenue (at 32nd Street) 212.725.8585 www.artisanalbistro.com FRENCH

11 Madison Avenue (at 24th Street) 212.889.0905 www.elevenmadisonpark.com AMERICAN/FRENCH

BLT FISH

GRAMERCY TAVERN

21 West 17 Street 212.691.8888 www.bltfish.com SEAFOOD

42 East 20th Street 212.477.0777 www.gramercytavern.com NEW AMERICAN Gradisca

Fine Dining in new york

ALMOND

HARDING’S 32 East 21st Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South) 212.600.2105 www.hardingsnyc.com NEW AMERICAN

LES HALLES 411 Park Avenue (at 29th Street) 212.679.4111 www.leshalles.net FRENCH Tocqueville

MAIALINO 2 Lexington Avenue (at 21st Street) 212.777.2410 www.maialinonyc.com ITALIAN

BLT PRIME 111 East 22nd Street 212.995.8500 www.bltprime.com AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

BLUE SMOKE 116 East 27th Street 212.447.7733 www.bluesmoke.com BARBEQUE

CASA MONO 52 Irving Place (at 17th Street) 212.253.2773 www.casamononyc.com SPANISH Blue Ribbon Sushi

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NOMAD

Freemans

1170 Broadway (at 28th Street) 347.472.5660 www.thenomadhotel.com FRENCH-INSPIRED/AMERICAN

PERIYALI 35 West 20th Street 212.463.7890 www.periyali.com GREEK

Bondst

Perla

SD 26 19 East 26th Street 212.265.5959 www.sd26ny.com ITALIAN

SEN 12 West 21st Street 212.388.5736 www.sennyc.com/home JAPANESE

TAMARIND 41­­—43 East 22nd Street 212.674.7400 www.tamarindrestaurantsnyc.com INDIAN

VERITAS

Peasant

BUDDAKAN

43 East 20th Street 212.353.3700 www.veritas-nyc.com NEW AMERICAN/ FRENCH

75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets) 212.989.6699 www.buddakannyc.com ASIAN

CHELSEA

DA UMBERTO

BISTRO LA PROMENADE 431 West 23rd Street 212.255.7400 www.lapromenadenyc.com FRENCH

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107 West 17th Street 212.989.0303 www.daumbertonyc.com TUSCAN

MORIMOTO 88 Tenth Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets) 212.989.8883 www.morimotonyc.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

UNION SQUARE 15 EAST 15 East 15th Street 212.647.0015 www.15eastrestaurant.com JAPANESE/SUSHI


DA SILVANO

EXTRA VIRGIN

31 Union Square West (at 16th Street) 212.675.9500 www.bluewatergrillnyc.com SEAFOOD/SUSHI

260 Sixth Avenue (between Bleecker and Houston streets) 212.982.2343 www.dasilvano.com ITALIAN

259 West 4th Street 212.691.9359 www.extravirginrestaurant.com MEDITERRANEAN

IPPUDO

DELL’ANIMA

65 Fourth Avenue (Between 9th and 10th streets) 212.388.0088 www.ippudo.com/ny/ JAPANESE

38 Eighth Avenue (at Jane Street) 212.366.6633 www.dellanima.com ITALIAN

GOTHAM BAR AND GRILL 12 East 12th Street 212.620.4020 www.gothambarandgrill.com NEW AMERICAN

Fine Dining in new york

BLUE WATER GRILL

TOCQUEVILLE 1 East 15th Street 212.647.1515 www.tocquevillerestaurant.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH

■ Chef’s Pick ■

UNION SQUARE CAFE 21 East 16th Street 212.243.4020 www.unionsquarecafe.com ITALIAN/AMERICAN

John DeLucie, partner, Crown Group Hospitality, executive Chef at The Lion, Bill’s Food & Drink and Crown

GREENWICH VILLAGE ANNISA 13 Barrow Street 212.741.6699 www.annisarestaurant.com FRENCH/AMERICAN/ASIAN

AUGUST 359 Bleecker Street 212.929.8727 www.augustny.com PAN-EUROPEAN

BABBO RISTORANTE ENOTECA 110 Waverly Place 212.777.0303 www.babbonyc.com ITALIAN

BAR PITTI 268 Sixth Avenue (between Bleecker and Houston streets) 212.982.3300 No website TUSCAN

BLUE HILL 75 Washington Place 212.539.1776 www.bluehillfarm.com NEW AMERICAN

BOBO 181 West 10th Street 212.488.2626 www.bobonyc.com FRENCH

■ Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street 212.744.1600 www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle/dining/bemelmans_bar Martini, made to order, shaken or stirred, depending on how good an international spy you really are. ■ Yakitori Totto 251 West 55th Street 212.245.4555 www.tottonyc.com Tofu, Harami and Chicken Oyster

■ Frank 88 Second Avenue 212.420.0106 www.frankrestaurant.com Spaghetti with broccoli, garlic and extra virgin olive oil ■ Via Quadronno 25 East 73rd Street 212.650.9880 www.viaquadronno.com

Espresso and a Mortadella sandwich— no one else in New York City gets the subtle art of sandwich-making like Via Quadronno. They use a single superb ingredient on a fresh-baked roll.

■ Kinshop 469 Sixth Avenue 212.675.4295 www.kinshopnyc.com Stir-fry of Aquatic Vegetables ■ Sobaya 229 East 9th Street 212.533.6966 www.sobaya-nyc.com/wp Veg Ten Don

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GRADISCA

PERLA

126 West 13th Street 212.691.4886 www.gradiscanyc.com ITALIAN

24 Minetta Lane 212.933.1824 www.perlanyc.com ITALIAN

THE LION

PERRY ST.

62 West 9th Street 212.353.8400 www.thelionnyc.com OLD AMERICAN / AMERICAN

176 Perry Street 212.352.1900 www.perrystreetrestaurant.com NEW AMERICAN/ FRENCH

THE LITTLE OWL

90 Bedford Street 212.741.4695 www.thelittleowlnyc.com NEW AMERICAN/MEDITERRANEAN

31 Cornelia Street 212.645.2189 www.porestaurant.com ITALIAN

MAS FARMHOUSE

THE SPOTTED PIG

39 Downing Street 212.255.1790 www.masfarmhouse.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH

314 West 11th Street (at Greenwich Street) 212.620.0393 www.thespottedpig.com BRITISH/ITALIAN

NOLITA/ LOWER EAST SIDE BLUE RIBBON SUSHI IZAKAYA 187 Orchard Street 212.466.0404 www.blueribbonrestaurants.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

BONDST 6 Bond Street 212.777.2500 www.bondstrestaurant.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

DBGB KITCHEN & BAR 299 Bowery Street (between Houston and 1st streets) 212.933.5300 www.dbgb.com/nyc FRENCH

MOMOFUKU KO 163 First Avenue (between 10th and 11th streets) 212.500.0831 www.momofuku.com NEW AMERICAN/ASIAN

Blanca

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA 17 Barrow Street 212.255.8649 www.oneifbyland.com AMERICAN Delmonico’s

STRIP HOUSE

EMPELLON COCINA

13 East 12th Street 212.328.0000 www.striphouse.com STEAKHOUSE

105 First Avenue (at 6th Street) 212.780.0999 www.empellon.com/cocina MEXICAN

WALLSÉ 344 West 11th Street 212.352.2300 www.wallserestaurant.com GERMAN/AUSTRIAN

THE WAVERLY INN 16 Bank Street 917.828.1154 www.waverlynyc.com AMERICAN 44 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

EAST 12TH OSTERIA 197 First Avenue (at 12th Street) 212.432.1112 www.east12osteria.com ITALIAN


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■ Chef’s Pick ■ Ted Pryor, Executive Chef, The Sea Fire Grill ■ Orsay 1057 Lexington Avenue between 75th and 76th Streets 212.517.6400 www.orsayrestaurant.com I continue to return for the authentic brasserie feel, fabulous Steak Tartare and Chocolate Mousse. ■ Benjamin Steak House 52 East 41st Street 212.297.9177 www.benjaminsteakhouse.com Best steaks in New York City. Period. ■ The Palm Too 840 Second Avenue between 44th and 45th streets 212.697.5198 www.thepalm.com/palm-too This has been my father’s regular place for 30 years. I go for the convivial atmosphere and the Chicken Parmesan. People forget that the Palm, were it not for a mix-up 80 years ago at City Hall, would have been called “Parma.”

“Even though my wife and I have been going [to Il Buco] for years, it still always feels slightly illicit and secret when we walk in—and the angulas (those squirming eel) are to die for.” FREEMANS 191 Chrystie Street (at Freeman Alley) 212.420.0012 www.freemansrestaurant.com AMERICAN

LA ESQUINA 114 Kenmare Street 646.613.7100 www.esquinanyc.com LATIN AMERICAN

PEASANT 194 Elizabeth Street 212.965.9511 www.peasantnyc.com ITALIAN

PUBLIC 210 Elizabeth Street 212.343.7011 www.public-nyc.com ECLECTIC/GLOBAL CUISINE

■ Il Buco 47 Bond Street 212.533.1932 www.ilbuco.com Even though my wife and I have been going there for years, it still always feels slightly illicit and secret when we walk in—and the angulas (those squirming eel) are to die for. ■ La Grenouille 3 East 52nd Street 212.752.1495 la-grenouille.com This one is my mother’s favorite, and we still go from time to time for the timeless beauty of the room, the Grand Marnier Soufflé, the owner Charles and of course those flowers. ■ Toloache 166 East 82nd Street 212.861.4505 toloachenyc.com Best Margaritas, Pomegranate Guacamole and Tacos.

SCHILLER’S LIQUOR BAR 131 Rivington Street 212.260.4555 www.schillersny.com ECLECTIC/CONTINENTAL

STANTON SOCIAL 99 Stanton Street 212.995.0099 www.thestantonsocial.com ECLECTIC

WD-50 50 Clinton Street 212.477.2900 www.wd-50.com NEW AMERICAN

SOHO BALTHAZAR 80 Spring Street 212.965.1414 www.balthazarny.com FRENCH

BAROLO RISTORANTE 398 West Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets) 212.226.1102 www.nybarolo.com ITALIAN

BLUE RIBBON 97 Sullivan Street 212.274.0404 www.blueribbonrestaurants.com AMERICAN

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BLUE RIBBON SUSHI

SCARPETTA

NOBU

119 Sullivan Street 212.343.0404 www.blueribbonrestaurants.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

355 West 14th Street 212.691.0555 www.scarpettanyc.com

105 Hudson Street (at Franklin Street) 212.219.0500 www.noburestaurants.com/new-york JAPANESE/PERUVIAN

SPICE MARKET CIPRIANI DOWNTOWN 376 West Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets) 212.343.0999 www.cipriani.com ITALIAN

KITTICHAI 60 Thompson Street 212.219.2000 www.kittichairestaurant.com THAI

403 West 13th Street 212.675.2322 www.spicemarketnewyork.com SOUTHEAST ASIAN

TRIBECA AMERICAN CUT 363 Greenwich Street 212.226.4736 americancutsteakhouse.com NEW AMERICAN

THE MERCER KITCHEN 99 Prince Street 212.966.5454 www.jean-georges.com NEW AMERICAN/FRENCH /ASIAN

BOULEY 163 Duane Street 212.964.2525 www.davidbouley.com FRENCH

RAOUL’S 180 Prince Street 212.966.3518 www.raouls.com FRENCH

MEATPACKING DISTRICT BUBBY’S 73 Gansevoort Street 212.206.6200 www.bubbys.com AMERICAN

CERCLE ROUGE 241 West Broadway (at North Moore Street) 212.226.6252 www.cerclerougeresto.com FRENCH

THE HARRISON 355 Greenwich Street (at Harrison Street) 212.274.9310 www.theharrison.com NEW AMERICAN

LANDMARC DEL POSTO 85 Tenth Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets) www.delposto.com 212.497.8090 ITALIAN

179 West Broadway (between Leonard and Worth streets) 212.343.3883 www.landmarc-restaurant.com FRENCH

LOCANDA VERDE FATTY CRAB 643 Hudson Street 212.352.3592 www.fattycrab.com ASIAN

377 Greenwich Street 212.925.3797 locandaverdenyc.com ITALIAN

MEGU PASTIS 9 Ninth Avenue (at West 12th Street) 212.929.4844 www.pastisny.com FRENCH

62 Thomas Street 212.964.7777 www.megurestaurants.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

NINJA NEW YORK 25 Hudson Street 212.274.8500 www.ninjanewyork.com JAPANESE/SUSHI

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NOBU NEXT DOOR 105 Hudson Street (at Franklin Street) 212.334.4445 www.noburestaurants.com/next-door JAPANESE/PERUVIAN

FINANCIAL DISTRICT BOBBY VAN’S STEAKHOUSE 25 Broad Street 212.344.8463 www.bobbyvans.com STEAKHOUSE

DELMONICO’S 56 Beaver Street 212.509.1144 www.delmonicosrestaurantgroup.com/ restaurant STEAKHOUSE

HARRY’S CAFE AND STEAK 1 Hanover Square 212.785.9200 www.harrysnyc.com AMERICAN

THE TRADING POST 170 John Street 646.370.3337 www.tradingpostnyc.com NEW AMERICAN

BROOKLYN BATTERSBY 255 Smith Street 718.852.8321 www.battersbybrooklyn.com NEW AMERICAN

BLANCA 261 Moore Street 347.799.2807 www.blancanyc.com JAPANESE/ITALIAN ✦


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Le Cirque

Le Cirque Cafe

151 East 58th Street New York, NY 10022 Tel: (212) 644-0202 www.lecirque.com / lecirquenyc (twitter)

151 East 58th Street New York, NY 10022 Tel: (212) 644-0202 www.lecirquecafe.com / lecirquecafe (twitter)

“Sirio is a genuine restaurateur…. dining is all about experiencing a moment of happiness.” - Alain Ducasse

Circo

120 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019 Tel: (212) 265-3636 www.circonyc.com / circorestaurant (twitter)

Sirio Ristorante

795 Fifth Avenue at 61st Street New York, NY 10065 Tel: (212) 940-8195 www.siriony.com / siriony (twitter)


insiders

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neighborhood

An opinionated guide to some of New York’s most popular neighborhoods from some of New York’s most popular people

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Julie Macklowe’s

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east side J

ulie Macklowe, founder of VBeaute, left a successful career in finance and hedge funds to pursue her dream of investing in young, promising fashion designers. She’s the woman who backed the infamous Bauble Bar, and subsequently launched her own cosmetics company, VBeaute, in 2011. Always at the forefront of fashion and philanthropy, Macklowe says her grandmother, Dolly, was her biggest fashion inspiration, always “dolled up in Dior and Chanel.” Now, the woman named the “It Girl” by Vogue magazine in 2008 lives with her husband Billy and daughter Zoe, on the Upper East Side, which the city’s top fashionistas frequent. “The Upper East Side has such great shopping, and when I walk to and from work, everyone is dressed to the nines!” Macklowe says. “There’s a slew of characters, so it’s great people watching, and every now and then I’ll spot a celebrity.” Here are some of her favorite places to go.

Julie Macklowe’s Upper East Side Cynthia Rowley

Track & Field

43 East 78th Street

997 Madison Avenue

212.288.1141

(between 77th and 78th streets)

www.cynthiarowley.com

212.355.1944

78th and Madison

tfstore.us

She has great clothing without the crazy price

This is my go-to place for workout gear—it

points. Plus there’s the secret CuRious Candy

blows Lululemon away. All of it is imported

Shop which my daughter and I

from Brazil. They have the best yoga pants

love to stop into.

and shoes, which are specially made to The Mark Restaurant

Sant Ambroeus 1000 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.570.2211 www.santambroeus.com The Insalata Centocolori salad and veal Milanese is my favorite meal, and they have an excellent Dover sole. It’s also a great place to get a cappuccino on the way to the office when I am walking to work.

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simulate barefoot running.

by Jean-Georges 25 East 77th Street 212.744.4300 www.themarkrestaurantnyc. com I love the black truffle pizza and frisse Lardon Salad. It’s always an interesting Upper East Side scene, and rivals ‘going to camp’ for adults.

Solange Azagury-Partridge 809 Madison Avenue (at 68th Street) 212.879.9100 solange.co.uk I love the jewelry here. They have super-unique pieces like crocodile rings with ruby hearts and titanium rainbow cuffs.


East 72nd Street 212.517.2233 www.thecentralparkboathouse.com I really love walking through the park and going to the duck pond. I enjoy running the loop on the weekends—and of course there are all of the terrific playgrounds for the kids.

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street 212.744.1600

neighborhood insiders

The Loeb Boathouse Central Park

http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/thecarlyle-new-york/dining/bemelmans-bar Great for some good jazz music; terrific cheeseburger-sliders and fries. I also love the creamed spinach.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 www.metmuseum.org There’s always something to learn there and it has excellent activities for children to do. My daughter, Zoe, loves the pajama party where they get to do all sorts of neat arts and crafts projects.

“I really love walking through [Central Park] and going to the duck pond. Ienjoy running the loop on the weekends—of course there are all of the terrific playgrounds for kids.” —Julie Macklowe Agent Provocateur

massage while you’re getting your nails done.

Sushi of Gari

675 Madison Avenue

My favorite treatments are the paraffin wax

402 East 78th Street

(between 61st and 62nd streets)

mani/pedis, hot stone massages and their

212.517.5340

212.840.2436

reflexology. Also, if you stop by with kids,

www.sushiofgari.com

www.agentprovocateur.com

you can sit upstairs where there is a bit

We order in from here almost every Sunday.

You can’t go wrong with their sexy-chic

more room.

It’s the best sushi NYC has to offer.

lingerie. I love their red, lined tights and the crystal whip. The Craft Studio 1657 Third Avenue Iris Nails

(at 93rd Street)

1078 Madison Avenue

212.831.6626

(between 81st and 82nd streets)

www.craftstudionyc.com/home

212.396.0082

This is not only a terrific place to hold a

1065 Lexington Avenue

birthday party for [your children], but also

(between 75th and 76th streets)

to pop in and paint and make your own

212.737.8408

ceramic creations.

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Andrew Heiberger’s

upper west side A

s founder and chairman of Town Residential LLC and Buttonwood Development, and CEO of Citi Habitats, Andrew Heiberger has been one of the driving forces behind New York City real estate business strategy for over 20 years. Heiberger, who sits on the Real Estate Board of New York’s Board of Governors and has sold out entire condominium developments for hundreds of millions of dollars, says he’s proud to be developing the city he loves. He’s also devoted to his Upper West Side neighborhood. “I love living on Central Park West at the foot of Central Park,” Heiberger says. “When I walk out of my building, I instantly feel a calm that only the park can provide me.” Here’s a look at some of Heiberger’s favorite stops as part of his daily routines on the Upper West Side, where he lives with his wife, son and daughter.

Andrew Heiberger’s Upper West Side The Ferrara Stand Ferrara Bakery & Café (Stand) Central Park, off Columbus Circle 212.226.6150 (for the 195 Grand Street location) www.ferraracafe.com After a trip to the gym or a walk in the park, I like to start my day by heading over to the Ferrara Stand. They have the best coffee, year-’round. Norma’s Le Parker Meridien 119 West 56th Street 212.708.7460 www.normasnyc.com The portion sizes are perfect, and they’re always using the freshest, most unique ingredients. It keeps me coming back every time. Paul Molé 1034A Lexington Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.535.8461 www.paulmole.com It is an old-fashioned barber shop where I can get a haircut and a straight-edge shave. Getting a haircut at Paul Molé is one of the few times I get to truly decompress. Porterhouse Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, Fourth Floor 212.823.9500 porterhousenewyork.com Being a father is my top priority, so my kids and I have our weekly family dinner at Porterhouse. It’s a casual environment and is the closest we can get to suburban dining right in the heart of Manhattan. 52 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 212.875.5000 lincolncenter.org Its presence and beauty are a tremendous amenity to the neighborhood. We like spending time here during the colder months, because the open-air environment and suburban mall feeling create a great environment for our family to spend time in.

PJ Clarke’s Lincoln Square 44 West 63rd Street 212.957.9700 www.pjclarkes.com My kids and I love to go here for a burger. Marea 240 Central Park South (at 59th Street) 212.582.5100 www.marea-nyc.com Marea has some of the best seafood in the city. From their caviar dishes, to oysters to pasta, they have a unique way of preparing all their dishes ato bring out the best flavors in the fish. Great for special occasions. The Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle 212.823.6300 www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com

Central Park 212.310.6600 Central Park Conservancy www.centralparknyc.org Central Park has always been a tranquil place for me—a feeling I don’t get too often. I spend time in the park exercising, meditating and relaxing. It’s like a haven away from the chaos, and helps me find some solace. Blue Ribbon Sushi 308 West 58th Street (in the 6 Columbus Hotel) 212.397.0404 www.blueribbonrestaurants.com They are known for having the best comfort food, and their sushi restaurants are no exception. Blue Ribbon also has the best and most extensive sake list in the city. Asiate 80 Columbus Circle 212.805.8881 www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/finedining/asiate/ Asiate has a contemporary feel with an Asian flair. The restaurant’s wine collection is some of the best. Being able to dine and look right out at the skyline is so New York.


The Trading Post 170 John Street 646.370.3337 www.tradingpostnyc.com The inside is beautiful, it’s really amazing what they’ve done with it . . . and the food is great.

John Allan’s 95 Trinity Place 212.406.3000 www.johnallans.com It’s a one-stop shop, I go in and get a haircut, shave and manicure; and they do a great shoeshine!

The North End Grill 104 North End Avenue 646.747.1600 www.northendgrillnyc.com They have great scotches—over 40 of them!

Century 21 22 Cortlandt Street 212.227.9092 www.c21stores.com For shopping, Century is the best thing since sliced bread.

The Battery Park City Esplanade Battery Park City Authority 212.417.2000 www.batteryparkcity.org I love to ride bikes with my kids along the Esplanade and over to Hudson River Park.

Tennis at the Courts on West Street Hudson River Park (West Houston Street and West Side Highway) 212.627.2020 www.hudsonriverpark.org/explore-thepark/activities/tennis You can also trapeze while you’re at it.

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braham Merchant, president and chief executive officer of Merchants Hospitality Inc., is a downtown resident who has focused his efforts on developing a wide variety of restaurants that appeal to both locals and tourists alike. His Merchants Hospitality Group operates 15 restaurants downtown, including SouthWest NY, Art Bar, Merchants River House, Pound & Pence, Neely’s Barbecue Parlor and Oaxaca. Merchant says he’s seen the neighborhood change dramatically over the past two decades, and, with the atmosphere of comfort and warmth his restaurants offer, he argues, they have played an important part in the communal revitalization of Lower Manhattan. “We have the potential to transform an entire neighborhood down here, creating it from nothing and creating luxury where none existed, like in the meatpacking district and in Soho,” Merchant says. “Lower Manhattan is truly a neighborhood, and I have Battery Park City’s parks as my backyard. Biking up the Hudson, the River To River Festival, concerts by [the office development] Brookfield Place . . . in short, living downtown is like living in the suburbs without the commute.” Here are some of Merchant’s favorite bars, restaurants, parks and more, where he loves to go alone or with his family.

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Abraham Merchant’s Lower Manhattan

Mark Joseph Steakhouse 261 Water Street 212.277.0020 www.markjosephsteakhouse.com It’s the next best thing to Peter Luger’s, since you can actually just walk in and get a table.

Locanda Verde 377 Greenwich Street 212.925.3797 locandaverdenyc.com Grab a table in the backyard—most people don’t know it exists. Also, order the meatballs.

Landmarc 179 West Broadway 212.343.3883 www.landmarc-restaurant.com They make an amazing steak tartare and are very family friendly. My kids always get cotton candy.

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hristian Siriano started off interning with industry legends like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen; now, he’s a New York Fashion Week icon known for his whimsical and show-stopping design, fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses, and tailored sportswear. Tim Gunn has called the Chelsea resident “a prodigy” and “the next great American fashion designer,” while Oprah has called his designs “works of art.” He has dressed Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, to name a few. He and his partner, Brad Walsh, live in an apartment in Chelsea, a neighborhood Siriano says he finds truly inspiring. “Chelsea is so alive and diverse, with some of the best culture in Manhattan,” he says. “I couldn’t think of a better place to call home.” Here are his picks for the hippest spots around Chelsea.

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The Antiques Garage Flea Market 112 West 25th Street 212.243.5343 www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com I have found some of the most amazing furniture pieces there and at great prices. On my last visit, I was able to find a coffee table from the 1960s and these beautiful early 1900s antique French garden chairs that now live in my bedroom. Chelsea Piers 23rd Street and Hudson River Park 212.336.6666 www.chelseapiers.com This is a favorite hangout place in the summer. It’s so nice to be able to lie out on the grass and watch the boats float by, and chill with friends. It has a Central Park feeling but is quiet and not overcrowded, which is the best part. A perfect place to relax and do a few sketches.

ABC Carpet & Home 888 and 881 Broadway 212.473.3000 www.abchome.com/locations/#manhattan I love furniture shopping and there are some amazing finds at ABC. The French antiques are amazing. I love seeing the work on the furniture from the early late 1800s to the early 1900s. The shapes are so inspiring. Bistrot Bagatelle 1 Little West 12th Street 212.488.2110 www.bistrotbagatelle.com I love this place for Italian. It’s best to arrive on the early side of dinner for perfect service, without all the craziness. La Bottega The Maritime Hotel 363 West 16th Street 212.242.4300 www.themaritimehotel.com/labottega.php The pizza is great, and they have great summer cocktails outside on the patio. Maison 140 140 Ninth Avenue 212.255.0022 www.maison140nyc.com This cool little European shop is one of my favorite places for gift shopping. It has unique items, mostly for the home, with great prices and interesting finds. They have some of my favorite candles, art, soaps, pillows, frames and other décor.

The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel 848 Washington Street 212.645.4646 standardhotels.com My friends and I love to go here for a drink and a fun night out. The view is amazing and the architecture of the space is stunning. All you want to do is look up when you’re in that room.

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Christian Siriano’s Chelsea

The Rose Bar & Jade Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Avenue 212.920.3300 www.gramercyparkhotel.com/nightlife This is another cool place to hang out and have a drink with friends. We had our after-party there to celebrate my Spring 2014 collection and it was a great night. Behaviour NYC 231 West 19th Street 212.352.8380 www.behaviournewyork.com This is a great men’s store that my partner and I like to shop in on the weekends. It has a great mix of interesting designer men’s collections that are special and unique but wearable. Sometimes we can find something really special and exciting that not many people have.

“I love furniture shopping and there are some amazing finds at ABC. The French antiques are amazing . . . The shapes [there] are so inspiring.” —Christian Siriano

ABC Kitchen 35 East 18th Street 212.475.5829 www.abchome.com/abckitchen The lobster and toast with peppers and goat cheese is amazing.

Elizabeth Street Runs north-south parallel to and west of Bowery Neighborhood: NoLita It’s one of my favorite streets in NYC, and not only because it is where my first retail store was opened. It has a wonderful local New York vibe. It’s great to see a neighborhood that supports young designer brands.

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or over 20 years, Robert and Courtney Novogratz have developed and designed unique properties in Manhattan and beyond, rebuilding entire city blocks and turning funky spaces into fabulous ones. Forging exclusive techniques and finishes, they expertly decorate each room they enter with rare collectibles and luxury design. Frequenting the pages of the New York Times and Elle, and O magazines, they’ve also hosted their own TV shows, Bravo’s 9 by Design and Home By Novogratz on HGTV. The couple and their family currently live in a 10,000-square-foot glass house on Manhattan’s West Side Highway, at Richard Meier Towers. It’s a house the Novogratzes created themselves, collaborating with such artists and industrial designers as John Houshmand and Richard Woods. “Experiencing fall and winter in the West Village is like living on a movie set,” Courtney Novogratz says. “The beautiful streets, homes, stylish shops . . . we are both so proud of our neighborhood. It gets better every year, like a fine wine, and it never feels over-crowded.” Here are the couple’s picks for best places to hit.

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John’s of Bleecker Street Pizzeria 278 Bleecker Street 212.243.1680 www.johnsbrickovenpizza.com This is the best pizza on the entire planet. It’s a good thing they don’t deliver; otherwise Robert would weigh a lot more than he does.

Westville 210 West 10th Street 212.741.7971 www.westvillenyc.com We have to be Westville’s biggest customers, since we order nine of everything every time we eat here. Marc Jacobs 403 Bleecker Street 212.924.0026 www.marcjacobs.com This store is a big favorite for both of us, they have a really fun staff and a great vibe inside. Adelaide 702 Greenwich Street 212.627.0508 www.adelaideny.com We always come here to get antiques. Michael [the owner] has an amazing eye. Mojo Coffee 128 Charles Street 212.691.6656 www.mojonyc.com Their coffee is really authentic and has a very West Village feel. Magnolia Bakery 401 Bleecker Street 212.462.2572 www.magnoliabakery.com

The Waverly Inn and Garden 16 Bank Street 917.828.1154 www.waverlynyc.com This place just gets better with time. During the winter months, this our favorite cozy place. The mac ‘n’ cheese is to die for!

Thom Browne New York 100 Hudson Street 212.633.1197 www.thombrowne.com “On our walks through the neighborhood, we try to avoid this store as much as possible, because we’d end up buying a different jacket every time!”

“Order the fried chicken [at Perry Street] and get ready for some great people watching.” —Courtney Novogratz Rag & Bone 100–104 Christopher Street 212.727.2990 www.rag-bone.com Robert walks by this store every day when taking the kids to school and nine times out of ten can’t resist going in.

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Robert and Courtney Novogratz’s West Village

Perry Street Restaurant 176 Perry Street 212.352.1900 www.perrystrestaurant.com Order the fried chicken and get ready for some great people watching! Uncle Funky’s 128 Charles Street 646.895.9943 www.unclefunkysboards.com Our kids love Uncle Funky because it is the best skateboard place in the city! ✦

Housing Works 245 West 10th Street 212.352.1618 www.shophousingworks.com In addition to cool clothes and inexpensive furniture, we love that it’s for a great cause.

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Some of our favorite New Yorkers divulge their picks for the places they return to again and again for perfect New York moments.

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t can be hard to know where to go for the best of the best in New York City, so we turned to the most prominent, stylish and influential New Yorkers for their tip sheets. Here you’ll find their favorite hidden treasures, off-the-radar hotspots, coffee shops, restaurants salons, museums, boutiques and more! Hall Willkie, President of Brown Harris Stevens, details his daily routine, Kathy Reilly, CEO of Lifestylist Advisory, divulges her favorite places to hit with her daughter on the Upper East Side and celebrity stylist Nunzio Saviano fills us in on the coolest, trendiest spots around.

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Stephen G. Kliegerman, president of Halstead Property Development Marketing

■ THE SIGHTS Brooklyn & Bronx Botanical Gardens If it’s a beautiful day, I love to visit these for a peaceful walk. I am always amazed that such beautiful landscapes exist in a city with such a dense population and reputation for concrete and skyscrapers. Brooklyn: 150 Eastern Parkway 718.623.7200 www.bbg.org Bronx: 2900 Southern Blvd 718.817.8700 www.nybg.org

■ FOOD Union Square Café 21 East 16th Street 212.243.4020 www.unionsquarecafe.com Union Square is an NYC classic and their Tuna Burger is first class. The service is impeccable and you’re bound to run into someone you know. Balthazar 80 Spring Street 212.965.1414 www.balthazarny.com There is fun energy whether you go for lunch or dinner. I am transported to Europe every time I go there. I really enjoy the Sautéed Skate, and the Frisee Aux Lardons is the best in the city. Mediterraneo 1260 Second Avenue (at 66th Street) 212.734.7407 (no website) This is the first place my wife and I had dinner when we started dating.Their Papardelle with Duck Ragu and the Black Squid Ink Pasta are first class.

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■ SHOPPING Seigo Neckwear 1248 Madison Avenue (at 90th Street) 212.987.0191 www.seigoneckwear.blogspot.com They have a lot of unique beautiful ties, and the prices, for the quality, are very reasonably priced, particularly for Madison Avenue. La Petite Coquette 51 University Place 212.473.2478 www.thelittleflirt.com When shopping for that “something special” for my wife, I like to go here. When I was a kid, my dad was friendly with the woman who owned and ran the shop and she has always been incredibly helpful in choosing just the right thing for that special occasion. Tom James 28 West 44th Street, Suite 1100 212.599.1650 www.tomjames.com When I buy my suits, which I have more than my fair share of, I enjoy having them made for me here.


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Doris P. Meister, president, U.S. Markets, BNY Mellon Wealth Management ■ FOOD Danny Meyer is a genius! Try the bar at The Modern for Alsatian cuisine. 9 West 53rd Street 212.333.1220 www.themodernnyc.com BBQ at Blue Smoke 116 East 27th Street 212.447.7733 http://www.bluesmoke.com/mobile/about/

EVAN SUNG

■ SHOPPING Bergdorf Goodman Without a doubt, Bergdorf’s is my favorite place for shoes, clothes, makeup and great vintage jewelry at Kentshire. 754 Fifth Avenue 888.558.1855 www.bergdorfgoodman.com ■ THE SIGHTS Central Park We live on Central Park West and practically live in the park, running, playing frisbee in Sheep Meadow, boating, skating or visiting Little Dog Hill with our girls. It is one of our great treasures.

A burger and fries at Shake Shack with the kids . . . 154 East 86th Street 646.237.5035 www.shakeshack.com

MAURA MCEVOY

DANIEL KRIEGER

■ CULTURE The Frick Collection While I love contemporary art, The Frick is such an intimate, calm and special place to relax and enjoy the art. Visit the special exhibitions, which are interesting and very well done. 1 East 70th Street 212.288.0700 www.frick.org

. . . or a relaxing meal at Gramercy Tavern. 42 East 20th Street 212.477-0777 www.gramercytavern. com

The High Line This is one of our favorite places to “hang out” on a beautiful day. End up at the Biergarten at The Standard for beer and ping pong or at the mini golf at Hudson River Park. The High Line runs from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street. On Tenth Avenue 212.500.6035 www.thehighline.org

The Metropolitan Opera If you have never been to an opera or done the backstage tour at the Met, you have to do this. The Met Opera Guild organizes these amazing tours so you can personally witness the incomparable size and scale of the Met. Lincoln Center Plaza 212.362.6000 www.metoperafamily.org

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Kathy Reilly, chief executive officer, Lifestylist Advisory

■ WINE AND COCKTAILS Hospoda 321 East 73rd Street 212.861.1038 www.hospodanyc.com They have an incredible wine list and knowledgeable sommelier. This is the go-to neighborhood date place for my husband and me, but it is worth a trek from anywhere. Harlow 111 East 56th Street 212.935.6600 www.harlownyc.com This has been a great addition to Midtown, for me. They have a great cocktail list and lounge and one of the prettiest new dining rooms.

Ristorante Babbo Enoteca 110 Waverly Place 212.777.0303 www.babbonyc.com This place is never-fail Italian. I prefer to sit at the bar and sample all of the great wines on the list.

■ LEATHER REPAIR Leather Spa 55 West 55th Street 212.262.4823 www.leatherspa.com My other secret gem. I have been refurbishing all of my designer bags and shoes there . . . everything looks brand new. Campagnola 1382 First Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.861.1102 No website For great Italian and even better people-watching on the Upper East Side. Hermés 691 Madison Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.751.3181 www.hermes.com While I don’t get to shop in New York as much as I would like, Hermés is always a stop in between meetings!

Bar Pleiades at the Surrey Hotel 20 East 76th Street 212.772.2600 www.thesurrey.com This is my neighborhood favorite for bites and cocktails. The maître d’ always takes great care of me, and I love the retro feel of the room.

■ FOOD BLT Steak 106 East 57th Street 212.752.7470 www.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak This is great for lunch or dinner, for business dinners, for catching up. Minetta Tavern 113 MacDougal Street 212.475.3850 www.minettatavernny.com The Steak for Two is always delicious.

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Hall Willkie, president, Brown Harris Stevens

Empire Shoe Repair 991 Lexington Avenue (at 72nd Street) 212.744.1257 No website Ask for George—I always leave with what I know are the best-looking shoes on the Upper East Side.

■ HAIRCUT Premium Barbershop 134½ East 62nd Street 212.308.6660 www.premiumbarbershop.com Best haircut in town.

■ FOOD Bella Blu Ristorante 967 Lexington Avenue (between 71st and 70th streets) 212.988.4624 www.bellabluny.com Order the veal Milanese.

Sabor a Mexico 1744 First Avenue (Between 90th and 91st streets) 212.289.2641 No website

■ WORKOUT Equinox 817 Lexington Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.750.4671 www.equinox.com The best time to go is early in the morning.

MICHAEL BODYCOMB

■ SHOE SHINE

Juice Generation At Equinox, 817 Lexington Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.355.5537 www.juicegeneration.com Order the Supa Dupa Green Juice; it’s healthy and tastes great.

■ CULTURE Gardens at the Frick 1 East 70th Street 212.288.0700 www.frick.org/collection/gardens It’s the most peaceful and beautiful place to look at, especially by the lilies.

MICHAEL BODYCOMB

■ MORNING COFFEE World Cup Café 956 Lexington Avenue (between 69th and 70th streets) 212.717.6888 No website Their coffee is never bitter; it’s really some of the best coffee in the city.

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MY FAVORITE THINGS

Sea Lion Pool at the Central Park Zoo 830 Fifth Avenue 212.439.6500 www.centralparkzoo.com One of the highlights of the year is the annual summer party at the Central Park Zoo with the sea lions.

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Ellie Johnson, brokerage manager, Sotheby’s International Realty, Upper East Side

■ FOOD Sant Ambroeus 1000 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.570.2211 www.santambroeus.com Brunch at Sant Ambroeus is one of my favorite places to go to on a lazy Sunday morning. ■ SHOPPING Barneys 660 Madison Avenue 212.826.8900 www.barneys.com I can have anything at my fingertips. A destination MUST!

Vivaldi Boutique 1388 Third Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.734.2805 www.vivaldiboutique.com One of my favorite places to shop on the Upper East Side. Amaranth Restaurant 21 East 62nd Street 212.980.6700 www.amaranthrestaurant.com Birthday celebrations at Amaranth make you feel special with their sparklers, fireworks and music.

BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman Bergdorf Goodman, Seventh Floor 212.872.8977 (no website) A fun place to people-watch, with beautiful views of the Park. Due Restaurant 1396 Third Avenue (between 79th and 80th streets) 212.772.3331 www.duenyc.com My kitchen away from home. They know me so well that all I have to do is call and let them know I’m on my way, and my meal will be waiting for me when I arrive.

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Diane B Shoes 1412 Third Avenue (between 80th and 81st streets) 212.570.5360 www.dianebshoes.com They have not failed me yet! I always receive plenty of compliments.

■ CULTURE The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 www.metmuseum.org This is my favorite museum—I can wander the Greek and Roman wing all day and never get bored. It transports you into another place, another time—very romantic!


Nunzio Saviano, celebrity stylist, colorist; owner, Nunzio Saviano Salon

■ FOOD Osteria Morini 218 Lafayette Street 212.965.8777 www.osteriamorini.com Since I was born in Italy, I can be a tough customer when it comes to eating Italian food in the city. It is a place I truly enjoy for its inventive pasta dishes, which marry classics with modern technique.

Woodward Gallery 133 Eldridge Street 212.966.3411 www.woodwardgallery.net I love their great minimalist contemporary exhibits.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato 188 Ludlow Street 212.343.9922 www.laboratoriodelgelato.com Gives me my fix, with inventive flavors like Olive Oil, Honey Lavender, Amaretto Crunch and Champagne at their flagship store.

Freemans 191 Chrystie Street 212.420.0012 www.freemansrestaurant.com If I feel like indulging in comfort Americana…

■ CULTURE Gallery Bar 120 Orchard Street 212.529.2266 www.gallerybarnyc.com They rotate exhibits. It serves as a gallery exclusively during the day, but turns into a bar in the evening. Art is life and life is art, they say!

■ RELAXATION Aire Ancient Baths 88 Franklin Street 212.274.3777 www.ancientbathsny.com I’m not a spa guy but this is a cool way to unwind. It’s super sexy and dark, a completely unique experience. ■ SHOPPING Tokyo Joe 334 East 11th Street 212.473.0724 (no website) I vintage-clothes shop here three to four times a year. I’ve found some of my most signature pieces there and I know no one else will have them!

Foravi 1067 Madison Avenue (at 81st Street) 212.288.1773 www.foravi.com I enjoy stores where art and fashion collide, and Foravi is a great eclectic mix of clothing and accessories for women that’s accessible yet chic.

Warby Parker 121 Greene Street 888.492.7297 www.warbyparker.com I’m known for my glasses! I have dozens and dozens that I mix up and wear daily. I enjoy visiting this store and can always find a pair or two vintage-inspired shapes.

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Sandi Miller Burrows, designer, Sandi Miller Burrows Designs Ltd.

■ FOOD Via Quadronno 25 East 73rd Street 212.650.9880 www.viaquadronno.com I have Bufalotta del Vescovo with the most delicious San Daniele prosciutto and mouth-watering buffalo mozzarella. They make delicious cappuccinos, too. Nicola’s 146 East 84th Street 212.249.9850 www.nicolasnyc.com I’ve been going here for 30 years.

■ SHOPPING Blue Tree 1283 Madison Avenue (between 91st and 92nd streets) 212.369.2583 www.bluetreenyc.com Blue Tree has a collection of Lucite boxes and handbags by the very talented self-taught artist Joyce Francis, whose works are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Blue Tree also is my go-to shop for baby gifts, colorful socks, amusing greeting cards and one-of-a-kind objects for the home.

Yuta Powell 967 Madison Avenue (between 75th and 76th streets) 212.570.6889 www.yutapowellmadison.com A noteworthy boutique salon with a collection curated by the very talented Ms. Powell, who has culled it with great attention to detail, fine fabrics and beautiful workmanship. I would call it “understated chic.” I am especially attracted to the belts, handbags and fabulous boots that she carries alongside the wonderful ensembles and separates.

ArtBag 1130 Madison Avenue (at 84th Street) 212.744.2720 www.artbag.com Specializing in handbag repair of any nature, they also have a terrific collection of handbags as well. Suarez 5 West 56th Street 212.315.3870 www.suarezny.com They have gorgeous in-house designed skin and leather handbags, and belts.

Serafina 1022 Madison Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.734.2676 www.serafinarestaurant.com I always order the Insalatina Di Portofino and their delicious wood-burning stove Pizza Margherita.

Food Passion 1200 Lexington Avenue (at 81st Street) 212.861.2765 www.nyfoodpassion.com For great homemade take-out and catering, this is my go-to place. They have delicious tuna salad and yummy and crunchy fried chicken and veal stew; and they cater entire meals, whether it’s a Rosh Hashanah Dinner, Thanksgiving or a New Year’s bash. 64 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

Pat Areias Sterling 966 Madison Avenue (between 75th and 76th streets) 212.717.7200 www.patareias.com/ They have an extensive collection of skin and leather belt straps and belt buckles. Pavlos Shoe Repair 125 East 88th Street 212.876.8569 No website This is the best shoe repair in America, I am sure. Fivestory 18 East 69th Street 212.288.1338 www.fivestoryny.com This is a marvelous town house full of hand-picked haute fashion, shoes, handbags and jewelry.

Zitomer 969 Madison Avenue (at 76th Street) 212.737.5560 www.zitomer.com This is where I go for a broad selection of cosmetics, a very efficient and helpful pharmacy, a large collection of hair accessories and wonderful soaps and room fragrances. ✦


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concierge desk Concierges at some of the city’s most luxurious hotels talk about their most interesting and unique guest requests, unusual lobby scenes and give their recommendations for where to shop, eat and sightsee. ■ WHERE TO EAT Maloney & Porcelli (37 East 50th Street, 212.750.2233) is a very pretty space, and they offer an outstanding American menu. The “Giannone Chicken under a Brick” is not to be missed. It’s served with dijon-pommery pan sauce and topped with slices of lemon preserves. Catch (21 Ninth Avenue, 212.392.5978) has a hot and trendy atmosphere that attracts a cutting-edge crowd.

Carolyn Innocenzi, chef concierge, The New York Palace

WE ONCE HAD a couple staying with us who had a quarrel, so the boyfriend called us at the desk and said, “I need a yacht in an hour,” which was going to be his way of apologizing. I asked, “Do you want to buy it, or take a cruise?” He told us that he needed to rent the yacht for the evening, catered and fully staffed, and continued to dictate the menu to us. He gave us exactly one hour to pull it all together, which we were able to do. I think she forgave him. A COUPLE RENEWING their vows wanted to do something really special, so we got them a juggler and sent them to Belvedere Castle in Central Park. The whole event was a colorful commedia dell’arte. I’m sure it stopped traffic, which I think may have been what they wanted. WE HAVE LOTS of celebrities stay with us, and recently we had a famous guest break a front tooth. He was scared to go to the dentist alone, so I brought him there myself. He became a regular patient of the dentist after that. 66 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

Fresco by Scotto (34 East 52nd Street, 212.935.3434) is news anchor Rosanna Scotto’s family’s restaurant, and she’s often seen greeting Catch guests at the podium and bringing them to their tables. They offer the sweetest, most delicious eggplant and zucchini. I also love the organic Scottish salmon and the gluten-free pasta options. Oceana (120 West 49th Street, 212.759.5941) is the way to go for classic seafood. It’s perfect for private dining and is very nautical. Order the oysters and Sauvignon Blanc.

■ WHAT TO DO Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl Street, 212.425.1778) was just revamped. It’s a wonderful downtown museum with an excellent restaurant. After shopping at Bloomingdale’s, stop by the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (421 East 61st Street, 212.838.6878). There’s so much to do there. You can have a cider and the staff is often dressed in American Revolutionary attire.


■ WHERE TO EAT Colicchio & Sons (85 Tenth Avenue, 212.400.6699) is fairly new; it’s like a hidden secret in an unknown location in Alexandria Park. It’s beautiful and comfy, serves modern food and has a terrace garden overlooking the East River right above the FDR Drive. Guests enjoy it because it feels like a secret. Gemma (335 Bowery, 212.505.7300) is a simple, casual and classic place to go for Tuscan Italian.

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MARK JORDAN

Colicchio & Sons

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (53 Great Jones Street, 212.837.2622). I’m a fan of any kind of simple, farm-fresh Italian food. The space is like a little store that resembles a market. They grow their own greens.

I ARRANGED A private wedding for two guests from Australia; it took six months. The way they had met had something to do with chocolate; they were both chocolate lovers to the extreme, and their dream wedding was to get married in a suite in the Waldorf Towers with two life-size models of themselves made entirely out of chocolate. Our pastry chef is a master of chocolate, and we went back and forth for six months with photos and measurements . . . we didn’t quite get them life-size, but we got close. PETS ARE BECOMING popular, so I always have treats and biscuits at my desk—but one day, a couple with a little dachshund asked me if I could walk their dog for them in the snow, in the middle of winter. I happily obliged and was heading out the door when I got a second call: They asked if I could speak French to the dog, because he didn’t understand English. I ALSO HAD a guest opening a bakery/ café, and I helped purchase all of the equipment, furniture, commercial-size appliances and had it shipped to Ethiopia. A concierge’s job is to assist with whatever a guest asks, and that means anything and everything.

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■ WHAT TO DO I like sending people to neighborhoods like Little Italy, NoLiTa and the Meatpacking District, where I know they’re going to be able to pick something up that’s one-of-a-kind. I created my own Urban Walk, a seven-mile hike that guests love. I do it myself on my day off. It starts at Castle Clinton in Battery Park, and you move along the North Cove Marina, down to the 9/11 Memorial

Chelsea Piers

SCOTT MCDERMOTT

chef concierge, Waldorf Astoria

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La Grenouille (3 East 52nd Street, 212.752.1495), is one of the last great Old World French restaurants around. They have beautiful banquet seating, and you can pre-order a soufflé. There aren’t a lot left like this one.

and the World Financial Center and back up the path along the Hudson River, where walkers can play volleyball or tennis or take a boat ride along the way. This extends up to 13th Street and to the High Line, which is my favorite, then continues back up the West Side to Midtown. They can also stop at Chelsea Piers.

■ INSIDER TIP FOR CONCIERGES I’m secretary of Les Clefs d’Or [Golden Key], a worldwide organization of professional hotel concierges that promotes education, academics and professionalism, and hosts major meetings and conferences. My biggest tip, which I share with our 4,000 members who work in 60 countries, is actually something you can’t teach: As a concierge, you have to have passion for what you do, a sense of curiosity, a desire to learn and to share. I can teach you to speak, walk and write properly; how to groom yourself, fix your posture and your appearance; how to find out information; how to use technical tools; but the passion has to come from the heart, from wanting to make a difference in someone’s experience. CONCIERGE 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 67


Annisa (13 Barrow Blue Hill Street, 212.741.6699) is a small, warm and intimate space with American, European and Asian influences. They have a beautiful wine program, and the owner only serves wines made by female wine purveyors.

Brian Fahey, director of guest services, The Langham Place, Fifth Avenue

Nello (696 Madison Avenue, 212.980.9099) is an amazing place to go for lunch on Madison Avenue. There’s always a celebrity there, and it’s got that “Upper East Side sensibility” to it.

WE HAD A guest proposing to his girlfriend, whom he had met in the winter. They came to visit us last summer, and he wanted to set it up to be like Christmastime. We had to go to a Christmas tree farm, cut one down, and decorate it before they got back from dinner. We set the room up with presents and everything. He wanted a live fireworks display from the hotel, which we couldn’t do, but I have a colleague who worked at CBS and we were able to pull some strings and get CBS to air fireworks footage on TV. We timed it perfectly; it was displayed when they got back to the room. As for the proposal? It was a done deal. WE HAD ONE guest who only wanted to bathe with bottled water and another who at the very last minute wanted to bathe entirely in milk. If you know our bathtubs, they’re very, very big. It normally takes 30 minutes to fill one with water. We had to use over 60 gallons of milk. WE HAVE A regular guest who’s the CEO of a major hip hop conglomerate, and his favorite thing to do when he’s in New York is to see Jersey Boys. As a surprise, we had the poster signed by the entire cast for him. 68 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

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■ WHERE TO EAT Blue Hill (75 Washington Place, 212.539.1776). All of the food is farm to table; it’s very warm and the staff are all foodies who can passionately talk about the menu. Order “The Pig,” their pork dish. It’s amazing.

Lady M Confections (41 East 78th Street, 212.452.2222) is a great dessert place; they have amazing strawberry shortcake that goes great with a glass of champagne.

Annisa

Bagatelle (1 Little West 12th Street, 212.488.2110) is like a party brunch with people dancing on the tables and a fabulous crowd.

Masa in the Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle, 212.823.9800). Their menu starts at $495 per person—it’s probably the most expensive restaurant in the city. The fish is flown in daily from Japan.

■ WHERE TO GO Beauty & Essex (146 Essex Street, 212.614.0146) is really fun. They have complimentary champagne in the ladies’ bathroom and it has that “lounge downtown” atmosphere.

Beauty & Essex

DUMBO in Brooklyn is fun to walk around; there’s Almondine Bakery (85 Water Street, 718.797.5026), Jacques Torres Chocolate (66 Water Street, 718.875.9772) and Peter Luger’s Steakhouse (178 Broadway, 718. 387.7400). There are great art galleries and bookstores, and you can also walk the Brooklyn Promenade, which is very romantic with a beautiful view of the skyline. Finally, you can walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to get back into the city. If someone’s a big art lover, I’ll recommend that they go to the art galleries in Chelsea, from 14th to 20th streets between Tenth and Twelfth avenues. Just go up and down the whole route, then pop into Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Avenue).


TIM CARTER

Seäsonal (132 West 58th Street, 212.957.5550) People generally think of Austrian food as heavy, but this place offers a modern twist, and every course is a sensation. It’s high-end cooking for people who are looking for something different and feeling adventurous. Apart from their amazing Wiener Schnitzel and Späetzle, I love their interpretation of the rainbow trout, as well as the “Kaisergulasch.”

Susanne Carter, chef concierge, The Ritz Carlton, Central Park

WE HAD A guest who wanted to propose to his girlfriend on stage at a Broadway show, but the theater said, “We don’t care how much they’re willing to spend, we don’t do that.” So, I had the idea to put on our own little show for her, with Broadway stars performing all of her favorite songs. I found a theater venue that was willing to cater a dinner; I contacted someone who began arranging Broadway talent and even arranged a fake audience. It was all set—and then his girlfriend broke up with him. I was so disappointed! ONE DAY, THERE was a giant mob of fans outside the hotel waiting all day to see one of our celebrity guests. When he saw them, he came to the desk and said, “There are so many fans outside, I really can’t face them. It’s too much for me. Can you please get security, and can I use another exit?” Of course we had security take him out the back. I didn’t tell him they weren’t waiting for him. They were waiting for somebody totally different.” DURING HURRICANE SANDY, a regular guest called, and he needed a huge favor: His daughter was downtown without lights and water, and her phone was out of battery charge. He said, “I’m calling because I know you’re the only ones who’d do this for me.” He wanted us to arrange for a car to pick her up and drive her to Albany—this was when gas was getting difficult to come by. He wanted a specific driver, too, so we went to the driver’s apartment, asked him to drive her, and he did.

The Modern (9 West 53rd Street, 212.333.1220) at MoMa. Chef Gabriel Kreuther is a wonderful chef and extremely inventive. He has real skill. My favorite appetizer is the sturgeon and sauerkraut tart. The cod is absolutely delightful. There’s so much detail on the plate, you look at it and think, “I don’t want to eat this.” But of course, you do.

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■ WHERE TO EAT Tocqueville (1 East 15th Street, 212.647.1515) has flawless cuisine and a welcoming staff, and it’s not stuffy. They always have nice lighting, which ladies like. Their Butter Poached Lobster is the best lobster I have ever had.

Ai Fiori (400 Fifth Avenue, 212.613.8660) at Langham Place. There aren’t many upscale Italian restaurants in the city, and this one is really nice. Their pasta is amazing, and the service is wonderful. It’s one of those places that is just very special.

■ WHAT TO DO The Tenement Museum (103 Orchard Street, 212.982.8420). The tours take you back to the time to when the first Eastern Europeans arrived, and you get to learn about particular families and what their everyday lives looked like. I find that it is a fun way to learn about the history of Lower Manhattan. It is also a great place to take kids, because it’s fun and educational at the same time. On the Lower East Side, you can see so much that’s still there, that hasn’t changed. There are still old stores like Russ & Daughters that have been there for a long time. If people want to explore a neighborhood, that’s here I send them. The Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue, 212.628.6200) features early 20th century German and Austrian art and design. They have a number The Tenement Museum of works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele and furniture from the same era. It is a small museum and has a very intimate feel to it—it almost feels like home. It also houses Café Sabarsky, a Viennese café, as well as Café Fledermaus, which frequently hosts cabaret shows. Sunset Sails, on either Clipper City at the South Street Seaport, (212.619.0907) or the schooner Adirondack by Classic Harbor Line, which leaves from Chelsea Piers (212.913.9991). You can watch the sun go down and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s not only a great experience for couples, but if guests want to see the Statue without setting foot on the island, this is a wonderful opportunity to see it up close in a different light.

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■ WHERE TO EAT Mas Farmhouse (39 Downing Street, 212.255.1790) is one of the most creative French/International cuisines in the city, located on a sweet, quaint and cozy Greenwich Village street. Scalinatella (201 East 61st Street, 212.207.8280) is New York’s best-kept Italian restaurant secret. Those “little stairs” (the meaning of the restaurant’s name) lead you down into a basement filled with New Yorkers from all walks of life. You will be served one of the best, most scrumptious feasts you’ve had in a long time.

Raphael Pallais, chef concierge, The Plaza

WE ORGANIZED A full white-glove service dinner for a guest who was proposing to his girlfriend in Central Park. It isn’t legal, but it’s not exactly illegal, either. With the help of in-room dining, we prepared all of the food and carried it over, along with tables, and had two waiters wearing white gloves serve the entire dinner. We also had a violinist there playing her favorite music. It was very hard to put together, but worth it. The following morning, as the couple strolled through the lobby, she showed us her ring—it was a gigantic stone. Obviously, she had said yes. THE PLAZA IS Wedding Central—we do more weddings and proposals than anyone else. Nobody can say no at The Plaza. Recently, we had a full Indian regalia wedding that was very high-end and spectacular to see. It made all of our other weddings look smaller in comparison. It was incredibly elaborate; all of the women had long multi-colored dresses on made of silk, and no two were the same. They also had beautiful henna tattoos. They arrived on these magnificent white horses that delivered the bride to the lobby. WE HAD A guest going back to his country who wanted us to order $900 worth of New York foods for him to take home with him—across the world. We got him food from places like Katz’s, Zabar’s, Murray’s, the Carnegie Deli, Yonah Schimmel’s and the Little Pie Company. We were very skeptical that it would hold up over his travels, especially the giant pizzas from this place in Harlem, but everything made it safely back to India. 70 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

Atera (77 Worth Street, 212.226.1444) collects fresh, wild vegetables, grains and spices. If you like Noma, which was named number one in the world, you will love Atera. This restaurant is the epitome of creativity in the city. If you dare to explore the unusual menu, get the beef tendon, beet ember trout roe, and squab pear skin chips!

Atera

Medi (811 Ninth Avenue, 212.586.1201) is the perfect neighborhood joint. They have a cool patio and even cooler Mediterranean cuisine. Their wine list will take you all over, from Israel to Portugal by way of Bosnia and Greece.

■ WHAT TO DO Jane’s Carousel located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. This old carousel (accessible from park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street) goes ’round and ’round while offering the best views of Manhattan.

Jane’s Carousel

Governors Island on the weekends. There’s always something cool happening on the island (recently, they had a collection of old French carousels). There are also lots of fresh air and opportunities for picnics. You can also simply rent a bike and go around the island. The obligatory stop is at Castle Williams.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway at 59th Street and Second Avenue. Take it to the newly opened Roosevelt Memorial monument on Roosevelt Island. This is the same gondola featured in the movie Spiderman! ✦

Roosevelt Island


Tell us what you offer in terms of on-site, concierge-level beauty. Our core services are makeup and hair, but we also provide eyelash extensions, brow grooming, manicure/pedicure and waxing services. In addition, through our extended partnerships, we can offer men’s grooming [barber services], massage therapy, facials, Botox, teeth-whitening, spray tanning and acupuncture. The latter services are mostly partnered, for bridal and special beauty events, but are also available to our nonbridal clientele as well. What attracts high-end clients to damali nyc? I think what attracts our clients is our reputation for high-quality, detailed-oriented services. I attribute our popularity and success to a number of things, the number one being talent! Our entire team and extended partners are all chosen because they are at the top of their respected fields. Dependability, trust and discretion are also key components of our brand. Unlike a salon setting, there is an intimacy acquired with allowing someone into your personal space: whether it be their home, office, hotel suite or plane, we take the utmost care in respecting that.

Beauty for weddings is a core part of your brand. What makes your “glam squad” unique in terms of the services you offer bridal parties? Our services are tailored specifically for the individual and we can provide almost any beauty service our clients desire . . . we offer “custom, personalized beauty.” I believe it’s not so much the uniqueness of the services but the quality and the professional way that services are executed. A lot is invested in a wedding, both monetarily and emotionally, so for me, my number one priority when hiring a team member or partnering with other beauty vendors, is that they share in my philosophy of doing their absolute best to ensure that the day is as special as possible. And by that I mean, being punctual, being patient and always going beyond what is expected to ensure that their contribution to the wedding day is perfect. So I would say the service that we possess that’s the most unique is our passion to make every bridal beauty experience a beautiful one. How does this philosphy differ for local and destination weddings? For destination weddings our passion to provide superior services remains the same. The sky’s the limit!

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Hosting a Unique and Fabulous Dinner Party When it comes to dinner parties, many of us have been there, done that. When throwing a fabulous, at-home shindig, what you really want to do is make an impression, to create a unique and fabulous event that your guests will talk about for years to come. Here’s how to throw a dinner party that won’t soon be forgotten, courtesy of the industry’s best and most innovative thinkers.

Pick a Dream Theme: Harriette Rose Katz, celebrity event and wedding planner and president of Gourmet Advisory People really get into themes. A theme allows you and the chef to get creative with specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and décor. I once hosted a Chinese-themed dinner and bought these beautiful gold chopsticks, which my friends loved. I used tons of gorgeous red linens and filled black vases with delicate flowers. Don’t go crazy with the theme, though—keep it classic and simple by adding splashes of it throughout the party.

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Here are a few suggestions: MIDDLE EASTERN MAGIC This unique theme is both alluring and sensual for a party. I suggest that the menu include foods like grapes and toasted pita triangles on edible plates made of either bread or chocolate. Instrumental music with subtle flutes or sitars helps promote a Middle Eastern mood, as do simple candles for dim lighting. I also recommend using large pillows or cushions in deep, rich colors like ruby red and midnight blue, as well as luxurious fabrics, like velvet and raw silk, for floor seating (if you choose to use a low table). If you want to use incense, make sure it’s never lit while your guests are dining, as the fragrance and smoke can interfere with the palate. TUSCAN INTRIGUE This theme is excellent for wine lovers and can be catered to either a French or Italian menu, depending on your guests’ preference. I suggest Bellini cocktail clear flute glasses to start. For the meal, pair a fantastic wine with crusty bread, ripe pears and a few robust cheeses that can be shared by guests and fed to one another. Adding elements of gold into the table setting, with gilded wine goblets, and lush greens like ivy and grapevines, really helps bring in the rustic flair of the Tuscan countryside. A roaring fire with minimal artificial lighting is best for a picnic-style meal with a light-weight blanket near the hearth. A chandelier draped with vines and hanging candles is a remarkable lighting alternative. CASABLANCA NIGHT This theme is my favorite because the movie is all about romance. Have a couples’ night and deck out your living room like Rick’s Café, with palm trees, gambling tables and cocktails. Hire a pianist for the night, to play songs from the movie and classic 1940s music. You can ask couples what their “song” is and have the pianist play it for them during the night. Serve champagne, Sebastiani wine and martinis. For the food, feed guests a selection of meats, dips and salads packed with Mediterranean flavor. Dress the table in white linens, candles and a beautiful arrangement of red roses.


5. Never set a table without a saltcellar at every place. It is a very retro idea, but there’s something very cool about those little spoons and a puddle of great kosher or sea salt. There are a plethora of gourmet salts available that come from far-flung exotic islands. Don’t have saltcellars? Try walnut shells or seashells. I’ve even made origami ones. You can get the little glass spoons online, but the beauty of everyone having their own saltcellar is that taking a good old-fashioned finger-pinch is fun!

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Michael Tavano, interior designer, entertaining expert, host of the BBC series House of the Year At its best, great table design sparks conversation among guests and becomes a richly-layered backdrop for a great evening. The key to a great dinner party is to very subtly invoke something unexpected, and sometimes it’s as simple as finding a new use for an ordinary object.

1. Plan little surprises that jolt guests out of their ordinary thinking. Look at your china closet and try to envision using vessels for new purposes. For example, have you ever noticed that a sugar bowl looks a lot like a mini soup tureen? A tureen-for-one, as it were, is a great way for a guest to sit down to dinner with something at his or her place setting that feels elegant and special. Tuck the spoon into the handle to hint at the contents.

2. Make a garden down the center of your table and create centerpieces out of small containers full of herb plants. You can make it interactive, too, by providing guests with a beautiful pair of Japanese Ikebana scissors and inviting them to snip their own fresh herbs right at the table to complement your dishes.

6. Remember that nothing says “luxury” more than a huge, oversized napkin. The French love a big napkin and often use linen tea towels instead of table napkins. I do that, too, but the best is to get your hands on some napkins made of truly fine linen.

3. Get creative with candles. Create light-scapes by using a runner filled with different-height wine glasses, with and without stems, and place votive candles inside; find lots of pretty bowls, fill them with water and place them along the table, with floating flowers and candles; or put a long, shallow tray down the center of the table, fill it with sand and sink some votive candles in at the center.

4. Place silverware in unusual patterns and treat it like sculpture.

7. Create conversation pieces. Use simple white linen napkins and a fabric pen to write a different verse, phrase or poem on each one for your guests to discover and share as they gather at the table. Or, find the most beautiful, rare stationery you can and write a single word on one piece for each person. Place the words in the envelopes, and distribute them at each place setting. It’ll be up to the other guests to guess what one another’s word is. Each guest must then try to stealthily incorporate his or her word into the conversation. CONCIERGE 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 73


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Add Special, Decorative Touches: Robert and Courtney Novogratz, interior and home décor design duo, hosts of HGTV’s Home by Novogratz, authors of Home by Novogratz 1. Things don’t have to be uniform. Use a different, unique, inexpensive plate for each guest. They can even be taken home as party favors! 2. In the same fashion, use 50 unique, inexpensive chairs and attach some festive ribbon to the backs of each one. 3. Use name cards to designate where guests should sit; this way, no one feels pressured to find a seat. Also, don’t seat couples next to each other—it’s fun to meet new people and have interesting

conversations with guests they may not have otherwise spent time with. 4. Always use fresh flowers—why not just lay them freely about the table? Also, freeze edible flowers in ice cubes for a pop of color. 5. Use vintage ice buckets for wine and champagne; these same ice buckets can be used for other things after the party, like storing bracelets in your bedroom or bathroom.

Remember Your Rugs: Azita Goldman, co-founder of RevitaRUGS

1. When your rugs are dirty and the fringes are not clean and white, it’s like your home is wearing a white shirt with a ring around the collar. Pet odors, tobacco smells and all the germs and bacteria lurking deep within the rug fibers don’t exactly make a good impression. Be sure to get your area rugs professionally cleaned, for the sake of your guests and for your own health!

2. Keep a white-cloth towel, a spoon and a water bottle handy during the party. It doesn’t matter what actually falls on the rug itself—if you can attend to it right away, you’ve got a shot at saving it. First, use the spoon to remove any food spills. If some type of liquid like coffee, wine or soda gets on

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the rug, gently blot it with the towel and remove the liquid as much as you can. Then, add some water to dilute the stain and blot again—but don’t rub—and repeat. Do not use any “home remedies” or gimmicks like vinegar or club soda, because you will just be adding another chemical to the mix. Leave the rest to the professionals and have the rug properly cleaned and sanitized right away. You’ll want to schedule the pick-up and wash before the fiber is damaged!

3. After the party, even if your rugs don’t look dirty, keep in mind that most of us use public transportation, walk on dirty streets and drag lots of germs and bacteria into our living environment. If you have small children and pets, they will surely roll around and play on the rugs. Rugs act like an air filter, and a dirty filter has no place in your home. Get them cleaned. ✦


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John Aduna and Linda Siegal Florin, the man and woman behind two of the top A-list concierge services in the city, divulge where they send their clients—celebrities, royalty and C-level executives—to eat, shop, dance, unwind, work out and more!

John aduna 866.709.6753 info@musicandcommerce.com

John Aduna and his partner, Marc Hagins, own Music and Commerce, a concierge service that caters to royalty, celebrities, C-level executives and others who make up the top one percent of the world’s most affluent. John arranges everything from daily lifestyle amenities to world-event packages (like a VIP experience at the U.S. Open). He can also close down any showroom or arrange a personal dining experience in your hotel room with JeanGeorges Vongerichten himself. If you’re looking for front-row seats at any awards show, concert or international film festival, or you want to host a private party and hire a big-time musical act like Earth, Wind, and Fire, he’s your guy. “Luxury is by your own definition,” he says. “It isn’t just what you see in a magazine. It’s about creativity. What’s your dream experience? Who in the world do you want to meet? Anyone can do tickets. I can do dreams.”

Here are Aduna’s insider picks for the most fabulous New York City has to offer, from clubs to boutiques and fine dining.

■ Best sPa The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle, 212.805.8880). Arrive earlier than your appointment so you can enjoy the “Heat Experience” rooms. The spa boasts a large Amethyst Steam Room and stone jacuzzis, plays relaxing music and has a rain forest shower where you can cool off. After you’re finished, your therapist meets you in the Tea Lounge to coordinate your treatment, according to how you are feeling that day and how you would like to feel upon departure. 76 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014


■ Best Fitness Studios and Personal Trainers Reebok Sports Club/NY (160 Columbus Avenue, 212.362.6800). This is a massive space with mind-blowing features for any workout routine you fancy. There’s a massive rock-climbing wall; martial arts specialists; a mind-body floor with yoga, Pilates or Gyrotonic offerings; a rooftop running track; a gorgeous sun deck; a huge lap pool that plays music underwater, and an awardwinning health grill. The club also has a huge “kids only” floor, which is great for parents looking to enjoy a worry-free workout. Clay Health Club and Spa (25 West 14th Street, 646.719.1205), for the downtown mind/body/soul enthusiast, has a very Zen-like appeal that unites its services to create a customized lifestyle program specific to each person’s goals. The club limits class size to assure a personal approach. And its unique yoga classes include amenities, like a blanket to keep warm during the final savasana, during which the teacher circulates around the classroom and pulls your joints and applies mineral oil to pressure points.

■ Best Day Trip Outside New York Lunch at the Glenmere Mansion (634 Pine Hill Road, Chester, NY, 845.469.1900). Visiting the mansion is like staging your own real-life scene right out of The Great Gatsby! I highly recommend the Sunday Champagne Brunch (arrive after 12 pm when alcohol can be served). Or try the Thursday night tasting menu. ■ Best Gourmet Food Stores Dean & De Luca (1150 Madison Avenue, 212.717.0800). I admire the store’s own product line with its minimal packaging, but most of all, I love that it carries some of the best New York City products from other stores. It’s like a one-stop shop for everything tasty in NYC. Agata & Valentina (1501 First Avenue, 212.452.0690). Agata has its own line of seasonal harvest preserves, olive oils and vinegars, which taste incredible. This is the best place for the freshest seafood and hard-to-find Mediterranean delicacies imported directly from small Sicilian villages.

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Li’l Charlie’s at Ken & Cook (19 Kenmare Street, 212.966.3058) has different event organizations and promoters every night of the week so there’s always something new happening—the best night is Monday. Li’l Charlie’s also has a smaller capacity than the trendier spots in Manhattan, which allows for a low-key experience with much more personal attention and exceptional bottle service. On Saturdays, they have great live jazz

■ Best Hotel The St. Regis (2 East 55th Street, 212.753.4500). This is the most regal hotel in Manhattan. When you enter through the golden revolving doors, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. A 24-hour butler awaits your every need. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings, canopies line the beds and hidden flat-screen TVs at the base of each bed rise up at the push of a button.

■ Best Watches Vacheron Constantin (729 Madison Avenue, 212.317.8964). The only boutique for the brand in the U.S. is here in New York City. Vacheron Constantin timepieces have been worn by the world’s most prominent people, including Nelson Rockefeller and presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and have been collected by notable American icons like James Ward Packard. ■ Hippest Boutique Barbara Bui (115–117 Wooster Street, 212.625.1938). The store is designed to be much like this fashion goddess’ pieces: simple, classic and timeless. Every piece in the store brings out the beauty and power in any woman. Don’t think of Bui’s fashion as simply clothing . . . it’s an investment. Her clothing never goes out of style and is built to last a lifetime.

■ Best Bookstore Assouline (at the Plaza Hotel at 59th Street, 768 Fifth Avenue. 212.593.7236). This store screams luxury and is filled with rare first-edition books, decorative accents, notebooks and stationery. Its living room-like space is also a great quiet spot to read or just be inspired.

■ Best Exclusive Perfume Boutique Aedes de Venustas (9 Christopher Street, 212.206.8674). Whoever wrote the definition of “luxury” had a photo of this store in mind. The customer service is personable, offering perfection and a selection that is top notch. The shop owners know what they are doing and will find you the perfect scent for whomever or whatever you are shopping for.

■ Best Nightclubs Mister H (9 Crosby Street, 212.389.1000) is like stepping into a time machine and heading back to the roaring 1920s, to a speakeasy somewhere in the Far East (or New York’s Chinatown). Mister H has red silky beds and phones that connect to other beds (tables) that let you chat with someone beautiful you’ve spotted across the room. This club has a seductive edge over any other in the city.

■ Best Men’s Clothing Store The NoLita Bespoke Boutique of Duncan Quinn (70 Kenmare Street, 212.226.7030). Quinn uses fabric for his clothing which can make only 50 to 70 suits worldwide, so you are truly wearing a piece of fashion no one else has! These are one-of-a-kind items made specifically for you, and they will be adjusted should you lose some weight a few years down the road. Customers include Christian Louboutin and LeBron James. CONCIERGE 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 77


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linda siegal Florin 917.797.6842 lindahandlesit@gmail.com

Since 1995, Linda Siegal Florin has been handling it all for her clients. You name it, she does it. Arranging everything from theater tickets to shopping trips and lavish dinner parties, no matter how last minute, Linda has proven that there’s no job too big or too small she can’t do. Known as an event planner who sets up everything from bachelor parties to bar mitzvahs, she takes over every step of the planning process, from invitations to catering and hiring the entertainment. “You walk into your own party as a guest,” she says. “As long as I’ve got my phone, my clients know that whatever they want, it’s going to happen.”

Here are some of Florin’s favorite places to send clients—and enjoy herself. ■ Best restaurants I’m a true believer in tried and true restaurants that have been around for a long time, because there’s a reason they’ve been around for so long. I love Balthazar (80 Spring Street, 212.965.1414), Nobu 57 (40 West 57th Street, 212.757.3000) and Orso (322 West 46th Street, 212.489.7212). Then you’ve got neighborhood places, lik e Tenzan (285 Columbus Avenue, 212.580.7300); this is where I go for great local sushi, near my house.

If you want a “scene,” try Cipriani Downtown (376 West Broadway, 212.343.0999). There is nothing better than my favorite little sushi place, Ushiwaka Maru (136 West Houston Street, 212.228.4181). Fred’s at Barneys (660 Madison Avenue, 212.833.2200) is the place to go for lunch—I eat there at least once a week! Finally, any of David Burke’s restaurants are fabulous, as are any of Marc Packer’s. Aquagrill

Parlor (286 Spring Street, 212.414.2902) is fabulous; it’s new, it’s a good neighborhood place and the food is great, but it’s also got a great vibe for drinks.

■ Best sHoPPinG exPeriences I work with private shoppers who take my clients all around town. I personally am a Barneys and Bergdorf’s shopper and also love going downtown to the Meatpacking District to go to Jeffrey (449 West 14th Street, 212.206.1272), Scoop (873 Washington Street, 212.972.1244), Intermix (812 Washington Street, 646.480.5762), Catherine Malandrino (652 Hudson Street, 212-929.8710) and Alexander McQueen (417 West 14th Street, 212.645.1797). ■ Best skin care The spa at the Peninsula Spa (700 Fifth Avenue, 212.956.2888) happens to be phenomenal. I also love Bliss (541 Lexington Avenue, 212.401.2001)—any of their locations are good. You know you’re going to get a great anything. Any time you go to Bliss, you leave blissful. ✦

I love Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue, 212.929.4844) for lunch outside, or great seafood at Aquagrill (210 Spring Street, 212.274.0505). In the theater district I like La Masseria (235 West 48th Street, 212.582.2111). 78 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014

■ Best Places For drinks The Mark (25 East 77th Street, 212.744.4300) is always good, as is the rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel (700 Fifth Avenue, 212.956.2888), and the rooftop at 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Avenue, 212.725.4300).


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new york BEST DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE

If you’re looking to get farther away during your New York getaway, look no further—travel expert Mark Novak offers his top three picks and itineraries for trips outside of the city, including Montauk, Cape May and New Haven. MONTAUK, NEW YORK Montauk, a “hamlet” located within the town of East Hampton, is a mere two-and-a-half hours from New York City. Overflowing with things to do, Montauk offers 5,000 acres of pristine beaches and six state parks as staples of this seaside destination. Spend a day at Kirk Park, Gin or Atlantic Avenue beaches, catching the rays; or travel to the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest in the country.

Mark Novak has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and has dedicated his career to helping hotels maintain a competitive edge. His expertise lies in the marketing of resorts and various exclusive destinations in and around New York. Novak currently resides in the metro New York City area and works with the Travel Media Group. Here are his top 3 picks for best day trips outside of New York City.

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT Most people think “Yale” when they think of New Haven, but few truly recognize the city as a history-rich destination. It’s easy to get to: Travel time to this Connecticut city will take you only about one-and-a-half hours from New York City. Visit one of New Haven’s upscale restaurants (we love Heirloom at The Study at Yale), which serve dishes in trendy dining rooms; then catch a show at one of the city’s well-respected playhouses, like Long Wharf Theatre or Yale Repertory Theatre. May we recommend picking up cheese and accoutrements from Caseus and having a picnic by the harbor?

CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY Looking for something in New Jersey other than the Jersey Shore? The Jersey Cape is the area’s newest upscale destination. Located just a little over two hours from New York City, historic Cape May offers relief from the hustle and bustle. Take a tour of one of the area’s many wineries, like Turdo Vineyards or the Cape May Winery, or stop in for some freshly caught seafood at the Lobster House. Whatever your preference, Cape May will surely provide a relaxing day trip. ✦

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Bon Appetit All-Star Chefs of the Hamptons

When summer hits and the city’s streets begin to scorch, Manhattan moves east, settling by the shores of the North and South forks. With a penchant for all things fresh and local, cuisine in the Hamptons has become some of the most covetable—and palatable—in all of New York, and all-star chefs from every borough are heading out to bring their impressive skills to the beachside dwellers. You can catch these masters at special culinary events throughout the season and can always catch them working away in the kitchens of the Hamptons’ best restaurants. AVENUE spoke to them about their food philosophy, seasonal favorites and fantasy guests.

Delmonico’s of Southampton executive chef Bill Oliva Philosophy: Start with the best-quality ingredients and keep it simple. We use the freshest seasonal ingredients possible and keep it as local as we can. If you start with great products, you don’t have to do too much to them to create a delicious dish. Signature Dish: Delmonico’s was the birthplace of American classics like Eggs Benedict, Lobster Newberg, the Delmonico Steak and Baked Alaska, so to choose just one signature dish would be tough! In Southampton, we’ve put some fun twists on the originals, like Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, for instance. Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, Kohlrabi beets, and acorn squash are some of my fall favorites—fresh, local ingredients always pack the most flavor. I also love working with Kabocha squash, which has a sweet, nutty flavor that is perfect for the season. Fantasy Dinner Guest: My father passed away when I was a kid, and I’d love the chance to cook him a big Sicilian Sunday supper like we used to enjoy together as a family. I’d go all out: Pasta al Forno, linguine with clams, Pork Involtini, lasagna, the works.

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Philosophy: Byron was inspired by a coastal surf town in Australia, Byron Bay, known for its pristine beaches, relaxed lifestyle and surf culture. The menu is structured around simple and clean flavors with a focus on fresh, market-driven product and daily caught seafood.

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Byron Restaurant at The Surf Lodge, chef Chris Rendell

Signature Dish: Local Montauk Fluke, Chinese Salted Black Bean Dressing. This is a great, refreshing dish with the beautiful fresh fluke and the explosion of flavor from the Chinese black bean dressing. This dish reminds me of going out on my grandfather’s boat and enjoying beautiful, freshly caught fluke when I was young. Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: In summer, it’s Long Island Fluke, fall, pears, winter parsnips and, in spring, English peas. Fantasy Dinner Guest: Michael Hutchence, of the band INXS. He’s an iconic Australian who paved the way for others to follow, internationally. He put Australia on the map, not only for its music but for its culture and lifestyle. He was also a rock star . . . and who doesn’t want to have dinner with a rock star?

Topping Rose House’s chef de cuisine Ty Kotz Philosophy: My cooking philosophy at Topping Rose House is very farm-to-table, so we use local farmers and purveyors to get everything from produce and seafood to local grains. We prepare American cuisine with an Italian sensibility, have a lot of respect for the ingredients and use simple cooking techniques. Signature Dish: I’d say that we have two signature dishes: our Bridgehampton Town Fry and the Vegetable Ragu. In the Bridgehampton Town Fry, the eggs are local, we make the bacon in-house from Niman Ranch pork belly, the oysters are extremely local and the arugula comes from local farms. The Vegetable Ragu features a slow-poached egg and seasonal vegetables cut to size and treated individually, topped with a chicken consommé. We keep it on the menu through a few different seasons because as the seasons change, we change the vegetables. Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: My favorite fall ingredient is broccoli rabe. In the fall, it becomes really sweet, because as the weather cools, it locks in the sugars of the vegetables. It’s also just a really interesting leaf: slightly bitter with a slight cabbage flavor. The fall crop is so nice and sweet that it’s great raw or very lightly cooked. Fantasy Dinner Guest: I’d really like to cook for either Keith Richards or Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones. I’m a huge Stones fan.

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Pierre’s of Bridgehampton executive chef Pierre Weber Philosophy: Sharing is a humbling experience. Signature Dish: Lobster Fricassee, sautéed in olive oil, flambéed with cognac and seasoned with tarragon.

Fantasy Dinner Guest: I would love to have Napoleon Bonaparte, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, René Descartes, Marilyn Monroe and Golda Meir around the same table, but they would be allowed to speak about food only.

JOHN MUSNICKI

Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: Asparagus from my home country, Alsace, soft shell crab that I’ve discovered here in the U.S., local tomatoes, peaches and pears, onions for my Onion Soup Gratinee.

Georgica’s executive chef Seth Levine Philosophy: I focus on using seasonal ingredients as much as possible. I shop as “local” as possible, like at the East Hampton Farmers Market at Nick & Toni’s parking lot, and at Lucy’s Whey, for cheese. Keeping the distance between the source and the table as short as possible is important—that way, people really get to experience the locale and the season in every dish. Signature Dish: Lobster and White Summer Truffle Mac ‘N’ Cheese. Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: Watermelon, corn, tomatoes. Fantasy Dinner Guest: My grandfathers and my grandmother Evelyn. Both my grandfathers have passed, and my grandmother passed just as I was becoming professionally involved with cooking. She was a huge inspiration. Having these three at a table sharing my food would mean far more than anyone else I could think of. 82 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • CONCIERGE 2014


Philosophy: When I was given the opportunity to become chef de cuisine at Sant Ambroeus Southampton, I tried to combine what I learned in Italy, during my time at Sadler restaurant in Milan: the Milanese tradition and my personal taste and love for Italian food. My food philosophy centers on the best fresh ingredients and time-honored Italian culinary traditions. I seek to create dishes that showcase the best of Italian cuisine by combining these two principles.

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Sant Ambroeus Southampton’s executive chef Fabio Gutierrez

Signature Dish: Branzino alla Griglia is one of my signature dishes, a true classic from Italy, as well as the fresh “catch of the day.” I love that the catch changes every day and I can get creative with new recipes and cooking methods. Favorite Seasonal Ingredients: Sea scallops, striped bass and baby calamari are some of my favorite ingredients to work with. And, of course, fresh seasonal herbs are essential! Fantasy Dinner Guest: My fantasy dinner guest would be Michelle Obama. I love how she promotes local ingredients; fresh, organic cuisine and a healthy lifestyle. I think we would really relate! ✦

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ARTS calendar A sampling of what is on sale and on view in New York’s museums, auction houses and galleries this year. Plus a guide to cultural highlights, by the season

AUCTIONS BONHAMS Jan. 24: Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts Feb. 12: Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale March 17: Chinese Art April 29 & Oct. 19: Whisky, Cognac & Rare Spirits 580 Madison Avenue 212.644.9001 bonhams.com

CHRISTIE’S Jan. 23: Silver Jan. 24: American Furniture Jan. 29-30: Old Master Paintings Feb. 26: American Art March 7: 20th Century Decorative Arts April 8: Magnificent Jewels 20 Rockefeller Plaza 212.636.2000 christies.com

DOYLE NEW YORK Jan. 15: The Yale R. Burge Collection 175 East 87th Street 212.427.2730 doylenewyork.com

SOTHEBY’S Jan. 30: The Courts of Europe Jan. 30: Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture 1334 York Avenue 212.606.7000 sothebys.com

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MUSEUMS ASIA SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Until Jan. 5: Chinese Ceramics for Iran and Indo-Persia Until Jan. 5: Iran Modern Feb. 4–May. 4: Tales of Wonder: Indian Art Feb. 19–May 18: Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Feb. 19–Aug.18: Nalini Malani: Transgressions 725 Park Avenue 212.288.6400 asiasociety.org

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Until Jan. 5: Robert Motherwell: Early Collages Until Jan. 12: Lasting Images Until Jan. 22: Christopher Wool Until April 23: Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944 Jan. 24–May 14: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video Feb. 21–Sept. 1: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe 1071 Fifth Avenue 212.423.3500 guggenheim.org

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Until March 2: Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932–1947 Until March 9: Jewels by JAR April 6: Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China Until April 13: The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 May 8–Aug. 10: Charles James: Beyond Fashion 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 metmuseum.org

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Until Jan. 12: Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 Until Jan. 26: American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe Until Feb. 17: Issac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves March 8–June 8: Gauguin: Metamorphoses Until March 10: Isa Genzken: Retrospective


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Left: Etla by Graciela Iturbide, 2005, Gelatin silver print, Throckmorton Fine Art right: Colored Stone and Enamel Brooch, Cartier, Paris, ca. 1925, Sotheby’s New York

BELOW: Evening Star by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1917, watercolor on paper mounted on board, the Museum of Modern Art

April 19–Aug. 3: Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010 Feb. 8–Dec.1: A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio March 15–June 22: Robert Heinecken: Object Matter Aug. 2–Nov. 2: Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness 11 West 53rd Street 212.708.9400 moma.org

NEW MUSEUM Until Jan. 12: Chris Burden: Extreme Measures 235 Bowery 212.219.1922 newmuseum.org

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART Until Jan. 6: Gateway to Himalayan Art Until Jan. 13: Masterworks Until Feb. 10: Flip Side;

Allegory and Illusion Until March 24: Count Your Blessings Until July 7: From India East 150 West 17th Street 212.620.5000 rmanyc.org

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GALLERIES Alexandre Gallery Until Jan. 11: Emily Nelligan: Drawings; Marvin Bileck: Thimbledon Bridge 41 East 57th Street, 13th Floor 212.755.2828 alexandregallery.com

Acquavella Gallery ABOVE: La Luna by Graciela Iturbide, gelatin silver print, ca. 2007, Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. Left: Privileged (Untitled XX) by Willem de Kooning, 1985, oil on canvas

The Menaced Assassin by Rene Magritte, 1927, oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art

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Until Feb. 2: Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama-Manhattan, 1970–1980 Until Feb. 9: T.J. Wilcox: In the Air Until Feb. 23: Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition Mar 7–May 25: 2014 Whitney Biennial June 27–Oct 19: Jeff Koons 945 Madison Avenue 212.570.3600 whitney.org

18 East 79th Street 212.734.6300 acquavellagalleries.com

Gagosian Until Jan. 25: Richard Serra: New Sculpture 555 West 24th Street 212.741.1111 522 West 21st Street 212.741.1717 976–980 Madison Avenue 212.744.2313 gagosian.com


Karl Kemp Antiques

Ritter Antik

The Crown Building 730 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor 212.535.8810 hirschlandadler.com

833 Madison Avenue 212.288.3838 karlkemp.com

1050 Second Avenue, Gallery 63 212.750.8752 robertlloydinc.com

Laserow Antiques

Sundial NYC

200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 408 212.988.9194 laserowantiques.com

1050 Second Avenue, Gallery 54 212.593.2323 sundialnyc.com

Lost City ArtS

Waterhouse & Dodd

18 Cooper Square 212.375.0500 lostcityarts.com

958 Madison Avenue, 3F 212.717.9100 waterhousedodd.com

Macklowe Gallery

William Secord Gallery

667 Madison Avenue 212.644.6400 macklowegallery.com

52 East 76th Street 212.249.0075 dogpainting.com

24 East 64th Street 212.813.0700 trinityhousepaintings.com

Mantiques Modern

Valentina Gallery

146 West 22nd Street, #1 212.206.1494 mantiquesmodern.com

960 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor 212.807.6460 valentinagallery.com

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Michael Pashby Antiques

Yew Tree House Antiques

By appointment 180 Duane Street 917.414.1827 michaelpashbyantiques.com

414 East 71st Street, #A 212.249.6612 yewtreehouseantiques.com ✦

LehmanN Maupin Gallery 201 Chrystie Street 212.254.0054 540 West 26th Street 212.255.2923 lehmannmaupin.com

Throckmorton Fine Art Until Jan. 11: Graciela Iturbide 145 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor 212.223.1059 throckmorton-nyc.com

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Hirschl & Adler

Trinity House

Arcadia Contemporary Gallery 51 Greene Street 212.965.1387 arcadiafinearts.com

Center Space Gallery 102 Allen Street 212.226.7805 cargocollective.com/centerspaceny

Dmitriy & Co. 133 West 25th Street, #2E 212.243.4800 dmitriyco.com

MME Fine Art 74 E. 79th Street Penthouse 18B 212.439.6600 http://www.mmefineart.com

Paul Stamati Gallery 1050 Second Avenue #90 212.754.4533 stamati.com

Philip Colleck, Ltd.

437 Madison Avenue 212.888.0177 eden-gallery.com

Jan. 24–Feb. 2: The Winter Antiques Show (at the Park Avenue Armory) 311 East 58th Street 212.486.7600 philipcolleck.com

J. Lohmann Gallery

Rehs Galleries, Inc.

By appointment only 212.734.1445 jlohmanngallery.com

March 15–TBA: Heroes & Villains/ Myths & Legends 5 East 57th Street 8th Floor 212.355.5710 rehs.com

Eden Fine Art

Imperial Fine Books 790 Madison Avenue 212.861.6620 imperialfinebooks.com

Platinum and Enamel TourbilIon Wristwatch with Paon Motif, Sotheby’s New York

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