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Investor’s Corner: Where Should You Put Your Money? In the Neighborhood: A Look at the Upper East Side Dining Destinations that Delight Beauty Resolutions for 2015 Haute Vacations Next Year


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january 2015 Around the Town Party Circuit Resident Alien Galas Galore Resident in the City Big Apple Buzz

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Culture: A Week of Excess at Art Basel 36 Spotlight: Investor’s Corner 38 The Image Expert 54 Fragrant Fashion with Josie Natori 56 Leesa Rowland - Actress and Animal Advocate 58 Countess Luann de Lesseps 69 Nancy Spielberg 74 Shop: Beauty Resolutions for 2015 40 Nail It in 2015 42 Wellness: Put Your Best Foot Forward 44 Does Phi Make a Beautiful Face? 46 Tournersol Wellness Does it Best 48 How I Escaped My Cellulite 50 Non Invasive Laser Lipo 52 In the Neighborhood 61 Rustic Chic 148 Bathtubs in Your Dreams 150

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Travel: 78 NYLO Hotel 82 Jade Hotel 84 Setai Miami Beach 86 The Gale 88 W Fort lauderdale 90 A Day in Yountville 92 Wynn Hotel 94 Ritz-Carlton Montreal 96 Four Seasons Toronto 98 Hotel Quintessence 100 Club Orient 102 Le Menior 105 The Pearl of the Adriatic 114 116 118 120 122 124 126 128 130 132 134 136 138 140 142 144

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nbroken director Angelina Jolie, “Because I am the bad girl, people always automatically think that I am a bad girl,” adding, “Therapy? I don’t need that. The roles that I choose are my therapy.” Jack O’Connell, “I’d be lying if I said I never think about my female fans in certain shots and certain scenes. Like, when I’m topless, I might think: ‘This one is for the ladies.’” Garrett Hedlund, “I’m not good at chatting right away. Women have to be very patient with me.” … Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and the Mayor de Blasio’s daughter Chiara de Blasio were honored with the HOPE Award by Audrey Gruss, the Founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. The First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray also spoke at the luncheon that was emceed by Chuck Scarborough. Guests included the HDRF Task Force, Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. Josh Gordon, Dr. René Hen, Dr. Eric Nester, Dr. Bruce McEwen, Dr. David Brent and Dr. Michael Meaney. hopefordepression.org … Wild star Reese Witherspoon “I feel there’s a race being run for some unattainable goal to be the skinniest and the most beautiful. I just admit that’s what I’ll never be.” Co-star Laura Dern,“There’s always a side of a woman that likes a man from the other side of the tracks.” Rao’s owner Frank Pellegrino, New York Knicks legend Cal Ramsey and Kevin Liles talking about plans for next May’s Harlem Eat Up! at a coveted table in the Harlem restaurant with Herb Karlitz, who co-founded the food festival with Chef Marcus Samuelsson. karlitz.com … The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Orlando Bloom, “I’m rather accident-prone, I’ve broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, a finger and a toe and

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cracked my skull three times.” Evangeline Lily, “I’m very picky when it comes to men. I come across a man who I’m really attracted to about once every five years.”…. The Warwick Rowers came to Midtown hotspot BPM Nightclub in the OUT NYC Hotel to host a screening of their film Some Like It Hotter. The movie features the photoshoots for their infamous naked calendar, sales of which support Sport Allies, the boys’ initiative to challenge homophobia in sports. bpmny.com Into the Woods star Johnny Depp, “The only gossip I’m interested in is things from the Weekly World News - ‘Woman’s bra bursts, 11 injured.’ That kind of thing.” Meryl Streep, “Let’s face it, we were all once 3-year-olds who stood in the middle of the living room and everybody thought we were so adorable. Only some of us grow up and get paid for it.” Anna Kendrick, “Okay, I am happy with the way I look, but I have never, never, ever thought of myself as a ‘pretty girl’.” … The Liberty Theater, whose fans include Ashanti and Odell Beckham Jr., New Years Eve party Magnificent Obsessions Gatsby was an elegant affair. With a black-tie dress code and champagne corks popping into the wee hours, this gala foreshadowed exciting events to come in 2015. libertytheaterny. com … Over 600 music lovers turned out for Wall Street Rocks’ Benefit Concert at Highline Ballroom. SiriusXM Host Eddie Trunk emceed the evening, which featured a concert from an All-Star Band of musicians including John Popper of Blues Traveler, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers, Will Lee and Anton Fig from The Late Show with David Letterman, and Martin Guigui. The end of year show benefited ReserveAid, which provides financial support to Reservists and National Guard members. wallstreetrocks.org The Interview’s James Franco, “When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buck teeth. I didn’t want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn’t be an actor if I didn’t get the braces. So, I got the braces.” Funnyman Seth Rogen, “You know, I never had a girlfriend before and I thought it would masculinize me. But it’s actually done the opposite. Now I know about accent walls and the whole world of throw pillows.” … Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a Holiday Cocktail at her Park Avenue home to benefit the New York Mission Society. nycmissionsociety.org Among those nibbling on food form Cornelia Guest Events were Sharon Bush, Janna Bullock, Alex Donner, Erik Bottcher, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Bill Lerner, Elaine Sargent and Victor de Souza. corneliaguest.com

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Genesis Rodriguez @ Big Hero Six premiere

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Cameron Diaz @ Annie premiere

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Sonja Morgan & Dr. Nicholas Toscano @ Vanessa Noel Couture

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Horrible Bosses 2’s Jennifer Aniston, “When somebody follows you 20 blocks to the pharmacy, where they watch you buy toilet paper, you know your life has changed.” Co-star Chris Pine, “When you feel like an oddball, it never really leaves you. Even now, I’m better around people who are uncomfortable with themselves - the misfits.”… Cameron Diaz in Annie, “I grew up with a lot of boys. I probably have a lot of testosterone for a woman.” Rose Byrne, “I’m starting to know how the world works a bit, and I’m learning that I don’t have to be nice to everybody.” …. Big Hero Six’s Genesis Rodriguez, “I’d rather just be the girl who likes to eat a lot of food.” Damon Wayans Jr., “I was always the class clown and got kicked out of class at least once a day for just being a goofball.” … Sonja Morgan celebrated her new dress and jewelry collection at Vanessa Noel Couture, wearing a gorgeous red evening gown from her Sonja Morgan New York line, which is set to debut Spring/Summer 2015. sonjamorganonline.com Castmates Ramona Singer, Heather Thompson, Bethenny Frankel and Kristen Taekman toasted Sonja at the FETE, which was being filmed for HER Bravo series THE Real Housewives of New York. Attendees included Andrea Correale, Dr. Nicholas Toscano, Jody Barrett and Christina Goetjen. …. Leading global fragrance and flavor supplier Symrise and Cosmetic World hosted a “Scents of the Season” holiday celebration at Doubles. Surrounded by oversized toy soldiers and teddy bears, an international group of fragrance aficionados, including Symrise’s Achim Daub, Rhona Stokols, Andreas Steiner, Sophie Bensamou and David Apel, Senior Vice President Beatrice Mouleyre thanked guests and proudly announced the release of the 2014 Symrise Fragrances Genealogy chart for both men and women, which guests including Howard Lorber, Christine Schott and Felicia Taylor took home in their gift bag. symrise.com

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he first time I ever visited Los Angeles, California in 1992, I stayed at the Chateau Marmont and met the artist Ed Ruscha by the hotel’s iconic pool. On my latest visit to L.A. a few weeks ago, I thought of that moment of meeting the fabled artist who is as synonymous with Los Angeles as any American artist dead or alive. I was admiring his work along with other artists - Barbara Kruger first and foremost during my very first visit to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA as it is known, imposed so beautifully along palm tree lined Wilshire Boulevard in LA. But the truly must-see exhibition still running at LACMA and most definitely worth the trip to LA alone just to see it is the Samurai: Japanese Armor From The Ann And Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, which runs through February 1, 2015 inside The Resnick Pavilion of LACMA. It’s a bold, magnetic and eye-catching presentation exploring the subject of the fabled Japanese ideal machismo - their famous Samurai warrior. This is a major exhibition featuring the most amazing battle gear especially, worn by samurai from the 12th century

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through the 19th century. Fascinating samurai accouterments through the centuries with full

life size figures both man and steed in full motion to capture the spirit of the famed Japanese warrior. ‘’When we think about the figure of the warrior throughout history, there are more iconic representations than the samurai in Japan.’’ That from Michael Govan, the LACMA CEO who also could not have been lost on the fact that Tom Cruise also anointed the samurai on screen in his classic opus The Last Samurai as he thought about signing on this fascinating and big hit exhibition for his LACMA. So on this recent visit to Los Angeles, GW decided to broaden his horizons and instead of staying where most New Yorkers convene when in LA along the Sunset Strip corridor between the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Chateau Marmont. I decided to stay way downtown in the hip and emerging Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. And as usual, your astute arbiter was right on point. The Line Hotel in the heart of trendy Koreatown has become the anchor, along with the Standard Downtown, for the hip Los Angeles demi-monde. It’s Restaurant Week right now until


mid February when the fabulous Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board showcases Los Angeles cuisine, featuring specially priced fare at more than 350 leading L.A. restaurants including Fig & Olive and Craft. I also enjoyed a night dancing at Giorgios at the Standard Hotel on Sunset with the legendary LA impresario Bryan Rabin. GW did that one night in November and took a long a fabulously hip dude I met staying at The Line Hotel…it turns out Peter Xu is one of the coolest, smartest, sweetest, hippest Chinese dudes I have ever met. And we have become great friends! He is the coolest dude that lives in Shanghai right now. Not that he is ever there. When he was leaving L.A. after we met he was headed home to Shanghai on China Southern Airlines to say hello to his family and regroup and catch another plane to Shanghai to somehow make his way to Sao Paolo, Brazil and San Paolo Fashion Week. Such is the lifestyle of an international superstar blogger. And so it was on that very same day I was reading a copy of that day’s issue of the Daily News while being chauffeured in a mini-van down driving by 5555 Melrose Avenue and the iconic gates of the legendary Paramount Pictures. And I read that Matthew McConaughey and his wife had a fight on the red carpet at about the same time on that same day in Hollywood, GW

was on the back of a thoroughbred horse by the name of Ace and riding this dusty trail at sunset by the iconic Hollywood sign just above my head - an arms length away it sometime seemed as we cantered along scarily close to the deep crevasses and precipice of the mountain overlooking all of Los Angeles. GW also recommends this a must do for the New Yorker who wants to really

play ‘’tourist’’ in Los Angeles. You must get in touch immediately with lila Joy Ginsburg at the Sunset Ranch in Hollywood at 3400 North Beechwood Drive in the heart of Hollywood. Horseback riding at sunset is not for the faint of heart - trust me. Those horses have a mind of their own and although well trained animals and you are watched closely by instructors and chaperones my horse Ace seemed to think it was cool to canter what seemed like hours right along the dusty precipice to this ravine. It was scary as hell. If I looked to my left I was looking down this vast ravine with brush and huge boulders as the only thing that could break my fall if this horse suddenly railed and threw me off. It was not a far-fetched notion. So I preferred to look to my right, as the famed Hollywood sign loomed right just above my head. And there was George Wayne doing his best John Wayne in True Grit. And dressed for the part too in his vintage cowboy hat and the fabulous pearl button Western style Wild West black shirt that my friend Tom Ford gave GW as a gift from his very, very first men’s collection for Gucci. And I will be in touch.

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Galas Galore

Every month, Resident Editor Isaiah Negron will take you to the city’s top galas and benefits. Please email your suggestions to Galas@Resident.com.

Lucy Liu with Carolina Herrera, who was honored by The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT at Lincoln Center.

Vera Wang and Lisa Jackson at LJ Cross Boutique opening on Madison Avenue, which benefitted the Parrish Art Museum. Katy Perry and Allison Williams at the Unicef Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street.

Lydia Hearst at the GQ Men Of The Year Party held at the Chateau Marmont in L.A.

Hoda Kotb and Cyndi Lauper at her concert at the Beacon Theater for the True Colors Fund, aiding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless youth.

NYC Mission Junior Society co-founders Cole Rumbough and Brooke Laing at their Holiday Benefit at Pilotage Fun & Hobby

Chopped winner Christopher Coleman and judge Michelle Sanchez at “Inuman at Pulutan” food festival benefit to aid survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Rihanna hosted her first annual Diamond Ball at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Susan Sarandon and Judith Light at Ten Thousand Things Dinner benefitting the David Lynch Foundation at the Beatrice Inn.


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Every month, Resident Magazine either hosts or atends the most fabulous parties in New York City, if you would like Resident to attend your event or you would like us to help you throw your own, contact us at: michaelt@resident.com

Members of the Hollywood elite and the world’s most prolific philanthropists joined efforts to support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, at the first ever Winter Fête, hosted at the beautiful Church Street Tavern. Notable Guests included: Julianne Michelle, Larry Romano (King of Queens), Rita Cosby (TV News correspondent, NY Times Best selling author and WABC host), Tina Louise, celebrity artist William Quigley, famed designer Maggie Norris, film producer and publicist Joycelyn Engle, actor Peter Halpin, Resident Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Christopher A. Pape and President, Michael Travin.

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er Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, escorted by the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, arrived at Northside Center on December 8. The historic hour and one half visit brought much excitement and heightened media attention to Northside and the Harlem community as the motorcade and scores of security personnel filled the streets. The Duchess and First Lady met with Northside Executive Direc-

tor & CEO Dr. Thelma Dye in a briefing to learn more about Northside’s history, mission and services. They also visited a classroom of the children who were anticipating the arrival of a special Princess that they imagined was similar to Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen.” The Duchess and First Lady wrapped holiday gifts for the children, along with other special guests, as part of the Northside Center’s annual gift wrapping event.... According to Variety, “Girls” star Lena Dunham has purchased a multi-million dollar apartment in New York’s swank and traditionally somewhat staid Brooklyn Heightshood. The Daily Mail reported that the eighttime Emmy-nominated actress shelled out $4,887,600 for a sizable apartment in a brand new, five-unit boutique building. The pad boasts four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a direct entry elevator that opens to a foyer larger than many $2,000 a month Manhattan studio apartments. Ms. Dunham’s new digs, which she reportedly shares with her FUN frontman boyfriend Jack Antonoff, is just a few blocks from her much more modest old one bedroom abode...

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On Wednesday, December 10, International Rights Day, Vital Voices Global Partnership inaugurated the Vital Voices Solidarity Award in New York City to recognize men combating violence against women. The awards ceremony and dinner were held at the IAC-IAC headquarters in downtown Manhattan. The evening honored four outstanding men who have spent much of their lives advocating on behalf of women and girls in the United States, and around the world, to fight for universal equality and a world in which women live free from violence. This year, four outstanding honorees received the Voices of Solidarity Award: Vice President Joe Biden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Don McPherson, and Bafana Khumalo. Seth Meyers and his wife, Alexi Ashe, served as hosts. Other dignitaries who attended included Sally Field, Diane von Furstenberg and her husband, Barry Diller and Tina Brown... Back in November, worried New Yorkers were relieved when news broke that beloved former model/restaurateur B. Smith had been found

safely in a midtown Manhattan restaurant. B, who suffers from Alzheimer Disease had been reported missing from her Sag Harbor home in the Hamptons the previous evening by her husband Dan Gasby. Just a few days later, B’s friends and fans were thrilled to see her looking gorgeous at an invitation-only party that legendary songstress Valerie Simpson hosted for her at Val’s Sugar Bar Supper Club on the Upper West Side. Freddie Jackson popped in and serenaded B with his classic tune “You Are My Lady.”... Big Apple philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, wearing a gold Kithe Brewster dress, attended the IWC Schffhausen and DuJour Magazine’s Jason Binn’s celebration of ‘Timeless Portofino’ during Art Basel Miami at The W Hotel South Beach in Miami, Florida. The featured performer was musician Solange Knowles. Others at this invitation only soiree included Jason Binn, Sammy Sosa, Won-G, Jonathan Cheban and Russell Simmons... Bravo’s Game of Crowns’ Lori-Ann Marchese and CBS’ Jill Nicoloni hosted the 2014 Celebrity Catwalk Fire and Ice Holiday brunch. The event was held at the SPOT at Silver Towers to get ready for the 2015 Celebrity Catwalk PreWestminister Event on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in New York City. The brunch included cocktails and a silent auction raffle with proceeds benefiting New York City’s homeless pets and recognizing animal advocates Caroline Loevner and her dog Beau and Stephanie Mattera and her dog Keiko....


The Week of Excess at Art Basel Miami By Hillary Latos I n its 13th year, Art Basel Miami it’s not just about the art anymore. When jetsetters, celebrities, billionaires, art collectors and artists congregate in a city for a week where billions of dollars exchange hands, the sponsors ensue with a dizzying array of lavish parties, openings, and fetes- each one more lavish than the next competing for attendance by the A-listers.

At the epicenter of the Miami art week is Art Basel Miami Beach held at the Convention Center drawing 267 of the most prestigious galleries from around the world which was attended by over 73,000 visitors making it the leading art show in America. To navigate through the expansive fair, new sectors were featured including the art historical Survey area with 13 galleries; Nova which was limited to works made in the last 3 years; Positions featured 16 solo shows of emerg-

ing international artists, and the Edition sector showcasing prints and works in multiple editions. One of the highlights of the show was Galerie Gmurzynska’s exhibition project, A Kid Could Do That, which was a collaboration between Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Nellee Hooper. This provocative conceptualization featured key 20th century masterworks from influential artists including Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Robert Indiana, Cy Twombly, and Francis Bacon.

This year more art fairs than ever were held during Miami Art week. Smaller galleries and lesser known artists were able to display their works at satellite fairs such as Scope, ArtMiami, Aqua, NADA, Pulse, SELECT, Spectrum, UNTITLED, Red Dot, amongst others which were dotted around Miami Beach and the Wynwood district. Not to mention the numerous outdoor art displays including the Laurence Gartel art car on swanky Fisher Island and the Moroso installation project at the Botanic Gardens. While it was nearly impossible to hit them all in a week, there were plenty of opportunities to experience a cultural overdose. By night the Miami Art week turned into a playground for the rich and famous with some art dabbled in for good measure. The Bass Museum’s opening for One Way: Peter Marino

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kicked off the week’s festivities. As the renowned architect for the Louis Vuitton flagship in NYC, naturally they were the sponsor along with Chanel and Dior where every room had a different theme that intertwined the worlds of fashion, art and design.

An event that merges art and philanthropy is the 5th Annual Bombay Sapphire artisan series which is a collaboration with Russell and Danny Simmons’ RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation that is a nationwide competition for the next big artist. The 12 finalists celebrated with a bevy of celebrities, artists, and influencers at a cocktail soiree at the Soho Beach House. Other parties drawing A listers were the Rimowa store opening in the Wynwood district as well as the VH1 and Scope opening party at Mansion. By Sunday the Miami art fair bid adieu until next year, and if past is a prelude to the future, it will be more grandiose than ever.


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2015 - Don’t Count The USA Out By Larry Greenfield

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he New Year is upon us and whilst some financial trends have been broken others remain in place. Let’s talk this month though about long term investment trends. I personally do not believe the business cycle has changed fundamentally. We could be due for a mild recession but due to the nature of our overall economic recovery I don’t think the slowdown will be dramatic. A down year is possible. December is traditionally a strong month and this December, though volatile does not appear to be a very strong one an ominous prelude to the New Year. Treasury Yields have been going down for what seems like forever and I do not see that trend changing. Deflationary trends are everywhere. Oil prices are bringing many nations to their economic knees from South of the US Border to Russia. The relatively high yields of the USA Treasury note and the safe haven that the USA provides will underpin another year of strong buying of our government’s debt. This is where I see opportunity. The huge declines

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in energy prices will hurt and continue to hurt energy companies. I don’t see the full effect of these declines in energy prices reflected in the market. There has been huge borrowing in the energy sector for acquisitions and infrastructure. I think there will be a big opportunity to buy stocks and high yielding bonds in 2015. If a route is on expect a huge sell off in all high yielding debt as hedge fund managers are forced to liquidate. Though I do continue to invest personally in stock I am a wimpy investor by Gordon Gecko’s standards and I prefer bonds. There are a lot of high yielding bonds right now in the energy sector. An investment in a corporate bond is a bet that the company will not go out of business. My advice is to wait it out if lower energy prices persist there just may be a panic in energy bonds and the high yield sector overall. Just the thing for a patient investor looking for juicy yields to sink their teeth into. Happy New Year and happy hunting!


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Does PHI Make A Beautiful Face? A

By Rafael G. Magana, M.D.

beautiful face is not difficult to recognize. It transcends cultural barriers and needs no translation. Beauty is what we intuitively imagine it to be. From youth, we recognize it at a mere glance and it is hardwired into our evolutionary mind. An ideal of what constitutes a beautiful face differs from person to person. The proverbial “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” by Plato, is an aphorism that describes this subjective impression perfectly. There is however, in general, a consensus regarding what an attractive face looks like, whether or not it strikes an individual as a beautiful face. This all too subjective, but symbolic mental image is known as archetype. An Archetype, in the simplest of terms, refers to a pattern of behaviors, prototype from which others originate, or are emulated; a recognizable icon or stereotype. Examples of this idea are the pictures found in a deck of Tarot Cards that symbolize universally understood characters, or the celestial beauty depicted in Sandro Botticelli’s painting “The Birth of Venus.” Although Carl Jung described the description in the field of psychology of this notion in the early 20th century, its manifestation is evident in the late 18th and early 19th Century neoclassical paintings and sculpture. Some of the first attempts to establish universal craniofacial measurements were in Egypt as far back as the third millennium B.C. Elaborate systems to estimate facial proportions were devised by Egyptian artists to allow basrelief tomb carvings of pharaohs and nobility.

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In the mid 17th Century, anthropometry surged as a new method for elucidating craniofacial dimensions in a more accurate way. Anthropometry is the measurement of human landmarks and proportions both directly from human subjects and indirectly from photographs. It is utilized in various fields of science and art, such as anthropology, forensic sciences, sculpture and illustration. In the context of cosmetic and reconstructive craniomaxillofacial surgery, this is an initial step toward understanding what can be corrected to establish a pleasing facial symmetry. It also establishes a clear language for communication of data with others. Phi is the ratio found in nature repeatedly. Greek sculptors, neoclassical painters and

other artists have used it to portray a beautiful face. 1:1.618 is the golden ratio. From it, you can derive a triangle as the base for several overlapping geometrical shapes. A blueprint of this rule was created by retired Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. Stephen Marquardt, and came to be known as Marquardt’s mask or the “Golden Mask.” These shapes and ratios seem to repeat themselves over and over again in what is universally considered a beautiful face. Marquardt’s golden mask shows clear ratios throughout the beautiful face. For example, the mouth is 1.618 time wider than the base of the nose; the nose base is 1.6 times wider than the tip of the nose; The triangle formed by a beautiful persons nose and lips is a perfect acute triangle...and so on... Even the ratio of a beautiful lower to upper lip follows this golden ratio by 1:1.680. This is especially important when considering a natural and beautiful appearance by using fillers or fat grafting for lip augmentation. In the hands of a capable plastic surgeon with a good sense of aesthetics this can result in the “perfect pout.” It’s important to note that the instrument used to measure this ratio in a plastic surgeons office is called a “Golden Mean Gauge,” and every good cosmetic doctor will have one and should use one on you. For more information: nycosmeticplasticsurgery.com nyccosmeticsurg.blogspot.com


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and, above all, lots of pampering. I frequent spas and wellness centers, in addition to a regular schedule of dance and yoga classes… always searching for just the right thing. I found it at Tournesol Wellness.

We all struggle to achieve and maintain balance in our lives. There are career demands, maintaining a certain lifestyle, getting and staying healthy, being informed, staying up-to-date with technology, sustaining our social contacts, cultivating our aesthetics AND looking good while doing it all. Whew, I am exhausted and stressed just thinking about it!

Deciding how to pamper myself was fun, since Tournesol hosts 30 holistic modalities and 40 integrative specialists. I chose an hour of Therapeutic Massage and an hour of the highly touted, Vibroacoustic Therapy, which is exclusive to Tournesol and combines the

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How I Escaped My Cellulite By Jordan Gelber

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ne evening after getting home from the gym, I thought I was feeling rather thin because I had been exercising like a maniac, eating very healthy, so I decided to try on my pair of “tight” jeans, you know girls,

the pair that you literally have to diet for 2 weeks eating carrots just to barely squeeze into them? Well, it didn’t take me long to discover that not only couldn’t I get them over my thighs to zip, I also noticed how much cellulite I was carrying in my legs and butt – yuk! Wait, I said to myself, how could this be? I was eating well (1200 calories a day), hired a trainer and was really pumping the weights in hope of adding more muscle to my body. I

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then realized that my arms were also bigger which was also freaking me out… That’s it I said to myself, I’m going to do my due diligence here in Manhattan and find the person, company, anybody that could help me rid my body of this cellulite that was actually less an issue before I had started working out. I did internet searches for escaping my cellulite and must have called a dozen companies, “celebrity” trainers and the like and they all said the same thing; weights don’t bulk women and there’s nothing you can do about your cellulite problem other than go on a diet and lose some scale weight. Then, I found a company based here in NYC, Exude fitness (www.exude.com) who specializes in reshaping women’s bodies and have been doing so successfully for around for 25 years. So, I called and surprisingly, the Founder & CEO Edward Jackowski, Ph.D. answered. Basically, after explaining to Edward everything that I was doing fitnesswise, he told me that not only was I bulking my Hourglass figure, it was also actually increasing my cellulite because of the way I was exercising wrong for my body type. In other words he said; no more spinning (it bulks full-figured gals like me), no more lunges, squats, leg presses, and no more lifting heavy weights for both my upper and lower body. At first, I didn’t want to hear what this man was saying, because everything that I had read in practically every fitness and fashion magazine touts that lifting weights adds more muscle and as a result, you’re able to burn more calories. I still need more validation, so I decide to do more research and reading up on Exude Fitness and then I purchase and read one of Edward’s books, specifically, his best-selling book Escape Your Shape – and then it all started to make sense

to me that if I was eating well and exercising regularly and it wasn’t working, I had to be doing something wrong. I also had discovered that Exude owns the world’s only patented and medically-proven exercise program based on body types and, that their fitness system has been featured in thousands of publications around the globe, not to mention that Edward himself has been interviewed by Barbara Walters on this very same topic that America was exercising wrong. I now have a glimpse of hope that perhaps these people can possibly solve or at the very least, help me with my cellulite dilemma. So, I decided to purchase a body type assessment and fitness orientation from Exude Fitness and in the first 45 days, I lost 12 inches off my body and a dress size and, my cellulite was rapidly evaporating. Fast-forward, now nearly a year later, I have dropped a few dress sizes, 20 pounds and can honestly say that over 75% of my cellulite is gone. Equally important, I can do this program on my own anywhere, even while traveling - and I only have to check in with Exude every couple of weeks as they have taught me the tools on how to exercise properly on my own and eat sensibly without crash-dieting and performing those boot camp-like exercises that were not only bulking me but were also killing my joints…

So girls, if you truly want to escape your shape or cellulite and look and feel better naked, take a good look in the mirror, and if you don’t like what you see, don’t fret it, because the folks at Exude Fitness can fix you right up… For more information: info@exude.com


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By Hillary Latos

s technology has advanced in the field of weight loss, aesthetic recontouring has seen its share of evolutions that continue to improve in the field of non invasive techniques. The most successful and advanced non surgical fat reduction and body shaping system approved by the FDA comes from Chromogenex with their i-LipoXcell laser innovation. HOW IT WORKS i-LipoXcell uses four technologies to measure body fat, laser fat reduction, IR vacuum massage and radiofrequency skin tightening. By using the radio frequency heat it can stimulate metabolic activity and smooth out cellulite and tighten up loose skin giving a firmer looking result. The laser uses both a visible and infrared laser to release fatty acids and glycerol and shrink fat cells. Besides the procedure being painless without any downtime or recovery, the other advantage of this non surgical procedure is how it targets specific areas of stubborn fat while reshaping the body. The laser treatment is followed by a combination of laser and vacuum massage to stimulate lymphatic drainage, improve circulation and release cellulite causing fat cells. For the best results three to eight 20 minute sessions are encouraged alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Here Resident speaks to healthy expert Dr. Jame Heskett from Wellpath to discover more about i-LipoXcell and what to expect. Besides the obvious, what are the advantages of invasive vs non invasive lipo?

I think the most important thing with non invasive procedures is very little risk or downtime. Some people are ok with getting cut and getting anesthesia, and others are very adverse to it. For that whole group of people, as the technology has become so advanced, they are now able to get similar results to the invasive techniques. This technology has escalated tremendously in the last 5-7 years. How do you manage expectations?

Because I’ve been doing this for so long I have a sensitivity to who comes into my office. What do they want to achieve and what are they interested in. What bothers them. Starting from that standpoint you can ask them questions to understand their expectations. You ask them what procedures they’ve had in the past, what they have considered doing, what are their concerns. I always promise less than what I think they are going to get, because you can’t control what people do outside of your office. They may say they watch their diet and exercise like crazy but you don’t know what they are doing. I always take it down a notch because that strategy generally works very well because almost everyone is satisfied. If you have predictable technology you can predict people’s outcome regardless of what they may do outside.

What do you suggest for patients undergoing the i-LipoxCell as a lifestyle change?

I tell my patients this is a tool not a solution. Then I try to find out where and how are they exercising. What is their lifestyle now. Have they done anything in the past that have been beneficial without using a tool like this. Once I find out where they are at I try to make small incremental changes in their lifestyle and diet so those changes actually stick and are moving towards their eventual goal. It’s about careful assessment and not telling people they have to make drastic changes because it’s not sustainable. There are small things and tweeks that you can make in your diet, nutrition and physical activity that are easy to integrate into your lifestyle that can make a huge impact and can benefit from. Do you see any kind of at home lipo treatments coming on to the market?

I would like to see something that can consistently stimulate the circulation. With our sedentary lives, this would be an easy at home remedy to adopt. I really think that would benefit anyone coming in for a treatment and facilitate people’s big problems and produce faster results. For more information: ilipoxcell.com

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By Hillary Latos

ith over 13 years of experience in the fashion industry, Erika Chloe saw a niche in the market and started a new industry called image consulting. With a background in textile design from FIT to stints at Harper’s Bazaar and designing for Bloomingdales and Lord and Taylor, she put her skill set to work and pursued her passion for helping others. As a style maven and makeover expert, Resident chated with Erika about her company and tips for developing your own style. Resident: What are you doing now? Erika Chloe: In 2008, I launched myimageexpert.com, a fashion consulting company which is like styling on steroids. We blow it up and make you into your own brand through your styling what you wear and doing image, beauty, and extreme makeovers for men and women. Once we get done with our part with the visual aspects of clothing and grooming we then have a full team of experts for additional work. We also do personal shopping to really create your self-brand. Sometimes people see themselves as a certain way and there’s a disconnect we try to match the inside with the outside. You are on display and how you present yourself to the world is huge and people don’t put enough consideration into it.

A Day Well Spent at Pierre Michel Salon & Spa Resident: Who are your clients? Erika: We capture a wide range of clients from CEOs to athletes and politicians. We also have a corporate department and work with Fortune 500 companies, hotels, restaurants and fashion brands. For hospitality clients, we’ll come in and we create a unified front between the brand and the employee through the non verbal elements such as clothing, grooming, makeup, body language, and tone of speech. Now I’m more focused growing this side of the business. Resident: Any tips for an image makeover? Erika: Because fashion is changing so quickly its hard to figure out what looks good on you and what doesn’t and to try new things can be daunting. Think about it in terms of your house when you go to decorate. How do you want it to look, how do you want it to make you feel. Apply that to your wardrobe and self brand. Figure out what message you want to send to people and feeling you want to create. You’re on display for the world to see. For more information: myimageexpert.com

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Fragrant Fashion By Isaiah Negron

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ashion queen and entrepreneur Josie Natori has created an empire beyond even what she set out to accomplish, crossing continents, navigating various careers and surmounting countless obstacles to create her global brand, Natori. Founded in 1977 and one of today’s most recognizable fashion brands, each of the Natori collections – Josie Natori, Natori, N Natori and Josie by Natori – reflect the designer’s distinct influences from her life on both the East and West sides of the world. Starting with designing intimate apparel, the company has grown into the global fashion house it is today. “Natori is a total concept, a way of life,” Josie says. “I just happened to start at the back door with lingerie. Now as the company grows, we grow our sensibility too, taking our concept and making it a whole world. As we say here, Natori is ‘where life meets art’.” Growing up with the support of her close-knit family in the Philippines, Josie set her sights high at a young age and wanted to accomplish great things in her life. “I came from a very matriarchal society and a very strong family. I was surrounded by strong women who were independent and my father was a self-made man,” she remembers. “It was a background where you could be what you wanted to be and express yourself, and it formed a lot about my thinking and the possibilities of what I wanted to be and my strong sense of self.” At 17, Josie left her hometown of Manila for New York where she studied economics at Manhattanville College. After graduating, she entered the world of Wall Street and began to climb the corporate ladder, landing at Merrill Lynch as the first female Vice President of investment banking. By 1976, the rising finance star had married

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Ken Natori and had given birth to her son Kenneth Jr. It was around that time when Josie decided that she was eager to start something new. “I wanted to be in business and finance and went to work on Wall Street two weeks after I graduated. I really had a wonderful career but got bored after nine years,” the designer confesses. “I guess the entrepreneurial urge came then to go into business and, by accident, we ended up with four different businesses and started Natori 37 years ago.” On a whim, she brought an embroidered blouse she got from the Philippines to a buyer at Bloomingdale’s. When the buyer encouraged her to turn it into a sleep shirt, Natori took the advice and her fashion business was born. More than three decades later, the company has grown into a true lifestyle brand available in the world’s leading retailers and specialty stores, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Dillard’s. Her newest creation is her sensual and exhilarating fragrance, JOSIE. “I wanted to create a fragrance for JOSIE that exudes charisma. I am thrilled with the scent. It truly captures the essence of the brand,” Josie explains. “Today’s woman knows that there is value in expressing her true self and the JOSIE fragrance gives her one more way to express her irrepressible individual style.” With a mind to create and a truly indomitable spirit, Josie is far from finished and continues to spread beauty and vibrancy all over the world. For more information: natori.com


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ith a notable international acting career that spans two decades and a highly anticipated memoir due out this year, blonde beauty Leesa Rowland has come a long way since her days growing up on her family’s Texas cattle ranch. Leesa knew from a young age that she belonged on the big screen. After earning her degree in broadcast journalism at Texas Tech, she headed to Los Angeles to study at the Stella Adler Studio. She got her first break playing Victoria in Troma Entertainment’s “Class of Nuke ‘Em High,” Parts 2 and 3. Her tour de force performances set the tone for her career. Leesa has played leading roles in a long list of cult horror films, leading critics to dub her “The Scream Queen.” She currently co-stars in director Travis Campbell’s “Slaughter Daughter,” where she plays Phyllis Adjani, an eccentric mother who drives her daughter to insanity. The thriller premiered at the 7th Annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival in Orlando and took home the award for Best Feature Film. Recently, Rowland finished filming “After Birth” in Los Angeles in addition to making a cameo in Troma’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High,” which premiered on STARZ last year. On top of all of this, Leesa and her friend and fellow actress Lisa Gaye have co-hosted a successful YouTube series called “Two City Girls” where they’ve chat about everything from the best vegan recipes to tips for living a green lifestyle. Currently, she is in postproduction on a documentary about the entertainment industry called “LaLa Land” that she produced with No Logik Films.

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Leesa’s biggest passion in life is animal advocacy, as she’s been a vegan most of her life. “There’s plenty to eat without eating animals and plenty to wear without wearing animals. It’s the compassionate choice,” said Rowland. Since 1989, she has served as the New York liaison for Last Chance for Animals, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigation and legislation. She has also been a co- chair for LCA’s Annual N.Y.C. Gala. The last benefit was held at Peter Max’s studio. Rowland is planning to launch her own nonprofit Animal Ashram, which will be a no-kill, no-cage shelter in N.Y.C. “My inspiration was The N.Y.C. Animal Care and Control Kill List that I receive every morning. I want America to be a nokill nation one day,” said Leesa, who receives messages from all over the country asking for help in finding dogs and cats a home. She has helped find homes for over 200 animals. “I know that I can’t save all of the animals, but I will do my best to save as many as I can, one at a time,” said the actress. Leesa’s latest project is her new book “Discovering the It Factor Within You” where she uses her expertise to help others find their inner stars, taking readers on a journey through her past and path to self-discovery. Her tome is set to hit bookshelves later this year and a portion of each book sold will be donated to the non-profit Animal Ashram. For more information: leesarowland.us


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in the neighborhood upper east side Resident is proud to present our new series, In the Neighborhood. Each month we will focus on a particular section of Manhattan. For our inaugural edition, we thought we’d stick close to home, the Upper East Side. It is an area dear to our hearts and one that means a lot to us! Here we showcase noteworthy restaurants, new store openings, interior design tips, a penthouse for sale and the offerings at the 92 Street Y! Read and enjoy!

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he Upper East Side is home to many new and luxurious store openings. For our new series, In the Neighborhood, we profile four of our favorites. Ranging from haute spas to classic American fashion, these establiments are sure to please!

Oak and Barrel

Shopping for wine can be intimidating, but it’s easy at Oak & Barrel, East Midtown’s new wine and spirits retailer. Located at 235 East 57th Street (between Second and Third avenues), this well-organized store carries a wide variety of products, including a great selection of wines under $15. They also know their Scotch and American whiskeys, and host free weekly tastings each Thursday through Saturday.

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JJ Eyelashes gives New York the youthful, rejuvenated skin they’d kill for, using the latest cyrocell and micro-needle therapy. Our refreshing scalp treatments feature the latest technology, providing more than a cleansing. We ensure each client makes jaws drop with their bright eyes, tight skin, and glowing confidence. It’s no wonder why our clients seek JJ as their go-to accessory for all things beauty!

Sphatika

In an 1860’s Upper East Side townhouse featuring an Art Deco façade from the 1920’s Tomas Maier has opened his first Manhattan outpost for his eponymous brand located at 956 Madison Avenue. Established in 1997, Tomas Maier balances classic, understated design with European-made quality. Known for his beautifully crafted swimwear and exquisite knits, the Tomas Maier brand has grown through a partnership with Kering to encompass a full range of lifestyle products. The U.S. based label operates stores in both Palm Beach and East Hampton.

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This unique holistic luxury spa takes the day spa concept to the next level. It is luxurious, elegant and relaxing. The grand crystals, fresh cut roses, and a personal and intimate atmosphere awaits you. Here, clients take a SPHA-cation from demanding lifestyles that lead to exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Sphatika (crystal in Sanskrit) is the place for connection with one’s inner peace.


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ocated in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, 92Y’s School of the Arts is internationally recognized for the quality and scope of its adult and childhood arts education programs. Regarded as one of the country’s top community-based art centers, the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts offers more than 400 classes a semester for all ages and all levels of expertise—from preschool to high school, from enthusiastic amateurs and emerging professionals to senior adults—all taught by a faculty of working professional artists. Here are a few highlights of classes being offered in the Winter Terms (beginning in January) that will help you and your family get inspired and get creative at 92Y School of the Arts—where creative New Yorkers come together to learn.

and setting. And our new very popular class is Gems and Easy Stone Settings-After the Bezel. In this class students learn several stone-set-

ting techniques, including how to make elegant jewelry with gallery wire, channel wire and prong settings. Get an introduction to the many styles of faceted stones and their inherent gemological features, such as hardness, cleavage and inclusions, all of which impact successful stone setting. The 92Y Ceramics Center has two classes offering a fresh new way of exploring the tradi-

tional medium of ceramics: Virtual Clay and Paper Clay. Wit Virtual Clay, you can enjoy realtime online classes that gather a vibrant community of artists, designers and art historians to speak with you about important topics in ceramics in the comfort of your own home, classroom or studio! The conversations are meant to challenge preconceptions and explore new territory, inspiring you to think about the world in fresh and different ways. Paper Clay delves deeply into the paper clay medium, which is any clay body to which processed cellulose fiber (paper being the most common) has been added. Earthenware, terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain and bone china clay bodies can be made into paper clay. The more fiber added to the clay body, the stronger the unfired dry paper clay, but the weaker the fired body. The less fiber added to the clay body, the weaker the unfired dry paper clay, but the stronger the fired body. 92Y’s Paper Clay class offers demonstrations which include clay preparation, building techniques, surface and color, firing and non-firing options—all to achieve qualities of translucency, weightlessness and building ease. Develop your own ideas and directions—the workshop is a balance between demo watching and studio construction time. All levels welcome. For more information: 92y.org

If you’re interested in crafting your own bling, the 92Y Jewelry Center has a few new cool classes about Gemology: Intro to Gemstones and 47th Street Guide to Suppliers. Intro to Gemstones teaches students what a jeweler needs to know about gem identification, gemstone grading, pricing and sourcing. The 47th Street Guide to Suppliers offers a series of workshops and field trips to the jewelry district to source the best in gems, pearls, beads, gold and jewelry supplies. Meet the vendors and compare the masters in the trade of professional plating, casting

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Delicious eats he Upper East Side is home to many delicious and innovative restaurants. For our new series, In the Neighborhood, we profile four of favorites. Ranging from haute Italian to classic American, these restaurants are sure to satisfy!

Swifty’s Restaurant

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Renowned restaurateurs Chef Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively of legendary Upper East Side boîte, Mortimer’s, created Swifty’s in 1999. Swifty’s combines classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with impeccable service and warm ambiance. Revolving fine art exhibits in both rooms add to this American bistro’s festive atmosphere.

A classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge offers outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna and Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. The menu features a wide range of dishes, ranging from well-cooked renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience.

Amaranth Restaurant

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Iconic Upper East Side restaurant Amaranth continues to thrive – even after 15 years in the business. Owners Paola Pedrignani and Francois Marchand, who recently marked the Mediterranean Bistro’s Anniversary with a glamorous celebration for over 500 of their most loyal customers, attribute its long-running success to “staying true to their Mediterranean roots and never compromising on quality.”

Renowned Madison Avenue restaurateur Nello Balan has been among the leading lights of New York’s dining scene for nearly 25 years despite an ever-changing industry thanks to his unremitting passion and love for what he does. Beloved by his compelling friends – Upper East Siders, powerful players, politicians, celebrities, beauties and intelligentsia – Nello Balan has created a dining institution which endures as a local favorite, for the food and for Nello himself! ultimate dining experience.

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ebbie Travin of DLT Interiors has done it again! She’s just completed a large 3 bed/3 bath apartment on the Upper East Side with spectcular city views.

She explains that the home had to be renovated before she could start the interior design. The apartment was very dark because the previous owners had heavy drapery, which closed off all the natural light and it desperately needed updating.The owners wanted a fresh, modern, bright and airy feel throughout (they came to the right woman!). She started by refinishing the dark floors to a light natural wood color. She then painted and added wallpaper to a few accent walls. The clients agreed on doing Aqua as the accent color. The custom velvet tufted bench is the statement piece in the room; giving it a pop of soft color along with the Aqua trellis pillows on the sofa. Immediately, the space was bright and airy. Taking the heavy drapery down and putting up sheer soft linen window treatments changed the entire feel and allowed the homeowners to take advantage of the open city views. With that done, Debbie had a fresh palette to start the interior design. “I always listen carefully to exactly what the clients want out of their space,” says Debbie. “By asking questions, I hit it on the spot, on my first try. My clients told me I took their vision and surpassed it by making it far more stunning then they could ever imagine!”

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the stunning penthouse at 737 Park Ave I n Manhattan, there is a high demand for large apartments with bespoke finishes. The penthouse at 737 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side offers precisely that, but with the flexibility to custom design, an option discerning buyers desire but almost never find. This penthouse is essentially a blank canvas; an amazing and rare opportunity for a buyer to create their own dream home from scratch. Macklowe Properties’ 737 Park Avenue is a pre-war building built in 1940 and is located at the corner of 71st Street. The condominium been entirely reimagined into 60 legacy apartments, and showcases a thorough architectural restoration and modernization by Handel Architects. The residences are gracious and feature well-proportioned layouts with generous living and dining rooms, spacious eat-in kitchens, solid oak flooring and new casement windows throughout. The apartments are carefully crafted to meet today’s demands for modern conveniences including central air conditioning, large bathrooms with separate dressing rooms and eat-in kitchens echoing the turn of the century apartments in today’s contemporary style. Spanning the entire 21st floor with a 2,271 square-foot

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wraparound terrace, the 6,003 square-foot penthouse at 737 Park Avenue is designed to accommodate up to four spacious bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. The gracefullyflowing residence is easily accessed from two attended elevators with their own private landings, and represents the pinnacle of what the luxury market on the Upper East Side has to offer. The interior ceilings of the home soar above 11 feet and feature landmark-approved windows, an 8-by-34-foot skylight that floods an abundant amount of natural light from all angles of the property, a wood burning fireplace, and newly installed radiant heating throughout. A custom spiral staircase leads you from the

living space up to a 3,757 square-foot private roof deck that boasts incredible panoramic views of Manhattan, Central Park, and breathtaking sights of the iconic Park Avenue. Designed for luxurious entertaining, the sprawling roof deck is pre-wired for perimeter lighting and equipped with new Hanover pavers, custom planters and gas and water connections for an outdoor kitchen. In total, the residence totals over 6,000 square-feet of exterior space. Located steps away from Central Park, Madison Avenue and several of the City’s acclaimed cultural institutions and restaurants, 737 Park Avenue is an elegant full service Park Avenue building, offering doormen, elevator attendants and a resident manager. Amenities within the building will include a fitness center with skylight, children’s playroom, multipurpose room available for entertaining with outdoor garden, as well as private bike, stroller and miscellaneous storage and a separate laundry room. The penthouse is currently listed at $39.5 million with Corcoran brokers Deborah Kern and Hilary Landis. For more information: mackloweproperties.com 737parkavenuenyc.com


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The Quintessential Hostess By Hillary Latos Photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Hair/Makeup: Bella on Demand Beauty-Angel Morales, stylist Thank you to The Warwick Hotel for the use of their space

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ven if you’re not a huge fan of reality tv shows, The Real Housewives of NY is as addictive as it is fun to watch and vicariously peer into the social whirlwind of parties, shopping and lofty living of New York City’s moneyed yet opinionated denizens. One of our personal favorites has always been the arbiter of class and style, Countess Luann de Lesseps who will be back on Season 7. Here Resident catches up with the timelessly elegant Countess who dishes about her role on the show as well as new projects she has in the works when she’s not filming- a best selling book, a newly launched clothing and jewelry line- The Countess Collection and a partnership with The Warwick. Resident: Tell us about how you were chosen for The Real Housewives of NY? Countess Luann de Lesseps: I met Jill Zarin at a party for the Michael Moore movie Sicko in 2007 and she invited me to her 4th of July shindig in the Hamptons and told me she was working on a reality TV show. When I came back in August she told me I’d be perfect for the show and I met with the production people, interviewed for it and got it. Resident: Do you feel the show is based on reality? Luann: It is an edited and produced TV show, but it is reality and it isn’t scripted. It’s what is happening in our lives, the places we shop, the charity work we do, the places we like to eat and what we like to do. Resident: How do you get along with the rest of the cast? Luann: Of course when you have new women there’s a different dynamic, and for the most part I get along with most of the girls at this point. We’re still filming so that could change, you never know.

Resident: You seem to be the most private of the cast; you never shot in your building. Luann: I always put my family first. Just because you’re on a reality show you don’t have to drag out all of your marital problems on the show. People knew I was having problems at the time but I didn’t want to play that out and have it out there forever. Resident: How do your children feel about the show? Luann: They aren’t on the show that much; I’ve only brought them on to highlight things they like to do, like riding in the Hampton Classic or breakdancing lessons. This season Victoria has a piece in Art Basel, so we show her at the fair. The kids like it because they know I enjoy doing the show and they are very supportive. Resident: What are some of the most memorable moments from the show? Luann: For me one of the highlights was singing with Natalie Cole - that was incredible. Also, our trip to Morocco. I almost fell off the camel, I’ll never forget that! Resident: Any regrets about doing the show? Luann: I try not to live my life with regrets. I’ve gotten to sing with Natalie Cole, write a book, had all these amazing trips, so absolutely no regrets.

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Resident: What did you do before the show? Luann: I was a model in the 90s with Wilhelmina and I used to live in Milan and worked in TV as a cohost on a Berlusconi soccer television program. I realized if I learned the language I could make a career out of it and studied at the Berlitz school. Then I met my husband while skiing in Switzerland and moved there and later raised a family. We had a summer house in the Hamptons and that’s how I came to NY and lived between there and the city. I later sold that house and bought a new one in Sag Harbor. It’s beautiful I love it out there. Resident: What are you working on now? Luann: I’ve partnered with The Warwick to create “The Countess: Hostess of New York” package to offer guests the opportunity to experience the things I love to do in New York City. Guests booking this package will receive a unique overnight stay where I first welcome them with a meet and greet cocktail party curated with my favorite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then take them out for an evening on the town. Within this overnight package, we have various archetypal options available including Downtown Diva, Broadway Babe and Chic Connoisseur – each of which features my proposed itinerary items such as dinner at Bagatelle, night cocktails at the Boom Boom Room, a private tour of the MoMA or tickets to Kinky Boots. While I’ve provided suggestions, these itinerary items can be further customized as I will modify offerings based on guest preferences. The Warwick is a perfect setting for this package; it

was built by William Randolph Hearst for his paramour, Marion Davies, and that’s where we do the welcome cocktails – in

ShopHQ and all styles will be priced under $60, the collection will introduce a “perfect fit” signature jean, exotic zebra print separates, knot tie cold shoulder maxi dress, as well as figureflattering tops with lace, sequin, and ruffle elements. Resident: What part of the city do you live in? Luann: I’m in Riverside Park, I love it there. I used to live in a townhouse on the Upper East Side, then I met Jacques and he lives on the Upper West Side. It’s convenient and family oriented, has wide streets and its more of a relaxed atmosphere. Also my apartment overlooks the Hudson and the park. I love the river views. Resident: What are some of your favorite restaurants and things to do? Luann: I love all the different neighbourhoods in the city. On the Upper West Side, I love to dine at Jean Georges, it’s a beautiful restaurant and I also frequent Lincoln Center, especially during fashion week. I also love to go downtown to the Standard and Omar’s, which is cozy and the owner is a great guy from Argentina. I love the Skyline and Chelsea, and Sleep No More. The Red Rooster in Harlem is one of my new favorites.

the Marion Suite. “The Countess: Hostess of New York” package is available through March 31st, 2015. I’m also working on “The Countess Collection: Cruise 2015,” comprised of 12 “chic made easy” styles grounded in black and white with accents of coral and jade. The capsule collection will be available on

Resident: What makes you a New Yorker? Luann: I love the pace, and the fact that it’s a melting pot and everybody has a chance to make it. It’s a nonstop, never ending carnival. There’s always something going on and there are always people in the street. There’s so much culture and beauty. I love to be in it and live in the middle of it all. For more information: warwickhotelny.com countessluann.com

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Keeping Up with Nancy Spielberg A

By Hillary Latos

s the youngest sister of director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Ann Spielberg film making and philanthropy clearly runs in the gene pool. Originally hailing from Camden, NJ this close knit family moved out to Arizona as children, which is where they got their start in the industry. Resident caught up with this dynamic philanthropist and documentary film maker about her latest film project and what it was like growing up as a Spielberg.

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Resident: Let’s get right into it…How did

you get into film?

Nancy Spielberg: We started in Arizona.

We used to camp a lot and my brother took home movies and started to film, and we were his crew; we were acting and special effects. When he was directing me, I listened to him because we all listened to him! He ran the house! He used to scare us with crazy stories and toy skeletons, which he used to dress up in costumes. Starting when I was 8 years old, I became a storyteller and would also illustrate my stories based on real life and adding some zest to it. Eventually, when I moved to NY to be with my husband, I was taking writing lessons but I used my married name, because my brother was starting to become famous and I wanted a fair shake.

Resident: Tell us about your philanthropy

endeavors.

Nancy Spielberg: My husband is very in-

volved with charitable work and we work with quite a few charities. One close to my heart is Children of Chernobyl and it was established soon after the nuclear disaster. Children’s bodies absorb radiation quicker than adults because their thyroids read the isotopes as iodine. I had lost a nephew to leukemia so this really affected me and

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we organized an office here. My brother is also involved, but I’m the worker bee. We work every year and bring in an array of celebrities to our events and produce a gala each year, where celerities use their name to raise money and awareness for the sick children. We also launched other charities like Project Sunshine that brings recreational and social programs to hospitalized children or those with medical challenges. All the while I’ve been involved in the nonprofit world, I’ve kept a hand in my writing. Resident: What types of film projects are

you producing?

Nancy Spielberg: I was very careful what I

got involved in, it had to resonate with me; I was handed so many projects. One of the projects I took on was Chernobyl Heart, which was an HBO short documentary and won an Oscar in 2004 for the Best Documentary Short Subject Award.

My latest project is Above and Beyond, which is about American World War II pilots who came back as decorated heroes for bravery after the war and volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. They risked everything and got involved in illegal smuggling operations bringing in planes, weapons, and even

recruiting their friends who were pilots to go to Palestine in 1948. Israel was just voted into statehood, but was attacked by all the surrounding armies who were very well equipped. Israel had no guns or fighter planes or anything to fight with. These guys saw the survivors immigrating to Israel and saw the writing on the wall, their holocaust was about to happen at the birth of the new country. Though they rose to the occasion, many were indicted because there was an embargo against anyone going there to bring material over and the consequence would be that they would lose their American citizenship and possibly face jail time. We called them the High Flying Chutzpahs because they are, they are not Zionists though mainly Jewish with about 20% who were not Jewish. One of them was the actor Paul Reuben’s father and he speaks on film with his mother. Most of these guys are now 95, but still recount their stories in great detail from the days they were 26 and when they tell the story there’s a twinkle in their eyes and its very powerful. Currently we are opening in theaters January 30th in NYC and we are working on distribution beyond the theatrical. For more information: aboveandbeyondthemovie.com


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ew York is a beacon. While to each their own interpretation of the glimmer and shine, this sleepless beacon has brought in countless pilgrims for whom the light of New York is the guiding star on the path to urban enlightenment. Rather than the kindness of heart and good intentions, however, boutique hotels sprinkled around town accommodate the modern travelers’ voyage in the Big Apple. With more than a handful of hotels up and down town, no one answers the question of “how to stand out” better than NYLO’s Upper West Side installment, as the gorgeous boutique hotel is all about signatures, trademarks and emblems that make NYLO NYC instantly recognizable. Combining

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artistry, high-end hospitality with NYLO’s loft lifestyle hotel philosophy, NYLO NYC on the Upper West Side does not disappoint.

Located on Broadway by West 77th street, and overlooking both Central Park and the Hudson River, the views are spectacular. Sitting among the quaint, quiet and classic environment and architecture of the Upper West, its signature urban, industrial design, instead of clashing, blends perfectly with the dashing neighborhood. Drawing inspirations from the energy, color and fashions of New York’s Jazz Era, the interior decor at the 285-room, 33-suite hotel is nothing short of a work of art. Stepping inside NYLO, immediately guests are greeted by the retro-themed decor inside the hotel lobby, reminiscent of eras past. The lobby features a piano lounge and a beautifully adorned library that has kept a piece of history an original fireplace dating back to 1910, ensur-


ing guests’ stay is cozy and satisfying. The hotel features 285 rooms and 33 suites, all of which furnished in all new custom designs and decors. The dominant, warm palette of grays and blues is paired with more vibrant color seen through the accents within each room — hanging lamps, metals doors on cabinets. Most rooms, as well as most of the hotel itself, features gorgeous, curated artwork from local artists that deserve more than just a passing glance. Aside from the marvelous aesthetics seen in the rooms, NYLO also takes pride in its NYLO NYTE Bed, whose signature, industry-leading comfort guarantees guests excellent relaxation. Luxurious rooms and suites on the upper levels, as well as the outdoor terrace, boast an incredible, sweeping view of not only New York’s world-renowned skyline, but also the serenity of picturesque Central Park and Hudson River. The modern and elegant hotel also offers the best of amenities, as well as a beautiful fitness center.

the best of Manhattan dining to its guests, offering two dazzling restaurants and one sizzling bar and llounge. Serafina, located on the ground floor, prepares palatable, fresh pastas, pizzas as well as other entrees. Inviting aromas of freshly baked oven pizza permeates the gorgeously adorned dining room while guests peek at quiet UWS scenery through the large windows only highlight the quiet yet

vibrant atmosphere at Serafina. The neighboring RedFarm, crafted by master chef Joe Ng and restauranteur Ed Schoenfeld, serves inventive Chinese cuisine, and is the destination for dim sum connoisseurs. Serving dishes inspired by market fresh ingredients, RedFarm serves some of the most signature dim sums among others. LOCL bar, the chic bar and lounge located on the ground floor, brings sexy energy to the elegant hotel and serves some classic cocktails next to the bar’s own delicious inventions. The spacious lounge offers guest the perfect opportunity to rewind after a long day in the city, featuring cozy banquets and seats. Blending Jazz era charm with NYLo signature loft lifestyle, NYLo NYC offers tasteful accommodation in Upper West Side and deservingly stands out to visitors and Manhattanites alike. For more information: nylo-nyc.com

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reenwich Village, or as New Yorkers refer to simply as “The Village” is home to some of the city’s best old-time jazz clubs, pubs, restaurants, and now a new boutique hotel which has become a destination in the heart of this rich and vibrant part of New York City. The Jade Hotel has taken inspiration from the Bohemian and creative culture this neighborhood is so well known for, and created a charming elegant hotel that is truly authentic. Its classic Georgian architecture warmly sets the stage for the plush, romantic interiors bedecked in velvet with decor that reflects the intrigue and timelessness of this historic area. The lobby is filled with character and adorned by countless bookshelves replete with volumes by West Village writers. It is the ideal setting to sit back into a cozy corner near the fireplace, book or cocktail in hand, while glimpsing out through the windows at the bustling street outside. The Jade Hotel is the harmonious fusion of urban modernity and vintage charm. The 113 Parisian inspired rooms are just as authentically

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decorated as the entrance and lobby, taking cues from the elegant art-deco era. The deep, rich color palette of blues and reds accentuated by Deco-inspired prints and polished wood and period chrome transport you to a realm that is boho in spirit while maintaining its elegant and luxurious feel. The perfect blend of ambiance and function, the rooms are stylish, comfortable and come stocked with amenities for your every need. They feature European designed bathrooms with textured black and white subway tiles and C.O. Bigelow bath

products. Most rooms boast glorious city views, others including the impressive Greenwich Penthouse even have stunning vistas of the Empire State Building. The city that never sleeps surely has no shortage of options when it comes to dining. But the convenience of having a posh bar and top dining establishment, Grape & Vine, just steps away is priceless. Start with a specialty cocktail or a wine from their carefully curated collection before heading over to your table to indulge in delectable artisanal American fare. Elegant and artsy, the room has a speakeasy vibe with decor reminiscent of the Gilded Age. Savor the well-varied American nouveau dishes, each with its own twist, like the NY state Burrata, wild mushroom risotto, and Mahogany Ale fish and chips. Open until 2 am, you can take your time dining in comfort and style at this chic Village oasis. For more information: thejadenyc.com


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f you like immaculate rooms, three outdoor pools with varied temperatures and a hotel that has been referred to as one of the “Sexiest Hotels In America,” then get online and book a room at the beautiful Setai Hotel in South Beach. Be warned, all this sexiness doesn’t come cheap but it’s worth every penny as this hotel shines above the rest. Throw in unbeatable service and a beach club that caters to your every need and you’ll be hard pressed to find any other hotel comparable in the area. The Setai is located just north of the crowded Ocean Drive scene (which is a big plus in our book) and has direct beach access. It’s ultra chic with an Asian-inspired meets Art Deco design concept. It even houses a rooftop recording studio designed by Lenny Kravitz, and if this isn’t enough to entice you to book a room ASAP, we don’t know what would. The grounds of the property are immaculately manicured with palm trees surrounding the three temperature-controlled pools and a spotless stretch of beach that never seems to get as crowded as the beach just to the south. It’s an international scene that flocks to this hotel that caters to families, singles and business travelers.

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Inside the walls of this landmark structure that was originally erected in the mid 1930’s, The Setai offers a calm oasis with dark colors (surprising, but it works). The color scheme evokes Indonesian and Asian tones complimented with dark polished woods. In fact, there are bricks imported from Shanghai, teak from Burma and a bronze Balinese fireplace in the hotel’s lobby. There is an open bath plan in the rooms, and most accommodations are very spacious. There is a new spa at the hotel, The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ, with specially formulated products and treatments inspired by the art of tea. The Spa features four private spa

suites with ocean and pool views, perfect for a romantic couple’s treatment. “The Restaurant” at The Setai invites you to experience an entirely new menu, with flavors offering cuisines and traditional flavors of Europe’s “Sun Coast,” inclusive of the Mediterranean regions of Spain, Italy, the South of France and Provence. There is a Sunday Jazz Brunch which seems to be one of the hottest venues in town for the foodie scene. Their Executive Chef, Mathias Gervals serves up tasty dishes with complimentary Tattinger Champagne and Bloody Marys, along with some unbeatable smooth jazz music. The Setai Grill’s team offers an Asian inspired “East meets West” steakhouse along with small bites. Their dry-aged beef is sourced from Pat LaFrieda & Son in New York City. The “Bar & Courtyard” becomes a smooth and chic sophisticated destination offering Asian small plates and a wide variety of global wines, champagnes and cognacs. There is a DJ that spins here every Wednesday turning the place into one of the coolest places in town. The Setai is by far one of the most sought after hotels in South Beach and a highly recommended spot for the perfect vacation in the sun. For more information: thesetaihotel.com


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The Gale: Boutique Luxury in South Beach By Lisa Loverro I

t’s all about location when vacationing in South Beach and you get any closer to the action than at the historic Art Deco Gale South Beach boutique resort hotel. It’s located directly on the very posh Collins Avenue and, although not directly on the beach it’s only a block away, and nearby to some of Miami’s most iconic hotels such as the Delano and the iconic restaurant and shopping district along Lincoln Road. Originally erected in 1941, the landmark structure was once two hotels, the Regent and the Gale located on an up-andcoming section of Miami known as South Beach. Architect L. Murray Dixon had the unique vision to build two venues of Tropical Art Deco fashion; a style the pioneer is today credited with developing. Recently reopened in 2012, the two hotels have been joined together (the original hotel Regent sign still graces the back of the building) and the Gale South Beach now offers

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87 rooms with a retro inspired feel and chic vibe. All rooms are fitted with flat screens, iPod docking stations, and modern bathrooms. The bedroom walls are decorated with black and white photos of iconic 1940’s images and while there are no tubs or full size closets in the room (somewhat of a norm for boutique hotels here), you’ll make do with the modern shower and luxurious bath products. There is a beautiful 5,000 square foot roof-

top pool gleaming with full sun throughout the day along a lounge serving cocktails and small bites. In the evening the hotel plays host to one of the most popular clubs in the area, Rec Room, which offers a NYC vibe with a relaxed Miami attitude. Guests should take note that some of the lower level rooms at the Gale can be a bit noisy because of this club so unless you party until the sun rises, ask for a room on a higher floor. Dining at the Gale is just as opulent with the opening of Dolce Italian in January 2013. With their very own mozzarella bar, there’s a full menu of Italian classic dishes including pastas risottos and fresh fish. You’ll find this restaurant bustling with both tourists and locals and is a nice compliment and convenience to this chic and iconic hotel. For more information: galehotel.com


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s the temperatures drop the Northeast snowbirds start to flock, and what better choice than the white sandy beaches of South Florida. Since the 1920s Ft. Lauderdale has long considered a playground for celebrities and A-listers, as well as spring breakers, and at the heart of the new renaissance of “The Strip” is the W Fort Lauderdale that combines the cool luxury of a W hotel with the relaxed beach culture of South Florida. Relax in the serenity of a loft or apartment sized accomodation overlooking the ocean with floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony. Rooms start at Wonderful and move to Spectacular, Sensational, Marvelous, Fabulous and Mega ranging in size from 363 square feet to 2607 square feet. Be prepared to be swept off your feet as you lay in your pillow topped King sized bed with 180 degree views over the beach and ocean or admire the view from one of the loungers inside or on the balcony. The oversized bathroom features a rain shower head and a separate stand alone tub to enjoy the glorious sunset from the comfort of your room with luxurious Bliss amenities. Set in a palette of soothing neutral tones of beige and grey with teak furniture, the room features pops of

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bright fuschia in the closet to remind you of the sizzling scene that awaits. While W is known for its creative design, the WET pool is a shining example of their cool ingenuity. As you ascend the stairs from the lobby to the pool, the dramatic glass enclosed foyer encasing the pool gives a sensory immersion of being in the pool without getting wet. Grab a refreshing cocktail or a light bite at the WET bar or relax in one of the outfitted cabanas or on a plush lounger to soak up some rays in this high energy people watching scene. For a complete rejuvenation of the mind and body luxuriate at the Bliss Spa where a ginger

rub aromatherapy massage or triple oxygen treatment will cure any of the winter blues. Stick to your New Years resolutions with a complementary high intensity beach boot camp or yoga at sunrise against a backdrop of cascading waves, soft sand, and balmy breezes. Get ready for a hot night Ft. Lauderdale style at the Ted Gibson salon, renowned stylist to the stars. Whether its a blow out or a cut and color, your locks will be well tended to at this 2000 square foot salon where everyone’s inner diva is realized. Nightlife has always been one of Ft. Lauderdale’s trademarks and the W is at the heart of the scene. At the ground level of the W is celebrated restaurateur Stephen Starr’s latest outpost, Steak 954 which is a contemporary take on the classic American steakhouse. An impresario with the Midas touch, his dry aged and wagyu steaks take on a new level with an array of delectable sauces and sides. Or indulge in the succulent butter poached lobster, miso black cod, or tuna and foie gras tacos. End the night at the sleek and sexy Whiskey Blue where the party never ends. For more information: wfortlauderdalehotel.com


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ynn Las Vegas, a two hundred fifteen acre resort in Las Vegas, is known for luxury and distinctiveness in all the small details that make guests’ stays memorable. It is among the world’s most luxurious resorts. Built on the site of the Desert Inn (where Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cher, Barry Manilow and many other major stars of the last fifty years performed), this 2.7 billion dollar resort was constructed next to the Palazzo and the Venetian Hotel. The Wynn hotel’s forty-five floors contain two thousand seven hundred sixteen rooms. The Wynn and adjacent Wynn Resort Encore combined have a total of 4,750 rooms. Industry insider Steve Wynn built both the Wynn and the Wynn Encore. An American business magnate, he played a key role in the 1990s resurgence of the Las Vegas Strip. His companies refurbished or built many of the most celebrated resorts in Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, the Mirage, Treasure Island, and the Bellagio. Accolades given to the Wynn and Encore include more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star awards than any other independent hotel chain in the world today. The Tower Suites at both Wynn and Encore, and The Spas at Wynn and Encore most recently received the Forbes Five-Star Award. Wynn offers an array of incredible dining options. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, bars and lounges, casual

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dining, or even vegan dining, Wynn offers something amazing for everyone. Ten fine dining restaurants, nine casual dining restaurants, plus twelve bars and lounges provide a tasty variety of choices. Amongst those, Wing Lei, the haute Chinese restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas, is the only Chinese restaurant in North America to have ever received the distinction of a Michelin star. With its century-old pomegranate trees, and two private rooms, Wynn’s Chinese restaurant, Wing Lei, embodies luxury and elegance. Designer Roger Thomas has created a restaurant interior with a unique ambience that exquisitely complements executive chef Xian Ming Yu’s creations. Known as one of Las Vegas’s most upscale and innovative restaurants, Wing Lei is a must-visit location for any visitor to Vegas and especially for hard-core foodies. Two tasting menus are available at Wing Lei, and a Peking duck dinner is also available.

Executive chef Ming Yu creates cuisine that is at once surprising and familiar, like dinner entrée wok-fried duck in black bean sauce. Alaskan King Crab Salad is another crowdpleaser: with miso-yuzu dressing, mango, and avocado, it’s a gastronomic experience guests won’t soon forget. Other menu gems include Sichuan chili prawns, walnut prawns, wok-tossed scallops and wok-fried Maine lobster. Wing Lei’s sweet & sour pork, Mapo tofu, Cantonese chow mein, hand-pulled wok-tossed noddle, and Yang Chow fried rice are delicious as well. Ready to relax and rejuvenate, Vegas-style? Head to the Spa at Encore, designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan of ABA Design. The Spa at Encore features thirty-seven treatment rooms, including fourteen naturally-lit garden suites and four oversized couples’ suites for massage, body treatments, and facials. The spa also features a complete gym with two fitness movement studios which offer spinning, yoga, pilates, conditioning, and mediation classes. Personal training services are available on the gym floor, and several full-time fitness instructors are available for group classes or private instruction. The Spa includes separate women’s and men’s facilities with showers, steam room, sauna, hot and cold plunges and experience showers. Lockers with spa robes, slippers, and hair and body care amenities are also provided at the Salon at Encore.

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Four Seasons Toronto Soars as the Canadian Brand’s Flagship By Norah Bradford

our Seasons Seasons brings brings home home 50 50 years years our of of experience experience and and innovation innovation with with its Toronto, Toronto, Canada Canada outpost. outpost. Back Back home home its at at last: last: in in the the city city where where itit all all began, began, Four Four Seasons Hotels Hotels and and Resorts Resorts has has come come full full Seasons circle circle when when itit opened opened its its new new flagship flagship on on Yorkville Avenue Avenue at at the the corner corner of of Bay Bay Street Street Yorkville in in 2012. 2012. The The stunning stunning 259 259 room room hotel hotel serves as as the the Four Four Seasons’ Seasons’ vision vision for for the the serves future, future, representing representing the the world’s world’s best best luxury luxury travel experience experience and and the the modern modern center center of of travel a a city’s city’s social social and and business business life. life. Four Four Seasons Seasons Hotels Hotels and and Resorts Resorts was was born born with the the opening opening of of the the company’s company’s first first with location location in in 1961, 1961, a a motor motor hotel hotel on on Jarvis Jarvis Street in in downtown downtown Toronto. Toronto. The The fondlyfondlyStreet remembered remembered Inn Inn on on the the Park Park opened opened two two years later later and and continued continued to to operate operate just just years down down the the road road from from the the present present corporate corporate offices until until the the mid-1990s. mid-1990s. In In a a joint joint offices venture, venture, the the company company briefly briefly operated operated a a business oriented oriented hotel hotel downtown downtown in in the the business 1970s. 1970s. The The first first Four Four Seasons Seasons location location in in Yorkville was was open open from from 1978 1978 until until earlier earlier Yorkville this this year, year, when when the the operation operation moved moved down down the street street to to its its new new building building –– the the current current the Four Four Seasons Seasons Hotel Hotel Toronto. Toronto. Described Described by by esteemed esteemed art art and and architecture architecture critic John John Bentley Bentley Mays Mays as as “a “a strong strong jolt jolt of of critic intelligent, intelligent, urbane urbane elegance,” elegance,” Four Four Seasons Seasons Toronto was was designed designed by by architectsAlliance, architectsAlliance, Toronto and and built built by by Menkes Menkes Construction Construction Ltd. Ltd. Sweeping into into the the drive drive (heated (heated for for Sweeping Canadian Canadian winters, winters, of of course) course) past past Claude Claude Cormier’s visionary visionary roseless roseless rose rose garden, garden, Cormier’s guests guests circle circle the the grand grand fountain fountain designed designed

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just for for this this space. space. Alighting Alighting on on a a 12-colour 12-colour just mosaic mosaic with with a a floral floral overlay overlay from from the the etched etched glass canopy canopy above, above, the the urban urban “carpet” “carpet” is is glass the the creation creation of of Cormier Cormier and and Hotel Hotel interior interior designer Yabu Yabu Pushelberg, Pushelberg, inspired inspired by by the the designer Persian Persian rugs rugs popular popular in in the the Victorian Victorian era era as a a nod nod to to Yorkville’s Yorkville’s more more traditional traditional as architecture. architecture. Past Past the the lobby, lobby, ascending ascending a a floating floating staircase staircase to a a loft loft above above the the Hotel’s Hotel’s vibrant vibrant lounge, lounge, to

dbar, travellers travellers and and the the city’s city’s food food lovers lovers dbar, alike alike will will find find a a uniquely uniquely Canadian Canadian setting setting for Michelin-starred Michelin-starred Chef Chef Daniel Daniel Boulud’s Boulud’s for Café Café Boulud. Boulud. Rosalie Rosalie Wise Wise Designs Designs has has created a a bold, bold, contemporary contemporary space space rising rising created from from billion-year-old billion-year-old stone stone floors floors quarried quarried in southwestern southwestern Ontario, Ontario, with with local local woods, woods, in warm warm textures textures and and abundant abundant natural natural light light surrounding cosy cosy tables. tables. The The ambiance ambiance surrounding is is further further enhanced enhanced by by a a collection collection of of paintings from from internationally internationally acclaimed acclaimed paintings pop pop artist artist Mr. Mr. Brainwash, Brainwash, available available for for sale via via Yorkville’s Yorkville’s Gallery Gallery One. One. For For those those sale shunning shunning the the limelight limelight or or seeking seeking an an extra extra sense of of occasion, occasion, a a private private dining dining room room sense accommodates accommodates up up to to ten ten guests. guests. There There are are spas, spas, and and then then there there are are Four Four Seasons Spas. Spas. Spanning Spanning the the entire entire 9th 9th floor floor Seasons and and part part of of the the 8th, 8th, the the new new Spa Spa at at Four Four Seasons Hotel Hotel Toronto Toronto is is the the most most expansive expansive Seasons urban urban spa spa in in the the city, city, and and the the largest largest of of any Four Four Seasons Seasons hotel hotel worldwide. worldwide. More More any than than 2,700 2,700 square square metres metres (30,000 (30,000 square square feet) of of space space includes includes 17 17 treatment treatment rooms rooms feet) with with several several suites suites for for two, two, a a pool, pool, a a nail nail and hair hair bar, bar, men’s men’s and and women’s women’s change change and rooms rooms with with separate separate steam steam rooms, rooms, and and a a Spa boutique. boutique. “We “We call call itit a a ‘spa ‘spa in in the the sky’ sky’ Spa thanks thanks to to its its lofty lofty position position above above Yorkville Yorkville and gorgeous gorgeous views views in in all all directions,” directions,” says says and award-winning award-winning Senior Senior Spa Spa Director Director Todd Todd Hewitt, who who leads leads a a staff staff of of more more than than 70. 70. Hewitt, “A “A winding winding pathway pathway flows flows gently gently from from one one realm of of beauty beauty and and serenity serenity to to the the next.” next.” realm For more more information: information: For fourseasons.com/toronto/ fourseasons.com/toronto/


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magine a place where you’re not judged by the clothing you wear, a place where jewelry, handbags, watches and other material possessions are simply obsolete. A place where one is not judged by their bodyweight, age or appearance, but by their personality. This is... Club Orient... a clothing-optional resort... the true meaning of ‘leaving it all behind’. Magazine, In a recent interview with managing director, Mr. Stephen Payne, and his rooms division manager, Ms. Florence Chiffre, discuss a variety of topics on this most unique and intriguing of travel & escapes. If you’ve never experienced ‘nude-

recreation’ you’re in for a truly amazing experience, ‘a life-changer’ as Mr. Payne attests. At Club Orient, it’s not just an escape from the everyday, but an escape to nature, to one’s natural setting, with no clothing to identify oneself with. Here, a plumber, a state congressman, a Wall Street broker and a stay-at-home mom are all equals. There is no suit, no outfit to depict one’s identity, no clothing to forewarn others of who you are, telegraphing a message. As Stephen discusses, one of the misconceptions associated with the nudist vacation is sex. In the nudist community, nudity isn’t the prelude to sex, but our natural environment. In the ‘regular world’


he tells us “Beyoncé, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, or whomever, are featured on magazine covers, half naked, provocative poses, and our children will then emulate, thinking their bodies aren’t perfect, using clothing as a way to cover-up their imperfections, or feeling as though that’s how they have to dress, as that’s what’s spoon fed to our youth. At a naturist resort, we free ourselves from this, we want our children to know that it’s O.K. to have flaws and imperfections, we want them to feel comfortable in their own skin, around like minded naturists, whether overweight, underweight, missing a limb, a little extra flab, it’s all irrelevant, in our community all is overlooked, as it’s the person that matters, not the outside appearance, but the inside personality.” Crime, he states, is also nearly non-existent in the nudist/naturist community; another

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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, England

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for Friends, Foolproof French Cookery and A Taste of My Life. As to England’s reputation for having less than glorious food, Chef Blanc

says, “Everything changes. We can’t say that France is dead. One eats very well there, just not as well as one used to. The French, more than any other nation, have exported their food culture across the world. But creatively what is happening is that both consumers and chefs are changing, and that’s an exciting moment because British gastronomy can now match the very best of France, and that is new. It is not just about cooking; it is craftsmanship, turning raw materials into something extraordinary. It’s about connecting people and reigniting the French culture for feasting and sharing, not just for special occasions, but for every day. Gastronomy for me is a simple tomato salad as much as a five-course meal.” Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is set amidst ten manicured acres. It has 32 unique rooms that offer a romantic ambience that transports guests into a Blanc’s world of tranquility and exceptional cuisine. We stayed in the White Suite, a beautifully appointed two room cottage where literally every thing from the plush furniture, canopied bed and candy covered


The L’Orangerie Garden Suite at Le Manoir almonds on the table were white. There was a spacious modern marble bath with a tub for two and a private patio a short stroll from the main house. Other rooms that are named after flowers include Bluebell, Orchid, Mimosa and Passion Flower that have its own terrace leading to the hotel’s gardens. This room has a contemporary twist with bold stripes and dark-wood antique furniture that contrasts with the pale marble of the bathroom. Another favorite is Emily located in the oldest part of the house that dates back to the 15th century, sunlight streams through the twin windows that open onto a courtyard. The 11 extraordinary gardens are all filled with whimsical sculptures and fountains. This includes five water gardens that are fed by natural springs. They were originally dug by monks who lived here in the 16th century. There are three flower gardens and a two-acre organic vegetable and herb garden that supply 90 types of fresh salads and vegetables to the restaurant during the spring, summer and fall. Blanc says, “90% of all our food is organic. That started about 13 years ago.” The site is guarded by a bronze scarecrow, modeled after Chef Blanc. In the manor’s Mushroom Valley, you will discover a variety of edible fungi, including shiitake, maitake and parasol. As you wander the grounds, cross the oak bridge and find sanctuary at the Japanese Fugetsu-An Tea House a perfect blend of Taoist, Buddhist and Shinto traditions. Stepping-stones lead you past an impressive rock garden replete with miniature waterfalls to a basin where you can

clean your hands in ritual ablution. Over the last 20 years, Raymond has created orchards full of unusual species of fruit; over 800 apple and pear trees have been planted in the last three years. Le Manoir may be the most expensive restaurant in Britain but its well worth every pound. Double entendre intended. Savor the tasting menu that includes fish, fowl and meat. Try the delectable beetroot terrine served with a horseradish sorbet quenelle. For the finale have the poached meringue and fried apricots inside a globe of nougatine. Sip fine

wines and champagnes from Blanc’s extensive cellar. This is culinary Nirvana. Blanc is a wonderful storyteller and a meal with this animated host is a rare treat. He debunks the image of a chef as an eccentric control freak. “It’s nonsense that you have to be some sort of fierce, controlling chef – it’s yesterday’s cliché – those people will end up in prison because that’s where they belong. The world is changing - we need to create a modern business in which young people will be empowered and treated with respect. We have devalued food; food should connect everything. It’s connected to health, our environment, sex and consciousness. When we sit down and relax at the table it’s a time to let go. Every day people feel like they have to be someone else. We have to meet deadlines, and our bosses want more and more. At the table we can be silly; we can be ourselves. I have learned to laugh at myself, which I couldn’t do before. Never! You know a Frenchman never laughs about himself. It is always, ‘We are the best!’ And I was exactly the same.” Summing up his mission Blanc said “Le Manoir is the fulfillment of a personal vision, where guests will find perfection in food, comfort and service. Humility is so important to me. I have a lovely life. I live in a fantastic world. That’s why, when I cook for strangers, I give them my heart. ” For more information: manoir.com

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t the foot of Croatia’s sun-kissed southern tip, overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Excelsior, part of the spectacular Adriatic Luxury Hotels, proudly stands - a modern glass building sculpted onto the cliffs of the charming seaside village of Dubrovnik. This fivestar, design-conscious haven has been a magnet for the rich and powerful since its opening in 1913, attracting the likes of royals and celebrities, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margret, Margaret Thatcher, King Olaf, Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Ivana Trump, Sir Roger Moore, among many others. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik’s long-standing rich tradition combined with its nonchalant elegance and Mediterranean charm continues to herald in dignitaries, stars, and trend-setters at its coveted seaside location to this day.

Regarded as one of the best hotels in the region, this iconic Dubrovnik landmark illustrates the perfect blend of old and new. The

original building has been restored with a host of modern conveniences while maintaining its old world charm. Set in a tranquil environ-

ment with magnificent gardens in which to stroll, there are countless opportunities to take in the panoramic Croatian views. With the island of Lokrum in one direction and the UNESCO-protected Old Town in another, it is the perfect location to embark on an exploration of the beauty and history of the region. Conveniently located in the Ploce neighborhood, just steps away from Dubrovnik’s historic Old City, there is plenty to discover. Marvel at the cultural and architectural beauty of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains, like Franciscan Monastery, Rector’s Palace and Sponza Palace while taking in the history and vibe of this well preserved medieval walled city. Also nearby and not to be missed are Orlando’s Column and Church of St. Blaise, the patron saint of the city. From sightseeing to sailing and island hopping, there is an ac-

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tivity for every preference. From visiting the well-known arboretum and botanical garden in Trsteno to sampling local vintages on the Peljesac wine trail, one can take in the fresh Croatian air and relax in the tranquility of nature. For those wishing to partake in more nautical activities, the private beachfront can be your haven for the day. Explore the waters of the Adriatic on one of the hotel’s luxury yachts, and sail away in style to a variety of exciting destinations. The concierge at the Excelsior can arrange a customized extensive program of excursions, perfectly tailored to your interests. After a long day of sightseeing, rest assured knowing the Excelsior is renowned for its hospitality and personal touch. Each of the 158 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites are stylish and contemporary, yet comfortable with modern state-of-the-art technology and spacious bathrooms. The decor is a welcoming blend of warm browns, fresh creams and cool grays, accented with dark wood furnishing and Croatian art. Step out onto one of the deluxe room’s sweeping private terraces to unwind and take in the stunning views. For further relaxation and pam-

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pering head over to the Energy Clinic Spa and Wellness Center, where a freshwater pool, two Jacuzzis, Turkish and Roman baths, as well as a comprehensive spa menu featuring customized skin and body treatments await. Dining at the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is as much a delight as expected in such a picturesque setting with even more spectacular sea-view vistas. With four restaurants to select from, you need not travel far for some of the

best fine dining in Dubrovnik. Overseen by the talented and well-known Executive Chef Peter Obad, the menus are carefully crafted

reflecting the best offerings of local and international food using fresh and high quality ingredients. The main restaurant, Salin, is a beautiful light-filled vibrant dining room serving buffet breakfast in the morning, later transforming into a modern Mediterranean restaurant in the evening, complete with a terrace and unique views over Dubrovnik. Ideal for an intimate evening served under ancient stone arches, Prora Beach Restaurant sets the mood for romance with its impeccable fresh seafood menu and heavenly regionally inspired desserts. For a change of flavor, and to awaken your palate, SATU Sushi Bar & Restaurant presents artfully created Japanese cuisine, transforming fresh local fish into delicious sushi and sashimi. After a delectable dinner, enjoy live music and cocktails at the legendary Abakus Piano Bar. It’s also one of the most popular spots in the area during the day and sunset for light bites and amazing views of Old Town, an excellent scene for people-watching. BELLEVUE HOTEL Nearby, on the Western side of Dubrovnik, another five-star luxury hotel similar in style and splendor lies tucked away at the beginning of the beautiful Lapad Peninsula. Perched on


a cliff above the picturesque and tranquil Miramare Bay, Hotel Bellevue, also part of Adriatic Luxury Hotels, can be recognized by its modern glassy facade which contrasts with the grandiose rocky terrain below. This boutique hotel boasts some of the best views in town. Upon entering the lobby you are immediately greeted by a picture-perfect floor-to-ceiling panorama of the crystal clear, azure Adriatic sea. You are transported to a world of elegance and luxury, a perfect hideaway to immerse yourself in the laid-back and breezy spirit of the Mediterranean. Secluded and shielded from the bustle of town, yet close enough to explore the sights of Dubrovnik and Old Town, Hotel Bellevue is an exceptional retreat to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views in a chic and comfortable setting. Whether on your balcony, on of the many terraces or on the beach, you are sure to enjoy your stay and unwind completely. Hotel Bellevue’s 91 rooms and suites are simply yet stylishly designed, each with sea views. The interior decor, inspired by the city’s maritime heritage combines contemporary design with a welcoming sea-infused color palette and

original Croatian art. Organic materials and sleek upscale furnishings with modern and stateof-the-art technology make for a successful blend of warmth, convenience, and character. A notable feature are the novel balconies which have a clear glass balustrade to accentuate the already impressive views. Below, one of the most visited beaches in Dubrovnik is just steps away. This pebble beach is charming and secluded, a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, sunbathing on one of the

loungers or lazing in the warm blue waters. For further relaxation, take a dip in the indoor infinity pool perched on the cliffs, or book an appoint-

ment at the Energy Clinic Wellness and Spa Center featuring relaxation and detoxifying treatments. If the fresh Croatian air has opened up your appetite, Hotel Bellevue presents two tempting restaurants and a lounge to choose from. For light snacks and cocktails, the stylish Spice Lounge is an exotic space filled with ambiance. Aside from the brilliant view, the room’s focal point is a magnificent Nepalese stone wall and a grand palm tree centerpiece. This worldclass designed lounge and bar offers Viennese coffee and pastries, fine wines, draft beers, and tasty cocktails. For a more formal fine-dining experience, Vapor showcases an international a la carte menu created by Executive Chef Saša Računica. He inventively turns traditional Mediterranean cuisine into uniquely new and fresh creations with a regional twist. Meanwhile, at Nevera Beach Restaurant, you can casually enjoy grilled fish and Mediterraneanstyle cooking with Asian and Pacific influences, paired with some of the best local wines while overlooking the bay. For more information: adriaticluxuryhotels.com

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ocated in the Nolita section of New York City, the highly anticipated La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels opened this past May and didn’t disappoint their anxiously awaiting patrons. An extension of the renowned wine bar in Paris of the same name, and with a wine list of over 500 wines mostly from France, La Compagnie sits on Centre Street in a very low key spot, but this place is anything but low key when it comes to service and ambiance. It’s dimly lit and cozy, a perfect spot for date night but also serves as a fun bar to visit with a group of friends. The main area is comprised of couches and mod chairs gathered around wooden tables. There is also a beautiful marble wine bar, perfect for a casual cocktail after work. The crowd here is a mixed bag of sophisticated millennials and a mid 30’s group, but the more mature crowd will not feel out of place here as the international set that frequents this French wine bar runs the age gamut. The culinary dishes will have you wondering if you’ve stepped into a Michelin-starred restaurant. And rightly so since Chef Armand Arnal, of

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the Michelin-starred La Chassagnette, serves a very French-inspired menu of small plates

including Toad in a Hole with truffle butter, Duck Liver confit and Roasted Lamb Shoulder. As mentioned earlier, the wine list is extensive and although most are from France there is also a nice mix of other regions represented as well, including a variety of South African wines which can be hard to fine in this city. The unique draw behind the bar here at La Compagnie are the two glass Enomatic machines that keep up to 16 open bottles available on tap; a nice touch to allow the patron to try highend “bottle only” options by the glass. It’s best to make reservations on weekend nights but otherwise you’ll be able to walk in during the week. La Compagnie will instantly transport you to a tiny bar in Paris without the high cost of the airfare. La Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels 249 Centre Street NY, NY 10013 212.343.3660

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A REFINED ITALIAN RESTAURANT THAT ALLOWS AL FRESCO DINING WITH VIEWS OF CENTRAL PARK

Villagio is not your regular Italian Brasserie. Bringing together a unique blend of spectacular cuisine, impeccable service and dazzling ambiance. A wood-burning oven for traditional thin-crust pizzas forms the heart of the restaurant, while antipasti, fresh seafood and family-style dishes fill out the extensive menu. Executive Chef Paul Johnston uses an abundance of fresh produce. Choose between varieties of excellent mains,

such as the Atlantic salmon baked to perfection, grilled tuna in a white wine and lemon sauce, veal scaloppini, traditional meatballs, or house-made ravioli stuffed with chicken and porcini mushrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all generously portioned and reasonably priced.

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Veggie-Forward at The Little Beet Table By Peizhao Sun T he rising popularity of kale tells of two things, first, we’ve finally come to terms with the fact that, well, bacon grease actually isn’t that great, and second, we’ve got a cheery storm of healthy, nutritious, and positive vegetable trends coming. While some chefs busy themselves with locating the best produce, others recognize kale’s tip-of-theiceberg status, and delve deeper to rediscover incredible, often underrated ingredients. Little Beet Table, the spin-off of the popular eatery Little Beet, is the latest creation from chef Franklin Becker, whose aim for better living through quality ingredients and healthful eating gave Little Beet Table the organic menu it boasts. Using simple yet top-grade ingredients, Little Beet Table brings New York the flavor it craves and the health-bite it needs. Sitting on Park Avenue between 24th and 25th street, Little Beet Table dons a warm and simple decor. While lights bounce off the cream white walls, mismatched tables and chairs line the restaurant against simplistic brick, as well as exposed wooden beams. Together with potted plants and overall lighter hues, Little

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Beet Table creates an atmosphere that’s both comfortable and intimate, which ultimately brings the focus back to the dazzling dishes.

The menu follows chef Franklin Becker’s aim to promote better eating and better living, and offers a very green, very vegetarian (but don’t fret, meat-lovers!), and very organic selection of dishes. On top of a section entirely dedicated to vegetables, Little Beet Table makes sure it doesn’t stop there. In the appetizer section, there’s the creamy and flavorful white bean and kale soup with parmesan, as well as the refreshing baby kale, prepared with pine

nuts, currants & pecorino. There’s also inventive dishes such as the Quinoa “Risotto,” made with seasonal ingredients, as well as two kinds of puree to keep the classic dish’s signature creamy consistency. Although Little Beet Table has a great focus on vegetables, as chef Becker puts it, it isn’t necessarily a vegetarian restaurant; Rather, it’s a spot that happens to serve really healthy food, which resulted in the balanced and nutritious protein dishes such as the LBT burger, with roasted tomato, potato crunch and bacon. The menu is rounded out with a organic drinks menu, which features items made with spirits like Prairie Organic Vodka, biodynamic wines, and glutenfree beers. Serving healthy, tasty food in a equally delightful environment, Little Beet Table in the Flatiron District promotes health, taste, and fresh ingredients, and is deserving of a visit from wellnessseeking Manhattanites! Little Beet Table 333 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10010 212.466.3330

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“A Difference You Can Taste”

Have your next party in one of our 5 private dining rooms!

We choose from only the finest USDA PRIME meat available. The selection process is crucial and therefore done only by our Executive Chef EDWARD AVDYLI on a daily basis. This is to ensure the quality of our meat that we provide is second to none. 135 E 55th Street (Lexington Avenue) New York, NY 212-588-1585 www.angusclubsteakhouse.com


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s part of the Fireman Hospitality Group, which owns Trattoria dell’Arte, Redeye Grill, Cafe Fiorello, Brooklyn Diner, and Bond 45 which are all conveniently located in the heart of NYC’s entertainment districts, Florian is their latest Italian trattoria that serves elevated Italian home style dishes. Inspired by the famed 300 year old Venetian coffee house Caffe Florian, that same warm and convivial and timeless Italian atmosphere has been recreated and transported to the heart of NYC’s Flatiron district. From the large Tuscan bronze sculptures to the Italian imported tiles, lapis green marbled walls, and wood beamed ceilings, collectively these small details reflect the rich cultural history and art of Italian hospitality. While there is no shortage of Italian restaurants in NYC, Florian has a very Romanesque celebratory feel. Upon entering the dramatic floor to ceiling glass entryway you’re visually drawn to the 6 larger than life bronze nudes crafted in Pietrasanta that seem to be inspired by Botticelli’s neo classical style but with contemporary attributes, such as opening a wine bottle while presiding over the bar, or holding a bevy

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of golden wine chalises. To interpret fine Italian cuisine, Bolognese born Executive Chef Brando de Oliveira has created a menu that spans different regional cuisines throughout Italy. Be sure to ask for the flavorful amuse bouche cheese puffs. Start with a combination of seasonal vegetable antipasti sourced from the Union Square greenmarket and creamy housemade burrata from the mozzarella bar. As burrata is considered a barometer of authentic Italian cuisine, choose from various

options such as a stuffed caprese, carbonara or olive salad with parma ham. The appetizers reflect his style of elevated Italian comfort food with vegetable ribollita soup, grandma’s chicken soup, crispy fried “giudea” artichoke, and fried shrimp and calamari. A “must try” is the decadent whole lobster thin crust pizza topped with their delicious buratta on a bed of savory pomodoro sauce. The home made fresh pasta are unique and scrumptious with favorites being the rich ossobucco and bechamel lasagna surrounding a center bone that’s filled with marrow, and the creamy pesto ravioli all abrando filled with arugula and spinach. For main courses try the veal chop parmagiana, braised short rib with bramata polenta, or the almond crusted brook trout with crab. One of the highlights of the meal are the indulgent desserts which were made to share. Chocolate lovers can get their fix from the rich signature chocolate mousse or the chocolate pizza with melted Nutella on a crispy thin crust pizza that is well worth every calorie. Florian 225 Park Avenue South NYC NY, NY 10003 212.869.8800

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ust as the maestro conducts the orchestra, Mastro’s Steakhouse takes to the classic American steakhouse creating a symphony of flavors all masterfully executed from delicate seafood to succulent wet aged steaks with a contemporary twist on classics. Originally founded in Scottsdale, this iconic steakhouse has quickly become a celebrity magnet throughout Southern California, Illinois, Arizona, and Nevada and finally made its pilgrimage out East with its New York City flagship. This expansive 8,395 square foot bi level Rockefeller Center reflects the essence New York City’s power dining scene. The understated yet opulent dining areas feature a dark and rich neutral palette with a bronze quartzite bar, saddle brown leather wood tiles, and caramel and cream Roman imperial marble tiles softly lit with amber hued lighting. Upstairs has a lounge and dining area with live music while downstairs features an additional dining area, plus an intimate space for hosting private parties with plenty of bespoke craft cocktails to keep the night buzzing. What really sets Mastro’s Steakhouse apart from other Gotham steakhouses is their indulgent signature dishes such as their 2 foot tall seafood tower, lob-

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ster mashed potatoes and their warm butter cake with a menu executed by Executive Chef Aaron Albrecht. Start with a selection from their extensive raw bar list such as the Lobster cocktail elegantly presented on dry ice, or indulge in the paper thin beef carpaccio. Equally as impressive is their crudo and sushi selection created by Executive Chef Angel Carbajal which would rival the top Japanese establishments in the area. The specialties of the house are the seared albacore with black truffle and the jalapeno tuna sashimi. For salads try the heirloom tomato with a creamy house made burrata. Though Mastro’s Steakhouse is billed as a steakhouse, their seafood

selections are equally as impressive. For carnivores, generously sized wet aged cuts are offered such as a veal chop, Chef’s Cut ribeye chop, rack of lamb to a massive 48 oz double porterhouse. A customer favorite is the tasty bone in filet that combines all of the flavor of a porterhouse with the tenderness of a tenderloin. For seafood options, try the Chilean sea bass, sashimi grade big eye tuna, seared sea scallops or twin lobster tails. Sides range from the purely decadent to the heart healthy with options such as Alaska king crab black truffle gnocchi, gorgonzola mac n cheese, scalloped potatoes, or roasted brussel sprouts and sauteed sugar snap peas. As every great performance closes with a final act, the desserts at Mastro’s Steakhouse culminate the end of a decidedly delicious meal. While the key lime pie and New York style cheesecake are rich and satisfying, a must is the wickedly decadent warm butter cake with a brûléed sugar top that literally melts in your mouth sending your taste buds into an operatic euphoria leading to an encore performance. Mastro’s Steakhouse 1285 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY 10019 212.459.1222

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A TASTE OF ITALY AT CENTRAL PARK By W. A. Muller

lex Kalas and Thomas Billante, owners of a profusion of restaurants in Miami as well as Chicago, have transformed the space that was once home to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant & Bar (40 Central Park South) and opened the new Villagio On the Park, a refined Italian restaurant that allows al fresco dining with views of Central Park. According to Alex, both he and Thomas decided to open a restaurant in New York City because, “the many New Yorkers who have been to our restaurants in Miami have had wonderful dining experiences. Now they can be on their home turf and enjoy our authentic, fresh taste of Italy in one of New York City’s finest neighborhoods.” The stunning interior was Designed by Jeffrey Beers International, who also created the unique looks of New York restaurants including db Moderne, Villard Michel Richard and Towne, Villagio On the Park boasts a modern aesthetic built on marble and wood. Walls are lined with rustic pizza paddles, enhancing your experience of an authentic slice of Italy, while hundreds of illuminated crystals hang from the ceiling and reflect off one another to cast an ubiquitous glow.

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Under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Johnston, Villagio On the Park makes its own pastas and imports many of the essential ingredients from overseas, such as Portuguese octopus and calamari from Europe. Signature dishes include a gondoletta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a truffle mushroom cream sauce, and zucchini flowers, which are harvested in Palm Beach, filled with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto. Pizzas are baked in the woodburning oven, and gluten-free options are on the menu. All desserts, such as apple pie al la mode, tiramisu, chocolate soufflé and crème brulee are created on the premises. Central Park evokes magic and beauty no matter what the season is, and Villagio on the Park only maximizes the experience. At Villagio you can expect to be treated like family; from the minute you walk in the door, Manager Fabrizzio and his team will enhance your dining experience with friendly and attentive service. Villagio on the Park 40 Central Park South New York, NY 10019 212.369.4000 villagiorestaurants.com


A Perfect Fit at the Empire State Building

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mpire State, the ultimate icon of American modernity, is both of New York, and of the world. As the tourist hotspot attracts millions of globetrotters eager to take in the bright lights, Empire State building’s fame reaches new skyscraping heights. Sitting on West 34th and Fifth Avenue, the towering building claimed the throne as the tallest building in the world for almost 40 years following its 1931 completion. Now, the aged yet vibrant building is getting its first official restaurant - STATE Grill and Bar, operated by the exquisite Patina Restaurant Group. Serving elegant New American cuisine in America’s most beloved skyscraper, STATE Grill and Bar is here to bring excellence to New Yorkers and travelers alike. Walking into STATE Grill’s ground floor location, the elegant restaurant’s chic modernity stands out immediately, as minimalistic decorations hang against a clean space. Inspired by Empire State itself, the interior of STATE is sleek, sharp and very much influenced by the Art Deco style. The modernity and the retro art deco style blend seamlessly and the end result is much

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By Peizhao Sun resembling of the icon it’s housed in. Quaint, sophisticated banquettes line the walls against a wooden backdrop as diners look through the glass, either at chef Octavio Becerra behind the open kitchen, or at the bustling midtown crowd treading outside. State Grill and Bar’s menu is largely driven by the focus on fresh and seasonal market ingredients from the Hudson Valley to North Fork, and guarantees palatable bites. Following some warm bread paired with fresh butter

churned in-house, State Grill and Bar offers classic entrees and inventive bites. There’s the succulent Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with stone-ground grits and dandelion greens, cooked to perfection, alongside a Lamb TBone with romesco and eggplant. The menu also features a large selection of seafoods, offering oysters as well as the refreshing lobster salad and bacon-lettuce-tomato-andlobster sandwich. Being vegetarian friendly, the restaurant also features extensive vegetarian options such as the Onion-Tomato Tart with cloumage ricotta, Linguine with oyster mushrooms, or the caramelized and charred Cauliflower Steak. Serving upscale, elegant, New American cuisine in one of the world’s most iconic sky-scrapers, State Grill and Bar offers more than just a marvelous meal; its high standards and attention to details have made the restaurant truly exquisite like New York, and is deserving of your next visit. STATE Bar and Grill 350 5th Avenue New York, NY 10001 212.216.9693


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An Asian Delicacy W

alking through a crowded Asian city makes the masses at Times Square seem like child’s play. The kaleidoscope of colorful histories clashing with chic urbanity contained is much like the art of Asian cuisine, distilled and molded through the ages. As the continent lies across climatic zones, the cuisines there draw inspiration from the various spices and ingredients specific to the regions, which result in palatable creations both flavorful and diverse. The best representation of the diversity and the exciting elements is probably within the metropolitans’ bustling streets, where venders serve up rich and dazzling bites. Fitting fascinating street bites into a highbrow Manhattan dining format, Sachi Asian Bistro stuns with compelling taste. Walking into Sachi’s impressive 3,000 square feet, 100-seat space in Murray Hill, right on 2nd Ave, guests are immediately greeted by the twin Tibetan statues near the entrance, and a wooden interior that’s dominant in the restaurant. Red leather banquettes line the restaurant against a

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misty waterfall wall backdrop while wooden panels tuck away quiet whispers in the dining room, creating a sophisticated and alluring ambience. Separated by one wooden panel is the conjoined sushi bar, offers additional seating and serves up refreshing cocktails and deep-sea delicacies. While the elements in the interior keep it simple yet chic, the menu diversifies, serving the best of Asia as Sachi showcases from dim sum to noodles, as well as sushi and sashimi. On top of the traditional appetizer’s list, Sachi

also serves a list of dim sum which, whether it be a la carte or platter, is perfect for sharing. There’s the scallion pancake, satisfying with a crunchy texture and plentiful scallion flavors, and the Charsui duck bun with shallot and BBQ marmalade, light yet tender, both fall under the dim sum list. The rest of the menu is a celebration of multi-ethnic flavor in the noodle & rice and the meat & seafood section. The Dan Dan noodles, served ramenstyle with duck in a sesame broth, is both fiery in accordance with the Dan Dan tradition and palatable. The sushi is at Sachi is also fresh; and special rolls such as the T.N.T with blue crab, crunchy spicy tuna and mango chutney please with the interesting texture. Showcasing the multiethnic excellence and influences in the sophisticated Murray Hill neighborhood, Sachi Asian Bistro is without a doubt worthy of Manhattanites’ visits. Sachi 713 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10016 212.297.1883 SachiNYC.com


SUSHISAMBA dynamic culinary scene SUSHISAMBA joins joins London’s London’s dynamic culinary scene By W. A. Muller nternationally renowned SUSHISAMBA nternationallyhas renowned SUSHISAMBA Restaurant debuted its latest Restaurant latest location, and its has first indebuted Europe, inits London’s location, and its first in Europe, in London’s stunning Heron Tower. Delivering a unique stunning Tower. Delivering unique blend of Heron Japanese, Brazilian and aPeruvian blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, SUSHISAMBA’s London menu is cuisine, menu is a thrillingSUSHISAMBA’s mix of new andLondon signature dishes a thrilling mix of new and signature dishes with an emphasis on piquant flavours, the with emphasis and on piquant flavours, the finestan ingredients artful presentations, finest ingredients and artful presentations, under direction of Executive Chef Claudio under direction of Executive Chef Claudio Cardoso. Cardoso. “We are thrilled to join London’s dynamic “We are thrilled join London’s dynamic culinary scene,” tosays Shimon Bokovza, culinary says of Shimon Bokovza, managingscene,” partner SUSHISAMBA managing partner of of SUSHISAMBA restaurants. “The energy London and restaurants. “Theappeal energyis of Londonfitand its international a natural for its international appeal is a natural fit for our expansion, and we are so pleased our expansion, and we pleased to make Heron Tower ourare firstsoEuropean to make Heron Tower our first European home.” Located on the 38th and 39th home.” on the 38thtwo andof39th floors ofLocated the Heron Tower, the floors of the Heron Tower, two highest outdoor terraces flankof the the highest outdoor terraces flank restaurant, offering unparalleled viewsthe of restaurant, offering unparalleled views of the city to the west and the Olympic Park the city to the west and the Olympic Park to the east. Award-winning architects to the Ruddy east. designed Award-winning architects Cetra the restaurant’s Cetra Ruddy designed the restaurant’s 13,423-square-foot space, which has 13,423-square-foot has direct access via twospace, scenicwhich lifts from direct access entrance via two on scenic lifts from a dedicated Bishopsgate. a onfor Bishopsgate. Thededicated venue is entrance open daily lunch and The venue is open daily for luncha and dinner, offering outdoor dining, bar dinner, offering outdoor dining, a bar and lounge, and premier event space. and lounge, and premier event space.

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The ever-evolving menus feature items The feature items from ever-evolving a Robata grill,menus along with a variety from a Robata along with a variety of Seviches andgrill, Tiraditos, Samba Rolls of andsharing Tiraditos, Samba andSeviches numerous plates. ThereRolls are and sharing plates. Theresuch are manynumerous enticing SUSHISAMBA classics many enticing SUSHISAMBA classics such as the Moqueca Mista (shrimp, squid and as the Moqueca Mista (shrimp, squid and lobster stock, coconut milk, cashew and lobster stock, coconut milk, cashew and chimichurri rice) and the El Topo roll (with chimichurri rice) and the leaf, El Topo (with salmon, jalapeño, shiso freshrollmelted salmon, jalapeño, fresh melted mozzarella and shiso crispy leaf, onion). Other mozzarella onion). options rangeand from crispy Kuromitsu GlazedOther Pork options range from Kuromitsu Glazed Pork Belly Wraps (palmito, orange, bibb lettuce) Belly Wraps (palmito, bibb lettuce) to Wagyu Gyoza (with orange, courgette purée and to Wagyudipping Gyoza (with courgette purée and su-shoyu sauce). su-shoyu dipping sauce). The Sushi Bar offers traditional styles as The offers traditional styles as well Sushi as Bar daily-changing contemporary well as daily-changing contemporary

options. Desserts are a piece of art in itself options. a piece of art in Yuzu itself includingDesserts amongare other confections, including among(yuzu othercream confections, Yuzu Meringue ‘Tart’ sugar bulb, Meringue ‘Tart’ (yuzu cream sugar lemon bulb, lemon meringue, schezuan granite, lemon meringue, granite, lemon zest, yuzu drizzle) schezuan and Organic Chocolate zest, drizzle) and Organic Chocolate Chili yuzu Peppers (peruvian chili mousse, red Chili Peppers (peruvian chilipepper mousse, red pepper tuile, raspberry-red sorbet, pepper tuile, raspberry-red pepper sorbet, chocolate crumble). chocolate crumble). The international 150-bin wine and sake The 150-bin sake list isinternational overseen by Head wine Wineand & Sake list is overseen by Head Wine & Sake Sommelier Maurizio Palomba. Richard Sommelier Maurizio Palomba.and Richard Woods manages the cocktail spirit Woods manages the cocktail and spirit program, highlighting a list of modern program, a list modern and classichighlighting cocktails such as of Shiso Fine and cocktails such Shiso Fine (Ketelclassic One vodka infused withasshiso leaves, (Ketel One vodka infused withsyrup, shiso leaves, homemade red Thai basil freshly homemade squeezed red limeThai andbasil applesyrup, juices,freshly and squeezed lime and apple juices, and crème de pêche) as well as SUSHISAMBA crème de pêche) well asFresa SUSHISAMBA signatures, the asNina (Svedka signatures, the muddled Nina Fresa (Svedka Vodka, freshly strawberries, Vodka, freshly muddled strawberries, orange liqueur, lime and guava) and the orange liqueur,(shochu, lime andHendrick’s guava) andGin, the Chu-Cumber Chu-Cumber (shochu, Hendrick’s Gin, freshly squeezed lime juice, Japanese freshly squeezed lime juice, Japanese cucumber and homemade turmeric cucumber and homemade turmeric syrup). syrup). SUSHISAMBA SUSHISAMBA 87 Seventh Avenue South 87 Avenue South NewSeventh York, NY 10014 New York, NY 10014 212.691.7885 212.691.7885 sushisamba.com sushisamba.com


Mirch Masala [ mur-ch mɑːˈsɑːlə ]

Mirch literally means Chillies, the red spicy peppers. But it also has many other meanings when used with different sentences & occasions; it could mean spice, spice of life, happiness or pungent, jealousy and could also mean oomph & much more! Masala , is a word of Indian origin, meaning mixture of spices. The term “garam masala” literally means ‘hot spices or a “ mixture of hot spices” It is generally a combination of ground roasted cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon & bay leaves... The term “masala” is commonly used to mean many things; when used in a slang fashion, it may connote “an interesting mixture of things”.

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PHILIPPE PHILIPPE BY BY PHILIPPE PHILIPPE CHOW: CHOW: A-LIST A-LIST HOTSPOT HOTSPOT n ever-strong whirlwind since nopening ever-strong whirlwind since its doors in December its Philippe doors Chow in December 2005, opening Philippe by in New 2005, Philippea by Philippe New York remains hotspot andChow staplein for a York remains a hotspot and staple for a virtual “who’s who” of the music, film and virtual “who’s who” music, politicos, film and sports industries, notoftothe mention sports industries, notoftoadditional mention New politicos, CEOs and an array York CEOs and anDiners array ofhave additional NewA-List York influencers. included influencers. Diners have included A-List celebrities like Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, Troy celebrities Rihanna, Kobe Dick Bryant, Troy Aikman, like Carmel Anthony, Parson, Aikman, Carmel Anthony, Dick Parson, Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, Robert De Oprah Winfrey,and Anna Wintour, Robert De Niro, Beyonce Jay-Z. Niro, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Philippe New York exudes elegance Philippe elegance combiningNew its chicYork décorexudes of red, black and combining chicplush décor of red,banquettes black and white hues its with leather white hues with plushthat leather and intimate booths lendbanquettes an air of and intimate that from lend an air of opulence as booths the glow flickering opulence as the glow from flickering candles and overhead skylights set the candles overhead set For the tone for aand luxurious diningskylights experience. tone for a luxurious dining experience. For VIP patrons seeking something a bit more VIP patronsa seeking something a bit more secluded, seductive subterranean floor secluded, a seductive subterranean floor offers a lounge, as well as two intimate offers a lounge, well aswhich two are intimate wine cellar diningasrooms, fully wine cellarwith dining rooms, which are fully equipped Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art equipped with systems Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art entertainment perfect for viewing entertainment systems perfect for viewing parties. parties. Chef Chow, who was born in China and Chef Chow, who was born in China and

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has been cooking professionally since has been cookingin professionally he was a teenager Hong Kong, issince best he was a teenager in Hong Kong,that is best known for show-stopping dishes are known dishes as lavishforas show-stopping they are delicious. Thethat foodare at as lavishisasserved they are delicious. Thesignature food at Philippe family-style and Philippe is servedSalt family-style and signature items include & Pepper Lobster, items include Salt & Pepper Lobster, Chicken Satay, Glazed Spare Ribs, Filet Chicken Satay, Glazed Spare Filet Mignon with oyster sauce and the Ribs, legendary Mignon with oyster sauce and the legendary Peking Duck, which is carved tableside and Peking which is carved tablesideSince and served Duck, with house-made pancakes.. served with house-made pancakes.. Since

opening, Philippe Chow has received top opening, Philippe Chow has “Best received top culinary accolades including Peking culinary accolades including “Best Peking Duck” from the New York Observer and Duck” the New York Observer “Best infrom Chinese” by Zagat. In additionand to “Best in Chinese” by Zagat. addition to the dishes that exemplify ChefInChow’s take the dishes Beijing-style that exemplify Chef Chow’s on classic cuisine, Philippetake has on classic Beijing-style has a lengthy wine list, as cuisine, well as Philippe a selection a list, as well as a also selection of lengthy vintage wine champagnes. Guests can of Guestslike also can alsovintage sip onchampagnes. specialty cocktails, Lychee also sip on specialty like of Lychee Martinis which are cocktails, reminiscent the Martinis area reminiscent of the Far Eastwhich but with New York twist. To Far with twist. To end East their but meal on aa New sweetYork note, diners end their meal on a sweet note, diners can order one of Pastry Chef Kostas can orderdesserts. one ofWith Pastry Chef Kostas Paterakis’ his dessert menu, Paterakis’ desserts. With his dessert Paterakis veers away from Asia andmenu, offers Paterakis away fromstaples, Asia and Americanveers comfort food likeoffers Red American comfort staples, Red Velvet Cake, Warmfood Apple Crumblike and a Velvet Cake, WarmChocolate Apple Crumb and a decadent flourless Cake that decadent flourless Chocolate Cake that also happens to be gluten-free. Philippe also be gluten-free. Philippe New happens York cantoalso host your next fête, New York can also host your next in one of their private rooms that fête, can in one of their10private can accommodate to 100rooms gueststhat and/or accommodate 10 to 100 guests and/or provide offsite catering. provide offsite catering. Philippe New York City Philippe New Street York City 33 East 60th 33 East 60th Street New York, NY 10065 New York, NY 10065 212.644.8885 212.644.8885 philippechow.com philippechow.com


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proper steak diner has always been the symbol of sophistication, for longstanding traditions and impeccable preparation. The steakhouse itself, then, becomes the manifestation of the traditions, the sophistication and most importantly, a great time. While more than a handful of steakhouses of varying qualities dominate the island of Manhattan, to distinguish the gems from the dust isn’t a hard task for most, as the quality of the experience starts from the moment you step inside. Angus Club Steakhouse, opened in early 2014, is such a gem as the gorgeous establishment gains popularity for its quality service and its impeccable dryaged steak. The steakhouse sits on East 55th street in the heart of Midtown’s dining circuit. Entering the elegant space, guests are immediately greeted by the restaurant’s signature ambience. The restaurant dons a luxurious yet toned down art deco look, and lets simple, chic wood theme dominate the dining room as reclaimed wood bars and beautiful oak wood floors fuse harmoniously. Warm lighting from vintage chandeliers illuminates the beiges and browns in the dining room, while gorgeous black leather

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chairs pair with crisp, white table cloths, reminiscent of great fine dining traditions. Crafted by chef Edward Avdyli, the menu continues the same sophistication in decor and brings quality steaks to the restaurant’s guests. To ensure guests are only served with the highest quality, Chef Avdyli personally handpicks the meat from the finest USDA PRIME available, as the selection process stands as a crucial component in preparing Angus Club steaks. The meat is then dry-aged for up to 35

days, as Chef Avdyli believes the extra time in fact boosts the already palatable meaty flavor. On the exquisite menu, Porterhouse steak and Ribeye have gained popularity for their natural, juicy and flavorful qualities. Prepared to perfection, these steaks come neither drowned in steak sauce nor seasoning; rather, the tenderness and flavor take the stage, bringing guests the best texture. The menu also includes an expansive seafood and salad sections, serving crowdpleasers like Lobster Tails or Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, both flavorful and tender. The restaurant has tweaked the dinner menu to also accommodate the midtown lunch crowd, serving the same excellence in smaller portions. Offering elegant fine dining service and top-grade dry-aged beef in bustling Midtown, Angus Club Steakhouse stands out for its luxurious interior, attentive service and most importantly its impeccable taste, and is deserving of your next visit. Angus Club Steakhouse 135 E 55th Street New York NY 10020 212.588.1585

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n Malay, pasar malam translates to night market. The street market, seen mostly in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, traditionally consists a great variety of reasonably priced gift stalls, grocery stalls and sometimes even toy stalls; but what draws people to pasar malams, is the diverse and various, cooked food stalls. Foodies gather for traditional dishes that charm with incredible flavors at excellent prices. The newly opened Pasar Malam in Williamsburg carries the same spirit of the traditional pasar malam, serving palatable signature Malay dishes in a cozy, night-market-resembling space, and is absolutely worthy of curious and spice-loving Manhattanites. Stepping into the restaurant in Williamsburg, guests are immediately greeted by the traditional Malay themed interior decor adorning the space. Large signs proclaiming “stay” or “Hainanese chicken rice” are mixed with buddhist altars and garlands that beautifully capture the street market’s signature appearance. The rest of the interior is kept simple and minimal, bringing diners’ attention to the many unique bites offered at this haven of Malaysian food.

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Pasar Malam mostly serves food that showcases influences ranging from Chinese to East Indian, to aboriginal Malay tribes, and is guaranteed to please with its poignantly tasty and spicy flavors. On the menu, Thai and Indonesian items are included alongside Malaysian dishes. Roti, a flaky Indian flatbread, is already a crowd-favorite, as Pasar Malam’s rotis are made fresh in house and come in eight different varieties. Roti Canai, one of the more classic roti dishes, is lightly tanned and comes with a tangy coconut-milk curry perfect for dipping. Other dishes also gained popularities among

patrons. Rojak is a traditional salad of raw green mango, tart pineapple, crisp jicama and torn hunks of fried Chinese cruller bread, and mixes really well with the belacan sauce. The salad is perfect to precede the nasi lamak , a platter of creamy curry chicken, shrimp sambal, tangy pickled vegetables and a hard-boiled egg presented around a nice cone of coconut rice. There’s also the Malaysian classic chile crab, which is prepared lightly breaded and fried soft-shells, allowing those who rather not combat the shell to indulge in some delicious crustacean. Aside from flavorful Malaysian dishes, Pasar Malam also serves beverage inventions such as the tasty and playful Cincau, with grass jelly and lychee. Serving traditional Malaysian dishes in a streetmarket-resembling space, Pasar Malam in Williamsburg truly brings the bustling and the sizzling night market scene to first-timers and Malaysian food loving Manhattanites alike. Pasar Malam 208 Grand Street Williamsburg, NY 11211 718.487.4576

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SPICING UP MURRAY HILL WITH CHOTE NAWAB KABABS By W. A. Muller

hote Nawab, meaning “Little Prince”, is among the hottest culinary additions to the Murray Hill restaurant scene. Inspired by the varying tastes of the Nawabs (princes) of different states within India, the restaurant is led by celebrated worldclass chef, Hemant Mathur, and showcases regional Awadhi cuisine most notably from the city of Lucknow in Northern India. The Nawabs of India, mainly in the city of Lucknow were very much the foodies of their day, known for their elaborate royal kitchens and hospitality and of course their kababs. As well as the popular kababs, the restaurant features Biryani from Hyderabad, made with goat, spices and rice traditionally cooked “dum” style over steaming coals, as well as delectable dishes from the coastal state Andhra Pradesh. Menu items include

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Tunde Ke Kabab, a “melt in your mouth” Lucknowi lamb kabab, with minced lamb and spices, Dum Biryani, a Hyderabadi rice dish, cooked “dum”- style, or sealed pot style, served with a choice of goat or chicken, house blend spices, and garden herbs, Dum Kokur, a sealed pot chicken curry on the bone; and for vegetarians, the menu offers dishes such as Baghara

Baigan, a Hyderabadi eggplant. Chote Nawab combines modern design elements, such as concrete walls, with Indian themed murals to create a contemporary, yet warm ambiance, which is a reflection of its in-house spice blends and authentic culinary style. Mathur brings a taste of the “Little Prince’s” kitchen to New York City, while maintaining his authentic restaurant standards. Mathur owns several other highly-rated Indian restaurants in New York - Chola, Chote Nawab, Haldi, Kokum and Malai Marke - each one showcasing its own regional cuisine. Chote Nawab 115 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016 212.679.4603 chotenawabnyc.com


DHABA BRINGS LONDON’S FINE-INDIAN CUISINE TO NEW YORK By W. A. Muller

ocated in New York’s celebrated “Curry Hill”, world-class chef and tandoor master Hemant Mathur’s restaurant Dhaba brings a fresh take on Indian fare by showcasing regional cuisine in a sophisticated environment, reminiscent of the new generation of modern Indian restaurants prolific in London, England. In recent years, modern Indian cuisine in London has left behind the traditional Curry House and moved towards the exciting realm of fine dining, with award-winning Indian restaurants like The Cinnamon Club pushing boundaries and impressing critics. Hemant Mathur, who has been a visionary leader in the transformation of Indian food in the United States, is bringing this new movement to New York via Dhaba. Dhaba, which focuses on Punjabi cuisine, is the modern interpretation of a traditional dhaba in India. Traditionally, dhabas are eateries commonly found in the outskirts of metros in Northern India and are widely reputed to serve flavorful and authentic local food. More recently, dhabas are sprouting all over cosmopolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai, bringing their brand of authentic, flavorful food to city connoisseurs. In Punjab, “farm-to-table” isn’t a trend; it’s part of daily life. Farmers in the region are knowledgeable about food and fresh produce in the way most chefs

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are. These local attitudes are brought to life at Dhaba by Mathur, whose commitment to authentic flavors and regional cuisine has earned him two Michelin stars and a slew of accolades. In addition to Dhaba, Mathur owns several other highly-rated Indian restaurants - Chola, Chote Nawab, Haldi, Kokum and Malai Marke - each one showcasing its own regional cuisine. Dhaba offers a full menu and several specialty dishes, as well as an extensive vegetarian selection. Favorites include familiar “dhaba” staples such as Sarson ka Saag and Makki da Roti, but also spotlights a wide array of Punjabi dishes such as Hare

Nimbu wale Murgh, Chicken Kaali Mirch, Punjab da Lauki Masala, Shalgam Saag and Bharvan Shimla Mirch. The menu features popular Northern Kabobs such as Paneer Taash Kabob, Kakori Kabob, and Adrak ki Champ. These broad menu choices are sure to delight the palate of New York City gourmands. Ensconced in the Murry Hill neighborhood of Lexington Avenue, Hemant’s vision of a dhaba with a modern twist was made a reality with the help of designer Thida Thong Thai. Low lamps hang discreetly within the restaurant resembling the street lamps that hang over these traditional eateries. The emblematic earthy greens, natural beiges and dark brown silks combined with magenta and orange accents add a luxurious tone to the dining room. A large communal banquet table in the center keeps with the characteristic dhaba homage. The colorful glass tunnel entrance, decorative spice bottles and steel bar with colorful glass bangles are an unexpected surprise that adds a touch of modern flair while still in tune with its traditional presence. Dhaba 108 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016 212.679.1284 dhabanyc.com


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Twice as Nice By Hillary Latos

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hether its on Fifth Avenue by the library or downtown on Wall Street, dining at the Andaz is always a welcome respite for tourists and locals alike looking for a quintessential New York experience.

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ina Rata is Wall Street’s newest lounge and dining destination at the Andaz Wall Street. Opening up onto the iconic Pearl Street, its the perfect spot to grab a post work drink or dine on contemporary American bistro fare. The menu is inspired by the many fresh and seasonal provisions sourced from the Hudson Valley and divided into small and large bites that were meant to be shared over their creative cocktails. Rich and tasty small plates include creamy artichoke spinach fondue, oven roasted sriracha laced shrimp, lobster aoili salad, or a plate of Hudson Valley cheeses and charcuterie. Large plates are best enjoyed family style with luxe comfort food classics like 3 cheese mac n cheese with bacon, cremini mushrooms and

The Shop at the Andaz 5th Avenue is an intimate yet modern eatery featuring the talented new executive chef Michael Santoro who has brought his culinary expertise culled from 10 years at working in some of the top Michelin Star restaurants around the world including NYC’s Bouqueria and Restaurant Daniel. His signature culinary style is an elevated farm to table concept focusing on sourcing locally and crafting his menu around seasonal ingredients with a strong focus on unique pairings to produce delicious dishes bursting with flavor. Santoro’s culinary showmanship is a focal point in the open air kitchen that is seamlessly integrated into the airy dining room. Highlights of the menu include the chestnut soup with a toasted porcini meringue, caramelized scallops with a pumpkin butter, heritage pork ragout with egg tagliatelle and parmesan, venison burger with braised short rib, confit lamb shoulder with harissa over polenta, and sunchoke milanese with broccoli rabe and pickled date. Equally as impressive is their craft cocktail menu featuring seasonal pre prohibition style cocktails served upstairs and also downstairs in the speakeasy style lounge.

truffle; pomegranate glazed short ribs; and a high roller burger with foie gras and Applewood smoked bacon. Save room for a sweet bite with indulgent offerings such as a maple pot de creme, milk & honey panna cotta, or the road to richness, which is befitting of a Wall Street locale.

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n the dead of winter New Yorkers tend to hibernate, however classic French or Japanese inspired Mexican is enough of a reason to beat the cold for a soul warming meal which is the perfect cure for cabin fever.

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hat happens when you take the best of Mexican and Japanese street food? You have Takumi taco. What started as an ingenious idea by cofounders Mark Spitzer and Derek Kaye who tested the concept as a pop up in Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg soon

grew to encompass 2 brick and mortar Manhattan locations including one at the Starrett Lehigh Building and the newest outpost at Chelsea Market. Start with a base such as a combination bento box, burrito bowl or gyoza taco shell with traditional Mexican accompaniments with a Japanese twist such as yuzu guacamole, edamame, or wasabi cream and then top it with scrumptious Japanese fillings like Japanese curry beef, ginger miso chicken, or Sapporo braised shortrib and you have a winner on your hands. Other signature comfort dishes that are flavorful and delectable are the crave worthy spicy tuna tacos or nachos, chipotle shrimp taco, and chicken teriyaki bowl. While the Chino/Latino fusion concept is nothing new in a melting pot like NYC, Takumi Taco gets it right with truly authentic flavors that blend seamlessly. Takumi 75 Ninth Avenue NY, NY 10011 takumitaco.com

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serie fare that is brilliantly executed is the saffron rigatoni with lobster and lobster coral butter, wagyu flatiron steak paired with sunchoke sarladaises and oyster mushrooms, and the Mediterranean black sea bass with couscous and apricots. The French have nearly perfected the art of the dessert and Millesime is no exception. Similar to a classic French Opera cake, the sublime chocolate hazelnut mousse bar features a Gianduja ice cream and candied hazelnuts, and the Ile Flottante with the meringue topped with berries and a sable breton is a light ending to a perfect meal. Millesime at the Carlton Hotel 92 Madison Ave NY, NY 10016 212.889.7100 millesimenyc.com


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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA The panoramic views of Port Canaveral and rocket launches from the great room, in addition to side views of the Banana River, make this condo home truly special. Beautifully maintained and impeccably clean, this unit will delight with its soft color palate and tasteful decorating choices. Its split floor plan, open living area and separate laundry room make it suitable for a full time residence or a wonderful vacation home. Offered at $319,900

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uxury condominium 325 LEX unveils its crown jewel with a new, smartly designed full-floor penthouse that combines astounding New York City views with modern convenience. Sitting atop the 31 story building, Penthouse B boasts 2,477 SF of flawless interior space and an additional 1,136 SF of sprawling outdoor terrace space overlooking some of Manhattan’s most iconic structures including The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Conceived by Carmel Partners, with interiors by Povero & Company, the stunning penthouse features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, soaring 11 foot ceilings with a custom marble and steel surround fireplace and wide plank natural walnut floors. The windowed eat-in kitchen includes a skyline breakfast bar with Liebherr, Bosch, Kohler and SubZero appliances. The sophisticated and modern master suite has a windowed marble bathroom, two walk-in closets, and a private terrace off the bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect interiors with the sweeping city-

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scape, allowing residents to feel at one with the city, yet removed from the bustle. With its distinguished shimmering glass façade, 325 LEX features 125 studio, one-, twoand three-bedroom residences designed to maximize light, air, and panoramic city views. Representative of Carmel Partners’ meticulous attention to detail, the building features two passenger elevators with walnut paneling and Bianco Antico granite floors. Common corridors feature textured vinyl wall covering and custom-made wool Ulster carpeting.

An intimate lobby, attended 24 hours daily, is a warm welcome fore residents and their guests. The lifestyle and amenities focus on creating a balance of work and play, from a dynamic fitness center designed by The Wright Fit, to a landscaped roof terrace – perfect for entertaining – with wide open views that never let residents forget they’re in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Convenience is paramount at 325 LEX. Some of the city’s best restaurants, wine bars, and cafes are outside the door, and a jaunt uptown or downtown is never too far. Now over 30% sold, the building is a commuter’s dream. Bordering Murray Hill, it’s a quick walk to Midtown’s spires. And with a location just three blocks from Grand Central Terminal and FDR Drive, getting in, out and around the city couldn’t be easier. Prospective buyers can experience the 325 LEX lifestyle by visiting the building’s four on-site model residences. For more information: 325LEX.com


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tephen Alton knew from a young age he wanted to be an architect. In high school, Alton – the founder of Stephen Alton Architect, a New York City-based interior architecture and design firm – began work at a family-owned architecture firm taking photographs of nearby Vanderbilt University, a longtime client of theirs, in Alton’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Alton has come a long way since. His eponymous architecture firm is hard at work on the interiors for luxury developments around Manhattan including 400 Park Avenue South. SAA is responsible for myriad successes at residential buildings such as The Touraine at 132 East 65th Street, The Clement Clarke at 140 West 22nd Street, The Atlas at 66 West 38th Street and New Gotham at 520 West 43rd Street. These triumphs, among others, have made SAA the go-to for a slew of bigname developers including Gotham Organization, Toll Brothers City Living and AvalonBay Communities. “Architecture counts,” Alton said. “The interior of a building should strengthen the archi-

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tectural concept. That’s how I define my group in terms of what we do.” After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Alton started his own firm and believes that each building should be uniquely designed to build upon its brand. He explained that interior architecture is a key part of a development because, when properly done, the little details in a luxury development can make all the difference when selling multi-milliondollar units. “Branding is critical. It’s what sets your project apart from your neighbors’ and gives a unique quality to your building. For example, we like to do the front door handles of the building first, because it’s one of the first things a person comes in contact with,” Alton said. “There are unique details or components that create a memory or interest in an apartment and that is going to separate you from your competition and make people want to rent or buy your unit — a countertop that has a specific type of carving on it, a backsplash that might meet the countertop. Sales people call it whistles and bells.”

New developments, even ones that now sell for upwards of $3,000 per square foot, can be very genetic, and there’s often very little a developer can do that hasn’t been done before to make it unique, Alton said. He uses design techniques that, although pricey, can attract the sophisticated luxury buyer. His most recent project to hit the market, 400 Park Avenue South, is already making waves for its hand-crafted design and aesthetic. Stephen teamed up with longtime collaborator Toll Brothers City Living on the project for whom Alton has designed Northside Piers II and The Touraine. “It’s extremely exciting because Christian [de Portzamparc] is the designing architect,” Alton said. “It’s so unique, not only in terms of buildings in Manhattan, but in the world. It’s a very different concept of a building. We really get to do something exciting and interesting with the design to look carefully at what the building represents and the context of the building.”


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decor. Above the lobby are seven, full floor luxury units - six of which are two-bedroom lofts - offering open floorplans that optimize the space and are accented by distinctive half-moon windows on both the north and south sides of the building. The seventh unit is a duplex penthouse, a new addition to the building, with 1,028 exterior squarefeet spanning two private rooftop decks. Added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 12, 1985, the building is bookended by two streets with the exclusive residence entrance located at 42 Ann Street, and the commercial entrance at 127 Fulton Street. The residences have sweeping views of the Freedom Tower, especially from the

3,444 interior square-foot penthouse suite. Throughout the residential transformation, the building’s rich architectural details such as barrel vaulted ceilings and window engravings are juxtaposed with high-end finishes including energy-efficient Viking and Liebherr appliances, high-gloss kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring and porcelain countertops. The building also contains a private storage space available to every homeowner, a private keyed elevator, a virtual doorman, humidification systems and radiant heated flooring. Colkitt&Co’s motto, Drawn Together™ gets its meaning from the process rooted in collaboration between people, brands, agencies and communities. Nathan Lee Colkitt and his team at Colkitt&Co worked with Tamara Eaton Design on interior layout modifications in the residential units, and duplex penthouse, as well as worked through code issues to obtain the building’s certificate of occupancy. Colkitt&Co also completed a design and renderings for the duplex penthouse, a unit which will remain unfinished until the space is sold and the new owner decides on custom finishes and furnishings. For more information: upspringpr.com


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IVY MANOR: One of the more remarkable properties on the market currently. The 10,000 plus square foot house was constructed with sensitive thought to detail and a sharp eye for aesthetics. When you enter the gates-the manor home sits majestically within its well manicured grounds. Offers 6-7 bedrooms and 8 car garage. The five acres lushly planted with lawns, specimen trees and flowering beds include tennis court, gazebo, loggia, and sparkling reflecting ponds. $2,695,000

FRENCH COUNTRY HOME: A long sinuous drive, past mature woodlands, brings you up to the home on 4 plus acres.This French inspired country home offers the three traditional steep gabled roof lines. The lead glass front door opens to a welcoming foyer with barrel ceiling, symmetrical dining room and formal living room. First floor master bed chamber. Includes a separate 2 bedroom apartment. $899,000

THE BENNETT BARN: Renowned Architect Ward Bennett converted the barn back in the 1960's. This could be arguably one of the most unique homes in the Upper Bucks area. The grounds are lushly planted with Bamboo and various rare specimen trees and shrubs. A detached garage, a Casita and a naturalized inground pool. $745,000

CHATEAU BLEU: This German built stone home, circa 1813, sits majestically within 8 acres of verdant meadows and beautiful vistas. Cooks Creek, one of the premiereTrout streams in Bucks County, meanders lazily through the property.The kitchen, filled with high end appliances, including a professional Bertazzoni stove, and counters of stone, looks down to the huge Great Room all surrounded by walls of glass that add a mid-century vibe to the entire room. $975,000

STONEY MEADE BARN: The Barn,once part of WHISPERING CEDARS:

the neighboring homestead, has been lovingly converted into a family home over the years.The stone and timber barn offers a magnificent first floor arrangement.The open floor plan moves graciously from the dining area that looks into the kitchen and then into the family room.The exposed beams and timbers add a rustic influence within the elegance. The property has a two-car garage and the storage needed for all of those family "treasures. $679,000

Located in a quiet corner of Tinicum Township, Bucks County.A long cedar line drive delivers you to this very private 11 plus acre parcel. The home was designed to resemble a Bucks County barn and the architect did not disappoint. The interior offers an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining or supplies an easy way of living. Wood beams and other indigenous mill work create the feel of a barnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. Beautiful cabinetry $1,395,000 and high end appliances in kitchen.

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County stone farmhouse is sited on 10 desirable acres on prestigious Pidcock Creek Road. The home has a large, inviting kitchen. Radiating from the kitchen is a spacious family room with walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. There are 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths. The 10 acre site offers a large frame barn,a separate guest house,garage,in-ground pool, peacock house, a large pond and beautiful vistas. $2,150,000

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LOCALLY KNOWN. GLOBALLY CONNECTED. “It was a true pleasure working with Claire and her team to buy a home for my daughter and her children. They really went above and beyond to find us the right home at the right price. They are professional, organized and proactive. There is always someone to speak to and ready to help whenever needed. I will definitely use Claire and the Sheres Realty team for all of my real estate needs in the future.”

Claire Sheres Ray Mark, Boca Raton

“My wife and I are very fortunate to have Claire as our Realtor. She negotiated both the sale and purchase of our Boca homes. She is a true professional, who does not sugar coat issues and understands the value Realtor®, GRI, e-PRO, CNS of a Client’s time. Claire Sheres is in your corner at all times and her team has been trained by the best. International President’s Premier You definitely want Claire on your side of any Real Estate transaction.” International Legends Society Diane and Michael Begleiter, Boca Raton

Realtor®, GRI, e-PRO, CNS International President’s Premier International Legends Society

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Le Lac

Woodfield Country Club

This exquisite 2.1 acre lakefront estate in Boca Ratonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious gated community, was totally renovated in 2009. Meticulously manicured grounds, spectacular view, private dock, impact glass, full home generator, lavish pool and much more.

Exceptional half acre lakefront estate features a large loft, soaring ceilings, Saturnia marble floors, impact glass, fireplace, heated pool & spa and more. Can be purchased with neighboring 0.42 acre lot which features a full-size basketball court for an additional $1,295,000

Boca Raton

5 bedrooms + office + den, 5.2 baths | $4,350,000

caRlton PlacE

5 bedrooms + office + loft, 7 full & 1 half baths | $2,750,000

The Oaks

Woodfield Country Club EnclavE

Gorgeous estate with lake and golf views. Many upgrades include a plethora of fine built-ins, Copper style ceiling in the office, Renovated kitchen & bathrooms. Impact glass throughout, Stone fireplace w/ auto gas, Lushly landscaped and covered summer kitchen directly adjacent to the resort lagoon styled pool w/ raised spa. This exquisite estate is a luxurious haven! You must see to believe! 6 bedrooms, 7 full and 1 half baths $1,995,000

Boca Raton

Spectacular estate with lake views located in the resort-style gated community of The Oaks at Boca Raton. Some of the wonderful features of this home include a built-in office, custom theater room, gourmet kitchen, stunning stone fireplace, 24â&#x20AC;? Saturnia marble floors on a diagonal, custom banister, crown molding, cabana bath with steam shower, summer kitchen, heated pool with spa, playground and more.

6 bedrooms, 7 full & 1 half baths | $1,699,000

Claire Sheres

TWO NAMES YOU CAN TRUST

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