Concierge: Avenue Picks 2010

Some things are constant and some are ever-changing, and one thing that is constant is that New York is always in flux. That’s why you need an expert to keep you up to date on the finest restaurants, hottest clubs, chicest shops and hidden, not-to-be-missed gems of the city. For 35 years, AVENUE magazine has offered access to the people and places that make Manhattan tick. We are the ultimate insiders in a metropolis that is teeming with possibilities. Concierges at the city’s finest hotels can help you cut through the second-best to get you into the top tier, and AVENUE helps you know what that top tier is. We are pleased to present the guide to the very best the city has to offer, from those who know it inside and out. SHOPPING BEST JEWELERS AND WATCHES: Asprey 853 Madison Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.688.1811 Audemars Piguet 65 East 57th Street (at Park Avenue) 212.758.8400 Bulgari 730 Fifth Avenue (at 57th Street) 212.315.2300 Cartier 653 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd Street) 212.753.0111 828 Madison Avenue (at 69th Street) 212.472.6400 Chanel fine jewelry 733 Madison Avenue (at 64th Street) 212.535.5828 Damiani 796 Madison Avenue (at 67th Street) 212.375.6474 David Webb 789 Madison Avenue (between 66th and 67th streets) 212.421.3030 David Yurman 729 Madison Avenue (at 64th Street) 212.752.4255 Dumont Estate Jewelry 780 Madison Avenue (between 66th and 67th streets) 212.988.0888 Fred Leighton 773 Madison Avenue (at 66th Street) 212.288.1872 Graff 710 Madison Avenue (at 63rd Street) 212.355.9292 Harry Winston 718 Fifth Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.245.2000 Jack Vartanian 996 Madison Avenue (between 77th and 78th streets) 212.988.2881 Kenneth Jay Lane The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 646.912.8371 Kwiat 725 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.725.7777 Leviev 700 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.763.5300 Maurice Fine Jewelry The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.888.2223 Reinstein Ross 29 East 73rd Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.772.1901 Seaman Schepps 485 Park Avenue (at 58th Street) 212.753.9520 Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Avenue (at 56th and 57th streets) 212.230.6000 Van Cleef 744 Fifth Avenue (at 57th and 58th streets) 877.826.2533 Wempe 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.397.9000 Yael Sonia 922 Madison Avenue (at 73rd Street) 212.472.6488 BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORES: Bonpoint 810 Madison Avenue (at 68th Street) 212.879.0900 Crewcuts 1190 Madison Avenue (at 87th Street) 212.348.9803 Infinity NYC 1116 Madison Avenue (at 83rd Street) 212.517.4232 Jacadi 1242 Madison Avenue (at 89th Street) 212.369.1616 Space Kiddets 26 East 22nd Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue) 212.420.9878 Spring Flowers 907 Madison Avenue (at 72nd Street) 212.717.8182 BEST 24-HOUR DRUGSTORES: CVS See cvs.com for store locations Duane Reade See duanereade.com for store locations BEST LOCAL “UNDER THE RADAR” BOUTIQUES: F.S.C. Freemans Sporting Club 8 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie Street) 212.673.3209 Parke & Ronen 176 Ninth Avenue (at 21st Street) 212.989.4245 BEST VINTAGE STORES: Arthritis Foundation Encore Consignment 1132 Madison Avenue (between 84th and 85th Street) 212.879.2850 Council Thrift Shop 246 East 84th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.439.8373 Frock 170 Elizabeth Street (between Kenmare and Spring streets) 212.594.5380 From Around The World Vintage Archive 209 West 38th Street, suite 1201 (at Seventh Avenue) 212.354.6536 Keni Valenti Retro-Couture 155 West 29th Street, 3rd floor, room C5 (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 917.686.9553 Resurrection 217 Mott Street (between Prince and Spring streets) 212.625.1374 Screaming Mimi’s 382 Lafayette Street (between Great Jones and 4th streets) 212.677.6464 Thrift Shop 1430 Third Avenue (at 81st Street) 212.772.8816 What Goes Around Comes Around 351 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets) 212.343.1225 BEST LEATHER GOODS: Ghurka 1 West 58th Street The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.826.8300 683 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets) 212.826.8300 MCM The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.832.2626 T. Anthony 445 Park Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.750.9797 WHERE THE COGNOSCENTI SHOP FOR ANTIQUES: Antiques M 220 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.644.3404 AVENUE Antiques and Art at the Armory The Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue (at 66th Street) 212.284.9728 (call for dates and details) Classic Rug Ccollection 205 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.832.3338 Donald A. Heald 217 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.668.1410 Guy Regal LTD./Newel LLC. 223 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.888.2134 Howard Kaplan Antiques 240 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.443.7170 John Salibello Antiques 211 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.838.5767 Karl Kemp Antiques 36 East 10th Street (between Broadway and University Place) 212.254.1877 Kentshire 700 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.752.4255 Luther Quintana Studio 237 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.888.2134 Maison Gerard 53 East 10th Street (at Broadway) 212.674.7611 Phoenix Antiques 213 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.759.1153 BEST FLORISTS: Belle Fleur 134 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor (between 18th and 19th streets) 212.254.8703 Bloom 541 Lexington Avenue (at 50th Streets) 212.832.8094 Floralies 122 East 55th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) 212.755.3990 L’olivier Floral Atelier 19 East 76th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.744.7676 The Secret Garden 574 Columbus Avenue (at 88th Street) 212.362.8188 Starbright Ffloral Design 150 West 28th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 800.520.8999 MOST EXCLUSIVE FURRIERS: Dennis Basso 765 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 212.794.4500 G. Michael Hennessy Furs 345 Seventh Avenue, 5th floor (at 32nd Street) 212.695.7991 J. Mendel 723 Madison Avenue (between 63rd and 64th streets) 212.832.5830 Petrou 850 Madison Avenue (at 70th Street) 212.249.7111 Pologeorgis 143 West 29th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.563.2250 BEST PLACES TO PICK UP A LAST-MINUTE TUXEDO: Baldwin Formals 1156 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor (at 45th Street) 800.427.0072 Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 800.558.1855 Brioni 57 East 57th Street (between Park and Madison avenues) 646.624.5600 Brooks Brothers 346 Madison Avenue (at 44th Street) 212.682.8800 BEST LUGGAGE STORES: Ghurka The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.826.8300 683 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets) 212.826.8300 Hermes 691 Madison Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.751.3181 J.Crew 1035 Madison Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.249.3869 Lexington Luggage 793 Lexington Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets) 800.822.0404 Samsonite 838 Madison Avenue (between 69th and 70th streets) 212.861.2064 T. Anthony 445 Park Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.750.9797 Tumi 1100 Madison Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd streets) 212.288.8802 BEST WINE MERCHANTS: Crush Wine & Spirits 153 East 57th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues) 212.980.9463 Millesima 1355 Second Avenue (between 71st and 72nd streets) 212.639.9463 Morrell & Company 1 Rockefeller Plaza (at Fifth Avenue) 212.688.9370 Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits 505 Park Avenue (at 59th Street) 212.838.7500 BEST MUSEUM SHOP: MoMa Design Store 44 West 53rd Street (between Sixth and Fifth avenues) 212.767.1050 BEST SHOPS FOR HOUSEWARMING GIFTS: ABC Carpet & Home 881 & 888 Broadway (between 18th and 19th streets) 212.473.3000 Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor (between 57th and 58th streets) 800.558.1855 Harris Levy 98 Forsyth Street (between Broome and Grand streets) 212.226.3102 Madeline Qeinrib atelier ABC Carpet & Home 888 Broadway, 6th floor (at 19th Street) 212.473.3000 x3780 Takashimaya New York 693 Fifth Avenue (between 54th and 55th streets) 212.350.0100
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BEST DAY SPAS: Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa The Plaza 1 West 58th St (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.265.3182 Eden Day Spa 388 Broadway (between Walker and White streets) 212.226.0515 Sense, A Rrosewood Spa The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.744.1600 Smooth Synergy 686 Lexington Avenue, suite 3N (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.397.0111 Spa Chakra On Fifth 663 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.871.3050 Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon 120 East 56th Street, 2nd floor (between Park and Lexington avenues) 212.750.4441 BEST HAIR SALONS: Cozy’s Cuts For Kids 1125 Madison Avenue (at 84th Street) 212.744.1716 David Evangelista at Spa Chakra On Fifth 663 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.871.3050 Frédéric Fekkai 712 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor (at 56th Street) 212.753.9500 John Barrett Salon 754 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.872.2700 Julien Farel Salon 605 Madison Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.888.8988 The Plaza Beauty by Warren-Tricomi The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.223.4694 Toka Salon Mmadison Ave 768 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 212.517.5133 Yves Durif The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.452.0954 BEST BARBERS: F.S.C. Barber 5 Horatio Street (at Eighth Avenue) 212.929.3917 Paul Molé Barbershop 1031 Lexington Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.535.8461 BEST MANICURES: Elizabeth Arden 691 Fifth Avenue (between 54th and 55th streets) 212.546.0200 Spa Chakra On Fifth 663 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.871.3050 Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon 120 East 56th Street, 2nd floor (between Lexington and Park avenues) 212.750.4441 BEST PLACES FOR SKIN CARE: Christine Chin Spa 82 Orchard Street (between Grand and Broomes streets) 212.353.0503 Clarins Skin Spa 1061 Madison Avenue (between 80th and 81st streets) 212.734.6100 Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech 620 Park Avenue (at 65th Street) 212.734.4400 Dr. Howard Sobel’s Skin & Spa Cosmetic Surgery Center 960 Park Avenue (at 82nd Street) 212.288.0060 Lather 127 East 57th Street (between Lexington and Park avenues) 212.644.4449 Mario Badescu Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue (between 55th and 56th streets) 212.904.7971 Susan Ciminelli Day Spa & Salon 120 East 56th Street, 2nd floor (between Lexington and Park avenues) 212.750.4441 BEST PLACES FOR A NAP: Central Park-Sheep’s Meadow Exhale 980 Madison Avenue (at 77th Street) 212.249.3000 150 Central Park South 212.249.3000 Yelo 315 West 57th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) 212.245.8235 BEST INDOOR SPOT FOR CHILD’S PLAY: Chelsea Piers 23rd Street and the Hudson River 212.336.6666 Kidville 163 East 84th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues) 212.630.9600 YMCA 5 West 63rd Street, 6th floor (at Central Park West) 212.875.4100 BEST YOGA STUDIOS: Jivamukti Yoga Center 853 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor (between 64th and 65th streets) 646.290.8106 Pure Yoga 203 East 86th Street (at Third Avenue) 212.360.1888 Yoga Effect 226 East 54th Street, suite 600 212.754.5600
CUSTOM SERVICES BEST EMERGENCY BABY-SITTERS: American Child Care, Inc. 445 Park Avenue, 9th floor (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.244.0200 The Baby Sitters’ Guild 60 East 42nd Street, suite 912 (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.682.0227 Sitters Studio 646.246.6024 BEST LIMOUSINE SERVICES: Capricorn Llimousine Service 718.729.3000 Carey 1.800.336.4646 Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation 617.787.5575 EmpireCLS worldwide chauffeured services 201.784.1200 BEST PLACES FOR SHOE REPAIR: Artie’s Shoe Repair, Inc. 243 Eighth Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd streets) 212.255.1451 Infinity Shoe Repair 599 Lexington Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets) 212.755.4901 Jim’s Shoe Repair 50 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.355.8259 Leather Spa 10 West 55th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.262.4823 BEST PET GROOMERS: Biscuit And Bath 1535 First Avenue (at 80th Street) 212.419.2500 Hydrosurge Therapeutic Holistic Pet Bathing and Professional Grooming 207 West 80th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues) 212.787.3073 Ritzy Canine Carriage House 148 East 40th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues) 212.949.1818 BEST PRIVATE DETECTIVE AND SECURITY SERVICE: Gold Shield Executive Sservices, Inc. 900 South Avenue Staten Island, N.Y. 212.619.4844 BEST PERSONAL SHOPPERS: Christine James and Danielle Paltrowitz Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 212.872.8700 BEST PLACES TO RENT A HELICOPTER: Associated Aircraft Group, Inc. 845.463.6500 Helicopter Flight Services 609.265.0822 Liberty Helicopters 888.692.4354 Shoreline Aviation 800.468.8639 Wings Air 866.445.5434
FOOD & DRINK BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS: Popover Café 551 Amsterdam Avenue (at 86th Street) 212.595.8555 Serafina Fabulous Pizza 1022 Madison Avenue (at 79th Street) 212.734.2676 Serendipity 3 225 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.838.3531 BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH SPOTS: BLT Market The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 1430 Sixth Avenue (between 58th and 59th streets) 212.521.6125 Blue Water Grill 31 Union Square West (at 16th Street) 212.675.9500 Eatery 798 Ninth Avenue (at 53rd Street) 212.765.7080 Norma’s Le Parker Meridien 118 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.708.7460 Pastis 9 Ninth Avenue (at Little West 12th Street) 212.929.4844 Sarabeth’s 1295 Madison Avenue (at 92nd Street) 212.410.7335 BEST PLACES FOR A BREAKFAST MEETING: Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Avenue (at 86th Street) 212.724.4707 Brasserie Ruhlmann 45 Rockefeller Plaza (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.974.2020 The Four Seasons 57 East 57th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.758.5700 Loews Regency Hotel 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street) 212.759.4100 Norma’s Le Parker Meridien 118 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.708.7460 BEST PLACES FOR A POWER LUNCH: ‘21’ Club 21 West 52nd Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.582.7200 Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Street (at Park Avenue) 212.499.0599 Fred’s at Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue, 9th floor (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.833.2200 The Four Seasons 99 East 52nd Street (at Park Avenue) 212.754.9494 Le Caprice 795 Fifth Avenue (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.555.1212 Michael’s Restaurant 24 West 55th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212. 767.0555 Swifty’s 1007 Lexington Avenue (at 72nd Street) 212.535.6000 BEST PLACES FOR AFTERNOON TEA: The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.744.1600 The Gotham Lounge The Peninsula New York 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.956.2888 Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon The Inn at Irving Place 56 Irving Place (between 17th and 18th streets) 212.533.4466 Tea & Sympathy 108 Greenwich Avenue (at Jane Street) 212.989.9735 Terrace Room The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.759.3000 BEST PLACES FOR DRINKS AL FRESCO: 230 Fifth 230 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) 212.725.4300 Bryant Park Grill Bryant Park’s Upper Terrace (between 40th and 42nd Streets) 212.840.6500 The Loeb Boathouse Central Park East 72nd Street and Park Drive North 212.517.2233 Salon De Ning The Peninsula New York 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) 212.903.3861 BEST CHOCOLATIERS: Jacques Torres Chocolate 285 Amsterdam Avenue (between 73rd and 74th streets) 212.414.2462 Maribelle New York 484 Broome Street (at Wooster Street) 212.925.6999 La Maison du Chocolat 1018 Madison Avenue (at 78th Street) 212.744.7117 Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland Rockefeller Plaza 620 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets) 212.246.4416 Vosges Hhaut-Chocolat 1100 Madison Avenue (at 83rd Street) 212.717.2929 BEST BAGELS: Ess-A-Bagel, Inc. 359 First Avenue (at 21st Street) 212.260.2252 H & H Bagels 2239 Broadway (at 80th Street) 800.692.2435 Tal Bagels 333 East 86th Street (between First and Second avenues) 212.427.6811 TOUGHEST RESTAURANTS TO GET A RESERVATION: Fred’s at Barneys New York 660 Madison Avenue, 9th floor (between 60th and 61st streets) 212.833.2200 The Grill Room at The Four Seasons 99 East 52nd Street (between Lexington and Park avenues) 212.754.9494 Le Bernardin 155 West 51st Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.554.1515 Momofuku Ko 163 First Avenue (between 10th and 11th streets) www.momofuku.com Monkey Bar 60 East 54th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.308.2950 Per Se Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor (at 60th Street) 212.823.9335 Rao’s 455 East 114th Street (at Pleasant Avenue) 212.722.6709 The Waverly Inn 16 Bank Street (at Waverly Place) No phone BEST CATERERS: 2 Peas & A Pot 475 Broadway (between Broome and Grand Streets) 212.362.1910 Cer Té 20 West 55th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.397.2020 Elegant Affairs 16 Gramercy Park South (at 20th Street) 212.991.0078 Gourmet Gal, Inc. 504 East 12th Street (at Avenue A) 212.995.2238 Great Performances 304 Hudson Street (between Vandam and Spring streets) 212.727.2424 Restaurant Aassociates 330 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor (at 33rd Street) 212.613.5500 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS: Da Silvano 260 Sixth Avenue (at Bedford Street) 212.982.2343 Del Posto 85 Tenth Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets) 212.497.8090 Elio’s 1621 Second Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets) 212.772.2242 Harry Cipriani The Sherry Netherland 781 Fifth Avenue (between 59th and 60th streets) 212.753.5566 Il Mulino 86 West 3rd Street (between Thompson and Sullivan streets) 212.673.3783 Peasant 194 Elizabeth Street (between Spring and Prince streets) 212.965.9511 Sette Mezzo 969 Lexington Avenue (between 70th and 71st streets) 212.472.0400 Vico Ristorante 1302 Madison Avenue (between 92nd and 93rd streets) 212.876.2222 BEST SUSHI RESTAURANTS: Jewel Bako 239 East 5th Street (at Second Avenue) 212.979.1012 Masa Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle (at Broadway and 59th Street) 212.823.9800 Megu 62 Thomas Street (between Church Street and West Broadway) 212.964.7777 Sushi Seki 1143 First Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd streets) 212.371.0238 Sushi Yasuda 204 East 43rd Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.972.1001 BEST GOURMET FOOD STORES: Butterfield Market 1114 Lexington Avenue (between 77th and 78th avenues) 212.288.7800 Citarella 2135 Broadway (at 75th Street) 212.874.0383 1313 Third Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.874.0383 Eli’s Manhattan 1411 Third Avenue (at 80th Street) 212.717.8100 Fairway 2127 Broadway (between 74th and 75th streets) 212.595.1888 Murray’s Cheese 254 Bleecker Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.243.3289 Zabar’s 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street) 212.787.2000 BEST PLACES FOR CAPPUCCINO: Bottega Del Vino 7 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.223.2724 Joe the Art of Coffee 141 Waverly Place (at Gay Street) 212.924.6750 Nespresso Boutique Bar 761 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th streets) 800.562.1465 Via Quadronno 25 East 73rd Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.650.9880 MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS: Bistro Chat Noir 22 East 66th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.794.2428 Daniel 60 East 65th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.288.0033 One If By Land, Two If By Sea 17 Barrow Street (between West 4th and Bleecker streets) 212.255.8649 The River Cafe 1 Water Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 718.522.5200 BEST RESTAURANT WINE LISTS: Bouley 163 Duane Street (at West Broadway) 212.964.2525 Chanterelle 2 Harrison Street (at Hudson Street) 212.966.6960 Cru 24 Fifth Avenue (at 9th Street) 212.529.1700 D.O.C. Wine Bar 83 North Seventh Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 718.963.1925 Orsay 1057 Lexington Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.517.6400 Sistina 1555 Second Avenue (between 80th and 81st streets) 212.861.7660 Veritas 43 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South) 212.353.3700 BEST RESTAURANTS FOR LATE-NIGHT DINNER (AFTER 10PM): Blue Ribbon Brasserie 97 Sullivan Street (between Prince and Spring streets) 212.274.0404 Brasserie 100 East 53rd Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) 212.751.4840 Cafeteria 119 Seventh Avenue (at 17th Street) 212.414.1717 ’Ino 21 Bedford Street (between Downing and West Houston streets) 212.989.5769 Pastis 9 Ninth Avenue (at Little West 12th Street) 212.929.4844 BEST RESTAURANTS FOR PRE-THEATER DINNER: Bar Americain 152 West 52nd Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.265.9700 Carmine’s 2450 Broadway (at 91st Street) 212.362.2200 Chez Josephine 414 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth avenues) 212.594.1925 DB Bistro Moderne 55 West 44th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.391.2400 Lattanzi Ristorante 361 West 46th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) 212.315.0980 BEST CLASSIC RESTAURANTS: Daniel 60 East 65th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.288.0033 La Grenouille 3 East 52nd Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.752.1495 Le Bernardin 155 West 51st Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.554.1515 Le Cirque One Beacon Court 151 East 58th Street (at Lexington Avenue) 212.644.0202 Orsay 1057 Lexington Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.517.6400 BEST RESTAURANTS FOR NOUVELLE CUISINE: DB Bistro Moderne 55 West 44th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.391.2400 Grayz 13-15 West 54th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.262.4600 Oak Room The Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.758.7777 BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS: Aquagrill 210 Spring Street (at Avenue of the Americas) 212.274.0505 Esca 402 West 43rd Street (between Ninth and Tenth avenues) 212.564.7272 Le Bernardin 155 West 51st Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.554.1515 Milos New York 125 West 55th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.245.7400 BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS: Blossom 187 Ninth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets) 212.627.1144 Candle Cafe 1307 Third Avenue (between 74th and 75th streets) 212.472.0970 Gobo 1426 Third Avenue (at East 81st Street) 212.288.4686 Hangawi 12 East 32nd Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.213.0077 Pure Food and Wine 54 Irving Place (between 17th and 18th streets) 212.477.1010
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT BEST WALKING TOUR COMPANY: Big Onion Walking Tour 476 13th Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 212.439.1090 BEST SPORTS BARS: The 40/40 Club 6 West 25th Street (between Sixth Avenue and Broadway) 212.832.4040 Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant & Sports Bar 42 Central Park South (at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue) 212.688.7777 Proof Bar & Lounge 239 Third Avenue (between 19th and 20th streets) 212.228.4200 Tonic Bar & Restaurant 727 Seventh Avenue (between 48th and 49th streets) 212.382.1059 BEST BOOKSTORES: Assouline The Plaza 758 Fifth Avenue (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.593.7236 Borders 461 Park Avenue (at East 57th Street) 212.980.6785 Rizzoli Bookstore 31 West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.759.2424 Strand Book Store 828 Broadway (at 12th Street) 212.473.1452 BEST BOOKSTORES FOR RARE BOOKS: Argosy 116 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) 212.753.4455 Bauman Rare Books 535 Madison Avenue (between 54th and 55th streets) 212.751.0011 Crawford Doyle 1082 Madison Avenue (between 81st and 82nd streets) 212.288.6300 Strand 828 Broadway (at 12th Street) 212.473.1452 Ursus Books and Prints 981 Madison Avenue (at 76th Street) 212.772.8787 BEST DROP-IN AUCTION HOUSES: Bonhams 580 Madison Avenue (at 56th Street) 212.644.9001 Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza (at 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.636.2000 Doyle New York 175 East 87th Street (between Lexington and Third avenues) 212.427.2730 Sotheby’s 1334 York Avenue (at 72nd Street) 212.606.7000 Tepper Galleries 110 East 25th Street (at Park Avenue) 212.677.5300 QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORK CABARETS: Bemelmans Bar The Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.744.1600 Don’t Tell Mama 343 West 46th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) 212.757.0788 Feinstein’s At Loews Regency 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street) 212.339.4095 Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.206.0440 BEST KARAOKE BARS: Sing Sing 81 Avenue A (between Fifth and Sixth streets) 212.674.0700 Winnie’s 104 Bayard Street (at Baxter Street) 212.732.2384 BEST PLACES FOR CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Cipriani Downtown 376 West Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets) 212.343.0999 Monkey Bar 60 East 54th Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.308.2950 Orsay 1057 Lexington Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.517.6400 Tenjune 26 Little West 12th Street (at Washington Street) 646.624.2410 The Waverly Inn 16 Bank Street (at Waverly Place) no phone BEST PLACES TO HEAR JAZZ AND BLUES: Blue Note 131 West Third Street (between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue) 212.475.8592 Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Frederick P. Rose Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center 33 West 60th Street (at Columbus Circle) 212.258.9595 Iridium 1650 Broadway (at 51st Street) 212.582.2121 Lenox Lounge 288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and 125th streets) 212.427.0253 BEST NIGHCLUBS FOR DANCING: Avenue 116 Tenth Avenue (between 17th and 18th streets) 212.337.0054 The Box 189 Chrystie Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets) 212.982.9301 Marquee 289 Tenth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets) 646.473.0202 Pink Elephant 527 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues) 212.463.0000 BEST COMEDY CLUBS: Caroline’s On Broadway 1626 Broadway (at West 50th Street) 212.757.4100 Comix 353 West 14th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) 212.524.2500 Gotham Comedy Club 208 West 23rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth avenues) 212.367.9000 BEST PLACES FOR PEACE AND QUIET IN MANHATTAN: Central Park The Cloisters Fort Tryon Park 99 Margaret Corbin Drive (at Park Drive) 212.923.3700 MOST BEAUTIFUL PUBLIC GARDENS: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens 1000 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, N.Y. 718.623.7200 Conservatory Garden Central Park Fifth Avenue and 105th Street 212.310.6600 New York Bbotanical Garden Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road The Bronx, N. Y. 718.817.8700 Shakespeare Garden Central Park Central Park West and 79th Street 212.310.6600 Wave Hill West 249th Street, The Bronx, N.Y. 718.549.3200 BEST PLACE TO PLAY TENNIS: Sutton East Tennis 488 East 60th Street (between First Avenue and Sutton Place) 212.751.3452 BEST PLACES TO GOLF IN THE AREA: Bethpage State Park Farmingdale, N.Y. 516.249.0700 DykerBeach golfinnyc.com La Tourette Golf Course 1001 Richmond Hill Road Staten Island, N.Y. 718.351.1889 BEST BOWLING ALLEY: Bowlmor Lanes 110 University Place (between 12th and 13th streets) 212.255.8188 BEST PLACES TO KEEP CHILDREN ENTERTAINED: American Museum of Natural History Central Park West (at 79th Street) 212.769.5100 Central Park Zoo 830 Fifth Avenue (at 64th Street) 212.439.6500 Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212 West 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) 212.721.1234 Fao Schwarz 767 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street) 212.644.9400