Concierge: New York Favorites

Everybody has personal favorites, especially the smart, stylish, high-profile New Yorkers who speak out in these pages. In a city where choices are always plentiful, New Yorkers have a way of mapping out their own personal neighborhoods, comprised of their favorite spots to eat, shop, get a hair cut or blow out or become inspired. In the pages that follow, find out what the city’s real insiders already know: Where to find the best of everything. SUSAN FALLES-HILL AUTHOR American Ballet Theatre The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center 150 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway) 212.477.3030 Not to be missed in the spring. Asprey 853 Madison Avenue (at 71st Street) 212.688.1811 For higher-end hostess gifts, bud vases from Asprey. Cafe Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.744.1600 Great performances at Cafe Carlyle and Bemelmans Bar. Caravaggio 23 East 74th Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.288.1004 No website My idea of comfort food is fettuccine with white truffles. Caravaggio serves up the best, and their gnocchi is great, too. Christian Dior 21 East 57th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.931.2950 Timeless classics. Dennis Basso 765 Madison Avenue (at 66th Street) 212.794.4500 For fur, especially fur-lined all-weather coats. They’re downright practical. Hermes 691 Madison Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.751.3181 When it comes to perfume, my heart belongs to Hermès. This shop is like a tiny, modern réplique of the flagship on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Nespresso boutique bar 761 Madison Avenue (between 65th and 66th Streets) 800.562.1465 What did we espressoholics do before Nespresso? I keep my house stocked with Ristretto pods at all times, and the café is a delightful place to grab a small, if slightly unhealthy, lunch. Tracy Stern Salontea 501 East 75th Street (at York Avenue) Tracy Stern’s mod meets French 18th-century tea salon creates an oasis of calm in the midst of New York’s madness.
HENRI BARGUIRDJIAN PRESIDENT, GRAFF DIAMONDS Argosy 116 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues) 212.753.4455 A great selection of old prints and antique books. Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Avenue (at 77th Street) 212.744.2313 They are always ahead of everybody else. Le Bilboquet 25 East 63rd Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.751.3036 No website The best specials in town. Keszler Gallery 984 Madison Avenue (at 77th Street) 212.774.1906 He represents one of my favorite artists, Russel Young. Orsay 1057 Lexington Avenue (at 75th Street) 212.517.6400 The best tuna tartare.
PAMELA LIEBMAN PRESIDENT AND C.E.O., THE CORCORAN GROUP Stephen Knoll Salon 625 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor (at 59th Street) 212.421.0100 Stephen is the best for hair. I always feel great when I leave. Barney Greengrass 541 Amsterdam Avenue (between 86th and 87th streets) 212.724.4707 Breakfast doesn’t get any better. Fred’s at Barneys 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street) 212.826.8900 Wonderful service. A table is always waiting for me at lunch, and so is my iced tea. Dishes 6 East 45th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.421.5511 The No. 28 is the best sandwich in New York. La Esquina 114 Kenmare Street (at Broadway) 646.613.7100 I love the truffle quesadilla and the corn for dinner. The Body 802 Lexington Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.688.8000 Great studio, great workout. Yankee Stadium 1 East 161st Street, Bronx 718.293.4300
FAITH KATES FOUNDER AND OWNER, NEXT MODELS Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets) 800.558.1855 The 9th floor is great. CrewCuts 1190 Madison Avenue (between 87th and 88th streets) 212.348.9803 The coolest kids stuff. E.A.T. Gifts 1062 Madison Avenue (at 80th Street) 212.861.2544 No website Amazing baskets. Hermes 691 Madison Avenue (at 62nd Street) 212.751.3181 Lisa Perry’s Loft 976 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets) 212.334.1956 Mason’s Tennis Mart 56 East 53rd Street (between Madison and Park avenues) 212.755.5805 Rizzoli Bookstore 31 West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.759.2424 Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Avenue (between 56th and 57th streets) 212.755.8000 Tommy Hilfiger 375 Bleecker Street (between Perry and Charles streets) 646.638.4812
JOHN BARRETT CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST Balthazar 80 Spring Street (between Broadway and Crosby Street) 212.965.1414 In winter. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) 212.535.7710 When I get stressed, I love to get lost here. It’s like meditation. Pastis 9 Ninth Avenue (at Gansevoort Street) 212.929.4844 In summer, of course. Tavern on the Green Central Park West at 67th Street 212.873.3200 A city treasure that I adore. I had my citizenship party at Tavern on the Green. Whenever I take my family from Ireland and England here, their eyes light up.
DAN ABRAMS CHIEF LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, MSNBC AND NBC Bar Blanc 142 West 10th Street (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue) 212.255.2330 Bobo 181 West 10th Street (at Seventh Avenue) 212.488.2626 Charles 234 West 4th Street (at West 10th Street) No phone
ALEX VON BIDDER CO-OWNER, THE FOUR SEASONS The Cloisters Fort Tyron Park 212.923.3700 Gracie Mansion 180 East End Avenue (between 88th and 89th streets) 311 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86 (at West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue) 212.245.0072 Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.708.9400 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Course varies 212.494.4495 World Yacht Cruises Pier 81 (at West 41st Street and 12th Avenue) 212.630.8300
ANDREW SAFFIR FOUNDER, CINEMA SOCIETY Chrysler Building 405 Lexington Avenue (at 42nd Street) 212.682.4639 No website The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue) 212.288.0700 Mr. Chow 324 East 57th Street (at Second Avenue) 212.751.9030 Nobu 105 Hudson Street (at Franklin Street) 212.219.0500 The River Café 1 Water Street, Brooklyn 718.522.5200 Statue of Liberty Liberty Island 212.363.3200 The Waverly Inn 16 Bank Street (at Waverly Place) 212.243.7900 No phone or website Ziegfeld Theatre 141 West 54th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) 212.307.1862
LIZ LANGE DESIGNER Giorgione 307 Spring Street (between Greenwich and Hudson streets) 212.352.2269 La Grenouille 3 East 52nd Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.752.1495 Michael’s New York 24 West 55th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.767.0555 Sant Ambroeus 1000 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets) 212.570.2211 Shake Shack 366 Columbus Avenue 646.747.8770 Via Quadronno 25 East 73rd Street (at Madison Avenue) 212.650.9880
ELLEN V. FUTTER PRESIDENT, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY American Museum of Natural History Central Park West and 79th Street 212.769.5100 Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn 718.636.4100 Studio Museum Harlem 144 West 125th Street (at Seventh Avenue) 212.864.4500
CRISTINA GREEVEN CUOMO EDITOR, NICHE MEDIA Chanel 15 East 57th Street (between Fifth and Madison avenues) 212.355.5050 For their new Cocoon nylon tote. Eloise at the Plaza 1 West 58th Street (at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South) 212.759.3000 For tea parties. Etro 720 Madison Ave (at 63rd Street) 212.317.9096 Giggle 1033 Lexington Avenue (between 74th and 75th streets) 212.249.4249 For kids furniture. Intermix 1003 Madison Avenue (at 77th Street) 212.249.7858 For Thread Social cocktail dresses. J. Mendel 723 Madison Avenue (at 64th Street) 212.832.5830 For sheared mink jackets. Loro Piana 821 Madison Avenue (at 68th Street) 212.980.7961 For the Open Walk shoes for my husband. Natura Bisse’s beauty treatment room at Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street)) 212.753.7300 For facials. Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Avenue (at 50th Street) 212.753.4000 For Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin cologne and bath oil. Tod’s 650 Madison Avenue (at 60th Street) 212.644.5945 For their brown leather six wrap bracelet with sterling silver.
YAEL SONIA JEWELRY DESIGNER Chrysler Building 405 Lexington Avenue (at 42nd Street) 212.682.4639 No website A great Art Deco icon. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) 212.535.7710 The best art museum in the world, and a quintessential New York institution. Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.708.9400 Monet’s water lilies are a calm foil to a city full of hustle and bustle. Serendipity 3 225 East 60th Street (between Second and Third avenues) 212.838.3531 Another quintessential New York spot. And . . . The streets of New York City at night when it is snowing. There is something magical about the lights, fog and muted sounds of the city when the snow is falling.