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
www.abt.org
Not to be missed in the spring.

Asprey
853 Madison Avenue
(at 71st Street)
212.688.1811
www.asprey.com
For higher-end hostess gifts, bud vases from Asprey.

Cafe Carlyle
35 East 76th Street
(at Madison Avenue)
212.744.1600
www.thecarlyle.com
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
www.diorcouture.com/us
Timeless classics.

Dennis Basso
765 Madison Avenue
(at 66th Street)
212.794.4500
www.dennisbasso.com
For fur, especially fur-lined all-weather coats. They’re downright practical.

Hermes
691 Madison Avenue
(at 62nd Street)
212.751.3181
www.hermes.com
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
www.nespresso.com
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)
storenyc@tracystern.com
www.salontea.com
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
www.argosybooks.com
A great selection of old prints and antique books.

Gagosian Gallery
980 Madison Avenue
(at 77th Street)
212.744.2313
www.gagosian.com
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
www.keszlergallery.com
He represents one of my favorite artists, Russel Young.

Orsay
1057 Lexington Avenue
(at 75th Street)
212.517.6400
www.orsayrestaurant.com
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
www.stephenknoll.com
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
www.barneygreengrass.com
Breakfast doesn’t get any better.

Fred’s at Barneys
660 Madison Avenue
(at 61st Street)
212.826.8900
www.barneys.com
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
www.dishestogo.com
The No. 28 is the best sandwich in New York.

La Esquina
114 Kenmare Street
(at Broadway)
646.613.7100
www.esquinanyc.com
I love the truffle quesadilla and the corn for dinner.

The Body
802 Lexington Avenue
(at 62nd Street)
212.688.8000
www.thebodynyc.com
Great studio, great workout.

Yankee Stadium
1 East 161st Street, Bronx
718.293.4300
www.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark


FAITH KATES
FOUNDER AND OWNER, NEXT MODELS

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Avenue
(between 57th and 58th streets)
800.558.1855
www.bergdorfgoodman.com
The 9th floor is great.

CrewCuts
1190 Madison Avenue
(between 87th and 88th streets)
212.348.9803
www.jcrew.com
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
www.hermes.com

Lisa Perry’s Loft
976 Madison Avenue
(between 76th and 77th streets)
212.334.1956
www.lisaperrystyle.com

Mason’s Tennis Mart
56 East 53rd Street
(between Madison and Park avenues)
212.755.5805
www.masonstennis.com

Rizzoli Bookstore
31 West 57th Street
(between Fifth and Sixth avenues)
212.759.2424
www.rizzoliusa.com

Tiffany & Co.
727 Fifth Avenue
(between 56th and 57th streets)
212.755.8000
www.tiffany.com

Tommy Hilfiger
375 Bleecker Street
(between Perry and Charles streets)
646.638.4812
www.tommyhilfiger.com


JOHN BARRETT
CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST

Balthazar
80 Spring Street
(between Broadway and Crosby Street)
212.965.1414
www.balthazarny.com
In winter.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
(at 82nd Street)
212.535.7710
www.metmuseum.org
When I get stressed, I love to get lost here. It’s like meditation.

Pastis
9 Ninth Avenue
(at Gansevoort Street)
www.pastisny.com
212.929.4844
In summer, of course.

Tavern on the Green
Central Park West at 67th Street
212.873.3200
www.tavernonthegreen.com
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
www.barblanc.com

Bobo
181 West 10th Street
(at Seventh Avenue)
212.488.2626
www.bobonyc.com

Charles
234 West 4th Street
(at West 10th Street)
No phone
www.restaur-antcharles.com


ALEX VON BIDDER
CO-OWNER, THE FOUR SEASONS

The Cloisters
Fort Tyron Park
212.923.3700
www.metmuseum.org

Gracie Mansion
180 East End Avenue
(between 88th and 89th streets)
311
www.nyc.gov

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86
(at West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue)
212.245.0072
www.intrepidmuseum.org

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
(between Fifth and Sixth avenues)
212.708.9400
www.moma.org

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Course varies
212.494.4495
www.macys.com

World Yacht Cruises
Pier 81
(at West 41st Street and 12th Avenue)
212.630.8300
www.worldyacht.com


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
www.frick.org

Mr. Chow
324 East 57th Street
(at Second Avenue)
212.751.9030
www.mrchow.com

Nobu
105 Hudson Street
(at Franklin Street)
212.219.0500
www.noburestaur-ants.com

The River Café
1 Water Street, Brooklyn
718.522.5200
www.rivercafe.com

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
212.363.3200
www.nps.gov

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
www.clearviewcinemas.com


LIZ LANGE
DESIGNER

Giorgione
307 Spring Street
(between Greenwich and Hudson streets)
212.352.2269
www.giorgionenyc.com

La Grenouille
3 East 52nd Street
(between Fifth and Madison avenues)
212.752.1495
www.la-grenouille.com

Michael’s New York
24 West 55th Street
(between Fifth and Sixth avenues)
212.767.0555
www.michaels-newyork.com

Sant Ambroeus
1000 Madison Avenue
(between 76th and 77th streets)
212.570.2211
www.santambroeus.com

Shake Shack
366 Columbus Avenue
646.747.8770
www.shakeshack.com

Via Quadronno
25 East 73rd Street
(at Madison Avenue)
212.650.9880
www.viaquadronno.com


ELLEN V. FUTTER
PRESIDENT, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79th Street
212.769.5100
www.amnh.org

Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
718.636.4100
www.bam.org

Studio Museum Harlem
144 West 125th Street
(at Seventh Avenue)
212.864.4500
www.studiomuseum.org


CRISTINA GREEVEN CUOMO
EDITOR, NICHE MEDIA

Chanel
15 East 57th Street
(between Fifth and Madison avenues)
212.355.5050
www.chanel.com
For their new Cocoon nylon tote.

Eloise at the Plaza
1 West 58th Street
(at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South)
212.759.3000
www.eloisewebsite.com
For tea parties.

Etro
720 Madison Ave
(at 63rd Street)
212.317.9096
www.etro.com

Giggle
1033 Lexington Avenue
(between 74th and 75th streets)
212.249.4249
www.giggle.com
For kids furniture.

Intermix
1003 Madison Avenue
(at 77th Street)
212.249.7858
www.intermixonline.com
For Thread Social cocktail dresses.

J. Mendel
723 Madison Avenue
(at 64th Street)
212.832.5830
www.jmendel.com
For sheared mink jackets.

Loro Piana
821 Madison Avenue
(at 68th Street)
212.980.7961
www.loropiana.com
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
www.bergdorfgoodman.com
For facials.

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue
(at 50th Street)
212.753.4000
www.saksfifthavenue.com
For Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin cologne and bath oil.

Tod’s
650 Madison Avenue
(at 60th Street)
212.644.5945
www.tods.com
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
www.metmuseum.org
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
www.moma.org
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
www.serendipity3.com
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.