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Concierge
NEW YORK SPRING 2015

ABOVE ALL
SIX ROOFTOPS FOR DRINKS AND A VIEW
WHAT’S OLD IS NEW
PAST BUILDINGS TRANSFORM
INTO MODERN DESTINATIONS
NOVEL SITES
EXPLORE NEW YORK,
PAGE BY PAGE

50+ THE HIGH LINE

WAYS TO
EXPERIENCE
MANHATTAN

THE TOP RESTAURANTS, SHOPS
AND NEIGHBORHOODS





C[ WELCOME ] ADAM LERNER Bespoke Concierge Magazine recognizes the
Welcome to New York City following concierges for their expertise and
contributions to this issue:
I moved to New York nine years ago during an extreme blizzard. I remember
watching the snow fall and being captivated by the stillness of the city. I knew then CARMEN
that no matter the weather, I would always love New York. That same excitement DA SILVA
for the city inspired me to blog about my explorations and eventually led me to a
career as a concierge more than five years ago. I now welcome any opportunity to CONCIERGE,
engage with, learn from and share what I’ve learned about New York with visitors TRIBECA GRAND
from all over. HOTEL

What I love most about being a concierge is that my job requires me to con- JARED
tinually explore the city and to help visitors enjoy the process of exploring it for GULLEKSON
themselves. Everything I do and everywhere I go, I’m researching New York for my
job—but I love what I do, so it never feels like work. CHEF CONCIERGE,
THE LONDON NYC
There is something truly special about New York in any season, but this year
in particular, I am most excited for the warmth and color of spring as seen on the WALDO
runways of Fashion Week, in the blossoms of the Sakura Matsuri (cherry blos- HERNANDEZ
som) festival and in bold cinematic splendor at the Tribeca Film Festival. Even the
Rockettes welcome the change in seasons with New York Spring Spectacular, an CHEF CONCIERGE,
inspired new production celebrating the magic of the city in the spring. THE CARLYLE

Come snowstorm or heat wave, you can always find something new to try any- JAMES
where in the city. A few of my favorite (and lesser-known) suggestions would cer- JOLIS
tainly include the exquisite cocktails and $1 oysters (5-7 p.m. daily) at Sel Rrose,
a 1+1 (a single espresso and macchiato) from Box Kite or jazz brunch at Tribeca CHEF CONCIERGE,
Grand Hotel with free film screenings in our downstairs theater. THE CHATWAL

As a concierge, we are in the service of hospitality and aim to make your stay as KRISTA
memorable as possible. Personally, my hope is that every visitor also finds inspira- SORRENTINO
tion in one form or another and a reason to return.
CONCIERGE,
May you be continually inspired, THE ST. REGIS
Carmen da Silva NEW YORK
Concierge
Tribeca Grand Hotel VANESSA
TORRUELLAS
ADAM LERNER
CHEF CONCIERGE,
THE IROQUOIS
NEW YORK

JEANIE
VOLTSINIS

CHEF CONCIERGE,
VICEROY NEW YORK

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C[ CONTENTS ] CCO N C I E R G E 12. Savor
2. Welcome Diners are drawn to the tables of James
52 36 Beard Award-winning restaurants.
6. Calendar
Discover the city’s best events this spring. 18. Shop
Boutiques offer high-end wristwatches that
8. Radar are just as useful as they are artistic.
Top New York City concierges share their
quick picks for the newest places to explore 22. View
in Manhattan. Become enlightened this spring with one of
many performances and exhibitions.
10. Spotlight
Once an industrial haven, the Meatpacking 24. Itineraries
District now lines its streets with luxury Concierges curate two must-do lists for visitors.
retailers and restaurants.

F E AT U R E S 48. e Culinary Cure
Prosciutto stars in simple, savory and
28. Novel Sites sweet dishes at popular restaurants across
The pages of three quintessential books set in the country.
New York City uncover the scope of the area
through the words of legendary authors. By Tiffanie Wen

By Jenn ornton

18 32. A New Lease on Life 52. Destination Shopping
12 Old city buildings, transformed from their Luxury malls and boutique-filled avenues
past purposes, shine as modern attractions. abound from coast to coast.

By Linnea Covington By Heather Fish

36. On Top of the World 56. Jewels of the Triple Crown BOTTOM PHOTO BY BRANDON SCHULMAN; COVER PHOTO BY ALEXPRO9500/SHUTTERSTOCK
New York City takes travelers to new heights Enjoy the excitement of the three most
with spirited sips and epicurean delights prestigious horse races this season.
served at these six unforgettable rooftop bars.
By Vicki Hogue-Davies
By Michelle Franzen Martin and Bespoke Concierge
Magazine Staff 60. Cooking With Fire
Now with five top-rated restaurants across the
40. Tequila Versus Mescal United States, Scott Conant may very well be
While one agave-based spirit has been around at the height of his career—just don’t call him
for centuries, its lesser-known cousin has only a celebrity chef.
recently come into the limelight.
By Tess Eyrich
By Tiffanie Wen
64. Perspectives
44. Gallery Gallivanting Rebecca Taylor reflects on life, happiness
Art walks celebrate creativity with lively events. and fashion.

By Jennifer Pappas Yennie By Kirsti Correa

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C[ CALENDAR ] BRIAN PALMER

“ e Phantom of the Opera”

THROUGH JUNE 27;
MAJESTIC THEATRE
A Broadway staple, “The Phantom
of the Opera” offers an immersive
experience in its 27th season. Earlier
this year, James Barbour stepped
in to play the title role as the 15th
Phantom since the New York pro-
duction debuted in 1988. Expect a
memorable score by Andrew Lloyd
Webber, dramatic special effects
and visual elements that bring the
tragic love story of the Phantom and
his protege to life. (212-239-6200;
thephantomoftheopera.com)

“ e King and I” Tribeca Film Festival

APRIL 16 JULY 5; LINCOLN APRIL 15 26; VENUES THROUGHOUT THE CITY
CENTER THEATER Short and feature-length films by independent and established directors around the world are showcased
The official premiere is April 16, at this festival, which also hosts discussion panels and master classes. Started by Robert De Niro, Jane
but previews began March 12 for Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to spur the economy following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the festival has
this Rodgers and Hammerstein screened more than 1,600 films from over 80 countries since the inaugural edition in 2002. (212-941-2400;
production starring Academy Award tribecafilm.com)
nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last
Samurai”) and Tony Award nominee of iconic structures, particularly is located on the museum’s second “Black & White III”
Kelli O’Hara (“South Pacific”). in the early 1960s—including floor in The Paul J. Sachs Prints and
O’Hara plays a British schoolteacher Pennsylvania Station (also known as Illustrated Books Galleries. View APRIL 30 MAY 9; DAVID H.
who falls into an unexpected New York Penn Station)—as well as the signature “Soup Cans” series, as KOCH THEATER
relationship with the King of Siam community leaders like Jacqueline well as other drawings and paintings On select dates this spring—April
(Watanabe) in this historical musical Kennedy who advocated on behalf derived from pieces of American 30, May 2 and May 9—the New
based on a 1944 novel by Margaret of the city’s preservation. (212-534- culture. (212-708-9400; moma.org) York City Ballet pays homage to
Landon. (212-239-6200; lct.org) 1672; mcny.org) choreographer George Balanchine.
After Sunset: Poetry Walk His works are re-created by the
“Saving Place” “Andy Warhol: Campbell’s company in one of the final produc-
Soup Cans and Other APRIL 25; THE HIGH LINE tions of the 2014-15 season. Dances
OPENS APRIL 21; MUSEUM OF Works, 1953-1967” In honor of National Poetry Month, are set to Antonio Vivaldi and
THE CITY OF NEW YORK the High Line is hosting a series of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Square Dance,”
Celebrating the 50th anniversary APRIL 25 OCT. 12; MUSEUM OF poetic performances at the park from Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de
of New York’s Landmarks Law, MODERN ART 6:30-9 p.m. The event begins at West Couperin” and Igor Stravinsky’s
“Saving Place: Fifty Years of New Focusing on Andy Warhol’s work 14th Street and covers 10 blocks. “Violin Concerto.” (212-496-0600;
York City Landmarks” goes back in from 1953 to 1967, this exhibition (212-206-9922; thehighline.org) nycballet.com)
time before the piece of legislation
was enacted. It examines the losses

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JOHN HAYNES

The Governors Ball Music Festival

JUNE 5-7; RANDALL’S ISLAND PARK
The major three-day festival in New York City draws a diverse crowd
hailing from around the world. This year’s headlining musical acts
including Drake, The Black Keys and Deadmau5, with supporting acts
such as Lana Del Rey, Björk, Ryan Adams and more. Food vendors,
art installations and a mixology tent, among other activities, make
the experience one not to miss. (governorsballmusicfestival.com)

“A Year With Children 2015” Art in Washington, D.C., and Van “Skylight”
Gogh Museum in Amsterdam—are
MAY 1 - JUNE 17; SOLOMON R. reunited for the first time since his THROUGH JUNE 21; JOHN GOLDEN THEATRE
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM death in this exhibition. Created A limited engagement from London takes the stage for 13 weeks
This annual exhibition at the during his stay at an asylum in St.- only; previews began March 13. Carey Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby”)
Guggenheim displays artwork Rémy, France, in the late 1800s, the and Bill Nighy (“Love Actually”), who played the lead characters in
created by public elementary school paintings were inspired by the institu- the West End production, reprise their roles for this Broadway run.
students in the museum’s artist- tion’s gardens and offered contrasting Schoolteacher Kyra Hollis, played by Mulligan, receives a visit from
in-residence program Learning color schemes and formats. (212-535- a past lover (Nighy as restaurateur Tom Sergeant) whose wife has
Through Art. The students are 7710; metmuseum.org) recently died. The couple attempts to rekindle their relationship, but
paired with a teaching artist and the passion reaches dangerous heights when their ideologies and
design projects that blend art with Wayne Shorter mutual desires clash. Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”) also
classroom curriculum. A reception returns to fill his role as Edward Sergeant, Tom’s son. (212-239-
and dinner are scheduled for April MAY 14; JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER 6200; skylightbwy.com)
30 to raise funds for the program. Grammy Award-winning jazz
(212-423-3500; guggenheim.org) saxophonist and composer Wayne BESPOKE CONCIERGE SPRING 2015 7
Shorter joins the Jazz at Lincoln
“Van Gogh: Irises and Roses” Center Orchestra with Wynton
Marsalis for an evening of his dis-
MAY 12 - AUG. 16; THE tinct modern compositions. His work
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART is reinterpreted in this collaborative
Four of the master painter’s floral performance, which is preceded by
works—two each of irises and roses a free musical discussion at 7 p.m.
from The Metropolitan Museum (212-721-6500; jazz.org) C
of Art, the National Gallery of

C[ RADAR]
First Look
Top New York City concierges share their quick picks for the newest places to explore in Manhattan.
COMPILED BY KIRSTI CORREA

“CHEFS CLUB [BY FOOD & WINE] is a very exciting “THE POLO BAR is on 55th Street between Fifth and
food lovers dining experience with one of the largest Madison [and is] Ralph Lauren’s second restaurant
open kitchens showcasing [dishes by] … different here in the United States. … It’s very equestrian-like.
well-renowned chefs from all over the nation on one It’s all of Ralph Lauren’s favorite foods, which is some-
menu.” (chefsclub.com) —Carmen da Silva, concierge at thing they really emphasize. It is the epitome of Ralph
Tribeca Grand Hotel Lauren and American food.” (ralphlauren.com)
—Waldo Hernandez, chef concierge at e Carlyle

“THE ROOF at the Viceroy [New York] hotel opened last spring. [It’s a] very sexy room with
amazing views of the city and particularly Central Park. … They had a very nice classic cock-
tail list, including a Manhattan, Negroni and a good Old-Fashioned, but for the ones who
want to venture into something new, they also offer a very innovative contemporary cocktail
list.” (theroofny.com) —Vanessa Torruellas, chef concierge at e Iroquois New York

“Situated over two levels, ZUMA offers a “COSME in the Flatiron District—it is for foodies
main dining area, [sake] bar, robata counter who enjoy small plates. And is it somewhere that all
and sushi counter.” (zumarestaurant.com) guests should check out? Definitely.” (cosmenyc.com)
—Krista Sorrentino, concierge at e St. —Jeanie Voltsinis, chef concierge at Viceroy New York
Regis New York

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Rendez-Vous Night & Day watch
Carmen Chaplin,Actor and Director

Open a whole new world

C[ SPOTLIGHT ]

Neighborhood at a Glance
Once an industrial haven with slaughterhouses and packing plants,
Manhattan’s Meatpacking District now lines its streets with luxury retailers and restaurants.
BY ALLISON HATA

Today’s Meatpacking District—nestled between Chelsea and the West including the flagship store, are even housed in the district.
Village—bears little resemblance to its past life. Officially known as the An incredible number of restaurants are also packed into the few city
Gansevoort Market Historic District, the neighborhood has residential
roots dating back to the 19th century. It grew as a mecca for the meat blocks. Celebrity chefs bring exciting flavors to the neighborhood, and the
industry, though wholesale businesses of all types flocked here. Decades myriad eateries allow visitors to take a culinary tour of the globe. Jean-
later, in the 1970s, the district also flourished when the gay community Georges Vongerichten offers Asian street food at his Spice Market on
began to build up entertainment hubs alongside the packing plants. West 13th Street; meanwhile, Mediterranean-style dishes abound between
Ninth Avenue and Washington Street at Fig & Olive.
Flashing forward, the neighborhood’s moniker remains as one of the last
remaining vestiges of its intriguing past. A few meat companies still operate As travelers stroll down the cobblestone streets in the Meatpacking
in the area but, for the most part, it’s become the stomping grounds of New District, the facades of meat lockers serve as a welcome reminder of the
York City’s glamorous jet set. White butcher’s aprons have been traded in for neighborhood’s past. It’s the perfect mix of old and new—so much to
a more stylish uniform courtesy of designer boutiques near West 14th Street explore in a setting that’s rich in historical significance. Get to know the
like Hugo Boss and Joie—Diane von Furstenberg’s studio headquarters, neighborhood and some surrounding haunts in nearby Chelsea with these
recommendations from the city’s top concierges.

The High Line
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1. “There’s a new restaurant at section of a former freight train accessories and ready-to-wear from 7. “BARCHETTA, [a few blocks
the base of the High Line in the line, is the perfect place to enjoy fashion houses including Manolo north of ] the Meatpacking District,
Meatpacking District. … It’s called some fresh air and a green respite Blahnik, Saint Laurent, Prabal is one of the top hidden gem restau-
SANTINA and they have really great from city streets this spring. “It Gurung, Alexander Wang and rants in New York right now. Chef
cocktails.” (820 Washington St.; runs from Gansevoort Street in Givenchy. (449 W. 14th St.; 212-
212-254-3000; santinanyc.com) the Meatpacking District to West 206-1272; jeffreynewyork.com) Barchetta
—Jared Gullekson, chef concierge at 34th Street, between 10th and 12th —Jeanie Voltsinis, chef concierge
avenues.” (thehighline.org) —Krista at Viceroy New York
e London NYC Sorrentino, concierge at e St.
Regis New York 6. “My new favorite place in all of
Santina New York City is the WHITNEY
4. Just about a block north of MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART. …
the Meatpacking District, The Meatpacking District is known

10th Ave

7 W 24th St

11th Ave 8 W 22nd St
3 W 20th St
DANIEL KRIEGER 9th Ave Dave Pasternack of Esca brings a
W 18th St 8th Ave fresh approach to crudo, seafood
dishes in general and now brunch
2. “I like MACELLERIA—[it’s] an 54 W 16th St on the weekends. Between myself
Italian steakhouse with a lot of ambi- and two friends, we tried the entire
ence [and] people watching.” Stop 1 W 12th St W 14th St brunch menu and loved it all.”
by for brunch, lunch or dinner, and 62 (461 W. 23rd St.; 212-255-7400;
sample prime cuts of meat in classic Gansevoort St barchettanyc.com) —Carmen
preparations. Handmade pastas such Jane St Horatio St da Silva, concierge at Tribeca
as ravioli, pappardelle with wild boar Grand Hotel
ragu and lasagna Bolognese make Hudson St
up their own section on the menu. 8. “I love coffee. I’m a coffee
(48 Gansevoort St.; 212-741-2555; CHELSEA MARKET is a must-visit Whitney Museum fiend—well, cortado drinker to
macelleria.com) —James Jolis, chef food hall with plenty of storefronts. be exact. And the crew at the
concierge at e Chatwal “There are tons of restaurants, some for being hip and trendy, and it has INTELLIGENTSIA inside the funky,
where you can dine in and some really beautifully designed build- vintage-industrial High Line Hotel
Macelleria you can take out. You can try the ings. The designer of the Whitney [in Chelsea] are doing great things
delicious pastries at Sarabeth’s, grab Museum is Renzo Piano—it will be with this Chicago-based coffee.”
3. THE HIGH LINE, a 1.45-mile- some fresh lobster at The Lobster a beautiful building [when it opens in Visitors can stop by every day
long parkway built on an elevated Place and then try a wine tasting May]. It’s the new gem of the area.” starting at 7 a.m. to grab a seat at
class at Chelsea Wine Vault. There (99 Gansevoort St.; 212-570-3600; the bar or in the courtyard to enjoy
is a lot to try and see, but [it] is whitney.org) —Waldo Hernandez, their espresso. (180 10th Ave.; 212-
definitely paradise if you are into the chef concierge at e Carlyle 933-9736; intelligentsiacoffee.com)
new foodie movement.” (75 Ninth —Carmen da Silva, concierge at
Ave.; 212-652-2110; chelseamarket. Tribeca Grand Hotel C
com) —Vanessa Torruellas, chef
concierge at e Iroquois New York Intelligentsia

OPPOSITE PAGE PHOTO BY IWAN BAAN 5. “For shopping, there’s JEFFREY.
It’s basically a Barneys or Bergdorf
Goodman, but on a much smaller
scale. Still, all designers are in
there.” Browse men’s and women’s

BESPOKE CONCIERGE SPRING 2015 11

C[ SAVOR ]
Cream of the Crop
Diners are drawn to the tables of James Beard Award-winning restaurants throughout New York City.
BY LAUREN MATICH

SHIMON & TAMMAR

Le Bernardin

From the Screen Actors Guild to NCAA football, every industry has its writers in the culinary world that go above and beyond expectations. As
top honor, recognizing those professionals who have earned the right home of that organization, New York City provides residents and visitors
to be mentioned among the greatest of their craft. Many of these titles a bounty of award-winning eateries, where an exceptional experience is the
warrant so much respect that, even among outsiders, the awards have house specialty served year-round.
become recognizable all over the world and the winners earn status as
household names. Whether dinner plans include inventive cocktails from an esteemed bar
program or plates from chefs who purchase ingredients straight from the
Out of all the designations, there are few industry honors that are as farmer, the following list of James Beard-recognized restaurants recom-
relevant to the general public as the James Beard Awards. Every year, the mended by some of the city’s top concierges is sure to reveal a place that
James Beard Foundation recognizes the chefs, restaurants, designers and hits the spot.

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THOMAS SCHAUER

An eatery dedicated to artistic seasonal cooking, ABC KITCHEN was the BLUE HILL is inspired by the family farm of co-owners Dan, David and
recipient of the award for Best New Restaurant in 2011 under the direction Laureen Barber. An early champion of the farm-to-table movement, it received
of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant is also housed in a the Outstanding Restaurant award in 2013. “They just started a prix fixe
beautiful space outfitted by ABC Home. (35 E. 18th St.; 212-475-5829; menu—any of the farm salads are amazing.” (75 Washington Place; 212-539-
abchome.com) —Jared Gullekson, chef concierge at The London NYC 1776; bluehillfarm.com) —Jared Gullekson, chef concierge at The London NYC

KELLY CAMPBELL “MISSION CHINESE
FOOD just reopened in
Chinatown. … Danny
Bowien is the chef there,
and he opened the one
in San Francisco, and
then opened one in New
York. He was awarded
Rising Star Chef in the
U.S. [in 2013].” (171
E. Broadway; 212-432-
0300; mcfny.com)
—Waldo Hernandez, chef
concierge at The Carlyle

In 2013, DEL POSTO received the James Beard Award for its service. Chef Mark Ladner has been nom-
inated for the Best Chef award since 2012, and the restaurant’s Brooks Headley was named Outstanding
Pastry Chef in 2013. “The food is outstanding [and it’s a] grand, majestic space. You may even see
[co-owner] Mario Batali at the podium greeting people and signing copies of his cookbooks.” (85 10th
Ave.; 212-497-8090; delposto.com) —James Jolis, chef concierge at The Chatwal

BESPOKE CONCIERGE SPRING 2015 13

MAURA MCEVOY
MARK ROAQUIN

“THE NOMAD BAR won a James Beard Award [in 2014] for its bar program, and Michael Anthony, executive chef of GRAMERCY TAVERN,
rightfully so. They make some of the most exquisite cocktails in the city; … their took the James Beard Award for Best Chef in New York City
crudite starter and burger are pretty fantastic, too. They also recently started offering in 2012, and prior to that, the tavern won the Outstanding
an all-day brunch on Sundays along with the best selection of bloody marys I’ve ever Restaurant award in 2008 and the Outstanding Service award
tasted.” (10 W. 28th St.; 212-796-1500; thenomadhotel.com) —Carmen da Silva, in 2001. The casual menu offers a la carte items as well as a
concierge at Tribeca Grand Hotel daily three-course tasting menu for dinner. (42 E. 20th St.;
212-477-0777; gramercytavern.com) —Krista Sorrentino,
ZORAN JELENIC concierge at The St. Regis New York
FELICIA PERRETTI

“A spot called THE SPOTTED PIG is one of my favorite restaurants in the “LA GRENOUILLE [is a] wonderful Old World, classic French restau-
city.” The eatery focuses on seasonal British and Italian cuisine and operates rant—beautiful setting, excellent food.” The flower-filled space has
under the direction of April Bloomfield, the co-owner and executive chef who been a pillar of fine cuisine for more than 50 years and recently won
snagged the 2014 award for Best Chef in New York City. (314 W. 11th St.; the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service in 2012. (3 E. 52nd
212-620-0393; thespottedpig.com) —Jared Gullekson, chef concierge at St.; 212-752-1495; la-grenouille.com) —James Jolis, chef concierge
The London NYC at The Chatwal

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GABRIELE STABILE/MOMOFUKU “Always [at] LE BERNARDIN, the food is exceptional; it’s seafood-based. It’s
fancy but not to the point where you feel too stuffy. It’s a very comfortable
atmosphere. The service is impeccable.” (155 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1515;
le-bernardin.com) —Jeanie Voltsinis, chef concierge at Viceroy New York

ELEVEN MADISON PARK and its culinary team have earned many
awards from the James Beard Foundation such as Outstanding
Restaurant, Chef and Pastry Chef. It also boasts a revered menu,
which celebrates the New York harvest, and was named fourth on
S.Pellegrino’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. (11 Madison
Ave.; 212-889-0905; elevenmadisonpark.com) —Waldo Hernandez,
chef concierge at The Carlyle

BRANDON SCHULMAN

Chef David Chang has been a regular on the list of James Beard Opened in 2014, ROOT & BONE is headed by two alumni of “Top Chef,” Jeff
Award nominees and winners since 2006. For a meal from the McInnis and Janine Booth, who together boast four James Beard honors (at
acclaimed chef and restaurateur, try MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR. the semifinalist and finalist level). The Southern-style bistro serves creative
“[The] Noodle Bar setup is very casual and is basically the trend cocktails, an array of large and small plates, loaded biscuits and a bucket of
of communal dining with a few regular tables. … If you are a fan fried chicken that is earning a reputation as the best in the city and beyond.
of ramen, you will not be disappointed.” (171 First Ave.; 212-777- (200 E. Third St.; 646-682-7076; rootnbone.com) —Waldo Hernandez, chef
7773; momofuku.com) —Vanessa Torruellas, chef concierge at The concierge at The Carlyle C
Iroquois New York

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C[ SHOP]
Two Faced
New York City boutiques offer high-end wristwatches that are just as useful as they are artistic.

BY LAUREN MATICH

There’s no denying that New York is an epicenter for artists; from the galleries At the same time, watches also have one foot firmly planted in the world
of Chelsea to the designers and boutiques in the Garment District, people of art with precious stones and creative details. Colors and styles aside, many
flock to the city to practice their craft among like-minded artisans. New York will even argue that the precision that goes into the miniscule gears and cogs
is also home to the major players of business, presenting a distinctive mix of behind the face is an art itself. Whether your reasons for wearing a wristwatch
creative talent and impressive industry. are aesthetic or utilitarian, having the right fixture on your wrist is essential.

In many ways, the same mix of form and function can be found in the mas- For an exceptional new watch, heed the advice of the following concierges,
terpieces sold by New York City’s finest watchmakers. Anyone who has been who know exactly how to navigate the city’s expansive array of watch shops.
caught without a cellphone to tell the time can attest to the continued utility Some stores present timepieces that are pushing the boundaries of design;
of wearing a wristwatch, especially with the contemporary functions and tech- others incorporate high-tech functions. No matter what makes shoppers tick,
nology that have been incorporated into the mechanisms. New York watchmakers are sure to have the right piece for anyone’s wrist.

Concierge Carmen da Silva
especially likes the round
Birdy watch with the orange
double-wrap leather strap, but
the watch can be ordered in a
variety of face and strap colors,
from $475, at Shinola.

“Detroit unveiled its first New York outpost of SHINOLA in Tribeca [in summer 2013] with a wide selection of men’s and PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE COURTESY OF SHINOLA
women’s watches, custom bikes and leather goods … and now a line of pet goods like soft leather collars.” The shop is
situated behind a small coffee shop, which makes for a great pick-me-up during a shopping day in the city. (177 Franklin
St.; 917-728-3000; shinola.com) —Carmen da Silva, concierge at Tribeca Grand Hotel

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