Great walks: Suits
Stylish men like Suits’ lead lawyer Harvey Specter know how to enjoy New York to the fullest.
Fri Oct 3 2014
Photograph: Marielle Solan
Guys who want to be stylish can learn something from Pearson Hardman attorney Harvey Specter on the TV show Suits. Start the day with a good workout, own a well-tailored suit, learn to cover your tracks and take time for a fancy power lunch.
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Start: 450 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves
End: 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 1.6 miles
Big-shot lawyer and stylish man-about-town Harvey Specter prides himself on the ability to kick ass in and out of the office. Before you exercise your brain, tone your muscles at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club (450 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-594-0554, mprcnyc.com), where you can rent a private tennis court (nonmembers $140 per hour, members $54–$90 per hour) if you’re rolling as deep as a Pearson Hardman attorney. For access to a broader range of sports, spring for a one-day pass to sister venue Manhattan Plaza Health Club (482 W 43rd St at Tenth Ave; 212-563-7001, mphc.com; day pass available Mon–Fri $35.12). You’ll have full run of the facilities, which includes a rock-climbing gym, cardio and weight equipment, a pool and a seasonal roof deck.
Make a quick stop at Discovery Times Square (226 W 44th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 866-987-9692, discoveryts.com) to check out the latest exhibits—Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. and Body Worlds: Pulse.
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It’s time for a swanky power lunch at the Lambs Club (132 W 44th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-997-5262, thelambsclub.com). Get comfortable in one of the red leather chairs and consider which of chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s refined American dishes to order. Try the sirloin burger ($22) on challah with Cabot sharp cheddar and shallots.
Any dapper gent who wants to impress—whether it’s a client, boss or lady friend—should own a three-piece suit. The master craftsmen at Imparali Custom Tailors (555 Fifth Ave at 46th St; imparali.com) can sew you a polished-yet-affordable look (prices start at $700) from one of 10,000-plus fabrics. It’s best to call ahead to make an appointment, but the results are well worth the effort.
As he’s always perfectly coiffed, Harvey would be disappointed if we didn’t send you for a little grooming, too. Whether you need the full-service (scalp-massaging shampoo, conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure, shoe shine; 30mins $72) or a beard trim ($15), treat yourself to some manly TLC at John Allan’s (Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave at 49th St, seventh floor; 212-940-2210, johnallans.com). Kick back with a complimentary beer or espresso, and let the staff pamper you as you ponder the next step in your quest for world domination.
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Strut down Fifth Avenue toward Midtown Cigar (562 Fifth Ave at 46th St; 212-997-2227, mid-towncigar.com). Among the international options are everything from bougie Montecristos and Gurkhas to modestly priced brands like El Rey del Mundo. If you’re just interested in learning more about high-falutin’ smoking culture, keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.
Cap off the day at the Bar Downstairs (Andaz Hotel, 485 Fifth Ave at 41st St; 212-601-1234, newyork.5thavenue.andaz.hyatt.com): Bartenders will mix you an expert version of your favorite classic quaff, or you can select one of the inventive house cocktails, such as the Mexican Firing Squad ($15), which combines blanco tequila, pomegranate molasses and a dash of bitters.
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