New York is the East Coast Hollywood. If you want to feel like an A-lister (or just spy on one), hit up their haunts on this star-inspired tour.
Thu Apr 30 2009
Photos: Beth Levendis and Virginia Rollison
Start: 3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
End: 71 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Time: 3.5 hours
Distance: 3.6 miles
1 Shocker: Stars do have dessert. Eat what they eat at The City Bakery (3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com). Patronized by Harrison Ford, Susan Sarandon and Al Gore, this joint is famous for its cookies (baked fresh every 30 minutes), hot chocolate and pretzel croissants. Feel free to indulge at the restaurant’s mac ’n’ cheese station, but don’t ask what kind of cheese is used—it’s a secret. Says chef Ilene Rosen, “If we told you, we’d have to kill you.”
2 Relax and smell the scones when you pull up a chair in the cozy dining room of Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Ave at Jane St; 212-807-8329, teaandsympathynewyork.com). Made to look like the breakfast nook of an English cottage, this is a favorite spot of Rupert Everett’s. “He’s here every day,” says waitress Carole Fan. “He loves his Ribena.” While prepping for his Broadway run in Blithe Spirit, Fan says, Everett treated T&S to a preview performance by reading through his lines with owner Nicky Perry.
3 Pamper yourself at Think Pink Nails II (445 Sixth Ave at 10th St, 212-366-5111), where music producer Jermaine Dupri has been spotted getting a manicure. The West Village salon provides a comfortable interior with a quiet atmosphere and backlit wall panel.
4 All this exhausting indulgence demands a stiff drink. Hang with the likes of Heidi Klum, Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman at the Soho Grand Hotel’s Grand Bar (310 West Broadway between Canal and Grand Sts; 212-965-3588, sohogrand.com), where the staff will engage you in friendly conversation and fix you a cordial. Order the Grand Margarita, one of the hotel’s signature cocktails ($18), made with Sauza Conmemorativo, Grand Mariner, Cointreau, and lemon, lime and orange juices, served in a snifter. “It’s expensive, but it’s really big,” promises bartender Walid Almaaz.
5 Hop next to Gourmet Garage (453 Broome St at Mercer St; 212-941-5850, gourmetgarage.com), where John Travolta picks up his groceries when he’s in town. A supplier of New York’s best restaurants in the ’80s, the Garage still boasts the look of an indoor Parisian market, and the offerings are just as chichi: 12 varieties of olives, clementines from Spain and sweet limes from Chile ($3.99 a pound), enormous turkey-burger patties ($4.99 each) and jumbo baguettes ($1.99).
6 Feel as slick as a movie star when you shop at Etiqueta Negra (273 Lafayette St at Prince St, 212-219-4015), an Argentine clothier that’s attracted such biggies as Jake Gyllenhaal and David Schwimmer. “We don’t sell fashion,” says retail manager Pablo Marucco. “We sell timeless pieces that will be in your closet forever.” Not to be missed: The showroom features a working 1938 red Alfa Romeo race car.
7 Carrie Bradshaw wanna-bes and admirers of Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe in The Devil Wears Prada should peruse Patricia Field (302 Bowery between Bleecker and E Houston Sts; 212-966-4066, patriciafield.com), the eponymous designer’s only New York store. “We offer an overdose of glamour,” says sales associate Verushka Music. “Flashy, glittery and sparkly are our middle names.” Lingerie by Hoss International and Volpino’s Swarovski-encrusted acrylic bras are especially popular. Even more eye-catching, Beyonc was recently spotted here.
8 At Bowery Wine Company (13 E 1st St between Bowery and Second Ave; 212-614-0800, bowerywineco.com), bartenders will pour you a flight of three different kinds of vino to help you determine your tastes. James Gandolfini, Bruce Willis and Steve Schirripa have all sipped here before you; “Bruce is a red wine, cabernet guy,” says owner Chris Sileo. “And James likes insolia; it’s a white wine from Sicily.”
9 Chase that complimentary wine with live music at Kiefer Sutherland hang Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 212-477-4155, rockwoodmusichall.com), followed by a midnight snack at San Marzano (71 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-228-5060, smarzano.com). The Margherita slice, made with fresh mozzarella and containing just two grams of fat, is the pizza joint’s biggest seller—even Gwyneth Paltrow has sampled it. How else do you think she maintains that waifish figure?
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