Apartment tour: Mod pod

This designer's apartment is more modern than MoMA-and a little less conventional.

Why Hell's Kitchen?

"I'm glad I ignored everyone who told me not to move here," she says, lounging on one of her signature fur rugs. "I like that it's in the middle of the city but still has a neighborhood feel to it." Despite the area's recent growth, the majority of stores are still mom-and-pop boutiques: "It's so much like Europe with all these little bodegas. And it hasn't been infiltrated by the big shops yet—it might be the only place you won't find a Gap." Still involved in the art world, Landau also appreciates being within walking distance of museums and galleries. "I certainly see myself when I'm older and in a walker still wobbling over to the MoMA," she says. "I'm here for the long haul."

Local haunts

Bann (350 W 50th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-582-4446) "It's a great Korean restaurant where you can cook at the table. It's fun and different, plus it's inside my building, so it's convenient."

Uncle Nick's
Uncle Nick's Greek Cuisine

Photo: Stephanie Gussin

Uncle Nick's Greek Cuisine (747 Ninth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts, 212-315-1726) "The fresh fish here is amazing. I order it in a lot; sometimes it's hard to leave the apartment."

Taboon (773 Tenth Ave between 52nd and 53rd Sts, 212-713-0271) "They have really good Mediterranean food. I go here when I want something a little nicer than usual."

Gazala (709 Ninth Ave at 49th St, 212-245-0709) "The food is fresh, reasonably priced and well prepared. Plus it's quick."

Churrascaria Plataforma (316 W 49th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-245-0505) "If you like meat and New York steaks, this is the place to go. It's also great for entertaining. It's this crazy Brazilian place with a big buffet of salads, and the waiters are constantly bringing out different types of meats—there is no traditional menu."

Therapy (348 W 52nd St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-397-1700) "A great place to grab a drink; I actually feel like I'm getting therapy when I go here."

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (W 39th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves, hellskitchenfleamarket.com) "I got the table and chairs in my kitchen from here, a Lucite side table, some great '70s dishes, pots and more—there are always good finds."

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