By Faith Hope Consolo
If you are into dining well, traveling well and, of utmost importance, shopping well, then our fine city is for you! Manhattan continues to enhance its near-perfect roster of stores, hotels, and restaurants, proving that there is always room for luxe. As the air chills, locals and visitors alike will hit the streets to fi nd a whole new world of palatial shops, stylish accommodations and savory restaurants. Autumn has arrived!
On Fabulous Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, has answered Saks’ recently inaugurated “10022-SHOE” with a new fifth floor entirely devoted to contemporary accessories and clothing. Trendconscious shoppers will adore the fifth floor’s unique design and vast inventory. Gant’s world flagship at 645 Fifth Avenue has been unveiled. Roberto Cavalli’s Just Cavalli boutique at 665 Fifth Avenue houses his men’s and women’s lines on two levels. H & M has at long last launched at number 505.
On Magnificent Madison Avenue, The 5th Avenue Chocolatiere will have a fourth Manhattan location at 11 Madison Avenue. German shirt maker Van Laack plans a first U.S. store at 340 Madison Avenue, where men’s dress shirts and women’s blouses will abound. At number 375, menswear purveyor Sarar has opened its doors, while another men’s clothier, La Camiceria, comes from Italy to 509 Madison. The Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry store sparkles at number 683. Mauboussin, the oldest Parisian luxury jeweler, plans an entry into the American market at 714 Madison Avenue. Bonbon designer MarieBelle is at 762 Madison Avenue, while Di Modolo, hailing from Milan, is moving up the block to 703 Madison Avenue. A new spa is at the N.V. Perricone M.D. flagship, 791 Madison Avenue. Christian Louboutin enhances the Avenue at number 965 while fellow shoe guru Giuseppe Zanotti expanded his shop at 806 Madison Avenue. Cesare Paciotti, 833 Madison Avenue, has closed for grand renovations and we eagerly await its reopening. Sigerson Morrison’s uptown post in the Carlyle Hotel, 987 Madison, is simply delightful. J. Crew Collection, a new premium division, will be launched at 1035 Madison. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a world of chocolate, number 1108 at 83rd Street. Tumi’s first stand-alone women’s handbag shop is now at 1100 Madison. Alessi home designs now boasts a second store at 60th Street.
On the Luxurious 57th Street, Fortunoff will unveil a three-level sanctuary, right next to Van Cleef & Arpels, at 3 West 57th Street. Number 50 on the west side will be home to the first Spa Chakra. World-renowned European antique dealer Iliad Antik is coming soon to East 57th Street, off Madison.
On Park Avenue, Scully & Scully, whose impeccable reputation for unique gifts, collectibles and home décor is unmatched, has expanded into a spectacular second floor, now occupying virtually the entire corner at 59th Street at 504 Park Avenue. Wine and spirits purveyor Sherry Lehmann has relocated to 505 Park Avenue, making use of the expanded three-level space with a wine tasting section.
In the Shops at Columbus Circle, at the Time Warner Center, Hong Kongbased Carat, costume jeweler extraordinaire, and Wolford are preparing new boutiques.
On the Upper Eastside, Paris-based designer Diabless has its first East Coast store at 1138 Third Avenue. Pottery Barn Kids has an apparel-only concept at 76th Street and Second Avenue. Western wear designer Billy Martin has moved his shop to 1034 Third Avenue. Coldwater Creek’s formidable flagship has taken a bow on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street.
On the Upper Westside, Sephora has made a grand opening at 2164 Broadway and a second Manhattan Chico’s is now located at 2300 Broadway. The famed Magnolia bakery will open an expansive outpost at 200 Columbus Avenue. In Sumptuous Soho, Hollister will have a multi-level emporium at 600 Broadway. Interior design mega-shop Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has opened its store at the base of 210 Lafayette Street. Menswear designer Andrew Buckler will have his second Manhattan shop at 93 Grand Street. Across the street, Hickey, the younger, hipper line from legendary suitmaker Hickey Freeman, will have its first freestanding shop at number 96. The brand has already been well received at department stores Jeffrey and Bergdorf Goodman. The long-awaited Vivienne Tam store is unveiled at the corner of Grand and Mercer Streets. Muji will open at 455 Broadway and CB2 is ready to be revealed at number 451. Jil Sander will have a tri-level shop at 30 Howard Street on the corner of Crosby Street. 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique debuted at 115 Mercer Street and Tse cashmere found a new home at 120 Wooster Street. French sportswear label Cotélac will be opening a third U.S. store on Greene Street, next to the soon-to-arrive Evisu denim boutique. Kate’s Paperie has relocated to Spring Street between Crosby and Lafayette, vacating space now occupied by Spanish retail chain MNG by Mango.
In Noteworthy Nolita, Variazioni has added another retail location to its growing roster with 214 Mulberry Street. Charlotte Ronson reopened her namesake store at 239 Mulberry Street.
In the Marvelous Meatpacking District, Hugo Boss will set up shop on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue, adjacent to the Apple Store currently under construction. The neighborhood’s newest deal will bring Helmut Lang to space across from Jeffrey. Repetto hand-made French shoes will open within Earnest Sewn’s 821 Washington Street permanent pop-up store.
In Culture-laden Chelsea, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew boutique will grace 147 Eighth Avenue. Gana Art Gallery, based in Seoul, South Korea, opens its fi rst U.S. location at 210 Eleventh Avenue.
On the Lovely Lower East Side, denim artisans are on display at Earnest Sewn, 90 Orchard Street at Broome.
In the Fabulous Flatiron District, Dutch denim giant G-Star opened at 873 Broadway and Geox will be across the street at 862 Broadway. Free People will have its first Manhattan store on two levels at 79 Fifth Avenue.
In the Chic West Village, the first-ever John Bartlett shop is at 143 Seventh Avenue South at Charles Street. 375 Bleecker Street is Tommy Hilfiger’s history-making retail concept, the fi rst collection store devoted to women. This is Hilfiger’s first new Manhattan store since November 2001. Rumor has it that Ralph Lauren may also take 383 Bleecker Street.
With a substantial increase in tourism expected yet again this holiday season and in the year to come, it’s no wonder ambitious developers are building more hotels. Of course, in New York, new hotels are styled in luxury, what our visitors have come to expect. Here is an overview of some of Manhattan’s newest accommodations.
The Four Points Soho Village will be at 66 Charlton Street between Varick and Hudson Streets. Buzz about Robert DeNiro’s Downtown Hotel at 377 Greenwich Street continues, with opening scheduled for 2008. The ultra-luxe Mondrian Hotel will soon grace SoHo, at 150 Lafayette Street. A brand new W Hotel will come to 123 Washington Street, with a Sheraton slated for 217 Park Street. Also in the ever-transforming Financial District, Hampton Inn will open at 320 Pearl Street and Wyndham Garden at 20 Maiden Lane.
When it comes to eating well, New York’s restaurant scene is beyond compare. Exciting new restaurants continue to crop up all around Manhattan. From Laurent Tourondel, famed chef who boasts a myriad of bistros across the City, the newest edition is BLT Market, located just off Central Park South at 1430 Sixth Avenue.
Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel welcomes Northern Chinese food restaurant Wakiya to 2 Lexington at 21st Street. The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, opened its new restaurant, Gemma, another Italian favorite.
Chelsea’s Texas-themed restaurant, Hill Country, is at 30 West 26th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Borough Food and Drink serves classic New York recipes made from local ingredients at 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park. Spanish tapas restaurant Pamplona opened at 37 East 28th Street, between Madison and Park Avenue South.
First season “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle has a new American restaurant named for an aromatic Asian herb, Perilla, at 9 Jones Street. The Italian menu at Pó, 31 Cornelia Street between Bleecker and West 4th, promises classic pasta with a Greek twist. Cuban food is served at the aptly named Socialista, 505 West Street between Horatio and Jane Streets. Centro Vinoteca, opened by chef Anne Burrell, protégé of Mario Batali, serves robust Italian fare at 74 Seventh Avenue South.
Mexican home cooking has never been more savory at Los Dados, 73 Gansevoort Street, across from the soon-to-open High Line. Desserts are irresistible at Tailor, 525 Broome Street, along with the new Soho restaurant’s ambience, which includes Paul Smith upholstered walls and lower level lounge.
Manhattan’s upper-echelon retail entries are certain to appeal to every fashion-forward diva. From shops on the Upper East Side to new restaurants in Soho to hotels in the Financial District, opportunities for extravagance abound in every corridor.
Fall into Luxury – Happy Shopping!