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How to Do New York Right at Any Age: Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump and More A-Listers Reveal Favorite Hot Spots

10:30 AM 4/7/2016

by Carson Griffith

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's favorite place to dine, Liev Schreiber's go-to tailor and Katie Couric's restaurant when she wants to be seen: the city's top names spill secrets of a life lived locally.

Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump
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  • 30s and Under

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    Coffee: "I've been a regular since the beginning," says potential first daughter (again) Chelsea Clinton about the brew maestros at Birch Coffee. Its multiple locations throughout the city count Malcolm GladwellKaki KingLex Sadler and Frankie Faison among its other regulars.

    Power Lunch: "It is rare to come in with someone at Sant Ambroeus SoHo and leave with the same person — there's always someone you've been 'meaning to get in touch with,' " says The Man Repeller blog creator Leandra MedineGigi HadidKarlie Kloss and Taylor Swift also are fans of the fashionable outpost.

    Cocktails: "I hit up Bar Centrale pretty often," says Hamilton female-audience-crush Diggs of the cozy bar tucked behind a discreet brownstone entrance in the theater district — Lena Dunham also names it as a favorite.

    Dinner: "Beatrice Inn is our Cheers," says Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliott. "And the chef, Angie Mar, is a Chopped champion." Jake Gyllenhaal and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen dine here, and the West Village restaurant hosted Roger Federer for his 31st birthday.

    Nails: "Mei is a true artist — she connects with other creative minds. I go to her with a point of inspiration, and she perfectly brings it to life," says photographer Caroline "Chuck" Grant. Mei also performs nail art on Grant's sister, Lana Del Rey, as well as Meghan Trainor and Santigold (nailsbymei.com).

    Hair: "Kyle White is an incredible talent — and a wonderful friend. I send everyone I know his way, and no one is disappointed," says Ivanka Trump, the city's other potential first daughter, of her longtime stylist at midtown's Oscar Blandi Salon. … "Ryan Pearl at Cutler Salon is my go-to for color — whether I go darker or lighter, he nails it," says model Hailey Baldwin. "And he doubles as a therapist, an added bonus." Emma Watson and Hilary Rhoda also are fans of the SoHo salon.

    Skin: "Karine Kazarian is amazing," says Elliott of the Greenwich Village facialist who swears by cult French line Biologique Recherche. "She has completely changed my skin."

    Body: "SLT is the workout that will get you an insane six-pack," says Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal of the high-cardio, Pilates-inspired class that now has studios all across the city and in the Hamptons. Emmy Rossum and Sofia Vergara also sweat it out on their strengthening machines. …"I work out at 24 Hour Fitness in SoHo because the only time I can really carve out to go to the gym is after the show," says Diggs. "So I'm usually there sometime between midnight and 3 a.m."

    Miscellaneous: "I used to go exclusively to Hong Kong Tailor Jack, but Triple-A Cleaners on 13th Street is really fast and reasonably priced for tailoring," says Medine. … Lupita Nyong'o, starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, has taken up residence in Brooklyn. On weekends, she likes the live music program at Brooklyn Museum in Park Slope: "You see the whole community out."

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  • 40s

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    Coffee: "I heard Blue Bottle came out this way, which I'm very excited about," says Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "But I also love La Colombe; I always find myself at the one in NoHo, down by the Public Theater." Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Levine also are fans of the chain, coming to L.A. this year. "I love Balthazar in SoHo for coffee; it's like a trip to Paris," says actor Frank Grillo.

    Power Lunch: "I love Kappo Masa Japanese, in the basement of Gagosian's Madison Avenue gallery uptown," says Christina Wayne, CEO of Assembly Entertainment. … Says Skinnygirl creator and New York Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, "I don't usually 'lunch' as a verb, but when I do it is at Soho House, the new Fred's at Barneys in Chelsea or Lure Fishbar in SoHo."

    Cocktails: "American Cut in Tribeca — their plank-smoked old-fashioned is the best drink in town, plus their food is amazing," says Power's Kemp.

    Dinner: "Carlos Quirarte and Taavo Somer really squared their talents to create a stunningly elegant space that isn't alienating with Le Turtle," says actor Justin Theroux of the new French modern restaurant on the Lower East Side where he likes to dine with wife Jennifer Aniston. "Plus, they somehow mastered an insane, shockingly healthy French menu."

    Wayne likes to grab dinner at Ralph Lauren's clubby Polo Bar on the Upper East Side, still one of the city's hardest tables to score.

    Nails: "Mila Yagoudaief's manicures last the longest, and I love that she makes house calls," says Desiree Gruber, an executive producer on Project Runway and CEO of Full Picture Consulting (646-431-4630). … Musician Rufus Wainwright loves Think Pink Nails in Greenwich Village: "I used to get pedicures here with Sean Lennon and Bijou Phillips."

    Hair: "I go to Gina at Serge Normant [in Chelsea] for color, and DJ there does my cut," says Frankel. "I have never been loyal to a salon till now."

    Skin: "I love the 'face-lift' facial by Thuyen Nguyen at Aqua Studio in Tribeca," says actress Carla Gugino. "He does this heavenly facial massage that includes cupping and handmade oils."

    Body: True New Yorkers spin on the street, and CitiBike, a privately owned public-rental system, counts many high-profile pedalers as customers. DiCaprio, Hilary Swank and Alan Cumming are among the celebs who rent the bikes to get around town. … Actress Molly Sims raves about Madonna's former personal trainer: "Nicole Winhoffer is a game-changer. I recently went through a 10-day detox with her and lost inches all over." Adds fellow devotee, designer Stella McCartney: "It's really exciting to work with a woman who lives and breathes every moment of what she does and uses health and fitness in a way that inspires others." The workout guru, who holds classes at the Standard High Line, also has toned the bodies of Nicki Minaj, Spike Jonze and Jennifer Connelly. … On the flip side, Wainwright finds inspiration at Chelsea's Steel Gym: "A little disgusting but really great."

    Miscellaneous: "Jay [Kos] has a truly unique style," says actor Liev Schreiber about the uber-cool tailor and suitmaker in Nolita. "He somehow manages to blend classical dandy with contemporary cool, then throws in a little pimp daddy for good measure." Rapper Andre 3000, comedian Jay Pharoah and Lyor Cohen all are decked out by him as well. … "Ron is the best florist in the business — my cherry blossom chuppah was the dream symbol of the home I was starting, and to this day I've never seen one its equal," says Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman of the owner of Chelsea's Ron Wendt Design, whose bouquets have been delivered to Karl LagerfeldAnna WintourMarc Jacobs and Cate Blanchett.

  • 50s Plus

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    Coffee: "Bottino in Chelsea, when they wake up early enough," says entertainment lawyer and Boyhood producer Sloss. … Actor John Leguizamo favors Stumptown Coffee on West Eighth Street: "I'm now a caffeine addict thanks to them — the coffee is a barista's wet dream."

    Power Lunch: "If I want to be seen, I go to Michael's," says Katie Couric, who may run into Barbra StreisandMichael Bloomberg and a litany of old-school media players there. Dave Howe, president of strategy and commercial growth at NBCUniversal, concurs: "It's motivating to be surrounded by big intimidating suits." … Tom Bernard, co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, takes his midday meal uptown at the Friars Club. "Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack used to hang out there. It's a really good atmosphere to do the kind of work that we do with many talent and new directors who haven't been in a room like that." … In the heart of Chelsea's gallery district, Hotel Americano hosts a rotating roster of art-world types. "I love the Americano's bright vibe," says gallery owner Marianne Boesky. "And great tequila and homemade guacamole never hurt." Artist Jeff Koons is a fan of the Green Machine juice.

    Cocktails: "SixtyFive, the bar at The Rainbow Room in midtown — the view is spectacular and the drinks are even better," says Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCU. … "I'm a fan of Eleven Madison Park, the new Edition Hotel and the casual vibe at Osteria del Principe, all in the Flatiron district," says Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models.

    Dinner: "I have a certain best friend and former co-worker who, as a native Californian, claims to be the taco and margarita expert," says ABC's Sam Champion. "We always meet for dinner at Toloache on West 50th Street. The food is amazing, and I can enjoy my no-sugar marg while the rest of the room takes pictures with Josh [Elliott]."

    Nails: "Tenoverten in SoHo — it is close to my house," says Anne Carey, president of production at Archer Gray. Actress Debi Mazar loves Vanity Projects in the Lower East Side.

    Hair "Who doesn't love 'power grooming'? I've been going to Julien Farel since 2000, and now he has an uptown salon and spa at Loews Regency — it's the best experience in NYC!" says Steve Tisch, a producer and chairman of the NFL's New York Giants. Richard Gere and Rafael Nadal agree. … "Kathy Galloti at Rossano Ferretti on Madison Avenue," says Hoda Kotb, host of NBC's Today's fourth hour. "If she retires, I am buying a wig."

    Skin: "Dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton in NoHo has the best bedside manner in the world," raves Ivan Bart. …"Roy Geronemus in midtown does amazing work," says Hal Rosenbluth, president of Kaufman Astoria Studios. "I go to him for Fraxel laser treatment, which is a blessing for those of us who have spent years in the sun."

    Body: "As a gay man in New York, we've got this," says Champion. "From SoulCycle Tribeca, boot-camp classes at Equinox, Thai boxing at Renzo Gracie and finally the heavy lifting at Crunch — as they say, you better work." Actor Kyle MacLachlan recommends Holly Rilinger, from Bravo's Work Out New York: "Knowledgeable, fun and a wonderful motivator, which helps after tequilas at El Toro Blanco."

    Miscellaneous: NBCU's Howe is a big fan of zTailors: "Just gone digital! They show up at your house and take stuff away to be tailored." …Says director Paul Haggis: "I can't say this without sounding like an asshole, but I am fortunate enough that people give me clothing. Dolce & Gabbana are particularly nice."

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