Central Park South – Tom Postilio, CORE NYC

Midtown, especially where it meets Central Park, is becoming one of the most closely watched markets in the world.  It’s especially wonderful for me, as I have lived in this neighborhood since 1999.  The spectacular 57th Street renaissance is attracting an unprecedented concentration of wealth to the many luxurious new developments in the area, and the transformation of the neighborhood has triggered a surge in values of even the most modest apartments.  Every indication is that this trend will continue for many years to come, so there are still untapped opportunities to be had, if one knows where to look.

Tom’s Suggestions:

01 Trattoria Dell’Arte
Italian restaurant. This is my favorite place to dine in all of NYC.  It’s like going home for me!  Ask for Brandon and tell him that Tom sent you. (Trains: F,N,R,Q,W)

The greatest bookstore ever!  On 57th between 5th & 6th Avenues. (Trains: F, N, Q, R)

03Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park
This is about as spiritual a place for me as any in NYC. (Trains: A,B, C)

04Carnegie Hall
One of the greatest music halls in the world!  Where I saw my first Frank Sinatra concert in 1984 at the age of 14! (Trains: A,B,C,D, 1)



Upper West Side – Shane Shimon, Blu Realty Group

w72smallWhether you’re looking for a neighborhood to call home or somewhere to stay while visiting New York, the Upper West Side offers something for everybody.  Residents flock to the Upper West Side for the elegant pre-war landmark buildings and many brownstones which line the streets of Broadway, Central Park West, Riverside Drive and West End Avenue.  Perhaps the most famous of these being the star-studded Dakota. The hotels of the Upper West Side not only offer more value than in many other neighborhoods of New York, but the more quiet, residential feel of the Upper West Side also allows you to escape the chaos of Midtown and Downtown. Finally, the Upper West Side is home to two of New York’s most famous parks, Central Park and Riverside Park, which overlooks the Hudson River, making the Upper West Side is a beautiful and scenic environment for leisure time and raising a family.

Shane’s Suggestion:

01A Voce Restaurant
Expansive views and amazing Italian food from  chef Missy Robbins

Upper East Side – Amy Herman, Halstead Property

The Upper East Side is my favorite New York City neighborhood as it’s the neighborhood where I bought my own coop apartment in 2013 in the east 70s. It’s where I live and work and super convenient in terms of access to Central Park and the 6 train. The real estate is breathtaking -prewar and postwar coops and condos and historic townhouses, some built as early as the 19th century. The Carlyle Hotel adds to the beautiful UES skyline and the Museum Mile allows for everyone to enjoy some of the finest art exhibits in the world. There are incredible date-friendly and kid/stroller-friendly restaurants and shops around every corner on Madison Avenue and farther east on Third Avenue-York Avenue too.

Amy’s Suggestions:

01JG Melon
For late night burgers and some unexpected celeb watching after midnight

02Maison Kaiser
For breakfast or lunch- baguettes and brioche

03Exhale Spa
Relaxation or workout classes

04The Mark Hotel Bar
For Cocktails

For dinner on special occasions

Upper East Side – Corinne Pulitzer, Douglas Elliman

As a real estate professional for more than 20 years, I not only sell the Upper East Side, I have called Park Avenue home for 30 years and can’t imagine living elsewhere. With Central Park, Museum Mile, schools, houses of worship, fabulous restaurants, shopping at my doorstep; as well as transportation close by, the Upper East provides a wonderful lifestyle and, at the same time, offers a wide palate of real estate options for buyers and renters. There are coops, condos, new developments, town houses and rentals sharing the same grid…all on tree-lined blocks that are meticulously cared for.

Corinne ‘s Suggestions:

01Via Quadronno

Mexican Cuisine

03Maison Kayser
Fresh bread

04J.G. Melons
Best burger in town

05The Second Avenue Deli
Best Pastrami, Corned Beef, Matzoh Balls and Chicken Soup

Upper East Side – Ginger Brokaw, Town Residential

The Upper East Side represents the “best in class” on every level. From the grand avenues to the quiet side streets…there is a suburban thread to the urban landscape.  Both vibrant and subdued, this part of NYC offers some of the finest things in the world in just several zip codes.  Whether your choice is to live in one of the elegant cooperatives or the most cutting edge new development it is assured that you will be located in an incredible community with the best in education, culture, shopping, dining and entertainment and have one of the worlds most beautiful parks as your backyard

Ginger’s Suggestions:

Favorite Restaurant

02Kaiser & Payard
Bakery – It’s a tie!

03Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel
After Dinner

04 Le Chat Noir
Favorite Lunch

05Lady M Cake Boutique
Guilty Pleasure

Upper West Side – Cathy Taub, Stribling & Associates

The Upper West Side has it all: Diversity of population, architecture, culture and housing!  Lincoln Center offers Film, Jazz, Opera, Theatre, Dance & the Philharmonic.  Lincoln Plaza Cinema offers indie films, and The Beacon has great concerts.  Central & Riverside Parks add dramatically to the daily quality of life. Plus, there’s The Museum of Natural History & the NY Historical Society, with its GREAT restaurant, Storico.  There’s a fantastic farmer’s market every Sunday on Columbus; there are two major Universities and Barnard College too!  How about Barney Greengrass! Plus, the people are friendly & have good politics!

Cathy’s Suggestions:

New trendy bar

Marcus Samuelsson’s American restaurant/café at Alice Tully Hall (#1 train)

Broadway & 113th (#1 train)-delicious locavore food

Amazingly yummy grilled cheese sandwich shop (#1 train)

05 CENTER BAR at the Time Warner Center
Pricey but chic spot for cocktails & snacks in TW Center with fabulous  views