Designed by the Japanese architects SANAA: “The visual signals this building sends—it is at once crisp and pliable, solid and permeable—seem deliberately ambiguous.” Read more.
Robert De Niro’s place seems at first glance rather high-end faux. But the chef Andrew Carmellini’s blissfully homey Italian food serves as a reminder that cooking what you grow is a very good idea. Read more.
Didier Pawlicki, the chef and owner of one of the tiniest, least pretentious, more pleasurable French bistros in the city, is a sensitive and adaptable—not to mention Internet-savvy—soul. Read more.
This Village relic was revamped by the restaurateur Keith McNally, of the Odeon, Balthazar, and Pastis. The vibe is now less seedy watering hole, more claustrophobe-celeb. Read more.
Harold Ross, the magazine’s founder, roamed here to ask his friends to write. Once, when he asked Dorothy Parker why she wasn’t in the office writing, she replied, “Someone was using the pencil.” Read more.
Dreamy, in the best sense of the word. The application of the delicate to the brutish elevates the experience of dining on ultra-lipids. Read more.
The founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, often bought not the best work of the artist, which the artist might hope to be able to sell elsewhere, but the second best, which nobody else would have. Read more.