L-hostels following the precious advice of Time Out Magazine is inviting you for a STALKER TOUR. Put on your comfy shoes and hit the streets of NYC covered by a stardust!!!!
Start: 3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
End: 71 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Time: 3.5 hours
Distance: 3.6 miles
1 Shocker: Stars do have dessert. Eat what they eat at The City Bakery (3 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com). Patronized by Harrison Ford, Susan Sarandon and Al Gore, this joint is famous for its cookies (baked fresh every 30 minutes), hot chocolate and pretzel croissants.
2 Relax and smell the scones when you pull up a chair in the cozy dining room of Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Ave at Jane St; 212-807-8329, teaandsympathynewyork.com). Made to look like the breakfast nook of an English cottage, this is a favorite spot of Rupert Everett’s. “He’s here every day,” says waitress Carole Fan. “He loves his Ribena.”
3 Pamper yourself at Think Pink Nails II (445 Sixth Ave at 10th St, 212-366-5111), where music producer Jermaine Dupri has been spotted getting a manicure. The West Village salon provides a comfortable interior with a quiet atmosphere and backlit wall panel.
4 All this exhausting indulgence demands a stiff drink. Hang with the likes of Heidi Klum, Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman at the Soho Grand Hotel’s Grand Bar (310 West Broadway between Canal and Grand Sts; 212-965-3588, sohogrand.com), where the staff will engage you in friendly conversation and fix you a cordial. Order the Grand Margarita, one of the hotel’s signature cocktails ($18).
5 Hop next to Gourmet Garage (453 Broome St at Mercer St; 212-941-5850, gourmetgarage.com), where John Travolta picks up his groceries when he’s in town. A supplier of New York’s best restaurants in the ’80s, the Garage still boasts the look of an indoor Parisian market, and the offerings are just as chichi: 12 varieties of olives, clementines from Spain and sweet limes from Chile….
6 Feel as slick as a movie star when you shop at Etiqueta Negra (273 Lafayette St at Prince St, 212-219-4015), an Argentine clothier that’s attracted such biggies as Jake Gyllenhaal and David Schwimmer. “We don’t sell fashion,” says retail manager Pablo Marucco. “We sell timeless pieces that will be in your closet forever.” Not to be missed: The showroom features a working 1938 red Alfa Romeo race car.
7 Carrie Bradshaw wanna-bes and admirers of Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe in The Devil Wears Prada should peruse Patricia Field (302 Bowery between Bleecker and E Houston Sts; 212-966-4066, patriciafield.com), the eponymous designer’s only New York store. “We offer an overdose of glamour,” says sales associate Verushka Music. “Flashy, glittery and sparkly are our middle names.” Lingerie by Hoss International and Volpino’s Swarovski-encrusted acrylic bras are especially popular. Even more eye-catching, Beyoncé was recently spotted here.
8 Chase that complimentary wine with live music at Kiefer Sutherland hang Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 212-477-4155, rockwoodmusichall.com), followed by a midnight snack at San Marzano (71 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-228-5060, smarzano.com). The Margherita slice, made with fresh mozzarella and containing just two grams of fat, is the pizza joint’s biggest seller—even Gwyneth Paltrow has sampled it. How else do you think she maintains that waifish figure?