Nine musts according to hotelier Dina De Luca Chartouni
TV and film producer, hotelier and lifelong New Yorker Dina De Luca Chartouni shares her favorite city haunts. • 3 GUYS My go-to diner for the best childhood memories and vanilla milkshakes. 212-628-8108. • LE BILBOQUET Don’t miss my favorite dish, the Cajun chicken, at this classic French bistro. lebilboquetny.com. • SETTE MEZZO This Upper East Side spot has the most perfect Italian food and ambiance. 212-472-0400. • THE FLOWER DISTRICT Go at 6 a.m., before the city wakes up. • THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART I love the Greek and Roman galleries. metmuseum.org. • THE PUBLIC THEATRE This Astor Place institution reminds me of The Old Vic theater in London. publictheater.org. • THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET I recently saw Balanchine’s Symphony in C. nycballet.com. • NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART I’m taking courses here. They offer classically taught art in all mediums. nyaa.edu. • BERGDORF GOODMAN, BARNEYS NEW YORK and BLOOMINGDALE’S The best shopping can be found at the three B’s, located in Midtown. bergdorfgoodman.com; barneys.com; bloomingdales.com.
Written by CAROLINE CAGNEY.