Email from New York City (cont.)

February 1, 2001

The Hippest Restaurants in NYC – you never know who’ll you’ll see there!
  • After Grand Central Station and the Bowery Savings Bank (now a Cipriani dining hall), Guastavino’s is the most glamorous public space to be opened in New York dining. 8 white-tiled arches have been dazzingly restored under the Queensboro Bridge, 5 of which are part of an umbrella food market, and 3 which cover the Terence Conran restaurant. 409 East 59th, tel, 980 2455.
  • In the iconic Seagram Building, The Brasserie is Manhattan’s first credible future-is-now restaurant. It has a wine cellar suspended above a translucent bar, a floating ceiling, tilted booth walls – it’s all fabulously funky. 100 East 53rd, tel, 751 4840.
  • If you want to meet a rich, handsome and successful New York boy, you’re best bet is Vine, where the Wall Street boys go for power lunches, and they usually travel in packs. The food and the d?cor are spectacular too. 20 Broad St, tel, 344 8463.
  • It’s almost 100% sure that you’ll spot famous faces at the Russian Tea Room. You’ll also need sunglasses to view the $22 million makeover of this celebrated post-performance noshery of maestros and divas. Gilded, mirrored, chandeliered to the ultimate fantasy of Czarist Russia, it’s 3 floors glitter around a bear aquarium, a sculpted ice Kremlin, a Faberg? Easter Egg tree, and a throne you can be photographed sitting on. Oh, the food? Stick with the borscht, the blinis, and the beef stroganoff, washed down with a merry flight of vodkas. 150 West 57th St, tel, 974 2111.

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