Duties: Oversees operations at his four wildly successful restaurants in the East Village.
Celebrity clients: Chang’s restaurants are perennial hot spots for the famous and anonymous alike.
What he can do for you: For those craving the Momofuku touch outside Chang’s restaurants, off-site catering is available. And Chang himself offers his services for charity, cooking at events and giving away private dinners at auction. In the four years since Chang first opened his signature ramen joint, Momofuku Noodle Bar, he’s hotter than ever, winning the 2009 James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant for Momofuku Ko, where the ever-changing tasting menu includes such dishes as shaved foie gras with lychee, pine nut brittle and Riesling gelée. No matter what the venue or occasion, he said his goal is simple: “We try to make delicious food at a great value.”
How to reach him: 212-777-7773 (Momofuku).
Affiliation: Press director, Albright Fashion Library
Duties: Rents designer pieces to stylists and editors for photo shoots, music videos and TV shows, and styles clients for red-carpet events.
Celebrity clients: Pieces from the Albright Fashion Library have been worn on the red carpet by Sandra Bullock, Hayden Panettiere, Keri Russell, Gabrielle Union and Mariska Hargitay.
What she can do for you: Founded in 1990 by Albright’s mother, Irene, the Albright Fashion Library contains more than 100,000 items — including dresses, gowns, shoes, jewelry, handbags, swimsuits and accessories — that are available for one-week rentals at 10 percent of their original retail value. “We have the $15,000 Rodarte dress worn by Britney Spears on the cover of Circus and the Giambattista Valli dress Angelina Jolie wore on the cover of W with Brad Pitt,” said Albright, naming just a few of the library’s pedigreed pieces.
How to reach her: 212-977-7350 (AFL).
Affiliation: Owner, Soiree Group
Duties: Provides VIP nightlife concierge service and hosts corporate events.
Celebrity clients: He keeps his high-profile clientele confidential, but works with celebrities on a weekly basis.
What he can do for you: In a few short years, Bau has established himself as the go-to guy for entry to the city’s top clubs. He arranges customized transportation via limo, helicopter or private jet, personally escorts clients into clubs so that security is never an issue and guarantees the most private tables. For Bau, who frequently works with the city’s five-star hotels and the AmEx Black Card concierge service, it’s all about providing that extra level of care and attention. “The VIP service that has been lacking in New York was a good market for me to develop,” he said.
How to reach him: 347-427-2056 (Soiree).
Affiliation: Chef concierge, Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Duties: Does everything from book last-minute reservations at Per Se to arranging limousines, tours, personal shopping and special amenities.
Celebrity clients: “If you think of a celebrity in Hollywood, I’ve probably taken care of him or her,” said Bigler.
What he can do for you: The winner of numerous industry awards, Bigler is the ultimate luxury concierge, with a reputation for going above and beyond. Besides getting guests into the city’s most exclusive clubs or arranging private fashion shows in guests’ suites, Bigler loves using his creativity to plan surprise engagements and fulfill extravagant wishes. Recently, he even helped a prominent Australian businessman snag a meeting at City Hall. “We make sure we have those contacts to unlock the doors for our guests,” he said.
How to reach him: 212-308-9100 (Ritz).