Retail Guide: Sam Edelman’s NY Picks

In a city filled with transplants, Sam Edelman is a true New Yorker. The designer grew up in Greenwich Village and has made Manhattan the base for his namesake brand. Although a busy travel schedule means he is often on the road, when he’s home he loves to soak up the scene. Here, Edelman offers a native’s take on Gotham’s best bites, coolest clubs and more.

1. Hottest show on Broadway: “Jersey Boys.”

2. Best pizza joint: John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street. “I’ve been to Naples, Italy, and the pizza there is only second best.”

3. Best spot for people watching: Avenue Lounge. “You see the best clothes, best shoes, best hair, best makeup. It’s like a magazine that comes to life.”

4. Killer martini: Parma.

5. Best unwind-after-work spot: Four Seasons hotel bar. “It’s the closest thing to being in London that you can find in New York.”

6. Best vintage shopping: What Goes Around Comes Around. “They have amazing archives for designers.”

7. Great escape: Raoul’s Restaurant. “You feel like you’re in Paris there.”

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