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Kyotofu: Manhattan's Most Amazing Dessert Bar

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:35 PM

When you think of New York's best cupcake, you probably don't imagine tofu on the ingredient list. But that hasn't stopped Kyotofu from piling up the awards for their otherworldy desserts.

This place goes way beyond cupcakes, though. Every dessert here is made from soy or tofu -- like warm chocolate-hazelnut...

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Rizzoli: Your Fantasy Bookstore

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Big-box bookstores may have conquered New York, but there is one independent palace of books that didn't get the memo. For nearly 50 years, Rizzoli Bookstore has captured the imaginations of bibliophiles with its sophisticated and stunning Old-World charm along with a drool-worthy collection of coffee-table books that Rizzoli, the...

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A Secret Sanctuary In Midtown Manhattan

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 7:24 AM

Tea connoisseurs take note. That's the word from Raphael Pallais, chef concierge at The Plaza Hotel. Here he shows us a discreet haven in midtown Manhattan with 100 loose-leaf varieties from all over the world -- and with every type of pot and glass for serving...

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New York's Secret Neapolitan Clubhouse in the Sky

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Amid the lofty skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan, there's a new Neapolitan clubhouse in the sky. This ultra-discreet three-level space introduces New Yorkers to a tradition of Italian tailoring that you won't find anywhere else in town. Everything here is handcrafted and custom-made.

Plus, they've got killer views from their...

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TCHO: San Francisco's Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Ghirardelli may be San Francisco's best known chocolate, but production moved away years ago. Today, TCHO is the real San Francisco chocolate -- and it's the only place in town involved in the entire chocolate making process.

You can also -- and too few people know this, says...

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New York's Best Eats Under One Roof (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:16 AM

If you had only one day to eat in New York City, you'd go dizzy trying to sample all its best restaurants. Luckily, there's a place where you can find some of these great eats -- sashimi by Sushi of Gari, a buttery lobster roll by Luke's Lobster, smoking-hot s'mores...

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See San Francisco on a Bicycle Built for You (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 11:54 AM

San Francisco is one of America's top bike destinations -- and Mission Bicycle is leading the charge. As the only shop in town that makes its own custom cycles, they'll help you design every component from frame size to color-coded tires.

Antonio Barrios, chief concierge at the St. Regis San...

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San Francisco's Ultimate Farm-to-Table Sandwich (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 1:24 PM

When you think of San Francisco food in all its artisanal, homegrown glory, the place you dream of is Salumeria -- though you may not know it yet!

House-made salumi and prosciutto. Heavenly local cheeses. Delicious antipasti. Antonio Barrios, chief concierge of the

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Musee Mecanique: San Francisco's Weirdest Museum (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 10:20 AM

When was the last time you walked into a museum and were encouraged to touch everything?

Musee Mecanique, a hidden gem at San Francisco's tourist-filled Fisherman's Wharf, is as strange as it is interactive -- and it's one heck of a lot of fun. In a seaside hangar,...

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San Francisco: Where to Get the Freshest Ice Cream Made in 60 Seconds Flat (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Organic ingredients from local farms? Check. Each scoop made fresh to order? Check. Deliciously smooth, creamy ice cream? Check!

That's what you can expect at Smitten Ice Cream, in Hayes Valley, says Antonio Barrios, chief concierge of The St Regis San Francisco. Each scoop is churned...

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South Street Seaport: An Insider's Guide to Front Street

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 7:19 PM

By Raphael Pallais, Chief Concierge for The Plaza Hotel

With the disappearance of the Fulton Fish Market in 2005, the recent rise of luxury condos, and the relentless greening of the waterfront, South Street Seaport has outgrown its old touristy self and evolved into one of downtown Manhattan's most vibrant...

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How To Find The Secret Bakery Making New York's Best Cheesecake (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 5:08 PM

All the New York bakeries that lay claim to the best cheesecake in the city better watch out: There's a Belgian outfit in town whose ethereal cheesecake is unlike any other in the city.

New York expert Raphael Pallais -- the chef concierge of The Plaza...

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Secrets Of The New York Public Library As It Turns 100

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 4:54 PM

This year, the flagship building of the New York Public Library celebrates its centennial.
The iconic marble building towering over Fifth Avenue took 12 years to build. And now, the walls of the facade -- 12 inches thick -- are newly gleaming thanks to a recently completed, $50-million restoration....

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Midtown Manhattan's Best Wine Bars

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 1:25 PM


In Hell's Kitchen, where so many new things have been brewing lately, the drink of choice is unequivocally wine. How do we know? The neighborhood has become a veritable hotbed for wine bars. From Riposo 46 to Casellula (where you can also...

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Eat Like A Local In San Francisco (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 9:14 AM

Is there a city in America that cares more about locally-sourced food than San Francisco? If so, Antonio Barrios, chief concierge at The St. Regis San Francisco, wants to know about it.

In this video, Antonio shows you where to sample the best of the Bay Area's bounty...

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Finding The Bowery's Rock & Roll Roots (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 8:08 AM

CBGB was once the center of New York's punk-rock scene on the Bowery. But do you know about the club's latest incarnation?

City insider, Laura Cooper Brown, from The Bowery Hotel uncovers the new creative edge pulsing through the neighborhood.

Read Laura's blog, or...

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6 Hottest (And Realistic) Valentine Ideas in America (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 1:02 PM

With Valentine's Day around the corner, GloboMaestro asked its insider experts to reveal their most romantic destination spots.

From a "Sex and Science" tour in San Francisco to a secret whispering gallery in New York, GloboMaestro's concierges highlight the hottest ideas, and the best ways to experience them.

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Miami: New Symphony Hall Opens By Star Architect Frank Gehry

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 1:03 PM


Miami is abuzz with symphony fever! Tuesday marks the opening of a new concert hall designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry for the New World Symphony. And the symphony is celebrating with a series of concerts and events all week.


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Where to Get Your Last-Minute New York Shopping On (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 10:50 AM

From a 60s mod fashion boutique to a tiny shop where Robert De Niro gets his shoes custom made, there's more to Madison Avenue than Prada, Gucci and the other superstar labels.

City insider Michael Bordenick, a concierge at one of New York's hot new hotels,

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Fried Chicken and Waffles: San Francisco's Hottest Food Trend

(12) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 1:23 PM


Rumor has it that chicken and waffles first gained popularity in 1930s Harlem, when the after-hours' crowd was looking for something to eat that satisfied both their dinner and breakfast cravings.

Whatever the truth, the southern comfort combo is exploding all over San Francisco,...

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