Photography by Trevor Smith

Alexandra Richards

Model/DJ

| Greenpoint

Alexandra Richards grew up like the rest of us— in a suburban neighborhood (Westin, CT), taking guitar lessons at age 10 and pondering the merits of modeling— only, in her case, her guitar teacher happened to be none other than Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards aka “Dad” and her first modeling coach, supermodel and mom, Patti Hansen. Still, Richards’ starry beginnings did little to shake her down-to-earth nature. Now living in Greenpoint with her restauranteur boyfriend, the DJ/model, whose found herself in front of the lens’ of Annie Leibowitz, Craig McDean and Steven Meisel, is more likely to be taking it easy at her beau’s new bar, Falcon Laundry than getting wild at the clubs. That is, unless she’s the one djing— dropping beats for the likes of Christian Dior no less. On the modeling side, she’s graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, even French Playboy. Beautiful and musically-inclined, she may be part-Hansen, part-Richards, but she’s full-artist in her own right. Here, Richards sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: The Bounty (MAP IT, x)— their menu changes daily; I love the surprises and their soups are delicious. Also, Anella (MAP IT, x)— the bread is out of this world and it’s baked in cute, small clay pots.

COFFEE OR TEA: Iced coffee from Early (MAP IT, x) because it’s fresh and brewed perfectly (aka not chalky or burnt).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: That is hard because I’ve shared a lot of special memories in some of this city’s finest restaurants. Il Cantinori (MAP ITBOOK IT, x) has always been a go-to of my family’s and friends’ since I was little. The fresh pasta of the day is amazing no matter what they’re serving. The restaurant is a classic and you can count on a great meal.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A martini. Vic’s, off of Lafayette Street (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) does an amazing martini that stays cold! Ryan Maguire’s (MAP IT, x) down in FiDi has great bartenders— my boyfriend’s little brother bartends there and he’s the best.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: The Musket Room (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or Falcon Laundry (MAP IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Northern Territory in Brooklyn (MAP ITx); they have a rooftop with an amazing view of NYC.

MUSIC PICK: Reggae and rock n’ roll. The Edition Hotel’s bar (MAP IT, x) has great music, but I love The Musket Room as well because I made their playlist.

BEST BRUNCH: Buvette, a little French spot in the West Village (MAP IT, x). It’s such a sweet little place and the atmosphere is very chill; it makes a cute date spot.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Washington Square Park. There is always something going on and creativity is always around.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Juice Press (MAP IT, x) for pesto kelp noodles or The Butcher’s Daughter (MAP IT, x) for a spicy kale Caesar.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Candle shopping at Diptyque (MAP IT, x), and [stocking up on] scarves and sweaters…

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: I can’t tell or it wouldn’t be a secret, but I would like to share how much I love the Brooklyn Bridge: I love walking and running it, the great sunsets and the fun places on either side of it where you can enjoy yourself.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The energy. I love how any minute, you can be in any setting with anyone you want and see anything you would like to see.

REGULAR AT: Early in Greenpoint is my regular spot. I start my day there with coffee and the superfood cereal. If I walk by during the day, I’ll go back for another coffee. Jack’s Wife Freda (MAP ITBOOK IT, x) is another place I love to go to and hang with friends for a happy hour or lunch— there’s always a welcoming vibe. Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is a place my sister and I love to spend time in and catch up. Nom Wah (MAP IT, x) is a yummy dumpling spot and Ippudo (MAP IT, xis another favorite— I recommend the cucumber salad, a classic bowl of ramen and the pork buns there.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Any pizza will do! And a Coca-Cola.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Café Mogador (MAP IT, x) and Five Leaves (MAP IT, x).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Archestratus, a cookbook shop in Greenpoint (MAP IT, x), is my little hide-away.

GETAWAY GO-TO: My family and I always travel to Turks and Caicos— it’s beautiful all the way around. I like to mix it up though and travel [to different places]. Miami is fun because it’s a short flight away from NY and it has a lot of different restaurants and beaches to visit, as well as Jamaica, which is always nice too.

CLOSET CHECK: I’m a tee-shirt and jeans fan. I love my leather black jackets and black boots and my ash leather black Converses. I’m conservative for day, and at night, I’m more sexy-chic. I’m most comfortable in black and have a huge collection of sweaters. I love vintage pop-ups, but have fun picking out new accessories or tid-bits from Brandy Melville (MAP IT) and Topshop (MAP IT) too. I usually go to SoHo and window shop until I find what I need…

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Bloomingdale’s (MAP IT)— they have everything new and updated for any occasion. Also, Diptique for candles.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: The Wall Street Bath & Spa on Fulton Street (MAP ITx), Rita Hazan Salon (MAP IT, x) for any haircare (be it dye, trim or cut), Tracie Martyn (MAP IT, x) for facials, and Primp and Polish in Brooklyn (MAP IT, x) or Valley Nails in Nolita (MAP IT, x) for nails.

FIT PICK: I love to run the bridges— mostly the Brooklyn Bridge. I usually mix up my exercise routine though because too much of anything is bad for you. Real Pilates (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is a favorite place of mine in Manhattan. There’s also Modo Yoga on 10th Street (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) which usually gets me super motivated to work out. Marc Gordon (x) is my personal trainer— he knows how to lean out your body, plus he’s super fun to work out with which is always a goal of mine when I sweat. Have fun, laugh and sweat!

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: My New York moment is just walking around the streets. The energy is what makes New York “New York.” We have such a mass mix of different cultures— different little cities within one city. I love the people and possibility of new adventures. From a dinner in Chinatown to a play on Broadway and a walk through the park or over the bridges— sights are endless. CP

Alexandra’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Early BK; Candle by Diptyque; The Musket Room; Inside Five Leaves. Second Row: Pasta at Anella; Buvette; Nail art by Valley Nails; Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

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