Photography by Natalie Brasington

Ann Caruso

Stylist | Fashion Consultant

| Upper East Side

Stylist Ann Caruso isn’t one to settle— when she does something, she does it. A design gig for the quintessential American fashion house, Ralph Lauren? Check. A six-year tenure at fashion bible, Vogue? Check. Single-handedly styling the wedding of all weddings (yes, we mean that of the new Mr. and Mrs. Clooney)? Check, check and check. In other words, Caruso is about as good as it gets (no wonder the Daily Front Row named her Stylist of the Year earlier this month). She’s outfitted everyone from January Jones and Isla Fisher to Elizabeth Hurley, Oprah and Judi Dench, her work appearing in top glossies like Vanity Fair, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar (of which she is also a contributing Fashion Editor). Here, Caruso sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: The East Pole (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

COFFEE OR TEA: I have a collection of teas, but I love to order in or go out for coffee. I like the coffee from Ninth Street Espresso at the Lombardy Hotel (MAP IT, x) because it’s very smooth and has no aftertaste and the coffee from Little Collins (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I don’t really have a favorite restaurant, but here are a few: La Grenouille (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)– the food is incredible and it’s very old world, Da Silvano (*Location now closed) and Le Bilboquet (MAP IT, x) for the food and the people watching.

BEST BRUNCH: Sant Ambroeus (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The atmosphere is very European.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The streets— especially Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.

LADIES LUNCH: BG (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or Freds at Barney’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Bar Italia (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— they have gluten-free options on their menu.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate chip cookies. I just recently discovered Ruby et Violette.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Elle W Collection  on Lexington Avenue (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My friends and the fact that everything is available at your fingertips 24/7.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Fusha (MAP IT, x), Naya (MAP IT, x) and Dig Inn (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: My style is classic, all-American with an international accent. Because I do a lot of shopping for jobs, I always end up at the big department stores like Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x), Barneys (MAP IT, x), and Saks (MAP IT, x). I like to online shop from Net-a-Porter, The Cools and The Line (MAP IT, x) too; I’m always searching for other interesting places!

BEST VINTAGE: Marlene Wetherell (MAP IT, x) or New York Vintage (MAP IT, x).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Michael’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Central Park.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Bergdorf Goodman, La Maison du Chocolat (MAP IT, x) or ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I have been going to Warren Tricomi (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for years to get my hair cut. Edward Tricomi (x) cuts my hair. For the best facials, I go to Tracie Martyn (MAP IT, x)— get the “Red Carpet” facial.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: In my early 20s, I was leaving a Vogue party, but there were no cabs around. I jumped into a cab with two people I didn’t know and invited them to a party at Nell’s with me. One of them turned out to be an editor at Vogue and was looking for an assistant. A few days later, I was interviewing with Anna Wintour and that’s how I landed my first job in fashion. CP

Ann’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Vintage from Marlene Wetherell; Pasta at The East Pole; La Grenouille; Jewelry at The Cools. Second Row: Apartment by The Line; Ninth Street Espresso; Freds at Barneys; La Maison du Chocolat.

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