Photography by Jason McDonald

Martha Hunt

Model

| West Village

If Taylor Swift (known for her ever-growing group of gal pals) dubs you “homeslice” in her chart-topping music video, you better believe all eyes are on you to prove that you can hang. That is, unless you’re Martha Hunt, of course, at which point your case needs little convincing. A member of Victoria’s Secret’s newest crop of angels, Hunt’s “Bad Blood” role wasn’t exactly her first appearance in the public eye; the 26-year-old model has been making a name for herself since her 2007 debut at Paris Fashion Week— her first job was walking for designer Issey Miyake. Since, she’s graced the runways of Jason Wu, Prada, Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney, colored the pages of ELLE, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and starred in major campaigns for the likes of Rebecca Minkoff and Free People, the latter of which her boyfriend, photographer Jason McDonald shot— there’s a fashion power couple for you. After spending a morning with the duo (plus Hunt’s precious pup, Bear), we’re happy to say she’s as genuinely sweet as she is beautiful; we get it T. Swift… So, Martha, mind if we call you “homeslice” too? Here, Hunt sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Blue Hill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). Everything there is delicious and seasonal!

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from The Elk (MAP IT, x). They have my favorite: almond milk lattes.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I have too many favorites! I love pasta and I just had the best bolognese at Gemma (MAP IT, x); I highly recommend it.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Margarita. Forgtmenot (MAP ITx) in the Lower East Side is a favorite; Mr. Fong’s (MAP IT, x) too.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: My friends and I went to Paul’s Baby Grand (MAP IT, x) the other night and the music was so good! We danced the whole night. 

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Miss Lily’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or Turks & Frogs (MAP ITx).

MUSIC PICK: I love all kinds of different music and I especially love seeing it live. I just saw Tame Impala live at the Beacon Theatre (MAP IT, x) and that was such a beautiful venue. 

BEST BRUNCH: Cafe Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is my favorite brunch spot in the city— it has the most perfect breakfast sandwich. I also love the omelets at Egg in Brooklyn (MAP ITx).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The subway, always.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Bonsignour (MAP IT, x)for a salad.

GUILTY PLEASURE: The burger at The Spotted Pig (MAP IT, x)— you might need a nap afterwards.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: I went to go see a random comedy show at Comedy Cellar (MAP IT, x) and Jerry Seinfeld surprised the whole audience with a routine; any star could step out to the mic on any unknown night there.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The energy, the feeling that we are all a part of something big and the 24-hour delivery.

REGULAR AT: The Elk, ModelFit (MAP IT, BOOK ITxEveryman Espresso (MAP IT, x) and the Rhemedy by Rhed Spa (MAP IT, BOOK ITx).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: The Little Owl (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— it’s so intimate and cozy.

DELIVERY GO-TO: I use Caviar (x) to order Blue Ribbon Sushi (MAP IT, x)— Mmmmm.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: If you’re looking for that sort of thing, you will be seen by someone at The Bowery Hotel (MAP IT, x).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Aire in Tribeca (MAP IT, x).

DREAM NY SHOOT LOCATION: Donna Karan’s loft studio in the West Village.

CLOSET CHECK: I feel like my style is becoming more classic; I’m starting to only look for timeless one-of-a-kind pieces, rather than what’s trendy. I like to shop at Reformation (MAP IT, x), Ritual Vintage (MAP IT, x) and Victoria’s Secret.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: The Japanese hair treatments at Salon Ishi (MAP IT, x) help repair all the damage that’s been done to my hair!

FIT PICK: ModelFit offers amazing classes for toning the body. I work out with my trainer there— we do a mix of pilates and strength-training exercises.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: On one occasion, it was the night before Thanksgiving and I realized I had taken the wrong coat to the cleaners. I had to do a live TV interview outside for the Macy’s Day Parade the following morning and the only nice coat I had was covered in blonde dog hair (which definitely shows up on HD). Everywhere was closed, but I found one cleaner that opened its doors for me. I was panicked, but the guy told me not to to worry; he would do what he could for the coat. I picked it up an hour later, fully cleaned, and he wouldn’t even let me pay for it. He said to take it as a “gift” and to go kill it on my interview. He gave me the reassurance I needed to feel like luck was on my side for the big day. Something about that experience reminded me that New Yorkers do have full hearts and we have each other’s backs when we really need it! So… everyone should go to Marta’s Cleaners in Brooklyn because they run an excellent business. CP

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