All photography by Brandon Schulman

Meghan Markle

Actress

| West Village

Rachel Zane, the charming paralegal-turned-associate on USA’s hit series Suits, is a picture of the New York woman— smart, tenacious, intuitive and incredibly well-dressed— and yet, Zane’s real-life counterpart actress Meghan Markle has her beat on all counts (it’s not every day you meet an actress with a double major in Theatre and International Relations from Northwestern). Take Markle’s resume, for example, which reads like the rumblings of the next ‘I am Woman’ campaign: former diplomat at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Hollywood star, professional calligrapher (she printed all of the place cards at Robin Thicke’s wedding), accomplished writer (by way of The TIG) and UN Women Advocate for Women’s Leadership and Political Participation. Yes, she’s on the cusp of perfection. Speaking of The TIG though, Markle’s personal website is a virtual marketplace for inspired food, fashion, travel and beauty; posting interviews with up-and-coming chefs to seasonal trend round-ups, it’s exactly the kind of curated lifestyle we can get behind. Here, Markle sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NY HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Marlton Hotel (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) from the same wonderful team behind The Bowery Hotel; this chic spot couldn’t be in a better location and offers everything from coziness by the fire to charming bedrooms to a fabulously smart restaurant. I love the penthouse with its herringbone floor and claw-footed tub. Grab a cocktail at Margaux pre-dinner!

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Babbo (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— the quintessential Italian experience. Anything created by Mario Batali is amazing; the menu is seasonal, but you must have a pasta… especially if the papparadelle al cinghiale is an option!

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Saturdays (MAP IT, x).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A dirty martini from Fedora in the West Village (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: BYOB at Tartine (MAP ITx)! If you’re lucky, the cellist will be playing across the street; it’s the perfect soundtrack to a breezy, fun night in the city.

Photography by Brandon Schulman

LADIES LUNCH: Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

MUSIC PICK: Marie’s Crisis (MAP IT, x)— can’t beat the campy ambiance and classic broadway showtunes. Also, Babbo always has the perfect playlist.

BEST BRUNCH: Sitting on the bench outside of Taim (MAP IT, x) with a falafel— you’ll certainly feel like a local and see tons of them too!

HEALTHY STAPLE: By Chloe (MAP IT, x). It’s 100% vegan; I love the tempeh-lentil-chia burger!

GUILTY PLEASURE: I adore Minetta Tavern (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— sitting at the bar with a gorgeous glass of wine and a dozen oysters followed by the Black Label burger and french fries… and more wine!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The ability to have everything delivered at any time of day.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Joseph Leonard (MAP IT, x) is dimly lit and so tiny that you simply must snuggle up to your date.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Bleecker Street.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: The Russian-Turkish Baths in the East Village (MAP IT, x) are the perfect “escape.” Plus, it’s a hop, skip and a jump from the West Village.

Markle with Editorial Director, Alexandria Geisler; Photography by Brandon Schulman

CLOSET CHECK: My uniform is pretty standard. My style is fairly minimalist, neutral and monochromatic with classic silhouettes, but I do love to shop around for eclectic, vintage pieces.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Murray’s Cheese Shop (MAP IT,  x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I adore the Caudalie Boutique (MAP IT, x); their anti-aging Premier Cru Elixir is a dream.

FIT PICK: Running along the West Side Highway.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: After attending back-to-back shows during NYFW, I hopped in a car and went straight to Flushing to cheer on Serena [Williams] at the women’s finals of the U.S. Open. The fact that your day can take you in a million amazing directions from couture to court side is simply fantastic; only in New York. CP

Meghan’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Breakfast at Margaux at The Marlton; Saturdays NYC; The Marlton Hotel; Lunch at Café Cluny. Second Row: Fedora; Vegan fare at by CHLOE; Pasta at Babbo; Inside Minetta Tavern.

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