Photography by Trevor Smith

Stefano Tonchi

Editor-in-Chief, W Magazine

| Midtown West

There are those of us who clock in 9-to-5 to pay the bills, and then there are those who truly live what they do— their work seeming to manifest with each breath they take. “Thank you again for supporting the magazine; it really means so much,” extols an overly-humble Stefano Tonchi as he waves us a final goodbye earlier this month. The Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine for six years— a reign that’s seen 11 finalist titles for the ASME Awards and 20 medals from the Society of Publication Designers alone— and yet, he’s as gracious and appreciative of his life’s work as he is extremely talented at doing it. Of course, the Italian native’s publishing rep precedes him: before joining W, Tonchi founded (and was E-i-C of) T: The New York Times Style Magazine after years editing The Sunday Times and a stint as Creative Director at Esquire. Incredibly, his two decades in the business have left him invigorated, not jaded— at work, but also at home. “I recently convinced Jessica [Chastain] to move into the unit downstairs and it’s so nice having a familiar face around. The building has so much history” Tonchi tells us, going on to name past residents like Peter Beard and Leonard Bernstein. “It must have been insane in the Studio 54 days,” he says with a “if-these-walls-could-talk” look, seemingly unaware of the legendary mark he himself is leaving. Here, Tonchi sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Marea (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and Le Bernardin (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for a quick dinner at the bar. You don’t need a formal, multi-course meal to have a great experience. 

COFFEE OR TEA: An americano from Eataly (MAP IT, x).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I Sodi in the West Village (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is fantastic. It’s charming, cozy and has amazing Tuscan food— the “Coniglio in Porchetta” is an exceptional dish. 

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A negroni sbagliato from Via Carota (MAP IT, x). Or if I’m seriously in the mood for a martini, Bemelmans Bar (MAP IT, x) never disappoints.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Uptown, it’s Bemelmans; downtown, The Marlton Hotel (MAP IT, x).

POWER LUNCH: Locanda Verde (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). 

MUSIC PICK: I like pop and hip-hop— everything from Drake to Depeche Mode. I listen to satellite radio from “The Heat” channel on SiriusXM. 

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Art openings at the Chelsea galleries and the after-parties at the legendary Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar at Brookfield Place (MAP IT, x) for the Honoo combo (assorted spicy gunkan and rolls).

GUILTY PLEASURE: I love the chocolate-covered fruit from Fouquet’s in Paris (MAP IT, x), and, when I’m in Milan, I stock up on chocolates from Pasticceria Marchesi (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The Studio Museum in Harlem (MAP IT, x). When you’re in the neighborhood, you have to eat at Red Rooster (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). Also, the Neue Galerie (MAP IT, x) and their basement coffee shop for hot chocolate after a walk in Central Park.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The great mix of people.

REGULAR AT: I go to the gym and pool at The Peninsula (MAP IT, x). Also, their restaurant, Clement (MAP IT, x) serves a great breakfast. 

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: MoMA (MAP IT, x), The Whitney (MAP IT, x) and the new Met Breuer (MAP IT, x).

DELIVERY GO-TO: Pizza from Trattoria Dell’Arte (MAP IT, BOOK IT, ORDER ITx) and sushi from Blue Ribbon (ORDER IT).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: These days, Barneys Downtown (MAP IT, x) and the lobby of The Mercer Hotel (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Sagaponack in Long Island.

TO GET INSPIRED: The New Museum (MAP IT, x) and the [streets of the] Lower East Side.

GO-TO GETAWAY: Italy– whether it’s Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Capri or the Bolgheri region in Tuscany (they make the best Italian wines called “Super Tuscans”).

CLOSET CHECK: I like to shop at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman Men (MAP IT, x), and Bonpoint (MAP IT, x) for my girls. Also, Dover Street Market (MAP IT, x) has a nice selection of one-of-a-kind pieces.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: My interior style is modern eclectic. I love anything designed by Annabelle Selldorf, my favorite architect.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Eataly and Sant Ambroeus (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for panettone and olive oil.

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: Martial Vivot Salon (MAP IT, x).

FIT PICK: I like to mix it up– gym and swim at The Peninsula, spin at SoulCycle (MAP IT, BOOK ITx), stop by the Nike Studio on Grand Street (MAP IT, x), play tennis and run outdoors.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Seeing Jessica Chastain three times in one day last fall: on the big screen, on the cover of W and in my elevator. As Cindy Adams would say, “Only in New York, kids, only in New York.” CP

Stefano’s New York

From L to R; First Row; Lobby at the Mercer Hotel; Oysters at Marea; Open face sandwich t Locanda Verde; Dinner at Red Rooster Second Row; Coffee and croissants at Sant Ambroeus; MoMA museum; Barney's downtown; Panettone at Eataly

From L to R: First Row: Lobby at The Mercer Hotel; Oysters at Marea; Open face sandwich from Locanda Verde; Dinner at Red Rooster. Second Row: Mornings at Sant Ambroeus; The MoMA; Barney’s Downtown; Panettone at Eataly.

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