Fulenwider with her signature drink, an Aperol Spritz, at neighborhood standby Frankie's 457; Photography by Trevor Smith

Anne Fulenwider

Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire

| Carroll Gardens

When your former bosses include the likes of media mavens Joanna Coles and Graydon Carter, rest assured, you’re doing something right. Throw in a Harvard degree in English Literature, untold tenacity and a penchant for content that empowers change, and you’re more-or-less destined for success. Of course, such is the case with Marie Claire’s Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider. Clocking in at Vanity Fair, Marie Claire (as Executive Editor), then Brides (as Editor-in-Chief) before returning to MC in her current role, Fulenwider is a media legend in her own right— after only seven-months as boss lady, she managed to produce the mag’s biggest spring issue ever. Today, she continues to steward MC’s inimitable pro-female voice, delivering content that spans politics to pop culture. Here, Fulenwider sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: I love the avocado and beet salad and the cavatelli with sausage at Frankie’s 457 on Court Street (MAP IT, x).

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Smith Canteen (MAP IT, x) because they have super strong espresso and it’s a beautiful spot to sit and soak up the neighborhood.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Il Buco Alimentari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). And, the artichokes and steak au poivre at Raoul’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for my birthday every year.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: An Aperol Spritz— this summer, there was a great one at Swan Dive (MAP IT, x), a pop-up barbecue place on the Gowanus. Lovers of Today in the East Village (MAP IT, x) makes a mean cocktail. On the flip side, I adore Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle (MAP IT, x).

LADIES LUNCH: I love BG upstairs at Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), ABC Kitchen (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and Milos (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

BEST BRUNCH: Prime Meats (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). They have amazing breakfast sandwiches and great light in the back room.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The new Whitney (MAP IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Dig Inn (MAP IT, x) for lemon chicken and brussels sprouts.

GUILTY PLEASURE: The baklava from Avlee on Smith Street (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET:  It’s no secret, but I’ve been in Brooklyn long enough to see the waterfront completely change: the walk, run or bike ride from Red Hook to Dumbo is filled with lots of little beautiful hidden spots.


REGULAR AT: I love browsing BookCourt (*Location now closed).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: We try to mix it up, but recently we had a really nice night on the porch at Cucina in Woodstock (MAP IT, x). In Brooklyn, I do love the Black Mountain Wine House (MAP IT, x)— we just call it the “Adirondack chair place.”

KID-FRIENDLY STAPLE: Wilma Jean on Smith Street (MAP IT, x) for fried chicken and rosé… at least once a week.

SUMMER GETAWAY: I’ve always been a Martha’s Vineyard person— State Road (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is my favorite restaurant there— but this summer, we fell in love with Woodstock.

CLOSET CHECK: For my professional life, I stay pretty classic— I like to blur the lines between masculine and feminine. Right now, I’m obsessed with cropped baggy pants. I do a lot of my shopping on Net-a-Porter. On the weekends, I go a little more boho.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I can’t resist the occasional mid-century modern or Danish piece, but I like to throw in a little something eclectic too. The vibe has to be casual and comfortable. I love tooling around upstate for antiques— especially on Warren Street in Hudson, NY— and I’m a fan of the Brooklyn Flea (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: In Marie Claire‘s beauty closet. Kidding, sort of. I love bringing food and wine— Stinky Bklyn (MAP IT, x) and Smith and Vine (MAP IT, x) are go-tos.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My colorist, Garmon Ng (x) at Serge Normant at John Frieda (MAP IT, x), is a goddess.

FIT PICK: I’ve recently gotten back into running and I love getting up early to run in Prospect Park. It’s so green and peaceful you don’t even feel like you’re in the city. I also work out 2-3 times a week with a trainer at the Hearst gym.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: God, so many. Years ago, when I worked at The Paris Review, we threw a party at a huge renovated warehouse in the East Village called the Kunsthalle. We had literary readings and a DJ named Chairman Mao and we got the whole thing sponsored by a liquor company. It was a great success and we got a huge crowd, but we ran out of booze pretty early so my boss, George Plimpton who was in his seventies and always up for a party, said, “Anne, we’re going to buy some scotch.” And he and I traipsed around the East Village looking for Dewar’s, his favorite brand. It was like 9:30 pm and we hadn’t served any food. We returned 30 minutes later with two cases of scotch and about 25 pizzas. I remember sitting on the floor of this warehouse eating pizza and listening to Mao deejay, thinking, “I love this city.” CP

Ann’s New York

From L to R: The Whitney Museum; Footwear from Net-a-Porter; Coffee at Smith Canteen; Vintage vinyl from Brooklyn Flea. Second Row: Pasta from Cucina Woodstock; Fresh bread at Stinky Bklyn; Lovers of Today; ABC Kitchen sundae.


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