Photography by Sophie Elgort

Sophie Elgort

Fashion Photographer

| Tribeca

Few surnames carry the proverbial cachet like that of the Elgort’s. Born to legendary fashion photographer Arthur Elgort and avant-garde opera director Grethe Barrett Hoby, it’s unsurprising that Sophie and her siblings have creativity in spades. Growing up on the Upper West Side, brothers Warren and Ansel fostered a love for film (as a filmmaker and an actor respectively), while Sophie gravitated towards a life behind the lens. Now an inspired fashion photographer herself, her dynamic photos can be seen in industry heavy hitters like Teen VOGUE, Paper and WWD. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Sushi of Gari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I could eat sushi every day and now one of my favorite sushi spots is right down the street from me/delivers to my apartment. I like the omakase there because it’s more inventive than those at most other sushi places and the fish is always really fresh.

COFFEE OR TEA: Definitely coffee – I’m an addict. I’m going to go with La Colombe (MAP IT, x) for the best cup (iced or hot).

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I have a hard time choosing favorites because there are different places for different moods and occasions. We did recently stumble upon Marc Forgione (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) in our new neighborhood and had a truly incredible meal. A few of my longtime favorites also include Indochine (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Shun Lee West (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) (Szechuan wontons!), Mezzaluna (MAP IT, x) and Miss Lilys (MAP IT, x) along with the other places mentioned throughout.

BEST BRUNCH: My parents’ house on the Upper West Side because we pick up from Murray’s Sturgeon Shop (MAP IT, x) and get tons of bagels, bialys, cream cheese, smoked salmon and smoked sable, fresh squeezed orange juice, etc. We will have a feast for hours until basically everything is finished.

MUSIC PICK: I go to see my brother, Ansolo, spin EDM music (I never thought I’d like EDM, but he is REALLY good!) or I stalk DJ Louie XIV and go wherever he is playing if I want to dance with friends.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A spicy margarita.  My friends often call mine “Spicy Sophritas” since they’re my favorite drink. SoHo House (MAP IT, x) has a pretty good one and Esperanto in the East Village (MAP IT, x) if you want it to be really deadly spicy.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Nourish Kitchen + Table (MAP IT, x) for lunch or Pure Food and Wine (*Location now closed) for dinner. I try to change up my orders based on what they have that day, though Pure Food and Wine has a killer mint sundae with chocolate mint cookies— don’t ask me how since it’s vegan, raw and gluten-free.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Ice cream. 40 Carrots at Bloomingdale’s (MAP IT, x) has a great plain frozen yogurt– topped with a little peanut butter and chocolate, it’s my absolute favorite in the city. Adding carob chips and granola on top is a good idea too…

FAVORITE CUISINE: Probably sushi. I’d have to say Sushi Yasuda (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) and Sushi of Gari tie for first place.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Bar Jamon (MAP ITx). I’m biased because that is where my husband and I went on our first date. It has a great wine selection and nice wine glasses (I love a good wine glass). Plus, if you want drinks to roll into dinner, they have great small plates and all the seating is bar-type/casual.

TO GET INSPIRED: The streets. They are all so different depending on what neighborhood you are in. I love shooting on the streets.

DREAM SHOOT LOCATION: A cleared out subway car.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: There’s a tennis court in Grand Central! I play doubles there a few times a month. It’s pretty amazing.

REGULAR AT: I used to be a regular at Triple Shot World Atlas (*Location now closed), which was my neighborhood coffee shop in the Lower East Side when I lived there. I would go basically every day for a coffee, and sometimes, their Greek yogurt parfaits which are the best in the city. Now, I’m trying to find a new, go-to spot near me. The people that work there have to be pleasant and remember my order after I’ve been there about 50 times.

THING I MISS MOST WHEN I’M AWAY: The subway and the taxis… aka not having to drive.

ACCESSORIES PICK: I’m not a big jewelry person, but the pieces I do have I get from all different places (my travels, young talented designers, family heirlooms, etc.). My favorite bag is a gift I received from my good friend and client, designer Hanako Maeda, who designs the line, ADEAM; I carry it everywhere and receive endless compliments on it.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I look on Pinterest or on design blogs and then I source the objects. I also pick up small décor pieces on my travels. My ideal interior style is sleek, streamlined and a bit rustic. Unfortunately, getting too streamlined is hard work for me and I’m a bit more eclectic than rustic.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Ling Skin Care (MAP IT, x) for facials; Ashley Javier for hair color (MAP IT, x).

FIT PICK: I amped up my workout schedule a few months before my wedding like every other bride-to-be, but I think I might actually stick with it. I have a trainer named Daryl Williams through New York Sports Club who transformed one of my best friend’s bodies and who I really feel has changed my body already in a short period of time. I supplement that with SoulCycle (MAP IT, x), Physique57 (MAP IT, x), Warrior Fitness Boot Camp (MAP IT, x) and other fun, yet challenging classes.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I love bumping into old friends on the subway. What are the chances that not only are you riding the subway at the same time in the same direction, but that you also end up in the same car and close enough to each other that you notice one another? Yet, it happens all the time. CP

Sophie’s New York

From L to R: First Row: SoHo House; La Colombe espressos; A photograph by Elgort; Tapas at Bar Jamon. Second Row: Healthful bites at Nourish Kitchen; Elgort; Outside Miss Lily’s; SoHo House.


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