Photography by Zoe Weber

Roopal Patel

Fashion Consultant, Roopal Patel Consulting

| Greenwich Village

In a sense, Bergdorf Goodman, and Moda Operandi are really quite similar. All three industry juggernauts dedicate themselves to celebrating fashion— supporting both venerated designers and new, and all are distinguished by their well-edited, concise points of view, a key component in which Roopal Patel played an integral role. As Senior Fashion Director, Market Editor and Executive Fashion Director respectively, Patel cultivated an inimitable voice on emerging talent, trend forecasting and luxury branding— a high-powered combination that inevitably paved the way for her to launch her now 2-year-old namesake consulting company. With a top-tier client roster that includes boldface names like Prabal Gurung, The Editorialist, the CFDA and Ohne Titel, Patel is an expert on taking brands to the next level. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: I love going to Jack’s Wife Freda (MAP ITx) for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I love the vibe of the place and the food is super yummy. The owners, Maya and Dean are always welcoming and the staff is very friendly. My favorite dishes are the green shakshuka for breakfast, the Greek salad with grilled chicken for lunch, and the grilled halloumi cheese is a must with every meal!

COFFEE OR TEA: La Colombe (MAP IT, x). The coffee is strong and tastes delicious. I love that they serve the to-go cup on a saucer with a silver spoon—  very civilized!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I have grown up on Bar Pitti (MAP IT, x). I’ve had so many memories and fun meals there throughout the years. I always get the same thing: polpettine (veal meatballs), pappardelle alle fiesolana, spinach with garlic and olive oil, and tiramisu.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A glass of chilled Champagne. Bemelmans Bar (MAP IT, x) is so chic!

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Brunch in the Meatpacking District followed by a walk through the art galleries in Chelsea or a walk on The High Line.

BEST BRUNCH: I love Tartine in the West Village (MAP IT, x). They have the best eggs Benedict in town!

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: The streets. There is always an original cast of characters that fill them. Washington Square Park and Union Square are both great locations to take the action in.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Organic Avenue (*Location now closed) for a smoothie and a kale and currant salad.

GUILTY PLEASURE: I prefer salty over sweet. I love to indulge at St. Anselm in Williamsburg (MAP IT, x) with a full-on steak dinner: rib-eye steak, pan-fried mashed potatoes with truffle oil and spinach gratin. It’s one of my all-time favorite meals!

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The piano man in Washington Square Park! Colin Huggins brings his piano into the middle of the park on weekends and plays classical music all day long. It is such a treat. These kinds of impromptu concerts and musical moments feel so NYC!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The rattle and hum of the subway and cars zooming by.

REGULAR AT: I go to Jay Nails (MAP IT, x) once a week without fail! I have been going to the salon for the last 5 years for my manicures and pedicures. Jay and her staff are always so lovely! It’s one of the best manicure and pedicures in all of NYC.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Oysters and Champagne at Balthazar (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) is the perfect date night. You can’t go wrong at that downtown staple.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: You see everyone at Frieze Art Fair.

TO BE ANONYMOUS: The Turkish baths at Aire (MAP IT, x). You can get lost in the spa. Everyone is anonymous there.

CLOSET CHECK: My style is feminine with a twist. Barneys (MAP IT, x) is across the street from my office and Bergdorf Goodman (MAP IT, x) is around the corner. I visit both on a weekly basis. I like going to Dover Street Market (MAP IT, x) for the Sacai and Junya Watanabe assortments and the fine jewelry selection. One of my favorite pieces in my closet is this vintage, oversized high collar wrap coat though. It feels very Ali McGraw in Love Story. I found it at the flea market in Chelsea (MAP IT, x) 15 years ago and it is a classic in my wardrobe.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I am a bit minimal-meets-bohemian if that makes any sense! AERO (MAP IT, x) and Wyeth (MAP IT, x) are great. Fresh Kills (MAP IT, x) is one of my favorites too. I found an amazing 1970’s chrome glass desk there that I use as my desk in my current office.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: John Derian (MAP IT, x) has the best gifts or Catbird (MAP IT, x) has a great assortment of their signature candles (Tarot Deck and Fleurs de Nuit are my favorites).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Acupuncturist Shari Auth (MAP IT, x) is a go-to staple in my beauty book. I have been seeing her for the last ten years. My sessions with her have been life-changing and acupuncture has become a part of my routine.

FIT PICK: I go to SLT (MAP IT, x) 2 to 3 times a week and I love to attend class with Domenic Savino (x) at Yoga Vida (MAP IT, x). His approach to yoga is magical and life-changing.

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: I will never forget walking out of my front door on 9/11, turning to see the twin towers in flames, and seeing what unfolded afterwards— the horror, the panic and the loss that filled the air. I had never seen NYC come to a complete standstill as it did on that day. New Yorkers rallied and pulled together in a unified front— the police and firefighters really lead the way in the days that followed. People looked after one another and did what they could to support the hospitals, relief efforts, etc. We all banded together and showed that NYC could not be defeated. I was reminded of what New Yorkers are capable of even in the most dire moments. We band together and carry on. That is the spirit of NYC. I am so proud to be NYC girl! CP

Roopal’s New York

From L to R: First Row: La Colombe coffee; Inside Frieze Art Fair; Tartine; Home décor at Aero. Second Row: Gucci shoe at Barneys; Home décor from Fresh Kills; Delicata squash at St. Anselm; Jewelry from Catbird.


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