Photography by Brandon Schulman

Tracy Taylor

Senior Style Editor, Net-a-Porter

| Greenwich Village

An edit of standout pieces from designers old and new, super chic branding and styling that’s dynamic, yet wearable, Net-a-Porter is like a new-age best friend— the answer to “what should I buy?” and “how should I wear it?” Speaking of which, largely responsible for the latter is Tracy Taylor, the e-comm website’s Senior Style Editor, who (among other things) styles the awe-inspiring editorials that make up its weekly digital magazine, The EDIT. Taylor is among that small subset of people we like to call “fashion’s mavericks”— whether it’s Joan Smalls in pinstripes or Sarah Jessica Parker in print-on-print, she consistently colors outside of the lines for images that not only inspire us to shop, but bring the season’s best looks to life. Before she was at Net-a-Porter, Taylor spent time at men’s mag, Details and then Marie Claire so her industry know-how is just as diverse as her styling instincts. Coincidentally (or maybe not so much), her “New York” falls into the same camp. Here, Taylor sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Café Cluny (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) is perfect for breakfast meetings. I like the omelet with fine herbs and salad and the bottomless cappuccinos. Piadina (*Location now closed) is a nice local spot for dinner. My favorite dish is the pasta with ragu sauce for a carb splurge. I also get a mixed salad with a side of sautéed spinach and lots of focaccia and olive oil.

COFFEE OR TEA: Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee on 10th Street (MAP IT, x) is my favorite spot because of the coffee, the ambiance, catch up’s with Jack and the revolving door of neighborhood industry people. My run-ins at Jack’s often lead to unexpected business partnerships with like-minded people.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Blue Hill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I’ll usually order whatever they recommend.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Margaritas at La Esquina (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It is one of my favorite go-to restaurants in the whole city. One of my best friends’ husbands owns it so it often feels like a family kitchen. The playlists are amazing as well; it’s an all-around great vibe.


LADIES LUNCH: Café Cluny (x), Cookshop (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or The Smile (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

MUSIC PICK: I am a music lover. One of my favorite radio programs is KCRW based in Santa Monica; Jason Bentley (x) is my favorite DJ. He does Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. I’ll also throw in some Bach and Beyoncé… that sums it up!

BEST BRUNCH: Blue Stone Lane Collective on Greenwich Avenue (MAP IT, x) is one of my favorite places for brunch. The avocado on toast with a poached egg is my usual order. They have great coffee, outdoor tables and a laid-back scene.

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING: Washington Square Park (MAP IT).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Juice Generation (MAP IT, x) for a kale avocado salad.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream from one of three surrounding bodegas after midnight— Chubby Hubby and Mint Cookie are my flavors of choice. Yep.

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Enchantments (MAP IT, x) for make-your-own “intention” candles.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Convenience. Anything one could ever want or need is literally at one’s fingertips, a dial away, or for me, within a fifteen-minute walk.

REGULAR AT: Lifethyme Market (MAP IT, x). When I’m in town, you might find me there every day. They have the best raw food salad bar and the freshest juice bar. Also, a secret and unexpected fact: their chicken soup is the best in the city. It has free-range chicken with simple ingredients. It’s the best remedy for a cold! Joe (the vitamin guy) is brilliant and knows everything about vitamins and supplements; I think he was a Vietnam veteran and, most definitely, an old-school hippie.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Il Buco Alimentari (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). They have a great selection of red wine, amazing olive oil for dipping and space to move chairs around— a rare find in New York City.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Souen (MAP ITx), Westville (MAP IT, x) and Diablo Royale (*Location now closed).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: I prefer to stay under the radar personally, but for work (which is also a passion and hobby), lunch at Michael’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) or The Grill (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) has always been fun for industry run-ins. I am a media junkie.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: I am lucky to have a standing invitation at one of my best friends’, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie’s house in Bridgehampton year-round. It’s cozy anytime of the year inside and outside. Their garden and kitchen is one of my favorite places to relax.

SUMMER DESTINATION: Montauk since 1997. The sunsets at The Montauket Hotel (MAP IT, x) sum up summer on the East Coast for me.

CLOSET CHECK: Equal parts bohemian, skateboarder and a person who is either going to or coming from a workout class. Net-a-Porter is of course a big influence. Also, Planet Blue in Malibu (MAP IT, x) and Christopher’s in NYC (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Marie Robinson Salon (MAP IT, x) – I’ve followed her around since 1997. She is also one of the people I’ve known the longest in NYC! Tracie Martyn (x) is a master for facials.

FIT PICK: Nadia Zaki’s (x) class at Equinox in the West Village (MAP IT, x), SoulCycle (MAP IT, x) and SLT (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: When I see random acts of kindness on the street, I am reminded of the “real” New York; I see people doing nice things for people they don’t know daily. CP

Tracy’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Inside SoHo House; Produce at Blue Hill Stone Barns; Cookshop; Jack’s Stir Brew. Second Row: Pasta from Il Buco; Inside Blue Stone Collective; Net-a-Porter womenswear; SoHo House.


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