They always seem to know everything:
the best places to eat, the quickest route to the airport,
who can get a tomato juice stain out of your suit jacket
before the big meeting. Hotel concierges operate as
professional answer-men, dispensing insider knowledge about
their particular cities to a steady stream of needy Road
Warriors. With that in mind, we've turned to some of the best
concierges in Miami Beach, New York City, Dallas, Chicago,
Los Angeles, and London for a few of their top
THE PENINSULA HOTEL
NEW YORK CITY
Best way to kill an hour:
"Take a stroll through Central Park,
visit the zoo there, maybe even rent a bicycle for the hour. Or, if
the weather isn't so good, go to Bergdorf Goodman for the best
shopping and customer service you'll ever find."
Best restaurant on an expense account:
"Alain Ducasse is
fantastic - if you can get in. It's the most decadent meal in New
York. If you can't get in there, try Le Bernardin, which has the
greatest seafood. I've never heard a bad thing about them."
Best lunch on the run:
"One of the best kept secrets is a
little trattoria called La Vineria, which serves the most amazing
Best place to close a deal:
"Veritas has great food and the
best wine list in town."
Best place to go after hours:
"Lotus is my favorite. It
always has a good crowd and good music. The door policy can be
tough, but we can always get you in there."
Best place to buy a suit or dress:
"Brooks Brothers opens
early. The one at 53rd and Fifth Avenue sells women's clothing as
well as men's."
Best place to buy a gift for the spouse:
"Barneys has all of
the coolest new designers and a big selection of everything from
sunglasses to formalwear."