Haute Secrets: Barbara Corcoran’s Guide to New York

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WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Edgewater, New Jersey, on the wrong side of the tracks.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Carnegie Hill, where there are more kids per square inch than there are trophy wives.

OCCUPATION: Resident shark on ABC’s Shark Tank and real estate contributor on the TODAY show

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The bench outside Yura on Madison on the corner of 92nd and Madison. It also is the best people-watching site this side of the Mississippi.

BEST SUSHI: Yura on Madison

BEST ETHNIC FOOD: Yura on Madison

BEST ITALIAN: Yura on Madison

BEST PIZZA: Yura on Madison

BEST LUNCH: Yura on Madison – best breakfast too

BEST PLACE FOR LATE NIGHT DINING: The coffee table in front of our living room fireplace when my husband Bill is too tired to talk.

BEST DESSERT: Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory’s sweet potato pie

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DATE: No idea-I haven’t had one in years!

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BUSINESS MEETING:
Outside on the bench at Yura on Madison

IF YOU HAVE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS, WHICH HOTEL WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? Hotel Wales close to home on Madison and 93rd for the relatives I like best, and The Hotel at Times Square, $99 a night, for the rest.

BEST SPA: New You Again! (full body is $55/hour, a Chinese cheap joint), 175 East 90th Street.

BEST GYM/ATHLETIC FACILITY: Margaret Dillon, my personal trainer.

BEST MASSAGE: The Chinese cheap joint, New You Again!

BEST LIMOUSINE/DRIVING SERVICE: David from Manhattan Pedicabs, $1 a block.

FAVORITE CHARITY EVENT: I always send a check instead. I can’t sit at one more round table eating chicken francese.

FAVORITE CULTURAL EVENT: New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday nights. After 15 years, I’ve managed to work my way up to the center seats, row D.

ALL-AROUND FAVORITE SPOT IN NEW YORK: On my bike in Central Park. Pedaling with my daughter tucked in the back seat doing the loop.

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