David Seelinger

As the Chairman and CEO of Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, David Seelinger is one responsible for getting the who’s who of Hollywood where they need to go — on time and in style. Though based in Los Angeles, Empire CLS offers service is more than 650 cities worldwide while staying true to its motto, that it’s “global in size, yet personal in attention.” In addition to their fleet of luxury automobiles, Empire CLS is at the forefront of private aviation services and offers an array of exclusive concierge travel service. The company is 100 percent committed to providing clients with first-class service in opulence and comfort. Seelinger has led Empire CLS to becoming the premier transportation service company in the world. And because it’s his job to know what’s haute in New York, he’s the perfect candidate for our Insider’s Guide to New York.

Where were you born ?
Erie, Pennsylvania
How long in New york:
Since 1984
New Jersey & New York Upper East Side
Chairman & CEO Empire CLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
6 Bond Street
Best Ethnic Food:
Cuba located in the village
Best Italian:
Cipriani & Sarafina
Best place for late night dining:
Spice Market
Best dessert:
Magnolia Bakery
Best place for a romantic date:
Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental
Best Sunday brunch:
River Café
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Four Seasons Restaurant
All-around favorite spot in New york:
There are so many favorites in Manhattan. We have so many great plays and shows.The Broadway Theatre District is truly a must.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Gramercy Hotel, The Palace, The Four Seasons, The Mandarin Oriental, the list goes on and on.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Fifth Avenue
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Audemars Piguet on East 57th
Best Spa:
Rodolfo Valentin on Madison Avenue
Favorite Charity Event:
Mark Buoniconti Great Sports legends dinner benefiting the Mark Buoniconti fund presented by Stewart Rahr.
Favorite Cultural Event:
All events hosted by the Museum Of Natural History
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Museum of Natural History
Best Aspect of New york:
My fellow New Yorkers.
Best Steakhouse:
Sparks & Peter Luger
Best Pizza:
Grimaldi's in Brooklyn
Best Lunch:
Four Seasons New York
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Personal trainer in my home
Best Massage:
Wu Lim located on Grand Street. They offer the best Chinese massage .
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
If you are going in style Empire CLS
Best Museum/Exhibit:
All the exhibits featured at the Museum of Natural History
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Every block of New York is rich in history The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island are two of my very favorites.
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