Jayma Cardoso, one of New York City’s most respected nightclub, hotel and restaurant owners, shares a few of her favorite things with Haute Living.

Where were you born ?
Curitiba, Brazil
How long in New york:
15 Years
Greenwich Village
Owner of The Surf Lodge, Managing Partner of Lavo
Who do you think is the most notable person in New york?
Martin Scorsese
Favorite Restaurant:
St. Ambrose, W. Village. It's my kitchen away from my kitchen.
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Manzanilla (Spanish)
Best Italian:
Il Buco
Best place for late night dining:
Blue Ribbon. You'll find all the chefs there late night.
Best dessert:
Deep Fried Oreos at Lavo
Best place for a romantic date:
Picnic in Central Park
Best Sunday brunch:
Five Points on Bond St.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Besides Lavo, the new Marquee. I also like Le Baron.
Best place for a power business meeting:
SoHo House
All-around favorite spot in New york:
Wherever I am at the moment.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Depends on the guest, but I love the Mercer.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Kirna Zabete
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
H. Stern for jewels, Winick and Sons for watches.
Best Spa:
Mandarin Oriental
Favorite Cultural Event:
The Armory show
Best Steakhouse:
I'm Brazilian -- we love red meat! Arlington Club when I'm uptown and Strip House when I'm downtown... they have my favorite sides.
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Balthazar. It's so lively and fun.
What are the best luxury shopping venues in your city?
Loro Piana and Hermes
Describe your city in three words:
Center of the Universe. Yeah... that's more than three words, but given it's stature, I'm using four.
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