In 2001, Dylan Lauren launched Dylan’s Candy Bar. Often touted as the modern day Willy Wonka factory, the confectionery emporium and lifestyle brand merges the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy. Dylan’s Candy Bar houses more than 7,000 sweets, making it have the largest selection of candies and candy-related gifts from around the world. Dylan, who is also the daughter of iconic fashion designer Ralph Lauren, shares her insider’s guide to NYC.
Where were you born? NYC
How long have you lived in NYC? My entire life
Neighborhood: Upper East side
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar
Favorite Restaurant: The Polo Bar
Best Sushi: Shabu Shabu
Best Italian: Palma
Best dessert: Dylan’s Candy Bar Breakfast of Champions, which consists of stacked Belgium waffles with six scoops of icecream in delicious flavors (like Birthday Cake and Cookie Mess, Candy Bar Blast),globs of fudge and toasted marshmallows.
Best place for a romantic date: Uva
Best Sunday brunch: EJ’s Luncheonette
Best place for a power business meeting: The Regency Hotel
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Carlyle
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Story
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: ABC Home
Best Spa: Mandarin Oriental
Favorite Charity Event: Dylan’s Candy BarN events to help shelter animals find homes and lead happier lives usually at Dylan’s Candy Bar stores
Favorite Cultural Event: Chinese New Year Parade
Favorite Cultural Institution: Madison Square Garden or Central Park Zoo
Best Pizza: I love Uno‘s deep dish pizza
Best Lunch: Avra
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox (but I also like classes at Punch and Pushlab Fitness)
Best Massage: Yiffat Rich at Manhattan Sports Medicine located at 133 E. 58th Street.
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit: Met-Fashion/Costume exhibits
Describe your city in three words: Energetic, Electric, Inspiring
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: St Patrick’s Cathedral—love stained glass
All-around favorite spot in New York City: Central Park
Best Aspect of New York: Diversity—From neighborhoods, people, professions, stores, restaurants, museums and the fact the city never sleeps!