Yves de Launay Shares His Haute Secrets In NYC

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Yves de Launay is an expert on all things luxury. With over fifteen years of experiences in the luxury product industry, his knowledge of fragrances, cosmetics, accessories, champagne, wine and spirits is unparalleled. As the current VP of Prestige Brands, he manages the Remy Cointreau portfolio of haute brands such as LOUIS XIII and Champagne Piper-Heidsieck. Launay’s taste for the luxury in life makes him a perfect fit for Haute Secrets.

Yves de Launay’s New York City secrets:

Where were you born: Paris

How long have you been in NY: 10 years

Neighborhood: Lived in many neighborhoods including Lower East side, Soho, East Village and Westchester.

Occupation: Sharing the 100 years of craft of LOUIS XIII, a true icon of Luxury.

Favorite Restaurant: Anywhere where I am able to start or end the meal with a glass of LOUIS XIII such as Le Bernardin … and many more.

Best Sushi: Nobu 5740 W 57th St and Bond Street, Bond St

Best Italian: Carbone181 Thompson St and Sette Mezzo, 969 Lexington Ave

Best Dessert: Raspberry Vacherin at Café Boulud20 E 76th St

Best place for a romantic date: Home

Best Sunday brunch: Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Cir

Best place for a power business meeting: Lounge of the Baccarat Hotel28 W 53rd St

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Park Hyatt153 W 57th St & Crosby Street Hotel79 Crosby St

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Zadig & Voltaire

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Cartier

Best Spa: Claudalie Spa at the Plaza, 1 W 58th St


Favorite Charity Event: Black Ball which LOUIS XIII supports in partnership with Sherry Lehmann

Favorite Cultural Event: The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Museum of Natural HistoryCentral Park West & 79th St

Best Steakhouse: Del Frisco’s and Mastro’s where I can enjoy a glass of our LOUIS XIII Rare Cask 42,6 and LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Limited Editions.

Best Pizza: … Prefer crepes

Best Lunch: Jean Georges1 Central Park West or Morrell Café1 Rockefeller Plaza for a quick but delicious lunch.

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Central Park

Best Massage: Prefer having a drink to relax…

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Executive Limo

Best Museum/Exhibit: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W 53rd St

Describe your city in three words: Energetic, Diverse, Motivating

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: High Line

All-around favorite spot in New York City: Meat Packing District

Best Aspect of New York: If you can make it in New York, You can make it anywhere and this city never sleeps!