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Meet Our Staff

        

Toni Jaeger-Fine, Assistant Dean

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Lincoln Park Grill (867 9th Avenue, between 56th and 57th St.)
    Everyone who knows me comes with me here at some point.  Great burgers and happy hours.  Super friendly staff!
  • Cheap Mexican and Tex-Mex, such as Paquito’s Restaurant (143 1st Avenue, at 9th Street) or Blockheads (various locations)

Favorite Better Eat

  • John’s (302 E 12th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

    Great old-style Italian food including a vegan menu.  You feel like you have stepped back in time about 100 years.
  • Scarlatto (240 West 47th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) (if you happen to be in the theatre district)

And when someone else is paying:

  • Daniel (60 East 60th Street)

  • Gotham Bar and Grill (12 East 12th Street)
  • Union Square Café (21 East 16th Street)

Favorite Shopping Destinations:

  • UNIQLO (various locations)
  • Strand Bookstore – Broadway and 12th Street
  • Converse.com

    Is there anything cooler than designing your own chucks?
  • Rituals  (Lafayette and Spring) and Sabon (various locations) – for keeping your skin soft
     and smelling great!
  • Paragon (Broadway and East 18th Street) – for all sporting goods
  • Warby Parker (https://www.warbyparker.com/)

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • East Village

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Long Beach, Long Island

 

Kandice Thorn, Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Casabianca (503 W. 57th Street, between 10th and 11th Ave.)
  • Nanoosh (2012 Broadway, between 68th and 69th St.)
    The quinoa salad is amazing.
  • Shake Shack (various locations - http://www.shakeshack.com/ )
    One of the best burgers in the city.

Favorite Better Eat

  • Gennaro (665 Amsterdam Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd St.)
    A cozy Italian restaurant that is a classic Upper West Side Favorite,
    but the specials tend to be overpriced, so just order off the regular menu. 
    I especially recommend the lamb shank.
  • Tia Pol (205 10th Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd St.)
    Awesome tapas and a fantastic wine list.
  • Eataly (200 5th Avenue, at 23rd Street)
    Mario Batali's huge artisanal food shop.
    Great selection of casual restaurants and a rooftop beer garden.

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • C Wonder (Columbus Circle)
  • The seasonal gift market at Columbus Circle
  • Fresh Direct

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Upper West Side, Chelsea

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Smoke Jazz & Supper Club (2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th St.)
  • Cleopatra's Needle (2485 Broadway, between 91st and 92nd St.)
  • Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, between N 12th and N 11th St.)
    (http://www.brooklynbowl.com/)
    Bowling, solid food, live music.

 

Megan Smiley, Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Luke’s Lobster (multiple locations)

Favorite Better Eat

  • Kaz a Nou (Guadeloupian cuisine in Brooklyn)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • Zara (multiple locations)
  • Karen Millen (114 Prince Street, between Greene St. and Wooster St.)

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Live music at The Bowery (6 Delancey St., between Chrystie St. and Bowery)
  • Williamsburg Music Hall (66 North 6th Street, between Kent and Wythe Ave.)
  • Webster Hall (125 E 11th Street, off 3rd Ave.)
  • Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St)

 

Bernard Daraz, Jr., Administrative Assistant

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Burrito Box (885 9th Ave., between 57th and 58th)
  • Kimchi Taco Truck (various locations, visit kimchitacotruck.com)
  • Sushi Yasaka (251 W 72nd St)

Favorite Better Eat

  • Cafeteria (119 7th Ave)
  • Tonalli (3628 Broadway, between 148th and 149th)
  • Zero Otto Nove (2357 Arthur Ave)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • H&M (10 Columbus Circle)
  • Buffalo Exchange (114 W 26th St or 109 Boerum Pl, Brooklyn)

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Greenwich Village, Hell’s Kitchen

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Walks on the High Line
  • Brunch, preferably with bottomless mimosas (various locations)

 


Rose Corbett, Graduate Admissions Officer

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Shake Shack

Favorite Better Eat

  • Fresco by Scotto (34 E 52nd St, between Madison and Park)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • Bloomingdales
  • Online

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Upper West Side

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • The Botanical Gardens
  • The Bronx Zoo

 

Jane Holmes, Associate Director

Favorite Cheap Eat

  • Breakfast sandwich from a food truck
  • Alibaba (85th and Amsterdam)
  • Chirping Chicken (77th and Amsterdam)

Favorite Better Eat

  • Palma (West Village)
  • Pylos (East Village)

Favorite Shopping Destination

  • MoMA gift store

Favorite NYC Neighborhood

  • Chelsea

Favorite Weekend Plans

  • Involves an everything bagel with cream cheese