UPPER EAST SIDE
- Milton Cleaners
1287 Madison Ave.; 212-289-9874
Fine dry cleaning, without attitude. Locals like actress-turned-boutiquier Phoebe Cates trust Milton with fragile silks and cashmere.
UPPER WEST SIDE
- La Mode Cleaners & Tailors
106 W. 71st St.; 212-874-4217
The owner, Mr. Kim, is a little gruff, but he’s got good hands and has been known to accommodate odd requests like, say, installing decorative eyelets on a sport coat. He’s no less meticulous when it comes to dry cleaning, specializing in tricky blend fabrics.
- Methinks Cleaners
333 Lexington Ave., Ste.; 1 212-685-4124
They take rush orders, and customers report impeccable behavior when they’ve left valuables in the laundry.
- Acme Cleaners
508 Hudson St.; 212-255-4702
Where the local boutiques direct customers to bring their Phillip Lim. Expert work, reliable.
LOWER EAST SIDE
- Special Touch Valet Cleaners
405 and 559 Grand St.; 212-475-9161
Close to Co-op Village, and open till seven (especially useful if, like most residents in the neighborhood, you don’t have a doorman for deliveries).
- Four Seasons Dry Cleaners
21 South End Ave.; 212-786-4543
No, it’s not affiliated with the hotel chain—but they do share a commitment to careful service.
BOERUM HILL/COBBLE HILL/CARROLL GARDENS
- Trusting Dry Cleaners
232 Court St.; 718-643-9354
The prices are competitive, the turnaround quick, and the couple in charge friendly.
Best Neighborhood Dry Cleaners
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).