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Best Neighborhood Dry Cleaners

  • 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.

  • MIDTOWN EAST

  • 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.

  • WEST VILLAGE

  • 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).

  • FINANCIAL DISTRICT

  • 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.

    Complete List of Local Winners

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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