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