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Ten Little Cities


1. Leontine Linens
754 Fifth Ave.
On Bergdorf Goodman’s seventh floor, scout out the super-silky, 600-thread-count sheets, handmade to order. Add borders, monograms, a family crest, and your grateful body.

2. Kobe Club
68 W. 58th St.
Order the $395 Emperor’s Flight, with three different cuts of all-Japanese Wagyu, and don’t think about the 2,000 samurai swords dangling from the ceiling.

3. Maybach Studios
430 Park Ave.
Commission a model 62S, the longest—and therefore roomiest—car in production, which starts at $428,750. Customize with massaging seats, sterling-silver Champagne flutes, and a built-in PlayStation2 with wireless joysticks.

4. Gordon Ramsay’s The London Bar
151 W. 54th St.
You have to know to ask for it. The $550 Bentley Sidecar is a mix of Hennessy Ellipse (a seven-cognac blend dating back to the 1800s), Grand Marnier 150, and lemon juice.

5. The Four Seasons
57 E. 57th St.
Be among the first to sleep in the I. M. Pei–designed penthouse suite that took six years to build. For $30,000, the most expensive night’s stay in the U.S., you’ll have access to “floating” glass balconies, infinity bathtubs, plus a personal butler and driver.

6. Okeanos Spa
211 E. 51st St.
Down a few shots of ice-cold vodka before a traditional Russian steam sauna (banya) and platza, a good old post-sauna thrashing with birch leaves by a pro.

7. LL Yachts at Chelsea Piers
Pier 59
A membership (starting at $795 a month) into this power-boat collective puts a $1.8 million fleet at your disposal. Host a Hudson trip on the Italian-built Azimut 43, the largest and newest, with a master suite, lots of flat-screen TVs, and a party-ready sundeck.

8. Del Posto
85 Tenth Ave.
A double aphrodisiac: Order the ravioli-like Agnolotti dal Plin, stuffed with white truffles from Alba’s Langhe forest, with an extra sprinkling of them on top ($100 to $300).

9. Tenjune
26 Little W. 12th St.
Party like a just-rehabbed celebrity. A $15,000-to-$20,000 reservation gets you access to the private “Purple” room, where Kanye West had his birthday party, plus your own wait staff to keep the Red Bulls flowing.

10. The Pleasure Chest
156 Seventh Ave.
Pick up the Lelo, a 24-karat-gold vibrator, for $1,500 or the brand-new OhMiBod, which vibrates to the music on your iPod ($70).

11. Orlo Salon
34 Gansevoort St.
Orlando Pita’s signature razor cut is the most expensive in the city at $800, but at least it comes with a fifteen-to-twenty-minute head massage.

12. Cru
24 Fifth Ave.
For oenophiles, this restaurant—and the 140,000 bottles in its wine cellar— is holy ground. Order the 1937 Romanée-Conti for $15,500.

13. Employees Only
510 Hudson St.
The thirties-themed bar serves the only legal version of absinthe allowed in the country. Drip some ice water over a sugar cube, and the “green fairy” looks suspiciously like a harmless glass of milk.

14. The E.U.
235 E. 4th St.
Feast on an entire pig at the E.U.—tongue, kidney, jowls, and all. Enough to feed six ($30 per person).

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