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April 23, 2001 Issue

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Best of New York
No one comes to New York who doesn't want the very best -- but who has the time for all that shopping and testing and sampling and comparing? We do, of course. In our annual, highly ritualized, quasi-scientific, much-imitated city survey, we've haggled with housecleaners, critiqued croque monsieurs, house-party-hopped, consumed the city in all its variety. And finally, the winners are in.

Food

From succulent suckling pig at Meigas to flash-fried fish and chips at A Salt & Battery to kimchee edamame at the Union Square Greenmarket: all the fantastic food you could want on your plate

Shopping

Perfectly frayed denim hip-huggers, vintage watches, the best bargain appliances, and -- believe it or not -- chicest maternity wear

Downtime

Day (sunbathing spots, pickup basketball, museum bookstores) and night (the happiest happy hour, the swankest screening room, the hottest cabaret), the fun never stops

Kids

Glamour-girl birthday parties, ferry trips to the Children's Museum, the most delectable doughnuts, and more, for the city's most demanding audience

Beauty

Perfect plucking, excellent exercising, cool coloring, wow-inducing waxing -- because beauty isn't only in the eye of the beholder

Services

Window washers, wedding planners, exterminators, bartenders, personal shoppers -- you might never have to lift a finger again

GOTHAM
Is New York ready for Cold War chic?
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Trouble in the Next Big Thing business

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Carl McCall's rough start

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES J. CRAMER

Five stocks that can make you money

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI

Macho man bags, Kate Spade shades, and more

Sales & Bargains
BY BRIDIE CLARK

Ribbon belts on a tight budget

Travel
BY TARA MANDY

Italian-food festivals, Maine madness, and doing London 007-style

Beauty
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL

Bushy brows, luscious lips, and sweet sugar scrubs

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Renée Zellweger is the only vivid entry in a dull Bridget Jones's Diary

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Ruth Reichl serves the splendid second course of her autobiography

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: No great harm, but to no great purpose

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

The Ballad of Baby Doe: Americana at its best

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Hit-and-miss for Merce Cunningham at City Center

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

The Nero Wolfe mysteries on the small screen: A perfect match

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