- Madame Paulette
1255 Second Avenue, Near 65th Street, 212-838-6827 www.madamepaulette.com
How’s this for a fashion emergency: a flood in the Valentino boutique last month that damaged fourteen gowns—$140,000 of silk and sequins literally down the drain? Within 48 hours, Madame Paulette had removed the water rings and restitched beads and hemlines, and the merchandise was back in the windows. Evening dresses are the specialty—Anna Wintour sent her Christian Dior frock here to be readied for the recent Met Costume Institute ball. But the store isn’t above cleaning everyday trousers and shirts. Prices start at $5 for washing shirts, $16 for dry cleaning. Evening gowns are from $75.
Best Dry Cleaner
From the 2003 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).