'Revenge Wears Prada' Author Lauren Weisberger's Top New York City Spots
Lauren Weisberger turned heads in New York and across the fashion-conscious world with her 2003 bestselling debut novel, "The Devil Wears Prada." The book skewered a monster boss at a fashion magazine, Miranda Priestly (memorably embodied by Meryl Streep in the movie), who frighteningly echoed Anna Wintour at Vogue, for whom Weisberger once worked. Now, 10 years later, Weisberger has published a follow-up novel, "Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns," much of which, of course, also takes place in New York. We asked Weisberger what some of her favorite NYC spots are for people-watching, cocktail sipping, how to escape your overbearing boss and where to retreat into a good book.
Bookish: What's your favorite New York restaurant, and what do you love to order there?
Lauren Weisberger: These days I keep it much more casual, and I love the comfort food at Westville (plus, it's practically in my lobby). I eat or order from there at least three times a week--sometimes double that--and I rotate between the cobb salad, the turkey burger, the salmon teriyaki, the Dijon Brussels sprouts and, when I'm feeling really naughty, the two hot dog special. Their homemade Oreo cookies are the very definition of bliss.
Bookish: What's your favorite New York bar to recommend to someone who's had a long day of being harangued by a Miranda Priestly-like boss?
LW: Definitely Raines Law Room. It's a hidden, underground bar with a speakeasy feel and killer cocktails. It oozes romance and sophistication. It's plush and quiet: the very antithesis of a hollering boss.
Bookish: Where do you go for your favorite view of the city, and why is it meaningful to you?
LW: I love so many different vantage points in NYC, but my absolute favorite is the Statue of Liberty. Immediately after we got engaged, my husband took me on a cruise around Lower Manhattan, and we got to see the statue up close. Then, the first apartment we shared together had a killer view of Lady Liberty. I'll always associate that view with such an exciting time in my own life.
Bookish: What's the best place in the city to spot the most fashionable New Yorkers?
LW: That depends on what kind of fashion you're looking for. To spot the meticulously put-together Upper East Side society ladies, roam the boutiques of Madison Ave. in the 70s and 80s on a Saturday afternoon (just not in summer because they're all in the Hamptons). For a younger, hipper set with a more cutting-edge look, get in line at one of the hot nightclubs downtown--think 10th Ave. in the high teens and 20s.
Bookish: Where's your favorite place in New York City to read, and why?
LW: I like reading anywhere--Central Park, the High Line, my couch--but my favorite place recently has been the new grassy areas and piers just to the north of Chelsea Piers. My kids go on the carousel, we bring a picnic lunch and we lounge around the fields overlooking the Hudson, all of us reading our own favorite books. It's a rare peaceful spot in NYC!
Bookish: What's your favorite place to get coffee? Who do you like more on the whole: New York baristas or New York bartenders?
LW: I adore The Commons in Chelsea, right on 7th Ave. at 17th St. It's minuscule and friendly and owner-run, and the barista makes the loveliest heart shapes in my lattes. I have way more interaction with baristas than bartenders these days, but god bless the bartender who can make a good extra dirty martini.
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Devil Wears Prada," which was published in 40 languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Weisberger’s three other novels, "Everyone Worth Knowing," "Last Night at Chateau Marmont," and "Chasing Harry Winston" were all New York Times bestsellers. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Visit LaurenWeisberger.com.