HOSTING AT HOME

The open kitchens and living spaces of 88 & 90 Lex’s luxury condos beg to entertain. So, instead of waiting to be invited to Thanksgiving dinner, call your friends and family and let them know that this year’s feast is at your new home. NoMad’s environs offer an eclectic mix of food and home furnishings to satisfy all tastes, so you can let your creative side run free and set a sumptuous, stylish table for your guests this holiday season.

You’ll certainly want to make your first decorating stop at the New York Design Center (NYCD). NYCD is the ideal place to see textiles, lighting fixtures, and furniture up close; explore color palettes and styles; and get a sense of how different design elements will work together in an interior. Though the showrooms are “to the trade,” meaning that customers must make purchases through an interior designer or architect, the Center’s Access to Design Program can connect you with a designer who will help you make decisions for your space and make purchases from the showrooms. The 10-story, 500,000-square-foot building is home to a range of purveyors, ideal for different budgets and tastes. On the 10th floor, 54 antiques showrooms provide a crash course in the signature styles and silhouettes of different time periods, so you can begin to discern Art Deco from Art Nouveau and develop a personal aesthetic. Browsing with an open mind is key: stumbling upon an unexpected object or piece of furniture that immediately draws your eye is a sure sign that you’ve found something that will feel just right in your new luxury condo.

For those who seek modern takes on classic designs, Restoration Hardware may be just the ticket. Authentic and reimagined reproductions alike can be found in a multitude of furniture choices, textiles, and other home goods that will please the most discriminating shoppers. Each Restoration Hardware showroom is its own thoughtfully designed gallery, so even a single stroll through the store is a good exercise in imagining how a piece of furniture, color scheme, or design concept could work for your space. Best of all, you can count on Restoration Hardware to provide something new every few months, as most offerings are seasonally coordinated to a larger aesthetic theme. If you’re looking for a table that is practical for everyday use in your urban space but easily expands to accommodate twelve hungry companions, then this is the only store you’ll need to visit. 88 & 90 Lex features a model apartment designed by Restoration Hardware, so you can see for yourself just how perfect a match your home will be.

For those who love vintage dinnerware that evokes the cheery optimism of midcentury Americana, Fishs Eddy is the perfect shop to find place settings for a festive and fun holiday table. Both affordable and stylish, Fishs Eddy offers a mix of antique and new tableware, including some historical gems like dinnerware from cruise ships, diners, and social clubs, and  unique hand-painted samples from china factories. The store also sells new china classics that celebrate the New York City skyline, scenes from American history, pets, an array of bright solid colors, and pure white. Todd Oldham’s dinnerware, barware, and accessories line for Fishs Eddy draws its aesthetic from the work of American Modernist Charley Harper (1922-2007), who illustrated science textbooks in the 1950s. His floral and bird designs add a welcome bit of joy to any table.

Though a chic table presentation will provide ambiance, a successful Thanksgiving is all about the food. That’s why those with condos in Gramercy or near Madison Square Park flock to nearby Whole Foods, the neighborhood staple Kalustyan’s, and the massive Italian specialty emporium, Eataly. Eataly’s 50,000-square-foot space is lined with rows of specialty items, classic staples, and cookware, and they even offer recipes and cooking classes. No one describes Eataly better than Mario Batali, the celebrity chef and owner (along with co-owners Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich), who likened it to a grocery store with tasting rooms. Eataly can provide it all, including your turkey, for an updated and inspired Thanksgiving feast. And, when Thanksgiving is over, be sure to duck in the store for the delicate, delectable truffles and related specialty items that can only be found in the fall.

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HFZ Capital Group is a Manhattan-based real estate investment and development company formed in 2005. Today, HFZ has emerged as one of the most prolific developer of luxury residential condominiums in Manhattan. Presently the company is managing and developing over 6 million square feet of Manhattan real estate and bringing more than 2,500 luxury units to market.

Some of HFZ’s recent projects include the acquisition, development and construction of mixed- use residential condominiums located at SOS West 19th Street, One Madison Avenue, Halcyon at 305 East 51st Street, The Marquand located at 11 East 68th Street, 11 Beach Street, 215 Chrystie Street, The Chatsworth located at 344 West 72nd Street, 20 West 40th Street, The Astor located at 235 West 75th Street, Fifty Third and Eighth located at 301 West 53rd Street, as well as the Shore Club in Miami Beach.

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