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Things to Do on New York's Upper East Side

Upper East Side: East Pole

Could it be? New York’s ever-genteel Upper East Side has found a decidedly downtown groove.

The team behind Lower East Side favorite Fat Radish keeps the focus on ingeniously prepared vegetables at their new uptown restaurant, the East Pole (pictured). Carnivores will find solace in the bacon cheeseburger with duck-fat chips. 133 E. 65th St. $$

Lauded gallerist Dominique Lévy just transformed three floors of a former bank building into a dramatic backdrop for contemporary and postwar art. Currently on view: photographer Boris Mikhailov. 909 Madison Ave.

Is Cesare Casella (Beppe; Maremma) the city’s most underrated Italian chef? His latest New York spot, Il Ristorante Rosi, makes a persuasive case, not least with a knockout pork lasagna. 903 Madison Ave. $$$

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Drew Barrymore's Favorite Travel Memories

Drew Barrymore

The latest endeavor for the actress and producer—besides three-month-old daughter Olive? Launching her own wine label, Barrymore Wines, produced in Cremona, Italy. T+L asked Barrymore to uncork a few beloved travel memories.

Most Romantic Getaway: “My Portland, Oregon, trip with my husband, Will Kopelman. We stayed at the Ace Hotel ($) and had this super-groovy room. I was in love with Naomi Pomeroy, the chef at Beast ($$$$). Will booked the chef’s table, and I almost fell through the floor.”

Best Outdoors Experience: “On a trip with my business partner, Nancy Juvonen, we spent a night in Joshua Tree National Park during a full-tilt, A-plus meteor shower.”

Greatest Italian Tour: “Last fall, we did a five-day supermarket sweep of Rome, Cremona, Verona, Venice, and Lake Garda. We were like the Griswolds. I bought a cup that said I ♥ Roma—Will made fun of me, but now he uses it every morning. We had amazing tonnarelli cacio e pepe at Felice a Testaccio ($$$), in Rome. Well worth the 45-minute wait.”

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Nobu Hotel to Open in Las Vegas

Nobu Hotel Las Vegas

For those who have ever hoped that dinner at Nobu would last forever, your wishes have been granted. Celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa has added hotelier to his résumé with the soon-to-open, 181-room Nobu Hotel ($$) at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. Overnight guests get first dibs on tables at the hotel’s restaurant—at 13,000 square feet, the biggest one yet. But they might be more inclined to order up to their David Rockwell–designed rooms (Japanese calligraphy on the walls; walk-in shower with black umi tiles). For breakfast—a first for Matsuhisa—there’s kurobuta sausage, onsen egg, and green-tea waffles, and the mini-bars are filled with blood-orange-chili juice and the chef’s own brand of chilled sake. That’s not all: “Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a cup of green tea and a traditional cracker from my hometown, Saitama, Japan,” Matsuhisa told us. “It was important for me to incorporate elements of my heritage and culture.”

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Q&A: Lenny Kravitz on His Design Concept for the SLS Hotel South Beach

Lenny Kravitz

The musician, actor, and founder of Kravitz Design lends his eclectic ethos to the SLS Hotel South Beach, where he created the penthouse suite and a private bungalow. Here, he reveals his inspirations, his love for Miami, and why he sometimes locks himself in hotel rooms.

Q: So what does a rock star know about hotel design?
A:
I’ve been living in hotels for the past 25 years. When I have a day off on tour, I’ll say, “For twenty-four hours I’m not going to leave this room”—so it’s got to have a personal feeling.

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Photographer-Turned-Hotel-Creative Director Matthew Rolston

He’s shot covers for countless magazines and directed music videos for Madonna. Here, Rolston opens up about his inspirations and his latest project in New York—plus we get the first look at a video he produced about the making of Hollywood’s Redbury hotel.

Q: Your first hotel project, The Redbury, opened in October 2010. What inspired the design?
A:
The first thing that popped into my head was the 1960’s psychedelic period in San Francisco. And then I thought, “Who do I know who has a home like this?” Music producer Rick Rubin. He used to live in an amazing house above Sunset Boulevard that was filled with crazy old wallpaper and broken down chandeliers. Then I looked at hippy era interior design and 1970’s Victoriana. That crazy stew of ideas turned into The Redbury. 

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